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Excellent hardware, so-so software
tx2ma has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I've had this phone for a few months. VZW sent me this to replace my Incredible 4G that was a lemon, which has/had almost identical specs. So it's hard for me not to compare the two.
The Motorola's hardware is hands down excellent, with a sturdy solid build. As a phone, I've had no issues with reception or call clarity - it's what a phone should be. And the overall form factor is perfect - not too big, not too small - for those of us who don't want a phablet. Battery life is absolutely amazing! I can get a day and a half on a charge unless I'm making a lot of voice calls - they seem to drain the battery faster than anything else.
Now while the Razr M 's hardware is great, I find the sofware/ "Motoblur" interface to be mediocre. I mean, there's no music player pre-installed? That screams cheap. You can't access the weather unless you want to have the circles widget on your screen. And the social networking integration is no where near what HTC has done.
I am also not thrilled with the camera. It takes grainy pics - really bad in low light - and it doesn't have many settings to boot. And finally, the display. Size-wise, it's perfect and qHD is very nice, but for some reason the combination of AMOLED and qHD makes some fonts and graphics look jagged. The Incredible 4G had the same resolution screen, except it was LCD, and it was a lot better in that regard.
So overall, the phone is good but it leaves me wanting more from the software.
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the best phone on the market
sabres0809 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I've had this phone for a while now and I gotta say im amazed at how awesome it still is. Its perfect for everyday usage, the battery last the entire day, and it has a bog screen with a besseless display. I got it for 999 cents! Totally wort he the dollar for the high end specs!
Not the holy grail, but nothing has yet to come closer!
o0Exia0o has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have had this phone since October 2012. Since then I have been pleased with the phone. There are a couple of areas that the phone could be upgraded to make it the best phone ever. The first is the screen. Dont get me wrong the Qhd screen is not by any means the worst Ive seen on a phone but if motorola had gone with a full HD 720p screen at this size or a little larger the that would have made it better. Second is the camera, again it is not the worst I have seen but not the best. The third and final problem with the phone is the battery. You would thank that with the large batteries that have been put in to the maxx line up then they would have been able to get somthing a little bigger in to the phone. Dont get me wrong I still get 2-2.5 days off of a charge.
Over all the phone is a great phone, but as with any great phone there are always room for improvement. Bottom line if you need a great phone at a phenomenal price then this is a phone that you should not miss.
v2497 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
this is my 2nd one because the first one was a lemon and i just got this one for free and its brand new! i love it! it cant get any better! i just wish it had 16 GB's inside instead of "8" GB's which is actually 4.5 GB's. its kinda of sucks but you get used to it, so its not biggie! :D
the Razr M is the best deal in the Smartphone world right now, hands down
shnibz has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I am coming from a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and I don't miss ANYTHING about that phone! Not even 720p because the Razr M screen can hold its own. The Build quality of this phone is far superior to any flimsy plastic hand set offered by Samsung and with the 4.3 inch screen and it not being 720p it is far less battery and processor hungry. It is also the most comfortable phone to hold I have ever owned and iam on my 6th smart phone. It is the perfect size. I don't know what else to say about this great phone except that anyone who buys it will not be disappointed at all
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bhattisb has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I've Used Many Smart Phone, It was Good Phone as My Experience Because its battery life awesome and some other Ul and specially its size. and its beautiful design, Performance is better as I Thought. and also I like full screen phone like it.
Very durable, but very slow.
WheatleyOS has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This phone is great for those who drop their phone a lot, but the phone is very slow, and will easily die if you use the internet a lot on your phone, and has extremely limited space (4 GB standard storage). I would highly recommend the Droid Mini over this phone, since the Mini is much faster, much better, newer software, better battery, etc, not to mention it's the same price and looks a lot nicer, not looking ugly like the Razr. The only disadvantage of the Mini over the Razr M is that it is slightly more fragile, not that I have broken the Mini.
Personally: Great Phone!
dafoeman has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This phone is really good for what it might appear. Perhaps I got a 'super' edition, but from drops, it hasn't broken. However, when I drop it I try to catch it, or break the fall speed. Results after 8+ drops is a couple of VERY small marks and grooves on the phone itself, with no screen damage! I would recommend this phone for portability, strengths via hardware & software, and build quality.
Droid RAZR M
twiztid_gamer has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I've been using smart phones since before Android existed starting with 3 blackberry devices then moved into android with HTC, LG & Samsung but Motorola & the Droid RAZR M at this point are by far my favorite devices
RAZR M (compared to iPhone 5)
sativan has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I had an iPhone 5 and switched to this after a month. I prefer the RAZR M and will compare them in this review.
Build Quality- Both phones have high build quality, but the razr's materials are more resistant to drops, scratches, and water; and it feels slightly more solid.
Call Quality- Both phones have noise cancellation, but I found better sounding calls and better reception on the droid, probably because of motorola's history in the radio industry.
Hardware- Both phones have similar specs, but the Droids are better. However, the iPhone uses the hardware more efficiently so it is a tie.
Battery- By far goes to the RAZR thanks to the larger size and better management. Gets through the day easily.
Display- The RAZR's is larger and is in 16:9 aspact ratio which makes it good for videos and browsing. The iPhone's is higher definition. I prefer the iPhone's, but this changes on your preference of size or definition.
Camera- Goes to the iPhone, but not by too much. The RAZR is still competative.
Overall- RAZR by far. The camera and display are sad casualties for the Motorola, but they do not overshadow the excellent battery, overall quality, and (most importantly) the price ($200 cheaper). The Driod also gives more freedom in the UI and supports removable memory.
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Best phone I've ever owned
DuffBrew85 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
It is everything I want in a phone. Upgrade the camera and it would be perfect. The screen looks great and is a perfect size for my hand. It's light, yet built tough. I've dropped it a few times (2-4 feet) with no harm done. No scratches to be seen (I don't use a cover or screen protecter) Love this phone. Highly recommended and cheap
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Motorola RAZR M - Great Phone!
Evansakellos has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I just picked up the new RAZR M phone at my local Verizon store, to replace my Droid Incredible. I needed a global phone since I'm doing more international travel and I was looking for a device with a larger screen than my Incredible had. I'm still learning the operational structure of the RAZR, but I have to say that I'm very impressed with the overall function, construction and feel of this phone.
The screen is just the right size to use for photos, texting and it appears to have a very high resolution. Call quality is very good and I find the speakers to be ideal from a sound perspective. The device appears to be very fast - opening menus, various screens and surfing the internet.
The most pleasant surprise is the battery life of this phone. I'm finding that I can get two full days of normal use before having to recharge the device. My Incredible lasted a day and I was forever looking for a plug to change the phone.
Before I purchased the RAZR-M, I was considering the new HTC Windows phone, but I decided on the Android device as I was already familiar with this operating software. Based on my limited use to date, I feel confident in recommending the Motorola RAZR-M to anyone who needs a current Android phone that is the perfect size for everyday use. A great phone and a keeper.
Razr M is close to Holy Grail of Phones
Belle has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Yeah, I know, that sounds crazy - but lets look at the facts about the phone. Here are some side by side comparisons with the almighty iPhone 5:
It has the same form-factor as the iPhone 5, but with a larger screen (4.3" vs 4.0"), water resistant nano-protected body (not available on iPhone 5) significantly better battery life (2000 mAh vs 1440 mAh), capability of voice and data simultaneously (not available on Verizon iPhone 5), micro SD expandable storage (not available on iPhone 5), Motorola Smart Actions to maximize battery life and set phone rules , drive safe mode, work mode, home mode, etc. (not available on iPhone 5), tons of useful widgets for customized home screens with valuable utility (not available on boring iPhone 5 interface), and last but certainly not least - GOOGLE MAPS NAVIGATION!!!
I use Google Maps all the time, and the iPhone 5 doesn't come with Google Maps GPS Navigation! I was able to use my Razr M's Google Maps GPS to navigate my way home from a business trip, WHILE talking on the phone with a client, WHILE looking up data on the internet, and all of that WHILE Motorola Smart Actions Drive Mode was on to make sure it was all done SAFELY. This never would have happened with an iPhone 5.
The list goes on, but I'm sure by now you want to know why I called this phone CLOSE to the Holy Grail of Phones. Its true, its not the Holy Grail of phones, but that's not Motorola's fault. You see, there are only 3 things that this phone is lacking to make it...
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CrocadileUT has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I really put a lot of research into this phone and upgraded the very day I could, and I was not disappointed. This phone is near perfect in that it has excellent battery life, a big bright display, works great, super fast, and all of this in one of the smallest form factors I've seen. In fact that's what makes it unique, it's the largest display of a phone this size. All this for low price is a win to me. Be warned though, this is not a hack friendly phone, but I'm so pleased with it that I don't plan to mess with it too much unlike my previous Droid 2 which needed to be "corrected"
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Razr M - A Comparative Review
doctork21 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I have had the Razr M for just over a month and must say I am thoroughly pleased. As a business professional and parent I rely on my phone for critical communication, multitasking, and up-to-date information to be redily available at my fingertips. With that said, the Razr M meets and exceeds the challenge! I will be reviewing my experience with it and comparing it to the highly touted I-phone 5.
First, the build quality of the Razr M is absolutely rock solid. It has a sleek, contemporary design, yet you don't get the feeling that its so delicate that it will break from a simple mishap that we all ineveitably will have with our phones at some point. How many I-phone owners have had one mishap suddenly reduce their phones into a very expensive paper weight? While I would put some type of protective case on the Razr M, its aluminum frame and Gorilla Glass display help minimize any potential damage.
Next, let's disccuss the overall size of the phone and its display. The phone fits nicely in one's hands. You don't have to have very large hands to fully function the phone for texting, web-browsing, photos and videos or making calling (Yes, phones are still used for that too). While some may desire a "theater" size phone, many just want a phone that balances form and function. The Razr M fits the bill nicely. Its similar in overall frame size to the I-phone 5, but the screen size is larger. (4.3" v. 4.0") This lends itself to less texting errors, a display that hits the "sweet spot"...
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scissorhands97 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
i love the phone! fast processor, bright vibrant screen, long battery life, and fast 4G LTE speeds! my only problems is the screen shake ever since i upgraded to 4.1.2 JB. it can lag some times, i cant flash back to ICS since 4.1.2 JB has some soft of flash lock, but i can flash custom roms, but i cant flash it to 4.2 or 4.1.1 (custom rom) because of the camera (im a photo fanatic). after the update i started have problems with the wifi but that solve itself after half and hour. overall the phone is pretty smooth! its a keeper! thank you Motorola!
P.S. MOTOROLA YOU NEED TO INSTALL 4.2.2 JELLYBEAN ON YOUR RAZR'S ALREADY! ITS BEEN FOREVER! YOU NEED TO STOP LAGGING. thank you :D
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Updated review: Please read this review on internal memory usage!
hltechie has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
So I am updating my review and really lowering the score for one main issue I failed to see upon first buying the phone: internal memory storage and SD card storage. When I first bought this phone I saw it advertised 8GB of internal storage with an SD card slot that could be upgraded to 32GB of storage. So I thought "Awesome! The internal storage is a bit low for apps but I can install a large SD card and have plenty of space". I bought the phone and turned a blind eye to the storage until I ran out of internal storage and here come the lies from Motorola. I found the phone really only has 4GB or so of usable storage for apps and that's it... I couldn't even use the full 8GB! Then when I went into the settings to move some apps to the SD card I found that the option was not there. You CAN NOT move apps to the SD card on this phone! WTH!? (please keep in mind that yes you can do this but ONLY if the root the phone and void the warranties by Motorola). So thanks Motorola, I am now stuck with a powerful phone with software unable to preform the the simple task of moving apps.
To make things worse... my music storage is linked with Google Play. So when I download music from Google Play to my device, it is also only stored to internal storage (which having a large library fills up the storage quickly). Now the phone does have a built in file manager that does move music, photos, documents, etc. correctly right? Wrong! I moved my music from my internal storage to the SD card and the...
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