Motorola DROID RAZR hands-on
Wow! Can you say that Motorola’s engineers went above and beyond the call of duty by crafting the absolute best 4G LTE smartphone so far. Not surprisingly, it retains most of the same design styles that we first saw in use with the original Motorola DROID X – albeit, Motorola is quick to point out its amazingly thin profile of 7.1mm. Sure we’re enamored by this marvel, but considering that we’re greeted with that all too peculiar hump in the rear where the camera sits, we’re not completely sold by its razor like profile. Nevertheless, it’s one solid feeling handset that’s very lightweight in the hand, and come to think of it more, it easily beats out its chunkier brethren. So yeah, we’re astounded by the fact that it’s constructed out of a stainless steel core, which is complemented by the Kevlar backside.
Furthering its prestige and upgraded feel over previous Motorola devices, we’re presented with a brilliant looking 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display that pops with plenty of rich looking colors. From its distinctive luminous green colors to its near black reproduction, it’s easily yet another piece of eye candy for the handset. And when it comes to clarity and vividness, it’s not much of a problem thanks to its high resolution and wide viewing angles. In all honesty, this is probably the best display to grace a device from Motorola’s camp!
Internally, it’s powered by a blazing fast 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which is coupled with 1GB of RAM. Running the same MOTORBLUR-like UI running on top of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, the handset flies with minimal fluff. It’s gracious with its movement without exhibiting any strain during our quick look. Some of its other features include an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1080p high-def video recording, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera capable of doing video conferencing at 720p, beefy 1800 mAh battery, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, aGPS, and Motorola’s new MotoCast service.
Overall, the Motorola DROID RAZR is indeed a device that’ll tangle with the juggernauts in the industry – especially when it’s packing that all too sweet 4G LTE connectivity with Verizon Wireless. Sure it operates smoothly with its movements, but we’re curious to see how its real-word battery handles in the long run. For the $299.99 that Big Red is asking for, it’s obviously warranted considering it’s everything that we find with the DROID BIONIC, but better!
1. android1234 (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Greatttt phone, let's see what nexus.prime compares.
9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I know, talk about stealing the thunder out of the Google Nexus Prime. Still the 720p HD Super AMOLED kills the Motorola Droid Razr's qHD Super AMOLED. Also the Google Nexus Prime has the biggest surprise of all, Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The OS specially designed for multi-core processors! The Google Nexus Prime is going to be top dog, followed VERY closely be the Motorola Droid Razr! Today is a HUGE day for Android! 2 of the most powerful phones in the whole world announced today!
24. android1234 (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Yah, but just Motorolas build quality is far superior, compared to samsungs plastic design. And i think the Nexus Prime will be same thickness as Galaxy S2. But ya the driving force behind nexus Prime is ICS, otherwise I would consider Droid RAZR. One more superphone left to be intorduced, the HTC Rezound
44. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i get tired of these "plastic" arguements. its in your mind. plastic is an awesome build material for a balance between light weight, strength, and durability. Samsung's build quality on their high end handsets is second to none.
Build quality isnt just what its made of, its how it takes what life throws at it.. and test after test shows that samsung's high end devices stand up to life better than the rest.
55. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it's definitely second to this. xD
my mom actually has a place on her Charge where the plastic melted from being against the car's windshield while in the car dock. :P
58. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Plastics feels cheap too me. Its very durable and practical and all that but idk i would rather have glass and metal or kevlar
61. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
You may change your mind after the glass or metal breaks your phone while the plastic doesnt even leave it with a scratch.
63. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
dude...it'll scratch in any of the extreme instances that metal would be damaged in. xD
84. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
....like if a rooster got a hold of it?
86. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'd say the rooster could get those nails into plastic a little better than metal.
65. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I have insurance. Also I have a case and I am careful so I am not that worried. -_-
64. gtrxman (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
No way you're going to compare stainless steel and Kevlar to plastic. The rap on Sammy stuff is that they feel cheap. The original Galaxy was a fingerprint magnet thanks to the cheap shiny plastic. You wouldn't want your Mercedes to have vinyl seats to save weight, would you? The few extra grams of premium material are well worth it.
70. raymondma (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
75. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
that's an iPhone, everyone knows it's done when it's dropped.
74. sgogeta4 (Posts: 391; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
We'll have to see what type of plastic is used. Don't assume just from word plastic that it will be crap. The range of strength from plastic ranges from very weak to stronger than steel alloys.
76. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i like the feel of the Galaxy S II and the Captivate but everything else Samsung has ever come out with doesn't feel good.
46. henrickrw (Posts: 403; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Build Quality when the phone is a piece of garbage?
Please Man.. Think before you speak
10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Regardless of how the Nexus Prime compares, VZW certainly seems to have the 2 hot handset options going into the XMAS season. Apple will sell a nice amount of iPhone 4S units, but my money is on VZW and these two handsets. Look for Nokia and RIM to continue to lose customers.
16. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
I agree but lets make a wager that 4S out sells both phones combined in the month on December.
25. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
i dont doubt that... but in the long run these two devices will greatly improve the public image of android and vzw. and will still sell great
26. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Not exactly a fair comparison unless you only count the 4S on Verizon. I get so sick of the "iPhone is the best seller" argument. Of course it's still selling millions, it's the only new iPhone.
28. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
it wouldnt surprise me if the 4s individually or both vzw iphones both outsold either of these sick new vzw android upcoming phones... google needs these to set the standard not to be top sellers (although im sure they would like that too)
37. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5530; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
+1. @iKing - All iPhone variants on VZW vs. all Moto and Sammy variants on VZW for the quarter ended 12/31/2011 - sure. Or, limit it to iPhone 4S on VZW vs. Moto RAZR and Sammy Google Nexus Prime (or whatever it ends up being called) on VZW for the quarter ended 12/31/2011. Either way, I'm in. BTW, before you rush to take the wager, there is a reason why VZW has not publicized their iPhone 4S sales volume this past weekend.... :-)
45. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if the iphone had 50 other devices running iOS it wouldnt sell at all. very few chose a 3.5 inch screen when given another choice.
34. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
Thats because they have more competition. On verizon the iphone will probably be even or sell less than these 2 phones just because of the high price tag.
60. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Unless they release another phone like they just did the months prolonged Droid Bionic. This is too much.
98. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Actually there will be 3, HTC will announce the Rezound on 11/3
35. lkbentley (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)
My thoughts, also! The Bionic was a big disappointment, the Charge was close but not quite there.
89. RAIDERWILL (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
Let me tell you something.. The Droid Charge "Is" there.. Root it.. Rom it.. Kernel it.. Go Launcher EX it.. I am running at 1,300 mhz with no more lag.. TSM Transistion Enhancements along with Go Laucher's make this phone lighting fast.. Throw in the Unlimited Verizon 4G LTE along with HDMI out standard and the SuperAmoled *Plus* Screen.. And you have one of the Finest Phones on the Planet..
48. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Android take over revolution is hitting even higher gears!
66. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
This razor has a pretty cool accrssory depending on how you use your phon
2. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
so i guess this is almost killing the galaxy nexus..
and i noticed a hump for the camera, is that measured as the 7.1mm ? i'm thinking not..
5. Stuntman (Posts: 707; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I don't think so either. The main body appears to be 7.1mm. The camera hump appears to be about 1 cm thick. Most of the time, you probably only feel the 7.1mm. When you put it into a holster, that is where the thickness of the hump will matter.
8. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
just like what happened to the SGSII, it was measured to its thinnest point and not the thickest.. to get the 'thinnest phone' title is should be measured to its thickest part..
57. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Its still really thin but i agree it should be measured at its thickest point. I would actually a phone be a bit thicker then thinner with a hump.
3. Alantef (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
beyond the call of duty........sounds like the battlefield 3 slogan (8 more days)
4. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
What happened at&t , I thought you guys were going to make the first thinnest 4g phone LOL,
7. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Yeah I liked that. "Our LTE phones will be much thinner than Verizon's phones from last year."
56. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
AT&T: we'll have the thinnest LTE smartphones just you wait.
Verizon: lol whuuut? xD
90. RAIDERWILL (Posts: 22; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
You have to stand right below the Tower to get a " 5 Bar " Signal.... Not so at Big Red.... :-)
6. Knicknevin (Posts: 135; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)
Bionic owners, my heart goes out to you. Glad I waited for the Phonimus Prime.
11. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
This looks like a kickass phone from stem to stern.
Btw, I actually liked the hump on the Droid X, and I'd like it on the Razr. The reason why is that when gaming, the hump actually made the phone easier to hold in landscape mode. It took me a week to adjust to holding the Atrix in my hands for gaming after I got it because of the lack of a hump.
41. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
also, its not that I don't like the new Blur, I just wish it was running stock so there were more differences vs the Bionic. Would be kinda cool to have a super high end stock android phone on Verizon that would obviously get ICS much quicker. But in the end we have to wait and see where that goes.
51. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I guess you'll have to wait for the Nexus Prime itself, eh? lol. :)
It would be interesting to see a phone by Motorola that has stock Android (f**k you, Triumph.) Of course, I'm also discluding the original Droid. But yeah, it'd be fun to see it.
62. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I just want a damn official photo of the Prime lol. Might just make me come back to Verizon.
Yea it was a damn shame about the Triumph. Everyone on virgin mobile thought "oh cool I'm basically getting a stock droid x!!!!" man were they all in for a fail.
68. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
well, you only have to wait for about three more hours, compadre. :D
12. ShanikuaKnowws (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
It sucks for the people that already bought the motorola droid bionic.
13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I wish this was running stock as there are not enough stock android phones but it looks pretty decent. I do like the new colors of the keyboard layout.
22. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yeah man, that keyboard looks slick as hell. It'd only be better if the keys glowed like they were from Tron, lol. Maybe the Nexus Prime will do that.
And I like Motorola's overlay, due to its customization and social networking integration. (the social networking widget is useful for keeping up with my Twitter and Facebook accounts).
31. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Yea I really like the design of the phone. It's amazing how thin and yet durable it looks.
18. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)
Yea it must suck for those who purchased the bionic. I know I would be upset.
87. Goldeneye (Posts: 349; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
it sucks for people who couldn't wait and switch carriers for the SGSII as well, ahem Rory ahem, you gonna come back but without unlimited data that is F..d up!
19. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
one downside to this slick device... im pretty sure the battery wont be user-removeable :(
20. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yeah, that's been confirmed. I hope they include a manual reset option. But hopefully with these specs there won't be any issues with freezing or anything.
21. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
which is part of the engineering compromises they had to make in order to keep it so slim, along with the pairing of motorola lte chip and ti opmap cpu. steel core frame and kevlar mix keeps it light