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Review: Motorola Droid RAZR M for Verizon Wireless

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Apps

The M ships with an average number of apps for a Verizon device. The generous on-board storage (8GB) combined with support for 32GB microSD cards means you don't need to worry about running out of room for your own apps. In addition to the Google Play Store, Verizon has supplied its own app store, as well as the Amazon App Store. Yeah, there's no shortage of ways to search for apps on the RAZR M.

 

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Browse

The M is one of the few devices that ships with Google Chrome as the default browser. Chrome is an excellent mobile browser. It is fast, does a great job of rendering web pages, and offers plenty of advanced tools. Mated with Verizon's LTE network, you have a web browsing powerhouse on your hands.

 

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Bluetooth

The M supports the typical set of Bluetooth profiles, including those that allow you to connect to mono and stereo headsets, other phones, PCs, cars, and so on. It paired with all device without issue and had no trouble communicating with other gear. Phone calls sent to Bluetooth headsets were quite good, as were those I routed through my car's hands-free system. Music sounded OK when passed through stereo Bluetooth speakers.

Clock

If you're in a hurry to check the time, a quick press of the lock key lights up the M's display, making the large digital clock visible. The clock is white, so choose your wallpaper carefully. The behavior of the lock screen clock can't be adjusted, but of course there are myriad clock widgets for the home screen panels.

 

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GPS

The M includes Google Maps and VZ Navigation. You know the drill here. Google Maps is great for a free service, with cool features such as offline use and 3D maps. VZ Navigator is an excellent navigation app, but it costs $10 per month to use. As far as the GPS performance itself goes, the M was quick to locate me. It often found my exact location in less than 10 seconds. Accuracy was within about 10 feet.

 

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