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Motorola RAZR V3M: Good ski phone?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Ok, before I begin, let me state up front that I'm not one of those types who uses a cell phone on the slopes. So let's not take this thread there, please. But occasionally my wife needs to reach me when I'm on a ski day with the kids (usually by a message that I return from the lodge).

I'm getting ready to get a new cell phone, and I'm contemplating the RAZR as one possibility (mostly b/c I've read that it gets very good reception, but the thin profile is nice, too). The one big downside to the RAZR is its relatively short battery life. A ski day, with cold temps and relatively isolated location, can drain batteries more quickly.

So, you RAZR owning skiers out there, does your phone charge last for a whole day of skiing?

(FWIW, we'll probably be skiing mostly at Cannon the next few seaons. My carrier is Verizon.)
post #2 of 17
Most phones have a long battery life if they're just left in your pocket- usually 2-3 days. Even if you're using it for an hour of conversation each day (which it sounds like you probably wont even get close to) it'll easily last the entire day including your drive home.
post #3 of 17
Battery life won't be much of an issue.

I believe the RAZR is all-digital. If your skiing takes you to non-resort places, you may want to consider a trimode. Digital service still hasn't reached everywhere. (Keep in mind we're talking Verizon, so it's CDMA not GSM.)

Another issue with the RAZR - the flat buttons are pretty tough to dial with gloves on. I usually wear thin windstopper gloves and can easily dial most phones with them - not a RAZR.

All in all, it's an ok phone and I think you'll be happy with it.
post #4 of 17
It's thin (well apart from the 3G version). I looked at getting one but was put off by:
Memory
Camera quality
Battery life.

It does have a lot of style, but I wasn't convinced by the substance.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
thanks for the replies so far, folks. the reason I mentioned battery life is b/c my phone typically gets pretty cold in my jacket pocket. and being in remote areas can run the battery down as the phone searches for service. I once had a phone lose its charge at Loon.

I'm not concerned about the camera, mp3, etc. I really just want a good, functional, reliable, small phone. I hadn't thought about the keys with gloves, but I'm not sure any phone would be easy to use with my ski glove (Costco's Head gloves).

there are so few trimode phones left these days. the only ones I have found don't have bluetooth capability, which I may want to use at some point.
post #6 of 17
I have the razor. Was warned that the battery life is not as good as the phone I had before, but I get a solid 2 days out of it before having to charge, and I'm on the phone a lot for business.
I have not owned the phone long enough to know how it holds up in cold weather. Sorry, can't confirm on cold weather life.

I love the blue tooth capability for my every day life but wish it had a plug in for the Giro Fuse helmet. (hands free is blue tooth only)

I volunteer for a school ski program and it is necessary for me to have a working phone for kids, parents, School staff, and in rare cases, ski patrol.

Over all, I think you will be happy with the light weight and slim features.
post #7 of 17
My Razr has a short battery life on the slopes.
I thought it could be from the cold as it has no problems when I'm in Florida. Was planning on keeping it in a warmer inside pocket this season.
I didn't think about it searching for service and using power.
Mine lasts the day but starts beeping the battery low warning by lunch.
post #8 of 17
My razr(I have had them since march) has been awesome off the slopes and if you charge it everynight like I have done the battery life is really good(off the slopes) or good on the slopes, I really didnt notice a problem except on the coldest off days and normally once your done skiing if the battery did drain out it will be right back to about half charge after it warms up again.

FYI I rarely talk on the slopes(relly carry mine so people can meet up with me, and if someone needs help on the mountain I have ski patrol on speed dial), but off the slopes as some of you know I am a talking machine there has been days when I have been on the thing for hours(I am so grateful for free incalling and texting).

Now for the only downside durabilty I have broke one phone so far and got it replaced for free from my 5 dollar month insurance on it. I broke the phone from landing on it skiing......
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA

Now for the only downside durabilty I have broke one phone so far and got it replaced for free from my 5 dollar month insurance on it. I broke the phone from landing on it skiing......
Doh..........that'll leave a mark!
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by skidiver
thanks for the replies so far, folks. the reason I mentioned battery life is b/c my phone typically gets pretty cold in my jacket pocket. and being in remote areas can run the battery down as the phone searches for service. I once had a phone lose its charge at Loon.

I'm not concerned about the camera, mp3, etc. I really just want a good, functional, reliable, small phone. I hadn't thought about the keys with gloves, but I'm not sure any phone would be easy to use with my ski glove (Costco's Head gloves).

there are so few trimode phones left these days. the only ones I have found don't have bluetooth capability, which I may want to use at some point.
Your'e right about cold and cell batts in fringe areas.

No experience with the RAZR, but if it turns out you need a trimode the Moto V710 has bluetooth and excellent reception- best I've ever had with a VZ phone. The cold did cut batt life when I carried it with me skiing. We still use a Moto V710 (trimode) for emergency backup when hiking. Only place to get them now is eBay.

There aren't too many analog only locations left, but there are a few in more rural parts of VT, NH, and Maine. Not sure about VZ's coverage at Cannon. VZW is planning to shut down their analog system by Feb 2008 anyway.

PS - an extra battery or two should take care of the problem. Switch at lunch.
post #11 of 17

Razr

The best thing about the Razr for skiing is its small size and sleek profile.
Fits in the chest pocket of my hard and soft shell w/ out a buldge.

The downside is the screen is pretty much unusable in bright light.

My battery life is more than fine for all day. The exception is if the phone is constantly roaming and seeking new networks this exhausts the battery sooner. BTW the camera feature is so-so.

The voice command dialing makes calling much easier if your not in too windy a local.

All in All, good, basic phone for skiing.
post #12 of 17
You should be able to switch the roaming off on the phone - and default it to one network. (the drawback of that is that if there is no signal from that network, then you're not going to get a call...)
post #13 of 17
Just got a Verizon/Razr and am having difficulty syncing it to the MP3s on my computer. Any of you Razr users have any luck or idears??

I have been told that the constant searching for a signal in marginal areas will kill the battery quickly (experienced this at stowe last weekend). My fix? Turn the dang thing off until I am at the top of the hill within sight of the tower then turn it on and check/do my messages.
post #14 of 17
Update to my july 28, 2006 post:

The Battery life is lame. It gets worse quickly after about 20 charge cycles.

Stache's experience w/ the constatnt searching is a real problem at Wildcat.
I have to turn off then turn on when at the top, or on certain spots only otherwise....no juice for the rest of the day.

The extended battery may help.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by Gotama View Post
Update to my july 28, 2006 post:

The Battery life is lame. It gets worse quickly after about 20 charge cycles.

Stache's experience w/ the constatnt searching is a real problem at Wildcat.
I have to turn off then turn on when at the top, or on certain spots only otherwise....no juice for the rest of the day.

The extended battery may help.
My experience has been the exact opposite.

I've had mine over a year and easily get 3 days during normal use and it worked fine at all the western ski areas I visited last year except Abasin.

Interesting that we've had such different experiences.
post #16 of 17

Variable signal quality

I think the reason may be those areas have a direct reach to cell towers. Good cell coverage. No need for the phone to constantly search for a signal as there is in Pinkham Notch, NH.

Last year in Park City area, Alta, solitude , etc. coverage was great...and batts lasted all day.
post #17 of 17
I haven't been terribly impressed with the signal quality of my RAZR. I have trouble picking up towers where my brother's phone still shows 3 bars.
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