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Motorola razr (2020) User Reviews Back

Overall user rating

7.5

The overall rating is the average of all user reviews, while the overall alternatives are the ones that has been listed most.

Multimedia
7.5
Internet
6.5
Battery
5.5
Call quality
9.0
Display
7.0
Reception
9.0
Text input
5.0
Build quality
7.5
Everyday usage
8.0
UI speed
9.5
Camera
6.5
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Dadler22 posted on Nov 25, 2020, 3:25 PM
Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

7.0

Can you really use this for two years?

Dadler22 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

The decision to buy the Razr really comes down to how much you want the form factor.

As stated, it is no flagship device. The price is all due to the technology and form factor required to make this work. The original "new" razr had an issue with the folding mechanism that made it super easy to break. That is no longer the case, so you can own and use this device without it breaking in the first three months. The question then becomes, do you want to? If you are spending far too much time on your phone, this phone makes way more sense than a Palm phone (which they are still advertising for some reason) or another mobile detox device. You will only want to use it in portrait, so many of those landscape time killers become a thing of the past. In portrait mode, especially in bed, it will become a chore to use, making you want to put it down as well. If you are the type of person who loves using your cell phone and doesn't want it to change, this is a mere novelty. I found that the novelty wears off after 17 days, about two days too long to return the device. I do like talking on the phone, which is what I use my phone for the most. Text entry with the stock keyboard is a chore, and switching to swiftkey will disable your ability to type with the screen closed. Even with swiftkey screen accuracy and touch response is a reoccurring and annoying issue to live with. You will likely respond less to messages and be less engaged via text than with an iPhone or something with accurate...  

Build quality
8.0
Build quality is solid, phone feels good in hand doesn't feel like hinge is going to break
Reception
10.0
with 5G support t-mobile actually holds connections out here in Colorado. Nothing specific to this device itself
Call quality
10.0
calls are loud and clear
Internet
6.0
Has occasionally latency issues on webpages, which then overheats the processor, and occasionally phone needs to be rebooted to correct
Multimedia
8.0
videos play fine, but are annoying to watch on this form factor
Camera
7.0
It actually takes decent photos in burst mode, suffers to focus without burst.
UI speed
10.0
UI is quick and motorola version of android is pretty near stock with some handy improvements
Everyday usage
6.0
Phone is hard to handle in landscape, really only works well in portrait
Text input
2.0
The design of the device and display cover that is needed for the phone to flex is also a burden to typing correctly
Display
8.0
Battery
3.0
Battery constantly needs to be connected to a charger

Pros

  • 5G connectivity
  • Great reception
  • Good version of Android
  • Motorola updates
  • Great and clear screen
  • Classic flip phone design

Cons

  • Battery Life
  • Ease of Landscape viewing
  • touch screen response
  • text entry not great on stock keyboard
  • device heats excessively when used

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chrisam posted on Mar 04, 2021, 6:37 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Mar 04, 2021

8.0

Leverage small screen for maximum usability

chrisam has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

My use case might be different than most, but thanks to that I am having an incredible time with this phone.

Use case:
- Trying to lessen my screen time with phones.
- Use Razr 5G for daily driver and old phone (Galaxy S10) for media consumption.

The main selling point for the phone is to quickly and efficiently manage: viewing and replying to notifications, music/Audible controls, and swapping connected devices (earbuds/headphones).The small external screen handles all of that beautifully.
Thanks to that, I find myself trying to avoid opening the main screen for something other than Googling.

Build quality
7.0
Can't say that it feels durable when open with so many moving parts. But thanks to the small screen, keeping it close with a case feels hefty and secure.
Reception
8.0
5G Wifi and Bluetooth(Galaxy buds) seem spotty compared to my S10. 5G data is reliable and speedy
Call quality
8.0
Who calls now a days?
Internet
7.0
Fast when connected, some spottiness when far away (compared to S10)
Multimedia
7.0
Decent, not this phone's strong point.
Camera
6.0
Features are great. External use camera as a selfie is a plus. Not as clean as other phones and has some issues with variable lighting/focusing.
UI speed
9.0
Great, snappy. May change once it get older, but if you use external screen for everyday use, it will hold up.
Everyday usage
10.0
Other than media consumption, this is where it shines. Think of this as a smart watch with how you can efficiently handle everyday activities with the external screen.
Text input
8.0
I use swiping texting as my preference. New phone means it needs to get used to my swipes. If you need to type something manually, tough to manage on both external/main screens.
Display
6.0
Meh, not mind blowing. But it is a plastic folding display. Not recommended for media consumption.
Battery
8.0
My personal use case of using external display for most operations makes phone only use 30% battery throughout the day.

Pros

  • Good for quick efficient notification management
  • Battery is long if you stick to using external displayForm factor is fun and portable
  • Able to use main camera as selfie camera with no issues
  • Battery is long if you stick to using external display
  • Not a lot of bloatware

Cons

  • Extended use of main screen gives me anxiety since it feels fragile. Need warranty/insurance for this phone
  • Early generation of folding phones means lots of kinks to iron out
  • Lack of online resources for help due to lack of adoption (some forums available tho)
  • Crease is more visible than other phones
  • Widgets out of proportion due to tall screen
  • heats when extended use

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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