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Review: Motorola Droid RAZR M for Verizon Wireless

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Screen

The M's display is excellent. It measures 4.3 inches and offers 540 x 960 (qHD) resolution. It isn't the highest-resolution display on the market, but the small size and generous pixel count make for a great screen. Text, images, and graphics looked razor-edged, and colors were bright and beautiful. Thanks to the Super AMOLED Advanced technology, the display worked well outdoors and was easy to read under bright skies.

Signal

The M is another signal hound from Motorola. Like a Labrador Retriever, the M was able to sniff out Verizon's network everywhere I took it. The M went to toe-to-toe with every Verizon device I've ever tested. No matter what the signal meter read, it made calls and surfed the net with the best of them. I experienced no dropped calls, and, since the M never dropped to 3G, browsing sessions were always snappy.

Sound

The sound is, in a word, outstanding. I was able to hear calls made in a crowded, noisy event space with ease. In fact, a raging DJ had nothing on the M, so loud is the phone's earpiece. Clarity of calls was excellent. Calls routed to the speakerphone were loud and clear, just the way I want them to be. I was even able to hear the speakerphone in a loud bar. Quality didn't suffer at all. Ringtones and alerts were also plenty loud. The vibrate is good, but not awesome.

Battery

Thanks to the M's 2,000mAh battery, it delivers a full day of battery life with power to spare. Quite often the phone lasted 36 hours or more on a single charge -- all under 4G LTE coverage. I used the M quite heavily during the day to check email, RSS, and Twitter, as well as to stream tunes via Google Music. Motorola said at the M's splashy NYC debut that it is prioritizing battery life on all of its devices, and the M proves it.

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