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Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review

0. phoneArena posted on 22 Oct 2012, 06:14

Around this time in 2011, we were looking at the original Motorola DROID RAZR, which took the place of the DROID BIONIC as the manufacturer’s top-tier smartphone for Verizon. Motorola is ready for round two with their new DROID RAZR HD – the “HD” meaning that the display is now 720x1280 resolution, instead of 540x960 qHD that was on last year’s model. But there have been several other changes under the hood than just the display, including a better processor, higher capacity battery, and user interface, all of which we will take a closer look at...

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posted on 22 Oct 2012, 14:37 3

26. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

"Camera quality should be better at this price"

Won't argue with that. Motorola needs to work on their cameras, or just order them from Sony like everyone else.

"Not running Android Jelly Bean out of the box"

How in the world is this a con? I mean, really? I bet if any other manufacturer released a device with ICS at this time you wouldn't have a problem with it. Just because Google acquired Motorola, you think there will be instant results, but that's not how it works. Maybe later in 2013 when Motorola moves to using stock Android that will be the case, but not now.

"Obnoxious push-pin required for SIM and microSD card access"

Oh, you mean like almost EVERY other phone without a removable back plate has? The iPhone, One X, and Optimus G(?) have that, but they weren't docked points for it.

This review was a bit unfair. The Razr HD deserves a 9, just dock a point for the lackluster camera; otherwise, this is a GREAT device.

Excellent build quality
Good spec count
Awesome battery
Great signal strength/call quality

Overall, a very well rounded device that should make anyone satisfied.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 21:12 2

31. spoily (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)

This phone is not perfect. However, it is unique and innovative from the standpoint of materials and battery life.

What really puzzles me is of the few things the phone is critized for, PhoneArena critizing the sim tray. I had to go back to old iPhone reviews to check if this was consistent, unfortunately I was very disappointed.

The next complaint about Jelly Bean is also maddening. Come on guys, we know the OS update cycle is broken in Android but you can't apply that negative assessment to the manufacturer, even one owned by Google. It takes time, but as always, it is worth the wait. There is nothing dated about ICS compared any competing OSes like iOS and WinPhone 8.

Being critical of Moto's camera implementations is more than appropriate. Concern over form factor/ergonomics is reasonable. I think this review missed the mark.

Raving Fan

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 21:06

33. enGet (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

Ugh... I was considering this until I saw it has an amoled screen... no thanks.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 21:35

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

what's wrong with having an AMOLED display? i like it even if only for the deepest contrasts you can find on a display except for maybe Sony's display, i've forgotten what it's called but it's impressive too.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:28

35. SupermanayrB (Posts: 858; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

uFck what the review says, this phone to me is bangin! I went to the store & looked at it & the Maxx HD & was ready to drop the full retail price on the Maxx HD right then & there. I'm still tempted to do it, but after reading Brewski's comment, I might add a line myself so I can save some money.

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