Review: Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon Wireless
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.
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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.
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.
Oct 18, 2011
Motorola and Verizon Wireless today announced the Droid RAZR, a new Android-based smartphone that revives Motorola's iconic branding. It has a stainless steel core, Kevlar back, Gorilla Glass front, and Splashguard nanotech coatings both inside and out.
Our hands-on first impressions of the new Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon Wireless. This super-thin phone sports 4G LTE and a super-thin 7.1mm body.
Motorola's Droid RAZR MAXX builds on the foundation set by the original RAZR and makes a wide number of improvements to an already good design. Here's Phone Scoop's full review of the RAZR MAXX.
May 10, 2012
Verizon Wireless today announced that a blue version of the Motorola Droid RAZR is now available in select Verizon Wireless stores. It will be available in all stores and online by May 17.
Jun 22, 2012
Verizon Wireless today announced that the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX will both begin receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update starting June 22. The update will be delivered over the air.