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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...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:26

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.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:27

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.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:58 2

117. gtrxman (Posts: 122; 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.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:27 3

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


The only cons which I agree is camera..pictures looks shi%%y.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:37 2

36. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; 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?

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:47

37. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 689; 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

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:19

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.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:49 2

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


They had to find some cons. Even stupid.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:53

40. blkpacdrums (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


is there a front indicator light?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 22:59

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


Yes, there's a tri-color LED. Lots of info at the MOTODEV (Motorola developer's) page.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 10:36

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

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 11:06 2

45. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; 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!!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 11:33 1

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...

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 11:55 3

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?

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 23:03

119. gtrxman (Posts: 122; 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.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:29

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

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 12:30 1

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..

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:01

51. belovedson (Posts: 998; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i will pass

ok camera
probably crap audio chip
i remember the pixels standing out on moto screens

nah i will wait

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 13:10

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!

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 07:08

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.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:05 1

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.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 12:39

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/business/technology/droid-razr-what-you-should-know/2011/11/08/gIQA0hdg1M_story_1.html

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 14:39

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.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 14:48

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.

posted on 13 Feb 2012, 19:24

157. asrr62 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


stop trolling phone arena. you fan boy. trolllllll

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 14:48 2

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.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 15:35

63. ElectroManiac (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


The only thing stoping me to buy this phone is the locked bootloader :(

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 15:45 1

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


it'll be unlockable after it receives ICS.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 11:42 1

105. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; 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.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 12:27

107. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; 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.

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