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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32. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
Way too big for me. Speaking of that, I like your tool for comparing the size of the devices.
With that, I can see that the razr is not as big, but quite (much?) bigger as the Galaxy SII. I have a friend who has a GSII, I find it way too big, so this.
It's sad, because apart that it was the only androphone that appealled to me. Come on Lumia 800, come on (only device with really great design...together with Iphone 4 and Motorola Razr, of course).
PS : try in the vizualisation tool to put, left to right, Iphone 4S, Nokia Lumia 800, GSII and Droid razr. You will understand what I say... Pretty funny.
33. nameless1521 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
Great phone by moto, but the review isn't detailed as i personally expected.
Only con from me is that TI OMAP(well at least better than snapdrogon, but still not the best performer)but heck it's still dual core.
117. gtrxman (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
OMAP is known for a good balance of speed and battery usage. In fact, OMAP is the chip around which ICS is designed.
34. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
The only cons which I agree is camera..pictures looks shi%%y.
36. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Um, John, you're completely wrong about the internal storage. GSMarena and BGR list the internal memory at 16 gigs. Furthermore, I just called Verizon Wireless, and they confirmed that the internal memory was 16 gigs plus a 16 gig SD card preinstalled.
Also, I find it weird that you call this a game changing device and then give it a paltry 9 out of 10 when the DROID X got a 9.5. And listing the lack of an operating system that's NOT EVEN OUT YET as a con? What the hell?
37. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 275; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
lol you beat me to it about the internal space. It's probably 8gb for apps and 8gb for storage tho. 4 more days :P
54. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Fully agreed Sniggly. PA needs to revise their final paragraphs 10x more in the future before posting the final score, so as not to cause contradicting frustration to readers.
Remember the iPhone 4S review? Final sentence:
"Right now, we believe the Apple iPhone 4S is deserving a rating of 9/10, when we consider its overall quality, features and price, but we'll actually give it an 8.5, because it is only an incremental upgrade from last year's iPhone."
Then give it a 9!! Or remove that sentence entirely.
39. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
They had to find some cons. Even stupid.
118. gtrxman (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Yes, there's a tri-color LED. Lots of info at the MOTODEV (Motorola developer's) page.
43. 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
45. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 352; Member since: 24 May 2011)
Finally a phone to knock my sgs2 of the top... Well done motorola.. Well done...!
That phone is absolutely amazingly awesome!!
46. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Expected a 9.5 :(
Con for ICS is DUMB.
Camera being crappy is to be expected.
I dont get how the Bionic was only reviewed after it was released yet the Razr is reviewed 4 days before??
I think the only phone that will get a 9.5 this year, if any, is going to be the Nexus...
47. Motatrola (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
As already stated, How in the world does the Droid X score better than this???? It's half the phone! What the hell are you people smoking?
119. gtrxman (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
PA needs to do like Engadget and drop the scores altogether. They're trying to quantify something subjective and this is the result. Given the forward march of technology, there is no way that a phone from two years ago that scores a 9.5 could possibly compete with a new phone. You could say that any review over 1 year old is worthless.
48. gemmabba (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 May 2011)
im not sure how the pixel density is a con...all i know the SGSII has less pixel density than the RAZR 217ppi iirc....
so why PA mentioned it as a con? i mean this phone got 256ppi shouldnt the RAZR more dense than the SGSII???...enlight me please
49. RamyAbdelbadea (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)
why not try the camera video on 720x480 ??!!
it works at 120 fps !! waaww
please do it for us..
51. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
i will pass
probably crap audio chip
i remember the pixels standing out on moto screens
nah i will wait
53. couper (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)
All the features look great... except for that pentile display.
I'm on a DroidX and was hoping to replace it with the new Razr. I'll still check it out, but my two highest concerns on any phone I'll be buying are (1) voice quality and (2) screen quality.
Motorola - please stop cutting corners on your flagship products!
99. thevoice (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Cutting Corners? I mean i wouldn't call Kevlar material, splashproof coating, stainless steel surroundings, and corning glass cutting corners. If anything, Samsung has been cutting the corners, so much that squares look like circles.
110. couper (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)
That's great, but Samsung has nothing to do with the specifics of this phone.
Your point is much like saying "Here's a Ferrari. It has beautiful exterior and interior design, carbon fiber everything, the latest, quickest flappy paddle shifter, and a 240 hp four cylinder engine."
I, for one, am not going to buy that car because they missed the mark on such an important target: the engine.
No matter how much kevlar and stainless Moto used in the construction of the Razr, it's still - according to this review - equipped with a pentile display. *That's* the corner they cut, and no hand waving, pointing at the other features is going to change that fact. I'd be thrilled if the review is incorrect on that, but I doubt that's the case.
122. couper (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)
Here's an interesting source and review. Kinda mainstream, maybe Motorola should take notice:http://www.washingtonpost.com/
59. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
remember first 720p video recording phone? it was a gimmick and announcement of something new and fresh at the same time.
But it took time to make it really good. The same with 720p screens. They are not truly 720p.
Apple probably knew about that and that's why they decided to stay with their 3,5 inch display and preserve it's huge pixel density to remain unbeatable.
Samsung used cheap technology to cut down costs but who cares? It was announced as a first 720p screen!
One of the best andro phones, S II has something about 200 ppi...and still is one of the best.
Maybe next year we will see real 720p...it would be funny to see it with LG marks.
60. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
The one on the Rezound 4G is true 720p resolution. But I'd still rather have 4 inch retina than 3.5 inch although it is slightly sharper.
157. asrr62 (Posts: 31; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
stop trolling phone arena. you fan boy. trolllllll
61. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
9/10 is a very good score. Other phones scored higher in the past due to relative ranking of what technology allowed at the time.
I preordered one.. I suspect I will be very happy, especially once I installed a stock ICS rom from cyanogen.
63. ElectroManiac (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
The only thing stoping me to buy this phone is the locked bootloader :(
64. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5487; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it'll be unlockable after it receives ICS.
105. sgogeta4 (Posts: 390; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
How will the ROM/OS affect the bootloader? Please state your source because AFAIK it won't make the bootloader magically unlocked.
107. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5487; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it doesn't. it's what'll come with the update that matters and that's a solution for unlocking the bootloader. there's processes to allow the unlocking of bootloaders you know. magic is hardly necessary.
158. asrr62 (Posts: 31; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
motorola is never unlocking the bootloaders. lol.
66. Motatrola (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Did you here the rumors about the Razr2 coming out?
68. cappy718 (Posts: 24; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
We get a review before it is even released, but it took us almost 2 weeks to get a review on the Bionic....Oh well.
I still like being able to remove my battery in my Bionic.
69. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
Oh well... Another useless review.
Why not tell us 1) when you received the handset. 2) how long you spent using the handset before "reviewing" it. & 3) what handset you carry daily. Seems like basic info.
Are we going to see the "unboxing" AFTER the REVIEW again? So sad.
80. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Dunno why this is thumbed down. If PA doesnt actually have a device to test drive for a reasonable period of time, reviewing the phone is absurd.
72. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
Um, we in Canada got the device today. If a small (population speaking) market like us got it today, chances are VZW have had theirs for a while and are just finalizing things.
Seen as the other reviews corroborate what this one says, I'd say your comment is ridiculous.
92. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
Yeah toaster...except that you are beyond incorrect and have no point. A simple view of the gsmarena review will show you how far off this "review" is... Meanwhile gsmarena RESERVED FINAL JUDGEMENT.
This review contains no use of Motocast, Webtop, nor the REMOTE FOR HDMI USE. Wouldn't even know that the remote for mirrored use exsists if you read this "review".
How many discharge cycles does it take before a battery assesment can be made? Can't really do very many if you have a handset 24hrs. Hence, a timeframe the "reviewer" USED THE DEVICE is a basic piece of info.
Gps lock? Benchmark test? Take a guess. Functionality of desktop sync? Who knows. Feel and responsivness of remote? You get the picture yet?
When I say it is a useless review, rest assured those are the kindest words possible.
97. gtrxman (Posts: 103; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Check out the BGR review. They call it the best Android phone available today.
There's a whole ecosystem for this phone that needs to be explored.
73. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Definitely much better phone than overrated galaxy prime.
Prime doesn't have even single extraordinary advantage over rest high end android phones.
ICS will be avalable shortly...screen is not truly 720p...etc,etc.
Hooray for Moto!
78. nameless1521 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
There is no Nexus Prime. Only Galaxy Nexus and no one overrates Galaxy Nexus, but the initial expectation was just unreasonably high.
It's a reference phone, not a high-end phone.
ICS will be avalable shortly for Razr...but how "shortly" it would be. Definitely at least over 3 months or even 6 months considering past experience. There many ppl out ther don't want to wait much time and hassle with thier phones.
So, No ICS out of box is a con of Razr.
HD Super AMOLED is not truly 720p? what the heck?
how do know that it's now even released yet. Besides, it's technically better than normal SA.
Still Galaxy Nexus have own advantages over Razr. Faster 3G(HSDPA+ 21 Mbps vs HSDPA 14.4 Mbps), better Cpu(TI OMAP 4460 vs TI OMPA vs TI OMAP 4430 chipset) and instant ISC OS.
Yes, Razr is awesome, but there is no need to bash other phones especially without facts.
Don't be a fanboy of Moto, but be a fan of Moto.
90. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Yeah, but Prime sounds better:)
there was a link but it is banned from here.
it's talkingtechy and there is a comparison and article about screens of the latest phones.
There were more articles about this so called 720p screen.
Near future means near future. I don't believe that it can be a dealbreaker. It will get it. Period. Gingerbread is so cra^^y that you want to run far away from it?
ICS is not some kind of revolution so be patient.
And indeed, Nexus was supposed to be a premium phone. Flagship straight from uncle google.
But samsung couldn't just sta&*ed himself in the back by making uberphone (better than his own flagship or those not announced yet).
Expectations were high because samsung ang google made huge and "scooby doo like" campaign.
So people had a right to expect something WOW!
I'm not saying that it's not a good phone...but it's just good.
And sammy has some problems with shipping so starting position is getting weaker. We got RAZR now, soon there will be Rezound. Lg will announce his own 720p screen.
ps. I'm Nokia fan and I like Moto (because of V3, Milestone and being a father of all phones:])
103. nameless1521 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
No wonder why it was banned :)
I know many ppl accusing (Am)oled(=Nokia Amoled CBS=Moto SA) as bad displays, but i know most of comparisons & analysis are biased and from amatuers. I mean not from display engineerer's mouth.
The researches and experts' opinion or even specs on the paper say indead (AM)OLED is technically better screen than LCD despite its own disadvantages and some of those are fixed by Samsung. Now that's just a fact and HD SA is even better.
Again, How near is that "future"? GS2&Sensation series are promised to get updated, but NOT now as well. It could be anytime and most certainly over 3 months.
i found many ppl don't like to wait and hassle with updates, although it wouldn't affect their daily useage anyway. It's maybe not a dealbreaker for you pal, but it is for rest of world.
You don't understand about a reference phone. It supposes to set bars for the next generation phones with ICS.
Google hardly emphasized its specs. Never said it's gonna be top-gun. but constantly advertising ICS,
because that's the real deal about Galaxy Nexus.
If some folks had wrong impressions from Google's campaign and set their hardware expectations freaking high then it's their faults since they haven't clearly listen to what Google said all along.
In fact, Galaxy Nexus still stands out among the most recent phones(Razr) and unreleased phones(Rezound) with own advantages(i don't think i don't need to list them again). Not the best perhaps, but still a top-tier.
and i think sammy focuses on Galaxy Note which is definitely one of great business phone i have seen last few years rather than Nexus.
Besides, it's perfectly okay that you a person(fan) just happens to like Moto, but as i said, don't be a fanboy bashing over other phones and accusing them with falses.
Razr got great stuff and Galaxy Nexus is also loaded with great features as well with extraordinary new os, high resolution, one of best cpu(TI OMAP 4460), changeable battery, HD SA display, large screen(4.65inch), fast 3G(21mpbs) and much more to come.
139. Fred1234567 (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
well, you don't know what you r talking about because there is no such thing as a Galaxy Prime.
81. Enough-Is-Never-Enough (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
The thing for me is I am not a major fan of any one phone maker over the next. The thing that does have my attention is Motorola's webtop feature. That puts me in a postion where I pretty much have to choose a Motorola phone to get the webtop feature. As mentioned before I'm not biased towards one phone maker over another. I want Samsung's Galaxy screen size but I want Motorola's webtop feature (keyboard and mouse of course). Does anybody know if any other phone manufacturer's are coming out with there own webtop-like feature or am I stuck sticking to only Motorola to get something like the webtop. I saw something about a webtop-like device for the Evo 4g but the description did not say anyting about keyoard/mouse connections, plus it seemd like it was only for EVo 4g. ????????????????? I will post this same comment on a few other threads in case no one see's it here so don't be annoyed if you see this post on 6-7 other threads!!! (maybe more if I don't get a response)
82. natr0n76 (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Apr 2011)
This handset will only get better when it's upgraded to ICS.
85. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 616; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Incredible, No ICS is a con...PA we all know that ICS is exclusive to the bloody Nexus Prime for the next few months...do you guys even use your brains when writing some of these things down? No other phone will come with ICS preloaded within the same release window as the Galaxy Nexus, yet you guys are supposed to be in the know about things cell phone.
Since when did we get all crazy about pixel density? You do realize that apple created a buzzword and without a thought people use it as if it's gospel. I use an old Droid X and I really don't have much a problem reading anything on the usual moto 800x540 screen. Not sure what the hell is up with people these days, so much tech speak and yet many of it is in your head and you see what you want to see. Unless you are going to be holding an iPhone 4 next to your RazR while using it, you won't really give a crap as long as you have normal vision. Someone posted something about the screen, perhaps you mixed up the numbers isn't the RazR a 4.3" screen wouldn't the screen be at least 800x500, I prefer the qHD screens as they have a nicer look to them Bionic and X2.
Not sure about the whole non removable battery thing, funny thing is PA didn't mention if you could hard reset the phone at all, yet this is a review....sigh! GB is not true Dual Core fine tuned software, ICS is built for Multi Core processors, so this phone should seamlessly upgrade and run like a champ on ICS once it gets the upgrade. Moto is more than likely already tinkering with ICS, and integrating their social and weather apps, I like their motoblur or whatever it's called keeps things easily organized without having a boat load of apps everywhere to click on. Just wished they would make it seem more like a stock UI and more personalization. Well ICS is supposed to support resizing and what not, so I can't wait to give it a test run.
89. NotoNeo (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
Screen on the Droid Razr is pretty good for a PenTile screen. Not as good as SuperAMOLED Plus, but way better than the Bionic and previous Motorola PenTile ones. Proof, taken by yours truly:
Razr is up top, Bionic on bottom. I actually marveled at the screen when I turned it on for the first time. I only saw the PenTile of it all when I actually started looking for imperfections, but trust me, it's a very nice display.
91. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
You're right. Crapple started this pandemonium about ppx.
And now every single dude needs more and more.
Year ago they didn't give a damn about ppx.
It's another way to don't care about more vital parts of a phone. For example battery.
In my opinion, those dual cores which were produced so far, are useless. If they can utilize ICS abilities to use multiple cores in a proper way, that's great. But if they cannot...they are a bunch of crap.
The question is, why android phones needs so ridiculous power to run quite smooth?
Mango, Meego, IOS, PalmOS (even Symbian with better specs 1 ghz and 512 ram) runs faster than most of android phones...and they don't have so beffed up specs.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to attack anyone who uses android. That's his choice. But I see inconsistency and laziness in android.
140. Fred1234567 (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
this is so true. in many ways, Android sucks. Royally sucks. The RAZR doesn't change that. webOS is a far better OS. The best, really. But, no apps. that is all iphone and Android have are apps. Google should buy webOS, make it the run android native apps, and watch it mow Apple into the recycle bag and be put to the curb for city to pick up.
Give a webOS phone this screen and theses other specs, along with 25% of the app list on Android, and it would blow away ANY Android phone for the next 3 years. That's right! Take current webOS and give it this phone (or similar phone) and will blow away Android.
Android is horrible operation system. It can't even multi-task, even with all these specs.
111. theandroid1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
Nexus and raze are Verizon's best phones ever
121. henrickrw (Posts: 402; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
So has Motorola succeeded in reclaiming the prestige that once belonged to the RAZR brand? Unequivocally, yes -- the handset is just physically stunning. It's thinner than almost any phone on the market and makes no sacrifices to attain its slim physique. It's solidly constructed from premium materials like diamond-cut aluminum, Gorilla Glass and a sheet of super-slick Kevlar.
Few phones out there can even be put in the same category when it comes to build quality. It's not the most ergonomically sound handset on the market, but for those who cherish form over function (the very targets of a so-called fashion device), that's a sacrifice worth making.
Don't get us wrong -- the RAZR's beauty is not only skin deep. The LTE radio, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM make sure this sleek number is ready to run with the big boys. It kept pace with, and in some cases clearly outclassed its high-end competition.
Despite its deficiencies in the display department and underwhelming battery life, the RAZR looks to be a perfectly viable alternative when considering the similarly-pricey Rezound and Galaxy Nexus, but we'll have to wait for our full reviews of those devices to say for sure. And don't forget: this one will only get better when ICS comes to Moto's slim slab of sexy.
123. hotcakes33 (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I just got back from the Verizon store to play with the Razr as well as the iPhone 4s. Have to admit - iPhone was much slicker than the Razr. Razr lagged, an the colors just weren't as crispt as iPhone. And as much as I hate to say this, the iOS seems more intuitive than Android. I just have a feeling that if you were to pop the top off the 2 OSs, and looked at the guts, you would find iOS to be more stable than Android. I get the bubble gum and duct tape feeling with Android. I cannot imagine that ICS will give me a better feeling. I have had an Eris for 2 years now, and for about 18 months, have really been frustrated with numerous things, including how inept the software has become with even performing basic phone functions - like dialing, texting and taking pictures. I think this may have pushed me to the iPhone side.
124. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
I was in a Verizon corporate store on Tuesday and they were just putting the working model out on the sales floor (I know right when does this happen). The phone is super thin, looks good, has a quick response, and is crystal clear viewing.
125. blkpacdrums (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
i logged on vzw last night and noticed the RAZR was $249. anyone else see that?