The other feature you can access via the external screen is the ability to read text messages, which is very useful if you don't want to open the clamshell, although it can be slightly awkward to unlock the external screen in order to read a text message.
Memory-wise, there's the option of either 512MB or a generous 2GB of on-board memory, but unfortunately no option to expand via a memory card slot. There's also, annoyingly, no way to set the phone to ring and vibrate at the same time, and no 3G, so no high-speed Web browsing.
Audio quality during calls was very good and there was no noticeable distortion or muffling. The loudspeaker also performed well, as did listening to music using the Motorola S9 stereo Bluetooth headphones.
The picture quality from the 2-megapixel camera was, as expected, not fantastic, and there weren't that many settings options to choose from. The pictures are not as good as those from a Sony Ericsson K810i or Samsung G600.
Battery life was acceptable -- we only had to recharge it after two days of moderate use. The quoted battery life is up to approximately 500 minutes' talk time and 280 hours' standby time.
The Motorola Razr 2 V8 is definitely a step in the right direction and will make many Razr fans very happy. It's a shame there's no 3G, no memory card slot and that the camera isn't better, but the V8 is still the best Razr since the original.
If you are looking for a stylish phone with more features, it's worth checking out the Samsung U700 for its slim design, 3.2-megapixel camera and HSDPA, or the Nokia N95, which comes with a 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, HSDPA and GPS.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Kate Macefield