“On the heels of creating the first revolution in cell phone design in years, Motorola has finally released a follow-up to the 10-million-selling RAZR. Its new non-flipping cousin shares the thin profile, the laser-etched keypad, and the silly four-letter vowel-deficient naming scheme: meet the SLVR,” Jim Puls writes for The Tartan Online. “Marketed in the U.S. with Apple’s iTunes music player as the SLVR L7, the phone is an exclusive with Cingular Wireless and can be had for the price of $200 plus a two-year contract. I took the plunge and bought one…”
“While its looks may be enough to satisfy most fashion-conscious users, the brains inside the phone are where it really begins to shine. In addition to all of the standard features you’ll find on any phone, you can sync up to 100 songs between the iTunes library on your computer with the phone. The limit, imposed regardless of how much free space there is on the phone, makes sense: Apple isn’t about to encourage people to replace their iPods with one of these phones,” Puls writes. “For an incredibly slick gadget, though, there are some shortcomings. First and foremost is the ridiculously slow speed of music transfers. The phone uses USB 1.1, a standard at least five years out of date, and it’s limited to 12 megabits per second. Transferring 100 songs — an already small number by most standards — takes nearly an hour, compared to two to three minutes on a real iPod… A second shortcoming is the lack of integration between the iTunes player on the phone and the rest of the phone’s software. iTunes is, very literally, an add-on program to this phone.”
“People who want a nice phone that can secondly play small amounts of music, however, will find it hard to go wrong with the SLVR L7. This phone, despite its shortcomings, adds very nice functionality to an almost unbeatable physical form,” Puls writes.
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