Filed Under (Lotus Traveler) by Marc Champoux on December-2-2011

I Got A New Phone…


And I think it has anorexia! It’s a Motorola Droid RAZR from Verizon and I seriously think that this phone suffers from anorexia! It’s extremely thin and light compared to my BlackBerry Torch 9800… truth be told: I feel like I’m going to break it just by holding it! This picture might convey a bit more how “thin” that Razr is:


Motorola Droid Razr compared to BlackBerry Torch 9800 picture










Does It Work Well?


Well, my previous experience(s) with Android phones weren’t that long so I don’t any “bias” toward certain Android phones or versions. In fact, I should note that I’m a BlackBerry fan… despite the fact that they can’t figure a way out of their current tailspin.


Regardless of all this, here’s a quick recap of what I like/dislike so far.


Like: I don’t have much Android experience to compare it “against” but I can tell you one thing: it’s fast!


Like: Response times to switch between apps and/or surf the web is much faster than on the previous Android phones I’ve used in the past.


Like: The screen is *huge* and easy to read. It’s not a “retina display* but it’s still very bright and colorful. Better than the screen on my BlackBerry Torch 9800 (I probably shouldn’t even compare it against that phone… the screen is horrible on my Torch).


Dislike: Battery life is horrible. Why do I say that? Well, I got that phone yesterday afternoon at 1 PM. I fully charged it and then installed Lotus Traveler, installed a few apps from the marketplace and surfed the web a bit to “test-drive” it. I did not put it on the charger overnight so this morning at 8:30 AM the battery reached 0%! I had not even placed a call yet with it!


Not Sure if I Like Or Dislike: It runs Gingerbread (Android 2.3.5)… I thought I was going to get a higher rev, 4.x aka Ice Cream Sandwich, but then again the development kit was only released a few weeks ago. Maybe we’ll get an over-the-air upgrade? I hope so anyway.


Not Sure if I Like Or Dislike: The size of the device overall. It’s bigger than my BlackBerry Torch and it’s bigger than an iPhone. Much bigger! So time will tell if I “get used” to the giant screen and device size.


To wrap this up, here’s a picture to compare side-by-side the two devices:


Picture of my BlackBerry Torch 9800 and my Droid Razr side-by-side

















About Lotus Traveler…


We run Traveler in our environment (not 8.5.3) and I was pretty sure I’d get some widgets on Android [after installing Traveler] that I could display on the device screen… that’s not the case. I will have to ask Lotus if I need to upgrade to 8.5.3 to get that or not (or if it’s just because there aren’t any widgets for my version of Android).


Also an odd coincidence: the Traveler server crashed when I did my activation for the first time… very odd timing.




Well, I don’t have much to say except… “stay tuned”. I’ll probably blog in a month or two about my experience with that device.


In the meantime: thanks for reading!



Eric on December 2nd, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

Traveler on my iPhone was also crushing battery life. Not sure if it’s an option for Android, but changing from “push” to scheduled “pull” for mail made a huge difference.

Marc Champoux on December 2nd, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

Hi Eric,

Thanks for your reply! Yes, iPhones have a super easy “button” in their preferences to change the sync type… but not Android phones. After checking the documentation, it says they recommend to setup the sync to use “sms notifications” (Applications -> Notes Traveler -> [menu button] -> Settings -> Auto Sync -> enable SMS notifications and then set your sms email address in the SMS email address field).

I just did the change on my phone… I’ll see what happens over the weekend.

Thanks again,


Craig Wiseman on December 3rd, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

All reports indicate that while the 4G is really fast on Verizon, it eats battery.
One suggestion is to turn off 4G normally and try running on 3G. Enable 4G only when you want the bandwidth. That will make a huge diff for your battery life.

Also Traveler lets you set sync preferences in the “Lotus Traveler” app. Open it, click the Menu button, and choose settings. I set mine to autoconnect during peak times (6am – 8pm M-F), and then every 15 minutes outside of that.

Ingo Spichal on December 5th, 2011 at 6:01 am #

Widgets came with Lotus Traveler 8.5.3, so you will need to upgrade your server and client.

Marc Champoux on December 5th, 2011 at 11:51 am #

Hi Craig … thanks for the tip re: 4G … the “good news” (?) for me is that I’m in a 3G area … I have never seen that 4G icon light up so far!

Marc Champoux on December 5th, 2011 at 11:52 am #

Hi Ingo,

Thanks for your comment … ok so now I know that I need to upgrade the server to 8.5.3… dang I thought that was included in!

Thanks again,


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