Some reviewers have described the Krzr as an evolved Razr V3, and to all intents and purposes it is part of the Razr family. However, the Krzr represents a significant step forward for Motorola. It has an improved interface and keypad layout that make it much more enjoyable to use.
Our review sample came from T-Mobile, but it's also available from Orange, O2 and Vodafone, free on various monthly contracts. It's not available on pay as you go, but if you hunt around online for a SIM-free model, it'll set you back around £250.
The Krzr K1's mirrored front is a marked change from Motorola's previous designs. Made from a combination of blue hardened glass, metal and reflective plastic, the Krzr shines from the moment you take it out of the box. It also picks up fingerprints like a crime-scene investigator, but that's to be expected from a surface like this.
Measuring 42 by 103 by 16mm, the K1 is narrower and taller than the original Razr V3, but 1mm thicker when folded. It's also heavier at 100g, but as with the original V3, it feels well built and unlikely to break if you drop it.
On the right and left of the K1's hinge there are two gem-like blue dots. Alongside the dimples on the bottom section of the handset, they emphasise Motorola's attention to detail.
The left side of the phone houses a dedicated volume rocker and shutter button, and on the right side there's a softkey that gives you access to the voice-commands menu and recorder. Further down the right side is a mini-USB charging port that lets you connect to a PC via a USB cable and also doubles up as a headphone port.
The back of the phone is fairly bare, aside from a hole for the speaker at the bottom. The back feels rubberised and doesn't show up fingerprints as much as the front, prompting us to wonder why the entire phone wasn't made of the same material.
The battery cover is similar to the V3's, but rather than popping it off you need to slide it upwards. The microSD slot is hidden behind the cover, but you don't need to take the battery out to change it. Still, it would be less fiddly if it were accessible from the outside.
Opening up the K1 is as easy as opening up the V3, because the sides of the top and bottom section are curved, making it simple to slide your finger or thumb between them. Once the phone is open you see strong V3 influences in the K1. The screen keypad and general layout is like looking at a mini version of the inside of the Razr.
The most striking differences are the colour and size. The K1's interior matches the exterior, with a blue border around the colour screen and a flat, blue keypad.
The screen measures 30mm wide by 37mm tall -- a little on the small side. One of the standout features of the V3 was its large screen, and while the K1's screen does display 262,000 colours and is bright, it would be easier to view Web sites if it were as large as the V3's.
The keypad is slightly different to the original because it's much smaller and there's a cancel (or go back one page) button in place of the message button on the right of the navigation key.
The new cancel button is a significant addition, because on the old layout you had to reach for the top-left softkey to delete something in a text or go back one page, making it rather fiddly. The keypad feels strange to use at first if you're used to the size of keys on the V3, but after a while it's actually quite easy to press the keys correctly and it doesn't feel cramped.