Motorola DROID RAZR M hands-on

Motorola DROID RAZR M hands-on
Without a doubt, the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD took center stage at the Motorola-Verizon event that was held in the Big Apple, but interestingly enough, we ended up seeing a third device that’s looking to make a name for itself. Honestly, who knows what the letter “M” might stand for, but one might argue it could be mini or miniscule – for the Motorola DROID RAZR M.

Seriously, don’t let its diminutive size compared to its full figured siblings fool you! Above all, the biggest stand out that we notice with the smartphone, is the compact form factor it’s sporting for a device packing along a 4.3” display. Why’s that you ask? Well, we’re fascinated by the edge-to-edge, almost bezel-less display! It might not be something that the average Joe might take notice as a significant thing, but nevertheless, it’s a rare sighting on today’s modern smartphones.

At the same time, the 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display of the DROID RAZR M has the eye-catching looks to pique our interests – mainly thanks to its wickedly vibrant color reproduction and wide viewing angles. However, it seems to be employing a PenTile matrix arrangement, which some people are not fans of seeing, but still, we find it decent enough to make out fine details. Ultimately, it’s simply the impressive edge-to-edge display that makes the DROID RAZR M unique from its prestigious siblings.

Design-wise, it embodies most of the characteristic DROID RAZR elements we’re accustomed of seeing – like its sturdy construction and KEVLAR coated backing. And like we mentioned earlier, it’s amazingly compact in the hand for a device donning a 4.3” display. Under the hood, it’s no slouch either, as it’s running a dual-core 1.5GHz processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Combined with the same customized Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience we saw with the Motorola ATRIX HD, it runs impressively quick with most operations. Luckily, it’s mentioned that the handset will be receiving its Jelly Bean upgrade before the end of the year.

Rounding things out, the Motorola DROID RAZR M features lightning fast 4G LTE connectivity courtesy of Verizon’s expansive network, VGA front-facing camera, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording, Gorilla Glass, and a still beefy 2,000 mAh battery. Although its size has been toned down considerably, Moto didn’t skimp out with the other aspects of the handset. Best of all, this baby is coming to market next week for the 2-year on-contract price of $99.99 – with pre-orders available right now. Needless to say, the minimal wait time is great thing, especially when all the other devices unveiled today at both press events don’t have any concrete release dates or prices attached to them.

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1. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Moto is the beast in the smartphone market along with Sammy, Nokia and HTC. Respect for the beautiful & powerful device....!!!

18. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I just wish it was a little shorter. It would be perfect for me becoz I have small hands.

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

I seriously would get this phone! sadly its on verizon only........does anyone else hate when phones are exclusive?? :(

4. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

yes... I absolutely hate it too. I work for Sprint and want this phone :'( I hope they do what Samsung did with the GS3. They brought it to all 4 carriers. PLEASE MOTO :'O

5. Cacharoes

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Technically you could unlock the phone, these Three RAZR's are built with the CDMA/LTE and GSM/UMPTS radio's in them. So you could potentially use them on any network really. You would just have to pay full price if you were not already Verizon.

8. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

so i could unlock the razr m to T mobile perhaps?

15. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

hey.... are you betraying xperia family for razr? If so.. you should change your name to Razr-Knight ;)

16. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

You can unlock it and POSSIBLY take it to att or tmobile but you cant take to sprint or any cdma provider without flashing the ESN which will cost $ to do and your say byebye to your LTE... in other words, not worth it.

17. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

Hmmm. Well, you could be lucky and find on on ebay with a bad esn, and flash it to a prepaid carrier that has 4G.

3. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hoping for a international version :3

6. Cacharoes

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

They said there would be Global Versions of these phones. Specifically the M and HD, not sure if they include the MAXX when they mention the HD though.

7. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

and that would be great. :D I thought it would be for verizon alone. :D Motorola should really focus again in releasing its products internationally. They lack on that part.

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah.. kinda like to have a global version...

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh thanks! :)

13. SmartGadgetS

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I like the "almost no bezel" design.. looks nice.

14. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

This is my favorite of the 3 Razr's announced. I always considered the HTC Trophy I had for a short time(returned due to dislike of WP7) to be the ideal size for a phone, and the RAZR-M is just slightly taller. I still don't see why everyone wants ginormous phones, but to each their own I guess. I might have to sell my RAZR MAXX for this, although it'll be hard to go to back to having to monitor battery life on a phone after the seemingly endless battery of the MAXX.

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