Motorola RAZR Review
Dominating most of the interface, we get a good view on what we’re shooting with the viewfinder, but we find the usual suspect of icons littered on its side – like the on-screen shutter key, digital zoom controls, and video mode toggle.
Furthermore, there’s an accessible sliding bar that holds additional icons that allow us to change shooting modes, choose different effects, and get into its settings. Compared to others, it’s lacking on some manual controls that are near and dear to photo enthusiasts out there.
Photo details are rather faint in appearance, and at the same time, the phone generally casts a cooler color reproduction.
Meanwhile, in extreme low lighting situations, image quality is diminished due to its grainy appearance – with a bit of digital noise evident as well. Fortunately, its LED flash is able to illuminate the shot properly with an even amount of lighting. However, it still has some difficulty in properly focusing when attempting to take shots in complete darkness.
Alright, still shot quality might be poor, but how about high-definition video recording? Well, it fails to impress us again. On paper, its 1080p high-definition video recording sounds great, but after previewing them on a computer, we're left scratching our heads. As it captures video at the rate of 30 frames per second and records clear audio, the biggest distraction that we find is its below average detail quality – it simply looks flat and indistinct. Also, it lacks continuous auto-focus, but features touch focus instead.
Motorola RAZR Sample Video:
Motorola RAZR Indoor Sample Video:
Utilizing the same music player interface featured on other recent Motorola smartphones, it has a conventional approach with its presentation as songs are being played – displaying such things as the album cover and on-screen controls. However, we do like the nifty looking 3D carousel gallery available when we’re browsing through songs in landscape. Rounding things out, we definitely appreciate the usefulness of lyrics being displayed as a song is being played, which transforms the phone into a mini karaoke machine of some sort.
With its single speaker, it's able to produce strong volume, but tends to sound rather sharp when placed at the loudest setting. However, in order to fine tune things out, we're presented with a broad range of equalizer settings to better adapt to specific genres of music, which work in speaker mode.
The Gallery is separated into categories, which are accessed via buttons once you enter it, instead of picture stacks. We’d rather have the default Android gallery, which is prettier than Motorola’s effort.
Moreover, the same stuttering while pinching to zoom in or out that we noticed as a slight delay in the browser, is a full-blown nuisance when zooming pictures, which goes on in stages, instead of the fluid zooming we are used to on touchscreen handsets, even in the mid-range.
Before proceeding to load our tests video, we're already thinking in the back of our minds that it's going to be a phenomenal experience, partly because of its fast processor and brilliant looking Super AMOLED display. And right on cue, the handset is able to deliver just that as it's able to play our video that's encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution. Easily, it’s able to play it effortlessly, while reeling us in thanks to its smooth playback, rich details, and iridescent appearance. Therefore, if you happen to love long trips on the road, the Motorola RAZR will be the perfect companion for you.
As we previously mentioned already, it's good to know that the RAZR packs a microHDMI port. Much like other smartphones that offer the functionality, we're given the ability to do things like outputting high-definition video, sharing other multimedia content, and a mirrored experience.
Furthermore, with the aid of some optional Motorola Webtop enabled accessories, such as the lapdock and HD station, we're given the full web browsing experience thanks to Mozilla Firefox – plus, we're still able to interact with the phone's various functionality. Naturally, it's not the first time we're seeing it, but it's nevertheless something that we truly appreciate.
Internally, it's packed with 8GB of storage, which is indeed stingy for a device of this caliber, but it's thankfully supplemented by the preloaded 16GB microSD card in its available slot. And if that's certainly not enough for you, then you can always replace it with cards up to 32GB in size.
1. android_hitman (Posts: 569; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
9! i can\'t believe this! nice review PA
18. MobileKicker (Posts: 207; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)
It's a ready made garbage
It doesn't have anything
Not even the google play
Unjustified rating PA
It must get 6 or something
2. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
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 (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Lol, phrase you shall never hear:
"The camera on an HTC device beat it"
4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3394; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
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 (Posts: 1877; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
"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.
5. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 373; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Nexus, is the best, but Verizon wins triple double
7. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
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 (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
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 (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
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 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
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 (Posts: 3455; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
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 (Posts: 228; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)
okay, just a question, how did you guys find the performance comparing to the Verizon droid Razr? any difference?
13. razblack (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)
meh, looks boring.. OS is terribad. no thanks.
16. tboy72 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
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 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
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 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
Motorola RAZR or Sony Xperia S .... which one?¡ ...