Motorola RAZR Review
In its quest to reign supreme over all other Motorola manufactured smart phones before it, the Motorola RAZR is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.
Supplementing its processing prowess, it's packed with a generous 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM for installing apps. The RAZR is exceptionally fast with its operational movements – even when it's tested with a graphically intensive Live Wallpaper. From opening up applications, pinch-zooming, and kinetic scrolling, it's pretty much spot on with its response. However, we still notice every now and then just a slight pause or delay with some of its movements, and zooming a picture in the gallery goes in stages instead of the fluidity we are accustomed to.
We have one pretty functional interface running on top of Android 2.3.5 in the RAZR, although not of the HTC Sense 3.0 or TouchWiz 4.0 caliber in terms of eye-candy and features. It’s still blessed with some fancy looking 3D effects and transitions to keep your eyes content. Additionally, most of the Motorola inspired widgets available on the handset are resizable, and their layouts automatically change to accommodate the new arrangement.
If you’re big on the social networking stuff, you’ll take pleasure with the deep integration that the interface has to offer. In fact, the Social Networking app manages to aggregate all services in one place – and it offers these nice looking 3D window panels as you’re looking through posts. But instead of running the app, you can still get your quick fix by using the available social networking widgets on the homescreen. For a comprehensive walkthrough of the customized interface, you can read more about it on our Motorola DROID 3 review.
The RAZR launches with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on board, but Motorola said it will update it to Ice Cream Sandwich in the early 2012.
Essentially, the contacts app retains the fundamental elements we come to expect – like synchronization with our Google account. Besides that, we also find social networking integration that allows us to check out profiles, ‘poke’ friends, and view their most recent tweets. Of course, the listing can become somewhat disorganized after adding all of your accounts, but it’s nice to see filters in place to make it easier to view. And oh yeah, you can always resort to clicking the magnifier icon to search for specific contacts – as opposed to scrolling through a never-ending list.
Not surprisingly, there’s nothing new with any of the core organizer apps since they provide all the logical and traditional set of features we come to expect out of any Android smartphone. So whether you’re using the calculator, calendar, alarm, or timer, there’s absolutely nothing different about them in any way. Still, it’s nice being able to sync calendars from multiple accounts as well – plus, they’re color coded for better organization.
Blessed with a sizable display, the RAZR is especially adept in handling the needs of even the most demanding text messenger out there. Not only does the black themed keyboard accentuates the handset's Super AMOLED display, but it also offers a tastefully fresh look, and saves on your battery, since OLED screens don't consume power when displaying black. Whether it's the Swype or multitouch keyboard that you use, the spacious layout enables us to quickly compose messages with minimal effort – thanks mostly to its responsive nature and accuracy. Plus, when you activate the auto-correct feature, the experience is nearly seamless as we're able to type casually at a wicked rate.
Aside from the fact that scrolling is kept at a minimum with the Gmail experience on the handset, there’s nothing else beneficial that we can find about it. Luckily, the setup process is unchanged with its user-friendly approach by requiring only our email addresses and passwords for automatic setup with most generic accounts. In some instances though, it might ask for additional pieces of information, like server addresses and ports, to set up properly.
2. HTCiscool posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:55 3 0
Is this not EXACTLY the same as the one you reviewed a fey days ago?
But yes, this is probably the nest unlocked GSM smartphone you can buy until the Galaxy Nexus will arrive.
3. HTCiscool posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:57 4 0
Lol, phrase you shall never hear:
"The camera on an HTC device beat it"
4. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:04 3 0
Yeah that was what I was thinking, I thought the Motorola Razr was a Verizon exclusive? I guess the Motorola "Droid" Razr is the one that's exclusive to Verizon. So it's good to know other carriers will have the Razr just like other carriers will have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
6. biophone posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:23 5 0
"If you've read our DROID RAZR review, you wouldn't really need to read this one. Especially if you are in the States."
"The GSM version of Verizon’s DROID RAZR is called simply the Motorola RAZR, and is identical, except for the baseband radio, which allows it to work on AT&T and T-Mobile (2G only) in the US."
I hope those quotes from the article clear things up.
8. remixfa posted on 15 Nov 2011, 12:11 2 0
what he said
5. Mr.Mr.Upgrade posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:07 1 1
Nexus, is the best, but Verizon wins triple double
7. JayRaj posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:37 0 0
The second point in the list of cons is true for Android as a whole, even in dual core league (save few handsets)!! XD
9. remixfa posted on 15 Nov 2011, 12:12 1 0
im actually surprised it didnt get hit harder for the sub par camera.. as much as people use their phones as camera replacements, thats getting to be a pretty big issue. oh well, still looks like a darn solid device over all. :)
10. iankellogg posted on 15 Nov 2011, 13:38 1 0
I don't know why but I can never find a smartphone review that looks OBJECTIVELY at the battery life. I really wish someone would come up with a range of battery tests. Do something like minimum battery life (brightness 50% using only 3G/4G streaming video) and then a real world test where its something like web browsing for 10 minutes at a time then 50 minutes idle until dead.
11. eswdroid posted on 15 Nov 2011, 15:09 0 0
I bought the RAZR yesterday and coming from a DROID X... I loved my X but wanted a new phone, Thw RAZR feels way to wide and the text and stuff on the screen seems smaller and harder to read. Does anyone know if this is the same with the BIONIC??? Or a good phone they recommend?
14. jroc74 posted on 15 Nov 2011, 18:31 1 0
Stuff is smaller cuz of the higher resolution.
If you have a PC, increase the resolution on your monitor and watch stuff shrink on screen.
12. AhmadAlsayegh posted on 15 Nov 2011, 16:41 0 0
okay, just a question, how did you guys find the performance comparing to the Verizon droid Razr? any difference?
16. tboy72 posted on 05 Dec 2011, 18:57 1 0
How can you say it looks boring. It's the thinnest model out there. We are finally given a phone that doesn't look like all the other phones and it's boring?? The OS is terribad?? The OS is solid and very quick. I know, I have one.
Do you even have one, or are you just spewing whatever comes to your mind?
15. tboy72 posted on 05 Dec 2011, 18:54 0 0
I've had Blackberrys, iphone 3gs, iphone 4, Droid X2, and now the Motorola Razr. By far, the Razr out performs all of them. The Razr is fast, smooth, and very good looking.
I finally found the phone I am content with. Nice job Motorola.
17. hugoRP posted on 07 Jun 2012, 14:39 0 0
Motorola RAZR or Sony Xperia S .... which one?¡ ...