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Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review

Motorola DROID RAZR HD

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With the DROID RAZR HD being Motorola’s premier device, you’d think that it would come running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, but it actually has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Motorola does say the Jelly Bean update will come out before the end of the 2012.

In fact, the DROID RAZR HD is using the same custom Motorola interface that is on the DROID RAZR M and ATRIX HD. Compared to other custom Android experiences out there, such as HTC's Sense UI and Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX; it lacks the comprehensive, complete, and useful functions to make it compete on the same level. Also missing are some advanced features found on other high-end smartphones, like Samsung Galaxy S3's SmartStay, Popup Play and S Beam, or LG Optimus G's WiseScreen, Qslide and Screen Zooming.. Ultimately, the user interface on the DROID RAZR HD is nothing more than a skin running on top of ICS and feels a bit lacking when placed next to the competition – as opposed to an experience worth gushing over. In fact, the only thing new that Verizon customers might notice is the main "Circles" widget on the homescreen, which we've seen already on the DROID RAZR M

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review

As we mentioned earlier, the DROID RAZR HD uses on-screen interface buttons instead of separate capacitive buttons below the display. It has one for back, home, and multitasking. Even though the design is well thought-out, it does take about 0.30” of screen space away from open applications. That means if you are browsing the web, viewing an image in the gallery, or playing a game, you’re not going to have use of the entire screen with those apps because of the on-screen buttons. The only exception we found was when playing videos, as it will use the entire screen. Because of this, the 4.8” display on the Samsung Galaxy S III actually appears much larger when next to the DROID RAZR HD. For example, when browsing the web, the actual browser window is 4.4” diagonal on the DROID RAZR HD, while the Galaxy S III is 4.8” diagonal.


Functionality:

Looking though the handset's usual set of organizer apps, there isn't anything particularly different about them when compared to other Android devices, mainly because it's using stock Android apps. Therefore, whether you check out the Calculator, Calendar, or Clock, you won't find anything new with them.

Calendar - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
Calendar - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
Calendar - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review

Paying attention to the E-Mail app and separate Gmail app, they present us with the usual experience, but nevertheless, we appreciate the productivity they have to offer us. Of course, setup is a painless procedure, as it merely requires only your email address and password for proper completion in most cases; through you can manually setup POP3 & IMAP accounts, as well as Verizon.net and Microsoft Exchange.

Email - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
Email - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
Email - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
Email - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review

With the large 4.7” screen, we don't have any problem typing away with its on-screen keyboards. Additionally we are glad that it includes both the Motorola and Swype ones, allowing you to choose which one you prefer to use.

On-screen keyboard - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
On-screen keyboard - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review


Processor and Memory:

Unlike the first Motorola DROID RAZR that used a TI OMAP 4430 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the DROID RAZR HD comes with a beefier 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor and 1GB of RAM. This is actually the same processor that is found on the Motorola DROID RAZR M and the Samsung Galaxy S III, through the Samsung does have twice the RAM.

The DROID RAZR HD feels plenty quick to us when moving between the home screens, the app drawer, and when opening applications, though as a high-end smartphone it would have been nice if it came with a larger amount of RAM. But as you can see from the benchmarks scores, the DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M, and Galaxy S III all are pretty close when based on the number. More importantly, you can clearly tell the improvement with the Snapdragon S4 over the TI OMAP 4430 processor that is used by original DROID RAZR.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Motorola DROID RAZR HD 4972 6787 59,6
Motorola DROID RAZR M 4864 6751 61,3
Samsung Galaxy S III 5022 6831 58,7
Motorola DROID RAZR 2895 6178 36,7

When it comes to internal storage, the Motorola DROID RAZR HD comes with 16GB, up from 8GB on the DROID RAZR M, though the DROID RAZR MAXX HD has 32GB. Regardless, all can use a microSD memory card for up to 64GB of added storage space.


Internet and Connectivity:

Like with the Motorola DROID RAZR M, the DROID RAZR HD comes pre-loaded with the Google Chrome browser. This is not a surprise, as Google has incorporated Motorola Mobility, so naturally they’d want to use Chrome. Overall it works well, through doesn’t support Adobe Flash, but it can be side-loaded and used with other browsers – at least until the upcoming Jelly Bean update is installed.

The browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR HD - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR HD - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR HD - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review
The browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR HD - Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review

When using the DROID RAZR HD in Verizon’s 4G LTE areas of South FL, we were able to get download speeds ranging from 6-15 Mbps and uploads between 2-6 Mbps, depending on the area and if we were outside or inside. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz) is supported, as well as Mobile HotSpot, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

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Motorola DROID RAZR HD

Motorola DROID RAZR HD

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.1 4.0.4
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.19 x 2.67 x 0.33 inches
(131.9 x 67.9 x 8.4 mm)
5.15 oz  (146 g)
Battery2530 mAh, 16 hours talk time

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