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First Look: Verizon Razzle
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First Look: Verizon Razzle

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The Verizon Razzle is a messaging phone with a new twist on design. Catch it in our first look from CTIA fall 2009.

[ 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 ]

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