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Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Motorola DROID RAZR M 8.5

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Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Introduction:

As we're all well aware by now, Motorola's two upcoming flagship smartphones for Verizon, the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR HD MAXX, aren't come to fruition until a later date this year. Certainly, there are many people out there saddened by this revelation, but nevertheless, Verizon customers are spared some good news in the near term. Fortunately for them, they can experience another one of the next-generation DROIDs very soon and without the wait.

Although it might not have the commanding presence as its highly esteemed siblings, the Motorola DROID RAZR M is looking to be a relevant device thanks to its compact form factor and impressive, nearly bezel-less display – while still chiming in at the lovable price point of $99.99 with a 2-year contract. In all seriousness, this is one DROID RAZR that's ready to slice and dice the mid-range market.

Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Rapid Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Safety and Warranty Information

Design:

At a quick glance, there's no arguing that the Motorola DROID RAZR M employs all the characteristic DROID RAZR aesthetics we're all familiar with by now. Simply, it looks like a "mini" version of all the other last-generation RAZRs we've seen, but doesn't have as much of the pronounced angular corner cuts from before, and instead, it's more rounded on the corners. Even though its design isn't necessarily ground breaking, the combination of its uniform chassis and compact form makes it undeniably easy to handle in the hand.

And of course, there's the high-quality materials it's constructed from, which enables it to exude toughness to the full degree. Donning a sturdy plastic body combined with a KEVLAR coated rear casing, it maintains a very clean appearance that does wonders to repel dirt and debris. Throw in some nice accents, like the star shaped screws around the two edges of the handset, and it simply reaffirms to us the precise and thoughtful process Motorola goes through in concocting its devices.

The Motorola DROID RAZR M is undeniably easy to handle in the hand - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR M is undeniably easy to handle in the hand - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

The Motorola DROID RAZR M is undeniably easy to handle in the hand


Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

You can compare the Motorola DROID RAZR M with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Like other recent Motorola phones, the DROID RAZR M ditches the usual set of capacitive buttons replacing them with on-screen ones. Meanwhile, above the display, it's almost impossible to make out its earpiece, but surely enough, it's right there beneath the "Motorola" name. Finally, the front-facing VGA camera sits towards the upper right corner all by itself.

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Front-facing camera


Taking a peek around the edges of the smartphone, its buttons, ports, and screws make for one crowded look. On the right edge, we find the responsive power button and volume control – with the former having the more distinct feel. As for the left edge, it's home to the microUSB port, which doesn't feature video-out functionally, and a plastic flap that hides away the microSD and microSIM slots. Lastly, the 3.5mm headset jack is the only item taking up space on the top edge of the phone.

microUSB port (left) - The sides of the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Power button and volume control (right) - The sides of the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

microUSB port (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

Power button and volume control (right)

The sides of the Motorola DROID RAZR M


Around the rear, the handset's 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash is flush to the surface, which again contributes to maintaining a uniform body. And nearby, we can spot the tiny speaker grill of the phone. Once again, this is another Motorola smartphone that doesn't offer a user replaceable battery – meaning one will need to send it in for service if it happens to go bad.

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Rear camera



Display:

And so comes the most exciting and impressive part about the Motorola DROID RAZR M, its 4.3" qHD 540 x 960 Super AMOLED display! Well, it might doesn’t seem like something earth shattering on paper, especially when 720p displays are all the norm for most high-end smartphones, but it's the edge-to-edge nature of its display that's most spectacular. Honestly, it gives us a seek peek of what to expect in terms of future mobile displays – and that's what makes this handset so compelling, despite not being a cutting-edge thing in terms of raw specs.

Come to think about it, we haven't seen something like this before, and therefore, we're uncannily fascinated by it. With the almost bezel-less display, it contributes to make the DROID RAZR M the most compact sized smartphone we've come across to date – for its screen size obviously.

Aside from that, the display is still detailed enough with its qHD resolution, which so happens to employ a PenTile matrix arrangement. Adding to its appeal, its high-contrast, wide viewing angles, and vibrant color production keeps everything seem so charismatically pretty. Looking pass the visual allure, it's still visible outdoors with the sun present – albeit, it doesn't hurt to shield it every now and then for optimum clarity.

Viewing angles - Color reproduction - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Viewing angles - Color reproduction - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Viewing angles - Color reproduction - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Viewing angles - Color reproduction - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Viewing angles

Color reproduction - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Color reproduction - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Color reproduction - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Color reproduction - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Color reproduction



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posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:02 5

1. Djillest (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Galaxy s3 is still king!!! Nothing is touching it this year

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:08 14

3. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


because it has followers.it is the king though the note 2 can deservingly protest.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 12:43 1

25. tharag (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


ya note 2 can over power s3 sometime just like old fellows s2 & note 1

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:27 13

5. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Except perhaps the Razr HD...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:48 15

9. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Or Xperia T/V

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:24 10

20. mobilefuture (Posts: 215; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


seriously. those two phones are gonna prove that quad-cores are still just a gimmick for now. you don't really need that much power on your phone! i think the xperia V will be a huge hit because many people prefer a 4.3 inch screen and its also got the same 13MP camera as the Xperia T plus the added benefit of 4G LTE and being Water and dust resistant!

wooh, thats alot for 1 sentence :p

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 06:24

41. axelrhs (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Can you really think that? Hmm... xperia Phone is Incomplete smart phone. Because Sony's work is always 2% shortage such as non removable battery, Obsolete CPU(Snap dragon s3... very very poor AP...plus over clocking..It really is a crazy act.)...
I like Sony's Style. but xperia is never recommended...

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:47 2

45. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


snap dragon s3???? where the hell have you been? the xperia v has an s4 "plus" in it!! which is why it out performed the galaxy s3!

non removable battery? the TX is removable dude so you have no argument against sony......just shut up n get an xperia already

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 01:43

49. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


BTW S3's GPU is still quite a bit faster.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:10 17

12. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Whatever you say people, but I F*CK*NG LOVE THE LOOKS OF THIS PHONE!

a minimal bezel and a good battery. just. I LOVE THE DESIGN! IT beats iphone/s3 ten times in terms of design.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:17 7

19. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


GS3 is old news, even more so later this year.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:29 8

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


go ahead, breathe a sigh of relief that Moto's mid-range offering didn't topple the SIII. xD

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 12:20 7

24. ivanprskalo (Posts: 123; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


What a stupidity?! S3 is sooo ooold news, boring and beaten in almost every way... (By RAZR MAXX HD, by Xperia V and T and LG Optimus G, and many more...)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 14:45 3

27. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Yeah right...king of mediocre plastic body, overpriced, bad display yellow phones. Sure it is king :)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:16 1

29. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


When the droid razr hd max comes out that one will be king of 2012 :)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:08 7

2. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Interesting smartphone for the middle rank pricepoint, Google influence on lastest Razr smartphones is very clear !

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:26 5

4. Cacharoes (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


They advertise the M being made of Aircraft Grade Aluminum front and Kevlar Back, not plastic.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 15:58 1

28. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Yep, confirmed on the verizon website... "An aircraft aluminium frame surrounding the display"

But what you have to look into is the wording of this. Frame in this situation is like referring to the chassis of a car. You can't see the chassis of a car but it is what creates the rigid body of a car.

In this same situation we have here a phone that has a durable aircraft grade aluminium frame, with a plastic external plastic casing.

Well that's how I see it anyways :)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:42 1

34. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


The frame is really pointless to tout. All the phones I've ever owned have had more than adequate frames. I don't see how a phone twisting out of shape or breaking in half has ever been a real issue, when the worst that ever happens is the screen shattering, even in drop tests and roadkill tests. The plastic body is more important since its the part you touch the most.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:46

39. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Yeah you're right, but it is nice to know that they are paying attention to how the inside is constructed.

Personally I would love to have the whole body made from that same aluminium as the frame!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:29 7

6. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm proud of Moto and Verizon for this one. This is what a RAZR looks like! Compact, thin and powerful enough for the masses. Now detach yourself from the Verizon teat and sell this through all the carriers, Moto!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:17

30. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


If they start doing that, they will be selling a lot of this beautiful unit.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 01:51

46. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


LORD that is ALL that is left to do! sell this on every other carrier and it will be a definite winner no doubt!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:29 4

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Really impressed by the physical size of the device considering the screen size. Look at how barely taller it is against the iPhone and yet how much larger the display is. Great device for those who want good build quality with high end specs at a low price that can easily be used one handed.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:32 4

22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it's amazing how much better Moto is at constructing phones than everybody else. the Razr M is exactly as tall and wide as the Incredible 4G LTE but is 2.7mm thinner and has a 2000mAh battery. that's murdering it.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:47

35. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


That's the problem. Moto phones are the ugliest and most industrial/boxy looking of the bunch. It's space efficient, but it ain't pretty, and probably not as ergnomic either. Throwing out design to save a few mm here and there isn't very innovative.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:59 1

40. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well apparently you have different taste.
i like the industrial, angular looks of Motorola devices. they're much more manly. ;)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:47 7

8. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


For those millions who are after a powerful yet compact and non expensive smartphone, this seems to be it!!

I love the new RAZR line - well done Motorola :)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:22 1

31. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


Motorola nailed it with this one. Indeed job well done Motorola !

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:52 4

10. Cacharoes (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I Rather like how Motorola is not putting a Custom UI on their device's, I really hate those things. I think Stock is prettier than Samsung's or HTC's UI.
I do wish Motorola would improve their cameras though, It has been the weak point on All Moto DROID's.

Overall Very good phone a premium phone at a low price. It is not lacking in anything a normal users needs.

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Motorola DROID RAZR M

Motorola DROID RAZR M

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.1.1 4.0.4
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED Advanced
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.40 x 0.33 inches
(122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3 mm)
4.44 oz  (126 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 10.5 hours talk time

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