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Custom Android interfaces we've seen many of already. Some do contribute to the experience with the features they add, yet others simply fail to impress. The custom overlay we see on the Motorola RAZR i, running on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, is somewhere in between.
Among the things we like about it is the quite useful “Circles” widget, which displays a wide array of information, such as time, weather, battery level and missed calls, while occupying minimal screen space. Also, the lock screen is a bit more useful at it now holds shortcuts to the Camera, Phone, and Text messaging apps, in addition to switch toggling between loud and silent modes.
Some features, however, we aren't quite fond of. For example, there's the Quick settings menu and all of its on/off toggles, available when you swipe left of the first home screen. It just doesn't feel like it belongs there. And then there's the way you add home screens by swiping right of the last home screen, as if users add new home screens on a daily basis. These two features should have been executed better.
There are two on-screen keyboards to choose from: the stock ICS one we know and love, with its voice input, auto-complete and auto-correct functionality, and Swype, for those who prefer alternative input methods. We can confirm that both of them work well, regardless of their orientation.
The Motorola DROID i comes with a handful of apps that some users might find quite handy. For starters, the Smart Action app allows experienced Android users to automate a number of actions, which can be executed when a certain event is triggered. For example, one can have their smartphone turn its ringer volume down at night, or switch off various connectivity features during times of the day when they are not needed, in order to preserve battery.
The Guide Me app is for first-time smartphone owners who aren't yet fully familiar with what their device is capable of. It provides tutorials explaining how various of the Motorola RAZR i features work, kind of like a build-in user manual.
Processor and memory:
The Motorola RAZR i is officially the first smartphone to reach the 2.0GHz milestone, thanks to its Intel Atom Z2460 processor, paired with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It may be of the single-core kind, but it supports hyper-threading, which is Intel technology allowing one core to better perform multiple tasks at once.
Despite the outstanding clock frequency, the real-life performance delivered by the Atom chip is not anything out of this world, but it is still comparable to that of a modern dual-core SoC, such as the Snapdragon S4. The silicon manages to run demanding apps and games without breaking a sweat... most of the time. Frames being dropped while navigating through home screens and menus is not an entirely absent phenomenon, but thankfully, it happens only on rare occasions. Below you'll find the results that we got after testing the processor with several synthetic benchmark apps.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Motorola RAZR i||4237||6100||39.6|
|HTC One S||4867||7012||60.7|
|Samsung Galaxy S Advance||2796||5218||35.9|
|Samsung Galaxy Nexus||2000||5503||24|
The Motorola RAZR i comes with 8GB of native storage, but only 5.26GB are available to the user. And no matter how we look at it, that isn't a whole lot. Therefore, some of you might need a microSD card, on which to store additional files. Cards of up to 32GB are supported by the device.
Web browser and connectivity:
The stock ICS web browser on the Motorola RAZR i gets the job done well as it loads pages quickly and retains its responsiveness even when browsing heavy web sites. Features such as pinch-to-zoom and tap-to-zoom work as intended. There's also a way to save pages for offline reading, to open multiple tabs, and to surf the internet without being tracked by using Incognito mode. There is no Adobe Flash pre-installed, but embedded YouTube videos are still playable.
As far as connectivity goes, you can rely on HSDPA+ at up to 21.1 Mbps on the downlink or Wi-Fi for connecting to the internet. The usual set of additional connectivity features is also present, namely Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. The smartphone can be connected to a PC using the microUSB cable that comes in the set.
Motorola RAZR i Review - Interface, Software and Internet