ICS Android 4.0 update on Verizon RAZR

I think one of my favorite Ice Cream Sandwich updates on the Motorola RAZR on Verizon Wireless is the stacking shortcuts from one link on the desktop. A quick double tap to many places.

RT @droid_life Reminder: You Can Uninstall or Disable Most of the Bloatware in ICS on the RAZR – via DroidLife #Android  (Well not really, but worth a try)

Use SWITCHIT – 4G LTE TOGGLE on Google Play to give you back the option to use 3G only if long battery life is important to you.

Slide your most used app into the dock. I use Google Voice for same number voice and same number free texting across all of my Android phones at once in real-time.

Take a frame grab of the screen by moving volume at it’s lowest and pressing lock button and volume at the same time. Picture appears in library stream by date order and in the notification slider with a thumbnail ready to link to your gallery or editing program.

Since the RAZR had buttons at the bottom of the phone for Gingerbread, Android 2.0, there are several ways to get places over ICS built devices.

The search key lives on.

Hold down the home button to reach the built in app switcher with a thumbnail of the page you were on within the app and swipe them away to kill. Now delete your task killer app.

Settings > Display will allow you to make the system font smaller and larger.

Make your screen unlock pattern invisible Security > Make pattern visible for friends who like to look over your shoulder and break into your phone.

The shutter button above the video record button will capture frames while you are shooting video

The camera interface looks the same as before the upgrade with some improvement. The camera defaults to auto focus with a green icon at top left to let you know when the camera is in focus.

You can touch the screen at anytime during focusing and a box will appear to give you point focus.

Fill flash balancing seems to have improved.

Gone are the Moto still photo editing tools and replaced with stock ICS photo tools. The only thing I miss is the ability to downsize from the editing app.

In all, Motorola and Verizon kept pretty close to stock ICS. I like the upgrade.

What do you think?

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Paul Kuehnel has worked for the York Daily Record/Sunday News since 1984. Follow him on Twitter @paulkuehnel.
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