Product Note: Speed, Durability, and Lightness Define the Verizon Razr Smartphone

Vol. 1, No. 6

Larry Bodine is a tech junkie who earns his keep as editor-in-chief of Lawyers.com and author of the LawMarketing Blog.

 

  • How is the Verizon Razr Better than the iPhone?
  • What will lawyers like about it?

Lawyers who need the fastest, lightest, and most convenient smartphone will find everything they want in the new Motorola Razr smartphone from Verizon Wireless. Verizon lent me one of the gleaming black devices, and I found it to be number one in several categories:

  • Speed. Run by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and packing 1 GB of RAM, it displays the web as fast as your desktop computer when using Verizon’s 4G network.
  • Durability. The screen is covered by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, and the back plate is made of Kevlar. You don’t have to buy a rubber case for it, which would make it thicker and heavier. As if from a sci-fi novel, “A force field of water-repellent nanoparticles shields the phone against water attacks,” according to Motorola. 
  • Lightness. Weighing only 4½ ounces, the phone won’t pull down your clothes when you put the phone in your pocket. It’s only .28 inches thick and won’t spoil the lines of your tailored suit.
  • Battery life. I had no problem getting through an entire day without having to recharge the Razr. Motorola says it has 12½ hours of continuous talk time and up to 205 hours of standby time.

It’s a great phone, with a speakerphone, caller ID, advanced speech recognition, automatic redial, noise reduction microphones, call waiting, and conference calling. You can create speed dial shortcuts or use your voice to start a call.

The Razr costs $300 with a two-year contract exclusively from Verizon. It’s made by Motorola, which is now owned by Google. This means that the Google’s Android operating system can be tightly engineered to the hardware, as Apple does with the iPhone.

iPhones are $100–$200 cheaper, because Apple negotiated to have mobile carriers subsidize the cost of a new iPhone. But an iPhone is less desirable because it is thicker and heavier. It is also smaller—2.31 inches wide—making it harder to read than the Razr, which is 2.71 inches wide. GPSolo eReport published my detailed comparison back in November. iPhones also are delicate and have the “death grip” flaw that requires a black rubber housing to fix. I have a corporate iPhone, and the Razr makes me disappointed every time I use the Apple phone.

 

Nifty Features That Lawyers Will Like

There are scads of apps, including special ones for lawyers, offered by Android, which has been the best-selling platform for a year now. Two of my nonlegal favorite apps are “find my car,” for dark evenings in strange neighborhoods, and RunPee, which tells you when you can duck out for a bathroom break in a long movie.

It features all the necessary functions like reliable phone service, email, web browser, alarm, calculator, contacts, search, GoToMeeting, instant messaging, navigation, and Google Places. Unfortunately it has permanently installed junkware that you can’t delete—such as Let's Golf 2, Slacker, and Video Surf—but they are easy to pass over.

The Razr displays Flash graphics (iPhones don’t), is easy to orient thanks to the camera hump at the top, and has a bright 540 x 960 Amoled display. The 8 megapixel camera is very good, and you can launch it directly from the lock screen. There is a multishot setting that lets you take six shots in an instant, which is very handy for birders and parents. By tapping the screen, you can switch to the impressive 1080p video camera. You can playback the video on your TV by connecting it to the Razr with an HDMI cable.

The Razr will even create a mobile hotspot for eight WiFi enabled devices, from laptops and tablets to ereaders and game devices. It even has a setting to lock the phone so it won’t make calls when it’s in your purse or pocket. The virtual keyboard is SWYPE®-enabled with next word prediction.

For busy lawyers who insist on having the best phone on the market, the Razr is an ideal choice. It’s all that the mythical iPhone 5 is supposed to be. For those who can afford smart design, speed, and convenience, the search has ended.

 

Neither the ABA nor ABA Divisions endorse non-ABA products or services, and the product reviews in GPSolo eReport should not be so construed.

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