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Review: Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon Wireless

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Camera

Though the RAZR doesn't have a dedicated camera button, the camera can be accessed from the lock screen. It launches quickly. The camera controls are nicely arranged and easy to figure out.

There’s a focusing box in the middle of the screen, but the RAZR also includes touch-to-focus if you want to be specific. There’s a slide for zooming (and the volume key doubles as a zoom key). Then there's a too-small button in the corner to access the Droid RAZR's full settings.

Press this tiny button and a little drawer slides out that provides access to six different control panels: Settings, Effects, Scenes, Shooting Modes, Brightness, and Flash. There's plenty to choose from when it comes to adjusting the camera's behavior. The effects are limited to colors, but the scenes range from portrait to landscape, and from close-ups to sunsets. It has an easy panorama mode for taking shots of wide vistas.

The RAZR's camera includes the same wonky bugs I noticed in the Droid Bionic. The camera often focuses -- and then focuses again -- before taking shots. There's also a disconcerting pause between when the camera stops focusing and actually captures the image. The end result is that you never know exactly when the shutter is going to fire, and you could be wobbling the RAZR right at the wrong instant.

 

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Gallery

The Droid RAZR makes use of the newer Motorola gallery application that we've seen on other high-end Motorola Android devices in recent months.

The gallery segregates photo libraries, with the default view set to the images shared by your Facebook friends. The images appear as cards floating in a carousel and you can scroll through them sideways. It's a breeze to add a comment, or open the photo in the Facebook app for full interactivity.

There are buttons below this carousel that open the camera roll, your image library, your online accounts (defaults to Picasa and Facebook), and DLNA devices. Its an interesting way to view images, and it places an emphasis on the social nature of sharing pictures with your friends and family. You can upload/share with tons of photo/social services, and even add comments to your own photos. The gallery can be set to support automatic uploads, which means photos will be sent to the one social network of your choice automatically, in the background.

As for the main gallery of camera photos, it lays things out in a grid of thumbnails and supports slide shows. The editing features are robust. The RAZR can adjust effects, colors, and brightness, as well as crop, rotate, flip (horizontal or vertical), and even resize the image.

 

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