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Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

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Software and Features:

The main menu hasn’t changed and still has categories for media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools. Thankfully there are four themes included: Foliate, Transparent, Urban, and White, but they only change the background image of the main menu and have different colored icons. You can also choose between tab, list and grid view, as well as change the locations of items on the grid.

The main menu of the Verizon Wireless Razzle hasn’t changed - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The main menu of the Verizon Wireless Razzle hasn’t changed - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The main menu of the Verizon Wireless Razzle hasn’t changed - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The main menu of the Verizon Wireless Razzle hasn’t changed - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

The main menu of the Verizon Wireless Razzle hasn’t changed


You can also choose between tab, list and grid view - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
You can also choose between tab, list and grid view - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
You can also choose between tab, list and grid view - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

You can also choose between tab, list and grid view



The phonebook is still very basic and allows up to 1000 contacts to be stored with their name, 5 phones numbers, 2 email addresses, picture, ringtone, IM screen name, and physical street address. We are glad to see the Razzle has 500 speed-dials locations, where the Blitz only allows 21.

The phonebook is still very basic and has 500 speed-dials locations - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The phonebook is still very basic and has 500 speed-dials locations - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The phonebook is still very basic and has 500 speed-dials locations - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

The phonebook is still very basic and has 500 speed-dials locations



The camera on the Razzle hasn’t been updated and remains 1.3MP resolution and still lacks a flash. Images taken outside during the day didn’t have the purple hue that we saw when using the Blitz, but the overall quality is still lacking, as images have poor detail and soft edges. Pictures taken inside look even worse, with a lot of fuzziness and grain being shown. The camera still remains a novelty on the Razzle, so if you want better quality pictures you’d be better off with the Alias 2 or enV3.

The Verizon Wireless Razzle sports a 1.3MP camera - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The Verizon Wireless Razzle sports a 1.3MP camera - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The Verizon Wireless Razzle sports a 1.3MP camera - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

The Verizon Wireless Razzle sports a 1.3MP camera



Outdoor samples - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Outdoor samples - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Outdoor samples - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Outdoor samples - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

Outdoor samples

Strong light - Indoor samples - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Medium light - Indoor samples - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Indoor samples



Since the Razzle is not a PDA, standard messaging is limited to Text and Picture. You can download the Mobile Email program from Verizon for a fee, which will allow you to send and receive standard email messages (not HTHL) using your email account (POP/IMAP). But this does not come close to the more advanced email programs used by Windows Mobile Smartphones or BlackBerry devices. Also, we’re also not sure why, but the MobileIM program is missing on the Razzle. This is standard on most Verizon phones, as it connects to AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo message. Hopefully this will be made available to download.

Messaging with the Razzle - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Messaging with the Razzle - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

Messaging with the Razzle



The music player has been much improved, as one would hope, and the Razzle includes a 1GB microSD memory card. There are 6 sound settings (normal, rock, jazz, classic, pop, and bass) and 3 player skins (red, violet, and yellow). When a song begins playback, it will show the skin with the album art on the display, and you can use the dedicated buttons to rewind/skip-back, play/pause, and fast-forward/skip-ahead. We were surprised that music can also be played in the background, so you can send or receive messages at the same time. Overall music quality was pretty good, as we didn’t have the background distortion like on the Blitz. One thing we noticed was even though the Razzle looks to have stereo speakers, it is merely a design in the plastic, and in fact only has one mono speaker on the left side. You can also listen to music through 2.5mm wired earbuds or by using a stereo Bluetooth headset.

The music player has been much improved - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The music player has been much improved - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The music player has been much improved - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The music player has been much improved - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

The music player has been much improved



Mobile Web 2.0, VZNavigator, and Game downloads are possible, but unfortunately the Razzle (just like the Blitz) does not support EVDO, which limits its data to the slower 1x network. Because of this, the Mobile Web home page takes 15 seconds to load, instead of 6 seconds or less on EVDO devices. Larger web sites can take up to a minute on the Razzle, but since the browser is not HTML, they are not properly rendered. Also, VZNavigator operates slower, since it takes longer to download maps and directions.

Mobile Web and VZNavigator - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Mobile Web and VZNavigator - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Mobile Web and VZNavigator - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

Mobile Web and VZNavigator



Other include tools include voice commands, calculator, tip calculator, appointment calendar, e-diary, 3 alarm clocks, stop watch, world clock, and notepad.

Voice commands - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Calculator - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Calendar - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
E-Diary - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
Alarms - Verizon Wireless Razzle Review

Voice commands

Calculator

Calendar

E-Diary

Alarms



The Razzle comes with 52MB of internal memory, where the Blitz only had 28MB. Only 8MB is used out of the box, leaving 44MB available. Because of this, we’re glad to see a 1GB memory card included for storing music and pictures.


Performance:

Unfortunately, the Razzle doesn’t fair better than the Blitz when it comes to signal reception and call quality. When testing the Razzle in strong coverage areas, we only got 0-2 bars (1 bar average) showing on the display. We were able to place and receive calls around south FL without a problem, but some did eventually drop when going into fringe areas. Call Quality also wasn’t great, as it had a bit of a background “buzz” distortion if the volume was turned up past medium and was also noticeable when using the speakerphone. People that we called, who were using a landline, said that our voice sounded shallow and they could easily tell we were using a cell phone.

The included 920mAh battery is rated to provide 4.7 hours of talk time or 15 days of standby time on a full charge. Our testing revealed 4 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, which is the same as the Blitz. Both the enV3 and Alias 2 were able to get up to 5 hours of talk time and Intensity got 4.5 hours.


Conclusion:

The Verizon Wireless Razzle is a minor update from the Blitz, as the most noticeable change is the new rotating bottom with QWERTY keyboard and music controls. The Razzle continues to have fairly mediocre reception and call quality, which is a concern if you plan to use it mostly for phone calls. The overall design and style of the Razzle is teen friendly, and the low price does help if it’s accidently damaged or lost, but the Samsung Intensity is in the same price range as the Razzle, yet it offers better reception and still comes with a QWERTY keyboard.

Pros

  • Rotating QWERTY keyboard and music controls
  • Teen friendly design and easy to use
  • Music player can be used in the background

Cons

  • Reception and call quality are lacking
  • Poor camera quality
  • Lack of EVDO
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. strohmy (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)


The volume for music is terrible not to mention the quality.it sounds similar to a 60's transistor radio. I downloaded my music from napster so I know the quality is decent,I've also tried different head phones with the same result.

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Display2.2 inches, 220 x 176 pixels (128 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.50 x 2.40 x 0.50 inches
(114 x 61 x 13 mm)
3.80 oz  (108 g)
Battery920 mAh, 4.76 hours talk time

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