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Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Motorola DROID RAZR M 8.5

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Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Calling quality with the DROID RAZR M is actually good, as we’re able to comfortably hear voices that are clear and in tone through the earpiece. On the other end of the line, however, our callers state that there’s a tiny bit of distortion – though, it’s not entirely present all the time. Switching to the speakerphone, voices have very little noise or distortion, but its output is simply too weak to use in noisy environments.

On one hand, we didn’t drop any phone calls during our time using the handset, as it manages to maintain a signal strength of -90dBm. However, we did experience some instances when its LTE connection would drop while indoors, and put us back to 3G EV-DO speeds.


Still packing a respectable 2,000 mAh battery within its body, we’re easily able to get through a solid day while running on 3G connectivity. As expected, it’ll require constant charging if you’re consistently running off LTE – though, it should get you by through an 8-hour work shift.


It’s not the fastest, the most chiseled, or most cutting-edge DROID we’ve seen to date. However, when you’re getting an equipped smartphone that’s packing the same processing power as some of its esteemed colleagues there’s plenty to like about the Motorola DROID RAZR M. Of all the lovely things attached with the handset, it’s the edge-to-edge display that’s most amazing, which is made more spectacular when it translates over to being the most compact smartphone on the market with a 4.3-inch display.

Add to the fact that it’s sporting one easy and affordable price point of $99.99 with a 2-year contract, it’s poised to make one successful run that’s sure to etch out a piece of the pie for itself. Even though there are still two other DROID RAZR’s on the horizon for Big Red, this one is undoubtedly a great way for Motorola to establish its presence in the crucial fall and holiday period. So people, the Motorola DROID RAZR M has all the ingredients and execution to be a respected contender – and that’s despite being regarded as a mid-range device. When all is said and done, this actually sets the standard in what it means to be a mid-range smartphone nowadays.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.0.4
Build Number: 7.7.1Q-144_SMQ_S136-10
Kernel Version: 3.0.8-00050-g3146a4e

Motorola DROID RAZR M Video Review:


  • Killer $99.99 price point
  • Remarkable compact size, thanks to the almost bezel-less display
  • Fast processing performance


  • Mediocre camera quality
  • Still short battery life with LTE
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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: 1269; 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: 4257; 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: 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

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: 4257; 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: 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.

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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:44 1

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

yeah, that should really be Motorola's next focus but the Camera is good enough to not break it.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:23

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?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:02 2

11. MeoCao (unregistered)

with JB and it's 9/10?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:46 1

13. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Something looks fishy on the 5ft vs 7ft darkness with flash photos.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:12 2

14. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

There was a mistake with the arrangement .... it is fixed now :)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:21 3

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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:21 2

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3791; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Motorola should Motocamerize...lol. I mean enhance their picture taking capability...then it would be a super phone.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:24

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???

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:04 4

18. frustyak (Posts: 209; 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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 18:49 2

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.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 12:54 1

26. ecloguey (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)

The best thing is th design. Minimal bezel, thats what makes it perfect.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:25 1

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 !

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:34

37. c.hack (Posts: 609; 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?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:44 2

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.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 03:11

42. Rocksteady (unregistered)

Hi guys,
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?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 06:58

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/

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 06:56

43. naga.appani (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)

I buy this one whatever.. It is damn good...

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:43 1

47. monkeytown (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

wow its ugly

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 22:06

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!

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 05:44

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!

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 06:59

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

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 17:26 1

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.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 09:12

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.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 15:18

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

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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
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
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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