01/11/2011 13:44 | By Verity Burns, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets
Motorola RAZR and other retro phones we loved

Motorola RAZR

Motorola RAZR (© Motorola)
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Remember the Motorola RAZR V3? Way back in 2004 - eons ago in technology terms - it was the phone to own. A combination of ultra-stylish looks and cutting-edge technology catapulted it to the top of everyone's 'want one' list. Thin, with an electroluminescent keypad made out of a single sliver of aluminium, it was pure icy elegance.

Well guess what? The RAZR is back. Again, it's super-slim at only 7.1 millimetres thick, and boasts a back cover panel that echoes the original RAZR V3 design. Under the hood it's packing a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, and the 4.3-inch screen features Kelvar fibre and Corning Gorilla Glass, so it'll easily survive any scrapes and knocks.

In honour of its imminent release we've pulled together 10 fondly remembered mobile phones of yesteryear. Read on to find out if your first handset has made our list.

02/11/2011 21:59
I still use 2 tin cans on a long string. Reception is terrible, but I still get the message across.
02/11/2011 16:35
Ah the good old days of my snake addiction..
Everyone in my school had a Nokia 3310, if you didnt you were a nobody hahaha 
02/11/2011 13:54
still got a fully functioning RAZR, battery lasts a week in standby. This was a hand-me-up from my daughter who gave it severe abuse. I love this phone.
02/11/2011 19:18
Haha! My RAZR was my first proper phone, and you know what? It's still my phone! I love it, even though it's so dated it's unbelievable, but it still looks and works like it's brand new! I'm finally back in fashion. Woo! :D
02/11/2011 18:52
what do you mean my first mobile phone?? I`m still using mine(RAZRV3)
02/11/2011 12:52
my first phone was a 3310! It was a beast of a phone... i was so happy to get it that fateful christmas! never had any credit mind :P 
02/11/2011 22:49
I have a sony ericson 750i still works as new battery life still as new does all i want from a phone still got a great camera dont wont anything else all this hi tec craape, break, status symble cost me 5/10 amonth to call, text whos the idiot who spends 50/60 amonth for a phone??? not me ..... 
02/11/2011 08:58
I miss clamshell (flip) phones so badly.  Why can't they make a touchscreen phone that folds up?

When I had a RAZR I bought it to work and everyone thought I was so slick lol.
02/11/2011 07:23
Remember the RAZR V3 way back back in 2004..........I still using mine , I bought mine when it was being phased by later models , went into Carphone warehouse to enquire about the V3 and the sales man just laughed and said "no longer sell THAT phone and good reddens to it", what a plocker, finally got one in Tesco, and still love the styling so slim and sexy, it may not have all the functions as other phones but its still a great phone and if I could buy another one it could only be the RAZR V3.
Got it unlocked, its been repaired three time but still don't have the heart to throw it away anyway there's nothing on the market that compares and the predicted texting is the best

02/11/2011 22:19
I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy but hated it.  So now I have gone back to my trustworthy RAZR V3 which is 5 years old, you can't beat it..... happy to see a new version coming out.
02/11/2011 20:53
02/11/2011 10:09

My first flip phone was the Motorola Startac. Classic ;)


02/11/2011 21:16
02/11/2011 19:18

I wouldn't call the 2004 Motorola 'retro'. The brick-sized thing on the second slide from 1983, now THAT's retro. I remember back in the 80s when mobile phones were a rare sight; even in the mid 90s they weren't all that common and still a bit of a status symbol. Nowadays they're practically throwaway items and we wonder how we ever lived without them. Strange.

02/11/2011 17:59

Motorola RAZR V3.


This phone wasn’t quite my first, but lasted me many years...  That is, of course, until I purposely snapped the screen off in a drunken state and found the nearest bin.  I did so because someone kept calling and texting me non-stop!


I was impressed that once I beheaded it, the phone itself was still ringing and vibrating...  It never died without a fight.  R.I.P.


02/11/2011 16:00
I still use my old 3310 it still does everything I want in a phone. great bit of kit never goes wrong
02/11/2011 08:33
On my third i phone now my new one constantly crashes during calls............Cant beleive they did not put the nokia banana phone in there!!! ...........whats that all about then
02/11/2011 16:39

My wife still uses her RAZR, and loves it.


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