Motorola DROID RAZR promo video excites just days ahead of its release
The promotional video is a nice reminder that the DROID RAZR is perhaps everything we could ask for in a device, save for a serving of Ice Cream Sandwich that will not be included at the time of its launch. With its 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera that can record video in full 1080p HD this handset oozes high-end. However, when it comes to the RAZR moniker, it is the body of the device that impresses the most.
It is the thinnest smartphone around, which is an amazing feat when you factor in its inclusion of the 4G LTE radio. Other devices such as the HTC Thunderbolt or the Motorola DROID Bionic weren’t quite as svelte, to say the least. The DROID RAZR is made of nothing but premium materials. Its steel frame is matched with a Kevlar back plate and a splash guard coating on the gorilla glass screen. Top it off with some aluminum accents and what you have is one attractive, top of the line device.
It’s set to release this Friday, 11/11/11 at 11:11 a.m. Take a peek at the promotional video because it is a great refresher to all that the DROID RAZR has to offer.
source: Android Guys
1. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I preordered last week. I received a shipment notice this morning. Looking forward to receiving it.. it would be nice if Nexus comes out within the 14 day trial period just to compare the two firsthand.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4739; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I got the shipping notice as well. The FedEx shipment record shows the package to be delivered 11/10 by 3:00 p.m. Woohoo!
I wonder if PA would allow me to change my ID to Droid_RAZR_Doug? ;-)
22. ardent1 (Posts: 1864; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I am going to wait and see if the price drops like all the other Droid devices. I walk into a Verizon store and these old Motorola droids are just so cheap compared to when they were first released.
4. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Can someone please explain how the front facing camera on this is "HD"?
I can't find any quantifiable proof that it is, just the marketing buzzword.
Having searched Google, nobody seems to know, but Droid Life is speculating that it could be labeled as such because it may be able to capture in 720p. Other sites are saying it's a 1.3 MP camera.
6. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
By what I understood its a 1.3mp camera that can record in 720p so its HD. How thats possible I dont know. Then again the Galaxy Nexus has a 5mp and it records in 1080p...
8. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
Yeah, that's what it sounds like... I know taking stills and capturing video can be different, but I'm still really curious as to the proof of it. Oh well. I guess I'll just have to go in the store and record some video from the FFC. Or videocall myself. CM 7.1 does allow me to do video calling on my Droid 1 xD Hilarious, I know.
FFC on GN is also 1.3 right? Did they also call it "HD"?
19. rd_nest (Posts: 441; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
It's really simple actually.
HD is 720*1280= 921600 pixels. This is actually less than 1 million pixels. So, a 1.3MP camera can easily record HD video.
Similarly, 1080*1920 = 2073600 pixels (just over 2 million pixels). 5MP Nexus cam can easily capture Full HD video.
23. ardent1 (Posts: 1864; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Here's what camcorderinfo.com had to say:
"What is HD? Technically speaking, high definition (HD) is any video with a much higher resolution than the previous format, standard definition (SD). Digital camcorders that record SD video have been around for quite some time now, with most of them producing video at a resolution of 720 x 480. This means 720 lines of horizontal resolution and 480 lines of vertical resolution. Many SD camcorders allow video to be recorded in either widescreen (a 16:9 aspect ratio) or traditional (4:3 aspect ratio), but the actual resolution of the recorded image usually remains at 720 x 480"
I remember this camcorder joke, yes this device records in 720P but only at 15 fps (as opposed to the typical 30 fps). It's not just the resolution or pixels, fps also counts.
30. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
But if 1.3 MP is enough to capture 720p resolution, how come there are so many webcams (and FFCs) that look terrible? Is it because OEMs aren't making webcams and FFCs that capture a high enough bitrate? I guess the RAZR is the first phone that is now recording at a high enough bitrate along with those pixels?
18. sgogeta4 (Posts: 372; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
HD typically means 720p, while FHD (Full High Definition) is considered 1080p. At 1080p, the resolution is 1920x1080, which is 2,073,600 pixels or around 2MP. Hence a 1.3MP sensor would not be able to do 1080p, but can do 720p. This is why megapixel count on cameras isn't really important, since the resolution of the picture is usually taken based on size (720p, 1080p). A 1080P picture doesn't need more than a 2MP sensor.
5. Leodrade (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
Way better without that ugly Verizon logo, i think carriers should be able put in a few proprietary apps, but they should never mess with the exterior of the phone, especially with a gorgeous phone like this one
7. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
I would have pre-ordered it if VZW would give me my $30 off for an upgrade when pre-ordering it. I'll be in a vzw store on 11-11-11 11:11am lol :P
10. hotcakes33 (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I just got back from the Verizon store to play with the Razr as well as the iPhone 4s. Have to admit - iPhone was much slicker than the Razr. Razr lagged, an the colors just weren't as crispt as iPhone. And as much as I hate to say this, the iOS seems more intuitive than Android. I just have a feeling that if you were to pop the top off the 2 OSs, and looked at the guts, you would find iOS to be more stable than Android. I get the bubble gum and duct tape feeling with Android. I cannot imagine that ICS will give me a better feeling. I have had an Eris for 2 years now, and for about 18 months, have really been frustrated with numerous things, including how inept the software has become with even performing basic phone functions - like dialing, texting and taking pictures. I think this may have pushed me to the iPhone side.
11. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Judging the phone by the demo dosent do justice. You not liking the screen is fine. But for the phone to be lagging it must have been low in battery and/or abused by the previous users.
Like any computer; clearing caches, closing apps, and having the proper settings is important for it to function properly. It being lagging sounds odd to me. I used the droid bionic and had no such experience. Plus the Iphone4s is 3g so you must have not compared the browsing experience what so ever
12. hotcakes33 (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I tried to do a fair comparison using Youtube (same video) and same websites with videos embedded in them - there wasn't a huge difference. You could tell there was a slight higher d/l rate, but overall, to me and my Eris-colors glasses - it didn't blow it out of the water. I actually played with 2 different Razrs and just didn't get that WOW factor from them. Again, it might be the Eris taste in my mouth. Also, the size of the phone, while impressive, was almost too big and cumbersome. I already have a tablet to do a lot of the things the phone is trying to do on top of being a phone. I guess I am just not a super-power user like some in this forum.
13. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Yeah everyone has their own prefrence. I myself like the size of most 4.3 or 4.5 phones. I also like flash capablities, customization, 4g LTE, and hdmi ports.
To each their own :)
15. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
I wouldn't call the version in store a demo. I mean, it's there for demonstration, but it IS the final retail product. If he had purchased it, that's what he could expect.
I will point out though that every time I test an Android phone in VZW stores, it always has auto task killer (or whatever it's called) installed. I always immediately uninstall it then play with the phone xD
And the phone just recently came out, so we can't necessarily say it's been abused yet.
I think I'm going to go the store today and play with one.
24. beefalo (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)
"Like any computer; clearing caches, closing apps, and having the proper settings is important for it to function properly."
That in itself is part of the problem. This is not a computer, it is a phone and having to deal with that seems ridiculous to me. Obviously with more power(customization) comes more responsibility, but in the case of a phone I just want it to work and not deal with it. Just one of the reasons why I cannot stand Android.
28. hotcakes33 (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
That's my point! Thanks! I just want it to work and not have to think about it. I already do that at my job.
31. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
I actually prefer to have very granular control over my devices so that's why I prefer Android. I totally understand and respect that you don't. We both win :D
14. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
You should also consider that the Eris is old and kind of obsolete hardware. I have a Droid 1, our phones were the first 2 android phones sold at VZW. IIRC, the Droid 1 was higher end than the Eris, and with only 512 MB of internal memory on the Droid 1 (half reserved for system apps, half for user installed apps), my phone is also definitely feeling the age / hardware limitations.
Also, I've had Cyanogenmod on my phone since day 1 and when the CM team was putting together the most recent version (7+ which is Gingerbread), the stable Droid 1 release came out late because of 2 issues: the first was a lack of internal system memory. The second issue was the camera. So they had to optimize the build further.
Now, about the RAZR... that's too bad it was laggy for you. Motoblur is now a lot lighter than it was before, and Moto is trying to stay away from even using that name. With a locked bootloader, there's no easy way to go the stock android experience. I mean, if my Droid 1 is still relatively nice and smooth at 800 Mhz (minor overclock), the TI OMAP 4430 in the RAZR should handle vanilla Android very well.
I guess we'll have to see what happens when someone roots and removes Motoblur on an international version of the RAZR.
That's why I'm waiting on the Galaxy Nexus. ICS looks pretty awesome to me. It will have vanilla Android. It should have an unlocked OR easily defeated bootloader. And the zero-shutter lag really seals the deal for me.
16. Carlitos (Posts: 211; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Plus, phones in display for use, are always laggy, except for iphones. The thing is the phone has been played around with so much, and so many background apps it slows it down. When you get the phone new out of the box, its a complete different story.
17. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
I tried the demo at the store. I have to be honest...the amoled screen dosent reduce the pixelation what so ever...I'm kinda dissapointed at the screen...
In terms of UI speed it was very smooth - identical to the droid Bionic. 4g worked great. Nothing negative. I was suprised to see the Demo working so well quite honestly.
Just for kicks I tried the 4s. Apple did an amazing job with the camera I must say. And for obvious resonse the UI works great as well.
None the less, the camera was a little better and the phone did look and feel awesome. Just wish Moto could put the dam IPS or 720p screen on it and it would be perfection.
27. beefalo (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)
raw resolution is the only thing that will help here....unfortunately it is already a pretty low res screen, throw in the fact that its pentile(not amoled PLUS) and it makes it even worse.
unfortunately super amoled plus can\'t get the high PPI pixel densities of lcds yet. samsung is apparently working on this and i wouldn\'t be surprised if we saw some of these screens next year.
if you want a droid but want to make full use of your screen size, look at the htc rezoud, 720p(true 720p not pentile) on a 4.3\" screen
20. BattleBrat (Posts: 853; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I ordered my Droid Razr and a Lapdock (the laptop looking thing) yesterday, shipped yesterday, I was thinking about the iPhone, but the battery life isn't there (I was all ready for it too) I know three people with the 4s, no problems with the screen whatsoever, they all looked as good as my Itouch. But none of them would last two days on a full charge, even if not used. My recently acquired Droid X is lasting me THREE DAYS on a full charge with normal use, my old feature phone couldn't even last that long (Root your phone and download an app killer, mobo is my fav, and CPU tuner, that's how I get the battery life) So I expected at least that from an iPhone, my iTouch gives me good battery life though. So as much as I wanted to use the Iphone's new camera with the photo apps I have, I need my phone's battery to last. A friend of mine gave me the Droid X, he left it in his car and the battery swelled, cracking the case on the side and pushing the screen against the glass cover, he thought it was gone, but I popped a battery in and it works fine, but the way the case cracked spooked me against a plastic cased phone, so the Nexus is out. I saw the Razr, and I could see myself owning that phone for two years, I can see it holding up as my Droid 1 held up for me. I came to love the profile of the Droid X, the large screen, the shape of the back, how slim it is, and the Razr improves upon it in all ways, I couldn't resist. I will be ready when the iPhone 5 comes, no upgrade will be available so I'll have cash in hand. But due to the insufficient battery life of the 4s, I went with the Razr. And you don't have to clear the apps and the cache on a Android phone, you simply need to download Mobo Task killer and it does it automatically. That was another gripe I had with iOS, I constantly have to kill off open apps, I've had friends WARRANTY Iphones because they got slow because my friends were too stupid to double click the home button and knock the apps off. As for the Androids lagging, yes, they will lag, keep in mind there isn't much to iOS, it is basically an apps screen and a launcher, that's it (keep in mind I have an Itouch 4 and love it, and was considering the Iphone, and have 200+ Apple apps, so I do like apple too) There is a lot less for idevices to run, Android on the other hand has the app screen AND the Home screens, widgets, live wall paper, all the fun stuff, which is why I got the Droid 1 back in the day, I felt the Droid would serve me better as a phone due to the widgets, and the Itouch would serve me better for games, music, and later, movies due to the streamlined OS (I never liked using my phone for games, music yes, but not games or movies, I needed my battery life for communicating) I updated my Itouch's OS to 5.0 and felt the notification screen would be adequate enough to justify buying an Iphone instead of using the iTouch (the fact they didn't upgrade the iTouch is my only true disappointment with Apple lately, that and>
26. beefalo (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)
uhh if you are going for battery life, iPhone 4s would slaughter the droid razr....4g lte eats more battery than flash...the phone will probably last 12 hours on normal use with 4g on at most. even if you had 4g off i would be surprised if the razr lasted longer than the 4s. the only area where the razr would beat the 4s is in terms of battery is calling time...motorola really excels in everything related to call quality in general
21. BattleBrat (Posts: 853; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
The fact I heard they are delaying the Ipad 3, which is why I bought the Lapdock for the Razr) But I heard of the battery life and my friends confirmed it. As for the screen resolution, I am quite pleased with my DROID 1's screen resolution, and equally happy with my droid X's screen rezo, and the Razr store demo's rezo was quite awesome, but as I said I don't use my phone much for gaming and movies, I need the battery for communication, so screen resolution isn't as important, and the iTouch fills in perfectly for me.
Well, that's my $0.02, thanks for reading!
25. beefalo (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)
Stupid question coming from an iOS/WP7 user. Why do Android handset makers put these UX themes on top of android(i.e. motoblur, touchwiz, sense)? It seems that they slow the phone down, use additional resources, make the experience crappier and make it just look uglier in general. Why would a company invest resources(developing this UX theme) onto something that makes the product worse? It seems like every time a pure android experience phone is coming out everyone is excited(i.e. galaxy nexus)? Do these companies get paid to keep adding their custom UIs on top or something???
29. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
To have differentiation. If all manufactures that ran android, all had the same feel/look, then people wouldn't be able to really prefer one from another. Having a skin laid on top of the android OS makes each manufacture have their own feel to it.
I'm still getting the Razr. I was just disappointed that the screen didn't really improve the pixilation that I saw on the Bionic :(