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Verizon Droid RAZR Cell Phone Review

Good morning, friends!

It’s another warm one here. I still can’t believe it’s March when it feels like summer. No more hot breakfasts — back to cereal!

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I’m really loving these massive bulk bags of cereal that my co-op grocery store sells. Nicer on my wallet AND the environment! They’re super crunchy, too, which I love. Have any of you guys tried these before?

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I enjoyed breakfast on the porch — sadly the beautiful pink flowers have turned back into regular green trees. Still pretty, but not quite the same!

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In other news, now that I’ve had a few weeks to test it out, I have my official review of the Verizon Droid RAZR phone for you all! When I posted a few weeks ago about becoming a Verizon Wireless Ambassador and receiving the Droid RAZR to test out, a bunch of you asked for a full review. Here it is!

Verizon Droid RAZR Cell Phone Review

I’m a big fan of this phone – I upgraded from a Verizon Palm Pre Plus, and man is this phone better.

Things I love:

  • Fast internet (and the gmail/Twitter apps are way faster than my old phone, too)
  • Google Maps navigation (I’ll never be lost again!)
  • Hot spot/tethering capabilities (lasts for a long time and doesn’t drain the battery nearly as much as my old phone’s hot spot did. The internet is really fast on your computer when you use it, too). This is SO amazing for blogging on the go.
  • Super slim phone – it has a large screen, but it doesn’t seem big since it’s so thin and light. And I like the large screen – easier to do stuff!

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  • Great apps. It’s so nice to finally be welcomed into the world of apps – my old phone had basically none. I’m loving Words with Friends, being able to take a picture of my checks and deposit them instantly with my bank, using Yelp’s app, etc.

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  • Customizable main screens – you can move around the icons and change the background, which makes me happy since I like things organized just how I like them.
  • Pretty intuitive set up, and I love the touch screen.
  • Good camera – not as good as a real camera, but good for a phone, plus there are a bunch of cool filters you can add to the photos (sepia, old school, colors, etc.) — and even more apps to add cool photo effects. Also, it’s super easy and fast to upload photos to Facebook or Twitter (on my old phone, I couldn’t upload to Fbook, and Twitter usually froze when I tried to upload photos) — very nice for blogging! This photo of me right after the Tobacco Road Half Marathon on Sunday was taken via my RAZR and tweeted out.

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The camera also has the feature to “flip” the camera around and take a self-portrait without guessing where you are on the screen.

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  • Easy to hear people talking during phone calls – great quality and it’s louder than my old phone, which is nice.
  • The ability to download documents from email or websites is REALLY useful (again, couldn’t do this on my old phone), especially for school-related stuff.
  • The screen is pretty :) Also, Matt installed a cool background theme for me that shows the weather wherever I am (so not by zip code, but by GPS — it will automatically update when you travel to a new location! I discovered this while in DC over break). AND — when it’s raining outside… my screen rains. For some reason this makes me super happy.

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The only thing that has really taken some getting used to is the onscreen keyboard (my old phone had a pullout keyboard) – it takes me awhile to type and I make a lot of errors, but I know I just need to get used to it. I remember being really slow on my old phone at first, too.

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I also don’t like that the phone comes preloaded with some random apps that I don’t want, but not a big deal and I think that’s pretty standard for phones.

Anyway — bottom line is that if you’re in the market for a new smart phone, I’d definitely recommend this phone. I’ve been really happy with it! Obviously this isn’t the most technical review because I’m not a super tech-savvy person, but for what it’s worth, I hope you found my thoughts helpful.

Also, did you know that Verizon actually offers free in-store or online workshops to help you learn all the cool features of your phone? I’m actually considering going to one since I feel like there’s so much stuff this phone can do that I don’t even know about (and I hate reading manuals). :)

Anyway — time to buckle down. I have a ton of school work to tackle today, plus a bunch of errands. Happy Wednesday!

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. I have NOT been paid to say I like this phone — all opinions are mine.

Comments

  1. 1

    Thanks for the great review! Sounds like there are a lot of awesome features. I do love how the phone rains when it’s raining outside. It’s like it feels your pain. :-)

    I’m due for an upgrade in July so I’m really torn between this and the iPhone!

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    Sounds like your old phone was behind the times! Welcome to Droid, you will love it! My phone is over a year old now (HTC Droid Incredible) and does almost all of the things your Razr does (minus the big screen, and flip camera shots), you’ve been missing out! You will get used to the keyboard, it drove me crazy in the beginning and I was making errors all the time but you will get the hang of it soon :)

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      I’m glad to hear that there’s hope for me and the keyboard, ha. As for now – please excuse any weird texts/emails you get from me. ;)

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    I LOVE the bulk bags! The only one I’ve tried so far is the Heritage O’s and they are SO good! I can’t get over how crunchy they stay, even in milk! I definitely agree with you on their taste and how they’re easy on the wallet. I’ll have to try the mesa sunrise one next!

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    I love the Mesa Sunrise with raisins cereal! I also like the peanut butter panda puffs cereal in the bulk bag.

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    I LOVE the Mesa Sunrise cereal. My gluten intolerant mother-in-law left it at our house after her last visit and it did not last long! My 2 year old loves it too.

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    Loving this weather!! Charleston has been in the 80′s all week long. It’s such a treat, yet I know that April showers will be here soon and so will the humidity! Time for tank tops and shorts. :)

    The whole keyboard on the screen is a major reason why I haven’t purchased a new phone yet. I still love my keyboard on the blackberry and am so scared that it will take forever to learn a new phone. However, it’s probably like when I got my MacBook two years ago. After about a month I had the hang of it all.

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    Anne, I am almost embarrassed to tell this, but I use a Tracfone that you add minutes to with a card every three months. That’s all I need when I’m out shopping in case the family needs me. I am intimidated by all the new pods and pads so I don’t use them. Although, I would love an ipad, I think. Can’t you download books on Ipads? By the way, your breakfast looks great. Pollen in Atlanta was 98 yesterday and 5000 today. Guess what, I got my sister-in-law to walk the 5 miles that I walk every morning with me. Yeah for Debbie.

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      Haha to each their own! That’s so awesome you got your sister-in-law to walk with you! Good for you spreading the healthy living bug :)

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    Anne! I love your blog!
    Please come check out my new blog: FoodWineMine.com

    XOXO

    Meg

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    This post reminds me that I haven’t eaten cereal in a long time! Now I feel like I should go buy some, especially since I LOVE Nature’s Path cereal. It’s the best. They also make awesome frozen waffles, if you are a waffle fiend like me. :)

    Glad you’re liking the new phone!

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    Cool looking phone. I recently purchased a T-Mobile G2X with Android and it has worked really well for me thus far. 4G network with wireless Hotspot and a great camera, so I am good for now. Thanks for sharing though.

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    What’s the name of the weather app? Thanks!!

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    Elisabeth says:

    I don’t have that exact model of phone, but I have the Motorola Droid X, which has the same on screen keyboard. It definitely took me a bit to get used to not having a physical keyboard, but turning the phone horizontally to text/type does help make the keyboard stretch a little larger until you get used to it :)

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    Adventurer says:

    Thx for the great review. Most informative! Less sore today finally? (And does that indicate need for more mileage, by any chance? :-) )

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    I love that cereal! I eat their Millet Rice one which is made with oat bran, millet and brown rice and sweetened with fruit juice. It is flakes, similar to mesa. Yummy and healthy!

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    Love this! Not often that you get a mix of tech reviews on a blog :)

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