Verizon Wireless’s Droid RAZR HD is yet another great addition to the Droid lineup, which consistently puts out attractive, reliable smart phones with all the latest features.
The phone comes with Verizon’s standard slate of apps, including the useful Quickoffice for creating and editing documents and spreadsheets on the go.
The RAZR HD runs Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is listed as upgradeable to 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM make for overall zippy performance. It also includes a generous 16 GB of internal storage memory for your apps and media, and you can add up to a 32 GB microSD card.
The virtual keyboard has a row of dual-purpose keys on top for holding in a letter to get a number. The keypad works well, though many LG and Samsung phones now come with keyboards with all multi-purpose keys, letting you get almost any number or symbol without having to switch to another layout.
The 8.0 MP camera and 1080p HD camcorder take nice pictures and videos, and you can use the front-facing HD Webcam (1.3 MP, 720p) for video chat.
The device measures 5.19″ by 2.67″ by .33″ and weighs 5.15 oz, meaning it’s light to carry but bulky in size for toting in a pocket. That’s the price you pay for the large screen, a 4.7″ Super AMOLED HD display with 1280 x 720 HD resolution.
With that sizable screen, you get a beautiful display for playing games and watching videos, plus crisp and clear text when you’re reading messages or articles. Games like Angry Birds Star Wars look fantastic. Videos on YouTube or HBOGO load quickly and look outstanding.
The RAZR HD has good battery life, and you can use Motorola’s included Smart Actions app to make it even better. The app lets you automate certain tasks, such as setting times of the day when the phone doesn’t check for email and shuts down certain services to conserve battery life.
The RAZR HD comes with Verizon’s astoundingly fast 4G LTE service, which already encompasses much of the U.S. and regularly adds even more areas. You can buy the RAZR HD for $199.99 with a two-year contract, the same price as other, comparable phones. A Verizon plan with unlimited talk and text and a minimal data allotment will set you back around $70 monthly for an individual plan with one device.
If you want to make sure you have mobile service in almost any area of the U.S., Verizon most likely has you covered. I’ve very rarely heard of or encountered a dead area using a Verizon phone. Although no mobile company can claim to cover absolutely every nook and cranny of the U.S., Verizon seems to come pretty darn close.
The RAZR HD is global ready for calling, texting and emailing from more than 205 countries around the world. You’ll want to make sure you sign up for an international mobile plan before setting foot in another country, though, to avoid potentially enormous bills from foreign data usage as soon as your phone tries to grab your email.
The Droid RAZR HD has all the high-end features you could want, a large amount of available memory for installing apps, a gorgeous display, a fast processor and Verizon’s dependable mobile service. If you’re looking to switch to a new smart phone, the Droid RAZR HD won’t disappoint.