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Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on

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Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
There’s no arguing the kind of impact the Motorola DROID RAZR had on the Android sphere last year when it was unveiled and released. At the time, Motorola stormed back onto the scene with an Android smartphone worthy enough to take the throne by storm – and rightfully so, it ended up becoming one of the most memorable devices last year. Fast forward to now, we were beginning to wonder about Motorola, as they’ve been absent in truly announcing an esteemed flagship device. Sure, AT&T managed to nab the Motorola ATRIX HD, but it simply seemed to many people as none other than a DROID RAZR with an HD screen. Well folks, the Verizon is actually the one getting a proper successor, in the aptly named Motorola DROID RAZR HD.

Right away, it’s quite obvious that it’s sporting a totally new design, but at its core, we’re able to make out some of the familiar design cues that made the DROID RAZR a stand out hit – like its water-resistant splash coating, KEVLAR back casing, and sturdy overall construction. Simply, it’s built like a tank, which is a nice thing to ensure that it’ll withstand some level of punishment. Whereas the original had a noticeable hump in the rear around its camera, the DROID RAZR HD’s hump is less pronounced, and in fact, it’s barely recognizable this time around. Overall, it’s pretty svelte at 8.4mm thick, but it’s amazing that it’s able to maintain the same footprint as its predecessor, but it’s now packing along a larger display.

Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on


Enter the 4.7” 720p Super AMOLED display of the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, which looks stunning thanks once again to the luscious colors it’s able to show and its wide-viewing angles. Details are naturally sharp from head to toe, to make out even the most of faint text within the web browser. Throw in Gorilla Glass on top of it all, and you get that peace of mind of knowing it’ll do wonders in keeping a clean appearance.

For a flagship device, the handset is outfitted with all the modern conveniences we’d expect to find – such as a lighting fast dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 4G LTE connectivity. Thankfully, the units being shown at the press event were running Jelly Bean, but from a cursory look, it didn’t seem too different from what we saw with the customized experience running on the Motorola ATRIX HD for AT&T.

Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on

Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on


As much as we’re liking the svelte look and sturdy feel of the handset, we’re rather underwhelmed when it comes to the experience – mainly because it seems lax when compared to its rivals. Obviously, we’ve seen Samsung take things up a notch with its TouchWiz Nature UX and HTC continuing to do its thing with Sense, but we were hoping to see something more extensive with Motorola’s offering. Still, we suppose there’s still some time to tweak it, especially when the device will launch with ICS out of the box – with an eventual upgrade to Jelly Bean.

Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on
Motorola DROID RAZR HD hands-on


Finally, the last piece to the puzzle is pricing, which wasn’t announced at all. Simply, it could be a deal breaker for this device, since we all know that it’ll be competing against its own sibling in the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD. So yeah, we’re curious to see how aggressive Motorola and Verizon will go with this one.

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posted on 05 Sep 2012, 23:57 2

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


tone down the customizations, add something extensive, make up your minds huh!? ;P

btw this isn't running JB. this is what the JB powered ones were like.
http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/05/motorola-droid-razr-hd-maxx-hands-on-bigger-battery-beautiful/

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 23:58 8

2. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


My prediction: The HD will be 200, and the Maxx will be 300.

That is, at least, unless Verizon is run by complete f**king idiots.

That said, why is the experience "underwhelming?" It's pretty much stock Android. Which, by the way, a lot of the hardcore Android users have been crying for, which is why Motorola did it.

And I'm not really a fan of Touchwiz anymore. Yeah, the S3's lock screen is cool with the rippling water, but other than that I'm kind of turned off by it.

Sense is pretty good overall, but it needlessly complicates a couple of ICS design choices in order to establish an independent identity.

I think Motorola made the right choice with their interface.

But let me guess: you guys will rate the interface as really crappy so you can justify giving the phone a 7 out of 10 compared to the 9.9 you'll give the iPhone 5/6/Jesus 2.0, right?

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 00:07

4. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


I am stating my prediction NOW that the rating they will probably give it is a 9. They give credit when credit is due.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:15

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5522; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Why do you think that PA will give the New iPhone a 9.9 score? If memory serves, the 4S scored a 8.5 while the GS III snagged a 9.3. That seemed fair when I had to burn an afternoon about a month ago while my car was being serviced. I stopped by a nearby VZW store and since both the 4S and GS III were available, I checked them out.

I could see the New iPhone getting a 9.0 on the strength of LTE and an improved chipset with the slightly larger screen real estate. But to go north of 9.0 will need a re-vamped UI, which I haven't seen any leaks about. A UI re-vamp may need another year to run before it shows up in the S edition of the New iPhone

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:36

10. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The iPhone 4 got a 9.5 when it was released despite having the critical signal issue and a visual refresh that only mattered if you turned the phone on its side (and introduced problems with maintaining the phone in good condition-thank you glass back!)

Recently Phonearena has been pretty harsh on devices being released. The Atrix HD got an 8, the One X an 8.5, the Note an 8, the Droid 4 an 8.5, the Ion an 8, the Evo LTE an 8.5, the Photon Q a 7, and the Incredible LTE a 7.5.

I mean, I know they'll probably generally be fair, but they seem to lop off big points for minor quibbles, like the "experience" being "subpar," which is a totally subjective judgment.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 08:26

13. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


I agree with your pricing prediction. M - $100, HD - $200 - Maxx $300.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 00:02

3. Nookie4u (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


This phone looks very appealing indeed.

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:01 1

6. StreetNerd (Posts: 699; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


not sure if trolling'

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 00:09

5. The_Godfather (Posts: 146; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Fwaaaak look at the smoothness and beauty of this device....!!! WoW

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:10

7. jrandolf (Posts: 22; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


is this available in the philippines ?

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:27

9. 09wbd03516 (banned) (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 May 2012)


Why must gorilla glass!! Why not others!!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 01:43

11. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


the kevlar back covers do it for me. No need for a case, just throw on a screen protector (because we all know gorilla glass scratches!) and done

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 07:30

12. bubbadoes (Posts: 319; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Motorola--enough of this style-design-feature..Nothing of significant "eye-brow" raising value has risen from this phone since the RAZR--all releases after that have been increase in battery life and that's it...RAZR, MAXX, M, HD, HD MAXX...come on.....

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 09:01

14. McLTE (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


After seeing the bezel on the M.. I'm dying to see a version of this phone with the tiny bezel.. that would allow them to either increase screen size to 5" or shrink the phone.. either would be great!

posted on 06 Sep 2012, 22:27

15. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


Motorolas New Motoblur blows all android interfaces out of the water. Touch wiz is ugly and in every aspect ruins ice cream sandwich and sense looks to much like gingerbread and needs major fixes. Ive owned the razr nexus and s3 and i prefer the razr still. Samsungs phones have internet problems especially the nexus

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