I know that the 2 remaining Research In Motion customers are going to be pissed when they read this article. But, I’m writing it anyways. Yes, it is true. I have finally retired my Blackberry and moved over to the Droid side of the force. Being a (very very very) long time Blackberry user, it was a sad day when I decided I’d had enough. Even though the rest of the world had already accepted that RIM was on a downward spiral, I kept my faith in the company and their products. But recently, it seems like RIM wants to go out of business. First it was the premature release of their Blackberry Playbook (which was an over priced and under sized piece of crap). Then RIM suffered several world-wide network outages. And recently, RIM executives were the cause of international flights being grounded because they had a few too many drinks. All of that aside, I felt like the Blackberry products I once loved were gradually degrading. My last Blackberry was nice at first, but over time it seemed to literally fall apart. Even though I take great care of things I own (including my cellphone), my last Blackberry broke to a point that I couldn’t bare to use it any more. That’s when I decided to take the leap and purchase a new Droid device.
First off, I hate Apple. So, the iPhone was not an option for a new cellphone for me. When deciding on a new phone, I compared several droid phones and even threw in the new Blackberry for good measure. But, I quickly dismissed the Blackberry as I don’t have confidence that RIM will exist much longer, not in its current form anyway. Since I would be signing a new 2 year contract with my carrier, I didn’t want to invest in a Blackberry, or any phone for that matter, that was manufactured by a company that might not be around for the remainder of my contract. With Google’s recent purchase of Motorola Mobility and Google already being the owner of Android, I felt like the I should put my money into a new Motorola Droid device and that’s when I found the Motorola RAZR.
The new Droid RAZR has a blazing fast dual core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of LP DDR2 RAM. With it’s 16GB of internal memory and the additional pre-installed 16GB microSD card, this little guy provides me with plenty of storage. And, all of that storage can easily be filled up since this phone is 4G LTE compatible. The RAZR has an 8MP rear facing camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera which is nice for several reasons. The rear facing camera records HD video at 1080p while the front facing camera only records HD at 720p. This is plenty since I don’t plan on recording the next mega-movie with my phone anyways.
For video, the RAZR has a huge 4.3″ Super AMOLED advanced display with qHD resolution of 960×540. I dropped a couple of ripped HD videos onto the microSD card and watched them on the phone. Needless to say, the video playback was beautiful! The colors were nice and crisp. The contrast was perfect and the lighting was spot on. Even though the video playback of my Blackberry was sharp, it has nothing on the video and screen size of the RAZR.
I’ve only had my new RAZR for a week now. But, so far, the battery life has been pleasing. With this being a new “toy” for me, I’ve put it to some heavy use over the last week and the battery seems to only drop by a little. Every night before bed, I still plug my phone into the charger. So, the next day the phone is ready to rock ‘n roll all over again.
As for the things I don’t like about this phone, I only have a few. The first thing I noticed about this phone is that it comes with a lot of crapware pre-installed. Even though you can remove the majority of it, there are still several apps that you can’t get rid of. Everyone in the forums recommend using the application groups to create a group for apps I don’t want to see and then simply hide that group. Out of sight out of mind I guess. The second thing I don’t like about this phone is that it’s still running Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread). With this being such a recent released phone, you would think that it would’ve at least been running Honeycomb or even better Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully there will be an update released in the very near future. The third and final thing I don’t like about this phone is that it does not have a “real” keyboard. Being completely touchscreen, the RAZR does have the virtual qwerty keyboard. So, going from the traditional Blackberry chicklet keyboard to a virtual keyboard is not fun for me.
Even though the RAZR is much bigger than my Blackberry, it feels like it’s a lot lighter. The body of the RAZR is made of KEVLAR & carbon fiber and the screen is made of Gorilla Glass. So, this thing can also take a beating.
Overall, I’m very pleased with my new RAZR and think that I made a good purchase when deciding to go with it. Being the geek that I am, I’ve already started writing a few apps for it and hope to have them added to the Market Place some time around the beginning of the year. When I do get my apps in the Market Place, I’ll be sure to come back here and post some information about the apps, including links to them in the store.
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