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Review: Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon Wireless

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Verizon was sure to pack the RAZR with all sorts of apps and services, most of which you'll probably care little about. Stand-outs include the VideoSurf app, which is meant to help identify movies in the same way that SoundHound or Shazam do for music. It was only about 50% successful in my tests. The RAZR also has Citrix GoToMeeting and Receiver, and other business software on board, such as MotoPrint (which lets you print via Wi-Fi to networked printers), and QuickOffice. The RAZR also includes the MOTOACTV application, which lets it pair with the MOTOACTV watch/MP3 player and fitness tool. Together, they can be used to track workouts and fitness, and the MOTOACTV device can also receive text messages, emails, and incoming call alerts.


The RAZR's Bluetooth radio connects to phones, headsets, PCs, and speakers. I had no trouble pairing it with half a dozen different pieces of equipment. Phone calls placed through mono headsets sounded excellent, as did music played through Bluetooth stereo speakers. Sending files between phones and PCs, wasn't a problem. It worked well with the MOTOACTV via Bluetooth.


The Droid RAZR has a large digital clock that's easily seen when the lock key is pressed. Reading the time outdoors, though, can be hit or miss. The Droid RAZR also has a clock widget for use on the home screen panels. This widget is widely customizable, but the lock screen clock is not.


The Droid RAZR includes both Google Maps and VZNavigator. Both are capable navigation apps. Google Maps is easy to use, and ties in well to other Google services, such as Latitude and Places. VZNavigator doesn't do that, and costs $10 per month to use. VZNavigator's GPS performance is a little bit better and more accurate in my experience and better at handling dynamic traffic conditions.

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