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Motorola DROID RAZR Review

0. phoneArena 07 Nov 2011, 08:04 posted on

Combining two of the most memorable brand names in phone history, the Motorola DROID RAZR is bent on establishing itself as the poster child of tomorrow's next-generation Android smartphone selection. On one hand, it follows in the same stylistic manner that made people fall in love with the original Motorola RAZR from back in the day. Meanwhile, it doesn't skimp out from what we've seen already in the past, considering that it's packed to the brim with some cutting-edge technology...

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posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:48

38. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


This is not so huge difference to be a deal breaker.
This is not a pentile so it has truly huge ppx.
I can use N8 which has even lower pixel density and it is ok.

Tell me honestly, Tom.
Before retina era was it uncomfortable to use your phone, whatever you had, to do it?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:56

41. Thomas5.3 (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)


No but i didnt read books on my previous phones but im now looking for a phone that can replace/or come close to replace my ereader.. when i read articles of my laptop all day it really messes up my eyes and i dont want that to happen when i read from my phone as well. so im looking for the most sharp screen there is but also with a reasonable size.. i think given this only the nexus and rezound re good enough

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:18 2

42. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Ok. Im looking for a great camera phone, you are looking for a great screen. Let it be.
Still, I think that RAZR screen is good enough to use it in a way you would like to.
I will jump to the nearest store when it will be available in my neighborhood and give it a try.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:37

44. Thomas5.3 (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)


Yes it remains an amazing phone that in my opinion is aesthetic unmatched. Not sure if it comes to the netherlands.. im curious btw what will happen with the soft keys when the razr gets ICS

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 17:39

71. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Probably will be useless. Or dual mode (you can use or not if you want)

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:30 1

50. phantomash (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


Razr's screen is Pentile too :)

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 15:34

156. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


How the screen display actucally look is just a matter of personnal preference. I have been using the phone for over a month and I have had no problems to read texts even with its pentile display. I really dont think it is a big deal because you won't see much different to other type of display for most of the time if you know how to adjust the screen brightness. Although, it is not running at the same display resolution as the Nexus, it is in fact running at the highest possible resolution it run under the 4.3 limited screen size.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 18:03 1

75. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Well hell....the iPhone 4S battery got destroyed with no help from LTE...lol Thank god it didnt have LTE....

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:28 1

12. Packer29 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


This phone gets released only a month or so after the Bionic and i cant stand the way it looks and im guessing the battery will drain just has quickly has most lte phones im not impressed!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:28 4

13. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Pixel density is fine normal, shouldn't be a con. Plus, Super AMOLED makes up for that fact if anyone finds the pixel density low.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:31

17. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Exactly

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:41 1

22. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Not sure I agree. Super AMOLED is great for screen vibrance, but this isn't much of an improvement over the SGS line.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 16:37

138. Fred1234567 (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


Major improvement over SGS Line. it is Super OMALED aaaand qHD.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:30 3

14. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Great, now not having Android ICS even though Moto promised it is now a con.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:35 1

19. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


Good thing it's John V. who reviewed this handset. I think is the best reviewer in PA

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:39 1

21. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


*he is

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:39 18

20. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Alright,
The review was fine, but putting "not having ICS out of the box" as a con is flat out rediculous.. ITS NOT OUT YET. Did you ding the iphone4s for not having iOS6 in it?? I mean seriously.

Other than that, welcome back to the big time, Moto.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:43 11

24. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)


Agreed... it's too bad the RAZR doesn't come pre-loaded with Windows 9.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:45

25. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I think it's the fact that it's SO CLOSE to release, and given that Google is buying Moto, it could have come out of the box had they just waited a month or so. If the Droid 4 still runs Gingerbread, I can see it being a legit complaint.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 06:11

95. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


Just a point of fact here folks. Google launched ICS on the Nexus. They want that phone to be the flagship for ICS when it launches. The fact that Google is buying Motorola is irrelevant here. The shareholders won't aprove the transaction until Nov. 17. Moto has already promised a 6 week time frame for ICS, so no doubt they have advance copies of the software and the upgrade is already in the works.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:56 1

29. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I love your lack of courtesy in spelling the ''iPhone 4S''

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:50

26. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Has it been benchmarked yet?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:44

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


with an extra 200MHz on the 4430 i would say the max would now be around 2900 on Quadrant.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 16:44

70. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


You may be correct....but why do we have to guess? What reviewer would fail to include benchmarks?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 19:32

115. idgaf (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


It gets around 2600.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 19:47

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


my Droid 3 can get over 2600 man.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:54

28. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Great review!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:19 2

30. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


"However, we still notice every now and then just a slight pause or delay with some of its movement – though, it's nothing detrimental and almost negligible.

How can it be possible
Android is not fully optimized or is it Motos fault. Lagging dual core. Funny

Seriously guys...that is the only andro phone which i would possibly like to have instead of N9 for example.
Design is AMAZING!

But this review...well, it is not a first time when i do not fully understand your opinion.

Cons
Screen is great, but with so-so pixel density
WTF is THAT!!!!!!!
Every phone must have 720p from now on!! If not, PA will consider it as a CONS!!
Cmon guys, that is stupid.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 18:07 2

77. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Why do ppl keep thinking dual core is supposed to make the phone more smoother, fluid?

Look at HTC Android phone's from last year with Sense UI, look at the iPhone's before the 4S, look at WP7...look at the Galaxy S 2.

I think its safe to say we all should know dual core is not what makes a phone's UI smoother, more fluid.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 06:17 1

96. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


Dual core is one of many factors that lead to smooth and fluid behavior. Processing two information streams at the same time allows the processor to complete tasks faster, without lag, thus making the action smoother. RAM (and speed thereof) is equally important. Irrespective of the processor speed, the number of cores or amount of RAM, there is no doubt that overlaying heavy software on top of the OS will slow it down.

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