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: 1274; 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: 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
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...)
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: 435; 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: 4312; 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: 3108; 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: 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.
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: 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. ;)
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.
|Display||4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED Advanced|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB 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|