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Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Motorola DROID RAZR M

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Camera:

No surprises with this one folks, since there are no changes with the camera experience over previous efforts from Moto. Naturally, we're bummed about it, but hey, it is what it is. Compared to some other devices out there, it lacks the depth of manual controls and special effects to make it a compelling show.

Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Donning an 8-megapixel snapper in the rear, it's surely not a slouch – though, it's overall quality is still far from being perfect. Yeah, its quality is decent enough for us to accept, but don't expect to see professional grade stuff with this one. Taking a glance at the photos we snapped with the handset, it suffers from having soft looking details, but the colors appear somewhat on the neutral side. In low lighting situations though, there's no improvement found with it whatsoever – as instances of noise make detail even lower. Fortunately, the LED flash is effective enough to counteract some of its deficiencies.

Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Camera samples made with the Motorola DROID RAZR M - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Strong - Darkness with flash
Indoor samples - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Medium - Darkness with flash
Indoor samples - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Low light - Darkness with flash
Indoor samples - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

3ft - Darkness with flash
Indoor samples - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
5ft - Darkness with flash
Indoor samples - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
7ft - Darkness with flash
Indoor samples - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

3ft

5ft

7ft


Likewise, we can say the same thing regarding its 1080p video recording quality. Moving smoothly at the rate of 30 frames per second, its tolerable quality backed up by its gradual exposure, average details, and clear audio recording. Far from being a market leader, it's something we wouldn't mind using to capture some of the candid moments that somehow pop out of nowhere.

Motorola DROID RAZR M Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Interestingly, the DROID RAZR M relies on the Google Play Music app for its music player – with no option for Moto’s very own player. The player is favorable in our opinion, as it employs a good balance between functionality and visual presentation. Pumping its volume to the maximum level, it produces tones that are pleasant to the ear, but nothing commanding for us to take notice; its output is on the average side of things.

Google Play Music app - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Google Play Music app - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Google Play Music app - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Google Play Music app - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Showing its closer ties to Google, gone is the Gallery app we’ve seen countless times from Motorola, and instead, it sticks to firmly relying on Google’s usual offering. We’re not upset by the move, but it’s quite evident that Motorola is increasingly embracing Google’s presence with its devices.

Gallery - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Gallery - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

In addition to supporting a wide variety of codecs, like DivX, H264, MPEG-4, and XviD, playback is nearly flawless as it’s able to calmly play our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution. Of course, it’s the saturated look of the display that keeps our attention affixed on the smartphone as we’re playing the video.

Video playback - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Video playback - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Video playback - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Unlike some of the previous well respected last-generation Motorola DROID RAZRs, this one actually doesn’t offer the quick and easy function of video-out.


Software:

Making an appearance once again, not surprisingly considering we've been seeing it on all new Motorola devices of late, the SMARTACTIONS feature is available with the DROID RAZR M as well. Beyond having the ability to customize certain triggers, it comes in handy when it deals with battery management – enabling users to get the most from its battery. We won’t get into the specifics regarding its function, since we’ve covered it extensively in our original Motorola DROID RAZR review, but its worth is found mostly with users who actually take the necessary time to customize everything from the top to bottom. Indeed, they will appreciate the total control it has to offer.

Out of the box, the handset is stuffed to the roof with a lot of bloatware apps – the listing consists of Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, Amazon Appstore, Audible, NFL Mobile, Quickoffice, Slacker Radio, Viewdini, and Zappos. Conversely, Big Red’s presence is established on the handset with apps such as Verizon Apps, My Verizon Mobile, and VZ Navigator.

Bloatware apps - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Bloatware apps - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Bloatware apps - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review
Bloatware apps - Motorola DROID RAZR M Review


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Motorola DROID RAZR M

Motorola DROID RAZR M

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.1.1 4.0.4
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED Advanced
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.40 x 0.33 inches
(122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3 mm)
4.44 oz  (126 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 10.5 hours talk time

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