RAZR Phone Book

by Volker Weber

There is something fundamentally broken. Can you spot it? The RAZR breaks up each and every contact into its contact details. So you get as many contacts as you have phone numbers and mail adresses (if you chose to sync them). Multiply by 360 contacts.

Adding insult to injury, you can only type the first character of a contact to locate it. Prepare for a looooong scroll though the phone book.

Update: If all else fails, read the instructions complain. Thanks to the comments to this post I have now learned that you can set the address view to display only "primary contacts" instead of "all contacts". Now it looks much better. If anyone knows how to locate a contact by entering more than the first character I am all ears.


Es gibt da eine Einstellung fuer "Primaerkontakte" - dann zeigt er zunaechst den Primaerkontakt in der Liste an, und mit Klick nach rechts dann den Rest.

Frank Koehntopp, 2005-05-01

While the phone book is open, go to the menu and choose Setup > View > Primary Contact (Well, I assume that's what they call it. On a German RAZR it reads Setup > Ansicht > Primärkontakte). For each person, you can set which number is their primary contact.
When a contact is highlighted in the phone book, use the left and right keys of the circular chooser to go through the entries for each person.

Found that out by luck, I didn't see it mentioned anywhere in the manual.

Sebastian Krauß, 2005-05-01

Oh, habe außerdem mal einen genaueren Blick auf das Photo geworfen... das Blaue auf dem Hörer ist tatsächlich ein Schutzaufkleber, den man abmachen kann. Dadrunter ist es auch silber wie der Rest des Gehäuses.

Habe ich mir auch sagen lassen müssen. :)

Sebastian Krauß, 2005-05-01

Thanks, Frank & Sebastian. You are absolutely right. One can hide the other contacts so you only see one line per person. Thanks a lot.

And I have also removed the blue protective sticker from the Motorola logo. Looks much better now. :-)

Volker Weber, 2005-05-01

Manchmal ist vowe einfach GOLD wert. Auch ich habe jetzt die Adressbuch-Einstellungen geändert und die blaue Schutzfolie entfernt. (und jetzt bin ich mir unsicher ob das mit dem blauen Logo vll. doch nicht so schlecht war ;-) Vielen Dank - jetzt ordne ich die Kontakte neu.

Wenn wir schonmal dabei sind: Kann ich mit iSync auch die Fotos aus dem V3 irgendwie synchen? Weder iPhoto noch iSync schaffen die Fotos aus dem Phone auf die lokale Platte. Unter Windows erledigen das die "mobile PhoneTools", unter OS X habe ich es noch nicht hinbekommen.

Stefan Funke, 2005-05-02

Ich schicke die Bilder bei Bedarf einfach per Bluetooth an das iBook. Bluetooth File Exchange ist Dein Freund.

Volker Weber, 2005-05-02

Mit BT hab ich es noch nicht probiert; bei Bedarf lege ich mir mal einen BT-Stick zu.

Stefan Funke, 2005-05-02

Thanks to all, now i've also changed my phonebook settings and removed the blue sticker. Now my life is much better ;-)

Dirk Steins, 2005-05-12

Any way to synchronize an Outlook phone book with the RAZR? I have a USB cable and a Bluetooth adapter, but the phone came with no software (which I think is pretty cheap considering the sticker price). If I can't do a true sync with Outlook, what I would like to do is export all of the phone contacts, edit and prune them, and then re-import them all.

Any tips? Typing in all my contacts in the phone is too painstaking for me.

Mario Kroll, 2005-05-14

My phone came with Mobile Phone Tools.

Volker Weber, 2005-05-14

Danke. Meines leider nicht. Habe es aber am Internet gekauft und installiert und jetzt gehts. Schade das so ein teueres handy ohne software kommt. Da ist Ericsson eher ein besseres vorbild.

Danke trozdem.

Mairo Kroll, 2005-05-15

In regards to the long search question you asked at the beginning of this post. There is a way to do a more in-depth search. Go into the address book, press menu and scroll down to 'Search Method', from here choose Find. This will allow you to type (like text messaging) the first few characters of the person's name and take you to it. Hope this helps.

Jerrod Rothey, 2006-05-25

Looking for a bilinguaul RAZR (English and German) to be able to predictive text message in both. Anything available for purchase or order from North America?

Walter Groth, 2006-08-26

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