Verizon Razzle Video
Verizon Razzle Video Transcript
[ MUSIC ] ^M00:00:03
>> [Ken Sherman:] Hi, I'm Ken Sherman, senior editor here at CNET.com. I'm here at CTIA Fall 2009 to show you the Verizon Razzle. This is a new phone, Verizon Wireless of course. It is made by PCD. Little bit of a twist, you might say, on the design. Yes, I know that's a bad pun, but you'll see why. It has actually a QWERTY keyboard and a music player. For a QWERTY phone it is actually a bit small, not as big as a Blackberry or a Windows Mobile device. But for its size, PCD actually makes good use of the real estate. There is a bright display here. Not the biggest around, but it should be fine for most uses. You can go through the menus. Verizon does use that standardized menu system which we've never really been in love with, but the organizational system is getting just a bit better. Keypad down below feels a bit cramped. But I think for some texting it's probably going to be fine. Buttons are pretty tactile. Space bar's right in the middle, even though it is a little bit small. And there is just a couple short-cut keys as well. Here on the side you see there's a volume rocker, there's the microUSB port. Here on the top you have a 2.5-millimeter headset jack. Typically like 3.5 on these music phones, but this is fine for here. On the back you find the lens for the 1.3-megapixel camera. Also there's a small self-portrait mirror. When I said twist earlier, what I mean is the phone actually does rotate like that. Turn that over, and you see they have some dedicated music controls down below with, with the speaker. We have seen it on some phones before, and it does allow you to have a different set of keys that you can access easily. One thing that's interesting too is actually when the QWERTY keyboard is open, the phone is tilted. That can make it easier when you're actually texting to just a little more comfortable, you can put your fingers back here, gives you a little bit of an angle. Kind of a personal thing; I think if you didn't have it you probably wouldn't miss it that much, but sometimes it is a nice touch, a little ergonomic feel. Inside the phone you'll find EVDO so it does have access to Verizon's V-Cast videos, V-Cast music. You'll find Bluetooth, personal organizer, speakerphone, messaging, email. So, pretty standard set of features for a mid-level phone. As I said, 1.3-megapixel camera. Would have liked to see it a little higher; maybe 2 megapixel would be best. Overall though, very interesting design, a few features. Again this is the Verizon Razzle, and it's made by PCD. I'm Ken Sherman here at CTIA Fall 2009 for CNET.com. ^M00:02:00 [ MUSIC ]
The Verizon Wireless Razzle has a smart and functional swivel design with both QWERTY keyboard and music player controls.
At CTIA Fall 2010, Nicole Lee takes a First Look at Verizon's Motorola Droid Pro, the newest Android phone from Motorola.
At CTIA 2009, Kent German takes a First Look at the Samsung Impression, a new messaging phone from AT&T that features a slide design, a QWERTY keyboard, and a big, bright touch screen.
At CTIA Fall 2010, Jessica Dolcourt takes a First Look at the Casio G'zOne Ravine, a rugged phone for Verizon Wireless
The Nokia 3711 is a midtier flip phone for T-Mobile. Kent German takes a First Look at CTIA fall 2009.
AT CTIA 2009, Kent German gets a First Look at the Samsung Magnet, an entry-level messaging phone.
The LG Lyric offers music features and a compact slider design for MetroPCS. At CTIA fall 2009, we take a first look at it.
Live from CTIA Fall 2009, CNET's Kent German takes a First Look at the Moment, Samsung's first Android smartphone for Sprint.
At CTIA Fall 2010, Nicole Lee gets a hands-on look at the Motorola Citrus, an entry-level smartphone from Verizon Wireless.
At CTIA 2009, Bonnie Cha takes a First Look at Samsung Propel Pro, a messaging smartphone for AT&T.
Verizon Wireless Razzle Review
The good: The Verizon Wireless Razzle has a smart and functional swivel design with both QWERTY keyboard and music player controls. We like the ergonomics of the tilted keyboard and the multimedia features, and the price is reasonable.
The bad: The Verizon Wireless Razzle doesn't offer over-the-air song downloads, and some of the navigation controls feel a bit cramped. For a music phone, we're disappointed it only has a 2.5mm headset jack. Its photo quality wasn't that great either.
The bottom line: Despite a few missteps, the Verizon Wireless Razzle's unique design makes it one of the better midrange phones in Verizon's lineup.
Verizon Wireless Razzle Specs
Manufacturer: Personal Communications Devices
Part number: Razzle
- Product Basic Spec