One of the latest cell phones to come out from Motorola is the KRZR, a slimmer, sleeker version of the Razr, with an emphasis on style and portability. But does the KRZR have the horsepower to go with its pretty face? Here are some details.
Look and Feel
The primary selling point of the KRZR is its size, which, admittedly, is tiny. The KRZR is one of the smallest phones on the market right now, and, at just over half an inch thick, it's not a phone for someone who loses things easily. The KRZR is a little longer than your average phone, but much slimmer -- thinner than a deck of cards. The tiny form factor ensures it won't take up much space in your pocket, but you might want to consider purchasing a slipcase for it if you don't want it to disappear entirely.
In addition to its size, the KRZR's appeal also lies in its slick design. The KRZR is a phone designed to look good, with a slick metallic finish and sleek lines. It's a good-looking phone, if you're into that sort of thing, and makes a nifty showpiece. If you have friends who love to coo over the latest gadgets, the KRZR will probably make them sufficiently jealous.
The features of the KRZR depend largely on what carrier you have. Currently, the KRZR is out for Sprint, Verizon, Cingular, Alltel and U.S. Cellular, with a KRZR for T-Mobile supposedly coming soon. Because the features vary by carrier, you may want to do a little research before deciding if the KRZR is right for you (if a 2.0 MP camera is important to you, for example, it should be noted that the Cingular model is the only KRZR that has one -- the others check in at 1.3 MP).
Generally speaking, the Sprint and Verizon editions of the KRZR are generally the most loaded, with the Cingular model coming in third. The Sprint and Verizon models benefit from the more advanced features those carriers offer; both offer GPS capabilities, TV-on-demand, and music store downloads, although extra fees almost certainly apply in both cases.
Beyond that, however, the KRZR's features are generally uniform for every carrier. The KRZR comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera (except, once again, the Cingular's 2.0 MP camera) and an onboard music player. Sprint's music player has slightly broader support than the other models; where all other versions of the KRZR support MP3 playback, the Sprint KRZR also plays AAC and AAC+ formats. Each model has touch-sensitive controls on the outside, so you can listen to music without having to keep your phone open.
In addition, all of the KRZR models feature wireless Bluetooth support, meaning they'll work with the latest Bluetooth accessories, and most come with expandable microSD memory. Ringtones, games and other features will, of course, vary by carrier, and if you're a T-Mobile customer, unfortunately, you'll have to wait just a little bit longer to find out what the KRZR has to offer.
The one major drawback to the KRZR is its price tag, which some might find a little steep. However, this doesn't have to be a problem, if you do a little homework and find a good deal online. Many online carriers offer a KRZR for free if you sign up with a wireless plan. That's an easy way to get around the price tag if there ever was one.
The KRZR is definitely not your basic ride, and may not be for everyone. But if you want a phone that does everything you want, and looks good enough to show off in the bargain, the KRZR is very much worth looking into.The Motorola KRZR: Pretty, But Practical?