For lawyers who need to have the very best in mobile technology, there’s no way to beat the new Motorola Droid Razr smart phone from Verizon Wireless. This Android phone is the fastest, lightest and most convenient smart phone you can get today.
Verizon loaned me one of these hot, new smart phones, which you can use to run your solo law practice, and it is #1 in several categories:
- Lightness. Weighing in at only 4 1/2 ounces, you can put this phone in your pocket and it won’t pull down your pants. It’s only .28 inches thick and takes up less space than a pop tart.
- Speed. Run by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, it displays the web as fast as your desktop computer, when using Verizon’s 4G network.
- Durability. No bulky protective case is needed. The screen is covered by scratch-resitant Gorilla Glass and the back plat is made of Kevlar.
- Battery life. The Razr has 12 1/2 hours of continuous talk time and up to 205 hours of standby time. I had no problem getting through an entire day without having to recharge the Razr.
- Readability. Android phones have the wonderful “autosize” feature, which takes a web page and fits it into readable text that doesn’t scroll off the screen. This feature makes it far superior to any iPhone.
Verizon released the Razr exclusively in November 2011 at a price of $300 with a two-year contract. It’s made by Motorola, which along with the Android operating system, is owned by Google, allowing it to tightly engineer the software to the hardware, as Apple does with the iPhone.
iPhones are much cheaper ($100-$200) because Apple negotiated to have mobile carriers subsidize the cost of a new iPhone. But an iPhone is less desirable because it is thicker, heavier and smaller. The ABA published a detailed comparison. iPhones are delicate, have the “death grip” flaw that requires a bulk rubber housing to fix, and display websites by scrolling the edges off the screen.
I have a corporate iPhone and the Razr makes me feel disappointed every time I use the Apple phone.
Nifty features that lawyers will like
It features all the necessary functions like reliable phone service, email, web browser, alarm, calculator, contacts, search, GoToMeeting, instant messaging, navigation and Google Places. It has permanently installed junkware such as Lets Golf 2, Slacker and Viedo Surf, but they’re easy to pass over.
It displays Flash graphics (iPhones don’t), is easy to orient thanks to the camera hump at the top, has a beautiful 540 x 960 Amoled display that is 4.3” wide, an 8 megapixel camera and an impressive 1080p video camera. The Razr starts up quickly (35 seconds) without making any noise, will create a mobile hotspot for other devices to use and auto-detects a wi-fi connection.
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 allows typing using swipe gestures, making it a natural choice for the deft and young.
I almost forgot to mention that it’s a great phone, with a speakerphone, caller ID, advanced speech recognition, automatic redial, call waiting and conference calling.
For busy lawyers who need to stay connected, 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.