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Motorola RAZR Review

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Internet and Connectivity:

Besides the wicked speeds, the overall web browsing experience on the Motorola RAZR is solid thanks to its responsive nature. So whether it's panning or kinetic scrolling, its movement is very gracious to deliver an engaging experience.  Pinch-to-zoom is a tad less seamless than we’d like, though. Throw in the fact that it doesn't stutter even in the face of Flash content, it's remarkably equipped in providing us with that near desktop-like experience.

The web browser of the Motorola RAZR - Motorola RAZR Review
The web browser of the Motorola RAZR - Motorola RAZR Review
The web browser of the Motorola RAZR - Motorola RAZR Review
The web browser of the Motorola RAZR - Motorola RAZR Review

The web browser of the Motorola RAZR


We have 14.4Mbps HSDPA radio, A-GPS with Glonass support, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot functionality and DLNA on the Motorola RAZR, as well as FM Radio, so you can't complain from a lack of connectivity options.


Software:

At this point, we've been thoroughly amazed by the handset's hardware, but underneath it all in the software side, Motorola has managed to plant some of its presence in the included applications. For starters, it includes MotoCast, which empowers the handset to stream files from an internet-connected computer. Essentially, it's a cloud-based system that provides almost an unlimited amount of data storage for the smartphone – seeing that we can stream and gain access to shared files and folders on a computer.

If you happen to be particular about having complete control in everything surrounding the RAZR, the Smart Actions functionality will be especially appealing to you. Honestly, it turns the handset into your very own personal digital assistant – but the beauty in it is that it's actually smart! Basically, Smart Actions is a reminder system on steroids, seeing that it provides a wide array of actions based on specific triggers. For example, if you happen to activate the ‘work’ Smart Action, it'll know when you arrive at work due to your GPS coordinates, while at the same time, it can even automatically send a text to someone informing them that you've arrived safely.

Another example is found with the ‘car’ Smart Action, which senses that you're in your car when the handset is connected to some sort of Bluetooth system; say like a Bluetooth speaker of some sort. Once the phone registers that the trigger has been executed, it can automatically set it so that you can't send text messages or accept phone calls. All in all, it's definitely a neat feature that gives you a lot of control in what you do on the device.

MotoCast - Motorola has managed to plant some of its presence in the included applications - Motorola RAZR Review
Smart Actions - Motorola has managed to plant some of its presence in the included applications - Motorola RAZR Review
Motorola has managed to plant some of its presence in the included applications - Motorola RAZR Review
Motorola has managed to plant some of its presence in the included applications - Motorola RAZR Review

MotoCast

Smart Actions

  

Motorola has managed to plant some of its presence in the included applications


Motorola also packs along a branded app on the RAZR – MOTOPRINT, for wireless printing. For the enterprise or business user, apps like GoToMeeting and QuickOffice are particularly useful. And of course, all of the typical Google branded applications are on board to give us that tried and true Android experience.

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posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:51 7

1. android_hitman (Posts: 665; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


9! i can\'t believe this! nice review PA

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:45

18. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; 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

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:55 3

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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:57 4

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


Lol, phrase you shall never hear:

"The camera on an HTC device beat it"

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:46

19. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


I hate htc sense

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:04 3

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4408; 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:23 5

6. biophone (Posts: 1896; 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 12:11 2

8. remixfa (Posts: 14145; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what he said

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:07 1

5. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Nexus, is the best, but Verizon wins triple double

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:37

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

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 12:12 1

9. remixfa (Posts: 14145; 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. :)

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 13:38 1

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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 15:09

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?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 18:31 1

14. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 16:41

12. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 254; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


okay, just a question, how did you guys find the performance comparing to the Verizon droid Razr? any difference?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 16:57 3

13. razblack (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


meh, looks boring.. OS is terribad. no thanks.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 18:57 1

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?

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 18:54

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.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 14:39

17. hugoRP (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Motorola RAZR or Sony Xperia S .... which one?¡ ...

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Motorola RAZR

Motorola RAZR

OS: Android 4.0.4 2.3.5
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.15 x 2.71 x 0.28 inches
(130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm)
4.48 oz  (127 g)
Battery1780 mAh, 12.5 hours talk time

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