The best things in life are free, goes the adage. Or was it a song? In any case, this ditty applies to the new gray RAZR cell phone for T-Mobile which I just bought … if "bought" is the right word for something I got for free.
I still remember when the RAZR came out about a year ago. You could not miss it. The thinnest cell phone. The trendiest cell phone. Ads were everywhere, and the hype almost made me want to get anything but. However, now that the marketing dust has settled, what you are left with is a nice, thin, light and elegant handset that is a joy to use and a pleasure to own.
So please indulge me as I describe what I like about my T-Mobile RAZR –and maybe you'll see why this modern classic appeals to so many and may appeal to you.
The RAZR Cell Phone's "Soft" Technology
I'm one of those guys who truly appreciates technology, but without going overboard. Yes, I like the fact that most things today come with an instruction manual, but I stop just shy of investing the equivalent of three semester-hours to figure out how many MHZ will optimize my TI OMAP processor or how many KBPS and MBPS I can get out of a GPRS as opposed to a gWiFi.
So this golden technological middle ground is one of the first things I really appreciated about my new RAZR. Owning it is like sitting across the table from a friend who talks technology to you without ever turning you loudy-eyed – in just enough detail to make you understand what he's talking about without overwhelming you.
The technology I got with the T-Mobile RAZR is stuff that most of us on the "non" side of the techno-geek divide typically appreciate. For instance, with this phone, you get a digital camera that also takes short videos. No need to find it amongst a maze of menus and files: it's right there as soon as you turn the phone on, under the caption that, aptly enough, says "camera." Press that button and the phone's display becomes a digicam's LCD; press it again and click, you're done. This is the kind of ease of use I like, and it is only an example of the kind of controls you get with the T-Mobile RAZR.
With the T-Mobile RAZR I also get a very usable Bluetooth wireless feature. This is a feature I thought I'd never use, but since it came free, I thought "what the heck." But what I found out is that it's extremely useful, especially for when I'm driving – I live in one of those states where cops can pull you over for handing your cell phone while you drive. And with this Bluetooth headset I do not have to muck about with wires or to take the phone with me when I fuel up at the pump and I can keep talking – in style. Which brings us to one of the area where the RAZR excels practically unmatched.
The T-Mobile RAZR Style
If there is one thing I dislike about many of today's consumer products is their cheap, plastic look and feel that makes them come across as almost disposable. With the RAZR, you instead get a classy satin-finish aluminum alloy shell, which gives this cell phone the feeling of something permanent and real.
And of course, the RAZR will strike you for how thin it is – even after a year on the market and after the introduction of some copycat products, this cell phone still shines in this department as the real thing. Besides being a fashion statement, the RAZR's thinness is also a practical asset. This cell phone will disappear in your jeans' front pocket without adding bulk to your appearance, so you actually do not even need a holster for it.
The T-Mobile RAZR Unique Features
What made me choose a T-Mobile RAZR as opposed to another cell phone carrier's is the type of plans it comes with. In particular, I was enticed by T-Mobile's exclusive myFaves feature, for which the new T-Mobile RAZR is compatible (not all phones are, especially older ones).
The myFaves feature is essentially a list of five out-of-network phone numbers that you can call and receive calls from for free, regardless of time or day, frequency of calls or where in the country your five contacts are. With a standard T-Mobile myFaves plan, you get this on top of the free in-network calls normally offered by most service plans.
In practical terms, this means that this myFaves plan allows me to place and receive most cell phone calls for free and reserve the plan's minutes for the odd phone call to other parties – with what it's much easier to keep conversations brief. Incidentally, I let my five contacts know that they are on my myFaves list, so they also know that they can call me without fearing of costing me airtime minutes.
Overall, I am extremely happy with my new T-Mobile RAZR. For a cell phone that is definitely no longer "the latest," I am glad to see that carriers like T-Mobile are willing to keep it fresh by adding useful features to it – like, in this case, the myFaves plan option. My only wish is that the same phone came with an iTunes player – since I'm addicted to my music – but as the adage says, you can not have it all. Or was that a song?