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Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Motorola DROID RAZR M 8.5

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You'd think we'd see some love given to the Android experience with this new DROID, but it's entirely the same exact package we saw already first on the ATRIX HD. The handset is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. To Moto's credit though, it's planned to get its Jelly Bean upgrade before the end of the year – still, it would've been nice to see it from the onset. Compared to the other custom Android experiences out there, such as HTC's Sense and Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX, it lacks the comprehensive, complete, and useful functions to make it compete on the same level.

Ultimately, it's nothing more than a skin running on top of ICS – as opposed to be an experience worth gushing over. In fact, the only thing "new" that Verizon customers might notice, is probably the main "Circles" widget on the homescreen, which we've seen already in the ATRIX HD.

The Motorola DROID RAZR M is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR M is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR M is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR M is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR M is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR M is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR M is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR M is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

The Motorola DROID RAZR M is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box



Functionality:

Scoping out the handset's usual set of organizer apps, there isn't anything particularly different about them when compared to other Android devices – mainly because it's rocking stock Android organizer apps. Therefore, whether you check out the Calculator, Calendar, or Clock, you won't find anything new with them.

Organizer apps - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Organizer apps - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Organizer apps


Paying attention to the Email and Gmail apps, they present us with the usual experience, but nevertheless, we absolutely adore the productivity they have to cough up to us. Of course, setup is a painless procedure, as it merely requires only our email address and password for proper completion.

Email - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Email - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Email - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Email


Having enough real estate to play around with, we don't have much problem typing away stuff with its on-screen keyboards. Additionally the responsive nature of both keyboards, the Motorola and Swype ones, enable us to accurately and quickly compose messages without a hitch.

On-screen keyboards of the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
On-screen keyboards of the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
On-screen keyboards of the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
On-screen keyboards of the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

On-screen keyboards of the Motorola DROID RAZR M



Processor and Memory:

Being a minuscule sized device might make people think that the DROID RAZR M will be packing some old hardware under the hood, but that's not the case. In fact, it's actually competing on the same level like many of its high-end brethren. Specifically, it's tucking away a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 S4 processor with 1GB of RAM – thus, proving itself to be a viable contender. Overall, it performs exceptionally fast with all operations, with very few instances of it hanging up with various processes. Of course, the benchmark scores go on to show its supreme processing power!


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Motorola DROID RAZR M 4864 6715 61,3
HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE 4383 5974 58,8
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 2895 6178 36,7
HTC Rezound 2490 5603 33,9

At 8GB in size, some might view that figure as sufficient enough, but in reality, it's well under the curve for serious users. Thankfully, the handset is rocking a useful microSD card slot that's ready to accept cards up to 32GB in capacity.


Internet and Connectivity:

So long sweet Android web browser from yesterday, you served your purpose well! Instead, the Motorola DROID RAZR M is the first Android smartphone to come preloaded with Google's very own Chrome browser, which provides for a swell web browsing experience to continue the legacy. Sure, it lacks support for Flash, but nonetheless, everything moves buttery quick – and it helps immensely when 4G LTE connectivity is on board to load up complex web sites in a jiffy!

Chrome browser - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Chrome browser - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Chrome browser - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Chrome browser - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Chrome browser


Testing out its LTE speeds, we were able to get 30 Mbit/s speeds on both the upload and download! Beyond its cellular radios, the DROID RAZR M also features aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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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: 4332; 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: 4332; 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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