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Review: Motorola Droid RAZR M for Verizon Wireless

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Calls

Pressing the phone button on the home screen brings you to the dialpad. You can swipe sideways to access the call log and your favorite contacts. The call log provides some information about calls (time, duration) in addition to shortcuts for redialing or sending a text message to that number.

In-call actions are available via controls that appear on the bottom of the screen, You can open the dialpad, turn on the speakerphone, mute calls, or add a line.

 

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Contacts

The contact cards are clean and organized in appearance. The tools for accessing, editing, sharing, and otherwise interacting with your contacts are all easily found.

As noted, you can place contact cards, direct dial, or direct message shortcuts on the home screens. These give you instant access to your closest peeps. You can also add contacts to your Favorites list -- which is visible in the phone application.

The M includes Motorola's contact widget for the home screen, which appears in the form of four empty boxes at the top. Drag the set of boxes down, and the stacks will open up to show you a grid of your top 20 contacts, complete with photo ID. Tap the photo of your contact, and it will open a drop-down menu that offers a handful of quick actions.

Messaging

Motorola includes the expected collection of stock communications tools on the M and offers no surprises or special features.

The SMS application offers threaded conversations. The usual two Android email applications are also present. There's the generic email app for POP3/IMAP4 and Exchange, as well as the native Gmail application.

On the instant messaging side of the equation, the stock Google Talk application is on board for Google IM users, but Yahoo, AIM, and Windows Live aren't supported out of the box. You'll have to find alternatives in the Google Play Store. Both Twitter and Facebook are pre-installed.

Other social apps/services on board include Google Latitude, Google+, and Google+ Messenger.

 

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