Motorola DROID RAZR M ReviewMotorola DROID RAZR M 8.5
No surprises with this one folks, since there are no changes with the camera experience over previous efforts from Moto. Naturally, we're bummed about it, but hey, it is what it is. Compared to some other devices out there, it lacks the depth of manual controls and special effects to make it a compelling show.
Donning an 8-megapixel snapper in the rear, it's surely not a slouch – though, it's overall quality is still far from being perfect. Yeah, its quality is decent enough for us to accept, but don't expect to see professional grade stuff with this one. Taking a glance at the photos we snapped with the handset, it suffers from having soft looking details, but the colors appear somewhat on the neutral side. In low lighting situations though, there's no improvement found with it whatsoever – as instances of noise make detail even lower. Fortunately, the LED flash is effective enough to counteract some of its deficiencies.
1080p video recording quality. Moving smoothly at the rate of 30 frames per second, its tolerable quality backed up by its gradual exposure, average details, and clear audio recording. Far from being a market leader, it's something we wouldn't mind using to capture some of the candid moments that somehow pop out of nowhere.
Motorola DROID RAZR M Sample Video:
Interestingly, the DROID RAZR M relies on the Google Play Music app for its music player – with no option for Moto’s very own player. The player is favorable in our opinion, as it employs a good balance between functionality and visual presentation. Pumping its volume to the maximum level, it produces tones that are pleasant to the ear, but nothing commanding for us to take notice; its output is on the average side of things.
Showing its closer ties to Google, gone is the Gallery app we’ve seen countless times from Motorola, and instead, it sticks to firmly relying on Google’s usual offering. We’re not upset by the move, but it’s quite evident that Motorola is increasingly embracing Google’s presence with its devices.
In addition to supporting a wide variety of codecs, like DivX, H264, MPEG-4, and XviD, playback is nearly flawless as it’s able to calmly play our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution. Of course, it’s the saturated look of the display that keeps our attention affixed on the smartphone as we’re playing the video.
Unlike some of the previous well respected last-generation Motorola DROID RAZRs, this one actually doesn’t offer the quick and easy function of video-out.
Making an appearance once again, not surprisingly considering we've been seeing it on all new Motorola devices of late, the SMARTACTIONS feature is available with the DROID RAZR M as well. Beyond having the ability to customize certain triggers, it comes in handy when it deals with battery management – enabling users to get the most from its battery. We won’t get into the specifics regarding its function, since we’ve covered it extensively in our original Motorola DROID RAZR review, but its worth is found mostly with users who actually take the necessary time to customize everything from the top to bottom. Indeed, they will appreciate the total control it has to offer.
Out of the box, the handset is stuffed to the roof with a lot of bloatware apps – the listing consists of Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, Amazon Appstore, Audible, NFL Mobile, Quickoffice, Slacker Radio, Viewdini, and Zappos. Conversely, Big Red’s presence is established on the handset with apps such as Verizon Apps, My Verizon Mobile, and VZ Navigator.
1. Djillest (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
Galaxy s3 is still king!!! Nothing is touching it this year
3. redmd (Posts: 1103; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
because it has followers.it is the king though the note 2 can deservingly protest.
25. tharag (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
ya note 2 can over power s3 sometime just like old fellows s2 & note 1
20. mobilefuture (Posts: 214; 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
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...
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
49. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)
BTW S3's GPU is still quite a bit faster.
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.
19. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
GS3 is old news, even more so later this year.
21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
go ahead, breathe a sigh of relief that Moto's mid-range offering didn't topple the SIII. xD
24. ivanprskalo (Posts: 122; 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...)
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 :)
29. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
When the droid razr hd max comes out that one will be king of 2012 :)
2. sorcio46 (Posts: 422; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Interesting smartphone for the middle rank pricepoint, Google influence on lastest Razr smartphones is very clear !
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.
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 :)
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.
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!
6. roldefol (Posts: 3582; 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!
30. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
If they start doing that, they will be selling a lot of this beautiful unit.
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!
7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3087; 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.
22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; 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.
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.
40. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; 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. ;)
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 :)
31. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
Motorola nailed it with this one. Indeed job well done Motorola !
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.
23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5690; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, that should really be Motorola's next focus but the Camera is good enough to not break it.
32. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
That is my only complain about Motorola is their cameras. I am not really a camera person, but if other devices have good cameras why not Motorola?
11. MeoCao (unregistered)
with JB and it's 9/10?
13. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Something looks fishy on the 5ft vs 7ft darkness with flash photos.
14. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 240; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
There was a mistake with the arrangement .... it is fixed now :)
15. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Also a mistake in the last lines- "Software version of the AT&T review unit". If this is coming to ATT I'm buying one.
16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3261; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Motorola should Motocamerize...lol. I mean enhance their picture taking capability...then it would be a super phone.
17. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
What type of lighting is used in that room when a little LED Flash in the dark at 5ft looks better than "Strong" lighting???
18. frustyak (Posts: 196; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
Am I the only one getting confused by Motorola's naming conventions? Maxx, Razr, Maxx Razr, Maxx HD, Maxx Razr HD, etc. It just seems like they've simply given up trying to come up with new names, and are just 'stacking' old names together when they come out with a new phone.
I predict that in a few months they're going to announce the 'Droid Atrix Rokr Maxx Razr HD M' at which point my head will expode.
36. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
No you are just ignorant of other phones. The moto names are easy to understand in comparison.
26. ecloguey (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
The best thing is th design. Minimal bezel, thats what makes it perfect.
33. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)
and the form factor it is not to square nor to candy bar. It still has the industrial great look. This one is a winner !
37. c.hack (Posts: 591; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
I can't believe anyone would still buy another phone from Motorola, unless you love having an obsolete OS with no hope for upgrades, or a hopelessly pixelated pentile display, or a low quality camera, or a locked bootloader and lots of crapware. How much is Motorola paying people to use this thing?
38. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)
Well put it this way, Google owns Motorola so when you buy a Motorola you are effectively purchasing a phone from Google. They are separate entities but at the end of the day Motorola is still owned by Google.
Google aren't going to have the phones they release not receive updates as it will give them a really bad image.
I'm predicting that Motorola phones are going to be devices which see updates strait away and which represent more and more the experience which Google intends to provide with android. It's already apparent with its ICS skins. Even going as far as having chrome as the pre installed browser. Motorola are making Google phones now and I'm really impressed so far.
My only complaint would be the camera module. I'm just hoping the RAZR HD and MAXX have a different camera and lens combination as the RAZR M is clearly lacking.
42. Rocksteady (unregistered)
How can I get the circles widget on my droid razr?
Are they in the play store? and what's the name of the widget?
44. naga.appani (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
You need to install the launcher that gets nodded to these new Motorola Widgets.... Follow this post, u get it...http://www.droid-life.com/2012/07/13/clock-widget-from-atrix-hd-pulled-installable-on-your-device/
43. naga.appani (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
I buy this one whatever.. It is damn good...
48. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)
I think the interface part is wrong. Touchwiz is ugly in every aspect ruins ICS. The dots at the bottom, the icons even how they slowed the scrolling in the munue and recent apps. IDK if anyone noticed but the S3 takes like 2 to 3 seconds to go home when you press the home button and its extremly annoying. I unboxed out first razr m and it makes the razr look like crap! Thier interface offers just as much as the touchwiz and sense without ruining performance or the look of it. Build quality is better also. Ive owned the nexus and s3 andboth gave me internet and pic messeging problems. The only thing s3 has is the 2g of ram which is a unnoticable difference. The RAZR HD will be the best phone coming out by a long shot!
50. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
Moto was a nice brand, but that was when it still hadn't aquired Android. Now it makes nice pieces of hardware, but with this OS - no, thanks!
51. oneeoe (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)
"it might doesn’t seem like something earth shattering on paper" found on the 2nd line of the review above. A typing error? Que va!!! like the spaniards will say. Terrible
People, pls i wann ask, what type of english is this? And coming from a reputable reviewer possibly a senior manager or editor of a coy, what kind of employers does this coy hire. Don't tell methat is american styled-english because i know many americans who speak superb english albeit american way. That statment is confusing, structureless and meaningless. Is the guy still working for his coy? i think i stand a better replacement because i am 99.99% better. LOL
52. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)
Perhaps if you yourself had correct spelling and grammar someone might consider listening to you complaining about it. But you don't. So move along please. Congratulations though, you as well as the rest of us figured out the mistake and continued with our daily lives happy as can be.
53. oneeoe (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)
One thing in life is accept mistakes and make corrections so that you are better off next time. That is the essence of schooling or interacting with others. If yours is start an insult, i gonna give you right away. Why don't we write what humans can read but not monkeys?. of what use is it write down something that is absolutely incoherent and meaningless and you cover it up men The debate continues if you want.
54. Cadillac20C (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)
This is by far the best phone I have ever owned its cheap and fuccin awesome the only other one I would is probably a big boy RAZR or S3 but other than that this the best phone ever you couldn't pay me to get a iPhone
|Display||4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED Advanced|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
|Size||4.82 x 2.40 x 0.33 inches|
(122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3 mm)
4.44 oz (126 g)
|Battery||2000 mAh, 10.5 hours talk time|