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Motorola DROID RAZR Review

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Nov 2011, 08:04

Combining two of the most memorable brand names in phone history, the Motorola DROID RAZR is bent on establishing itself as the poster child of tomorrow's next-generation Android smartphone selection. On one hand, it follows in the same stylistic manner that made people fall in love with the original Motorola RAZR from back in the day. Meanwhile, it doesn't skimp out from what we've seen already in the past, considering that it's packed to the brim with some cutting-edge technology...

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posted on 10 Nov 2011, 14:10

131. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Thats because you get an additional discount for already being out of a contract.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 01:54

132. ifailandfandroidsuck (unregistered)

Apple and Google are reinventing products for 10+ yrs ago... nothing innovative here.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 11:10 1

134. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

apple and google for 10 years?
You know what you\'re talking about?
If my memory serves me well, droid/milestone started this android victory march 2 years ago. So don\'t underestimate Moto. it may be old but still has fire in his as...ekhm, under the hood.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 09:43 1

133. beankebob (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I was going to hold out for the Nexus, but after getting a "hands on" this morning, I'm seriously considering getting it. You can't imagine how thin and light it feels until you seen it in person. And, the screen is one of the, if not the, nicest I've seen.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 16:07

135. razrissues (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)

Does anyone else have mega delayed txt MSG issues??? Txt do not come through to the phone sometimes for hours if at all ......no network or sim card issues tried all avenues even a replacement hand set same problem.....txt don't come through properly!!!!!!! Is it just me???

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 16:30

136. Fred1234567 (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)

Holy sh$¥!! Moto (and everyone else) need to stop saying this phone is 7.1mm thin. It is 50% more than that...because a phone is only as thin as its thickess measurement...and that dumb Droid X hump looks so stupid and puts it way over 7.1!!! Why do these idiots keep saying 7.1?? Go find a box that is only 7.1mm thick and watch it NOT fit in that box. My case proven!

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 16:36

137. Fred1234567 (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)

Super AMOLED screens are so much better, in plain overall appearance, than any SLCD out the market today. Black is black and that makes ALL the difference...from apps to looking at photos.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 18:44

141. couper (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)

Sure, but white backgrounds are standard on many (most?) websites.

I checked out the phone today, and definitely am glad I didn't sign up for the delivery before seeing it. I am *not* going to buy any phone that incorporates pentile display technology. White isn't white. It's white with a bunch of dots.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 03:50

142. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

I wonder if the KEVLAR back can really stop a bullet

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 11:50

144. gtrxman (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

My RAZR was delivered on Thursday. Since then, all I can say is WOW. What a fast and capable piece of equipment. I'm still getting used to the size and so far my only negative observation is that it only has five homescreens as opposed to the seven I had on my Droid 2 Global. Not sure why Moto went with five as this baby certainly has the RAM to manage it. I can't believe the overall speed. Downloading software was twice as fast as the D2G, even on WiFi! It's feather light and sooo sexy!

I don't know what anyone is complaining about re: the pentile display. This screen is a beauty. Whites are white, blacks are black and colors pop.

Any phone is a compromise in some way. Either the processor, display, form factor, RAM, or manufacturer skin is going to be a negative versus another phone. For me, the combination of all these factors plus the MOTOCAST, MOTOPRINT, Smart Actions and the well supported Motorola ecosystem of accessories makes this an unbeatable combination.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 14:52

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

i like that they went with 5. i hated having to fill up seven. xD

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 17:50

146. eyesflyree (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

I've enjoyed my razr2v8 for years- with 3 batteries though. The thing that bothers me the most of a phone that you can't replace the battery is - WHAT happens when it either bad after warranty is expired or before. The phone specs are great and it would be great except for the NON-removable battery and I've asked several times what MOTO thinks the life of the battery will be- "and not the daily charge or daily usage", but what the life of the Battery will be and what do you do when it only holds a charge for an hour as it ages. Thats my main concern -as I said I have 3 bats for my ole dog razor which I still use as a back-up. Is a valid concern and I've yet to get a straight answer...

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 08:18

147. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

This Garbage lags when you pinch & zoom with the internet browser.


posted on 13 Nov 2011, 09:25 1

148. gtrxman (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

Garbage? Really. Are you so insecure in your choice of a GS2 that you have to get hysterical because you think the RAZR lags?

What would your response be to someone who said of the GS2 - "Plastic Junk, No LTE"?

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 13:19

151. M-Walsh (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)

I bought this phone on 11/11/11 after some serious back-and-forth about waiting for the Rezound and Galaxy Nexus. While I was in the store I was fortunate enough to get to play with the Rezound demo the staff had just received, and I still chose the Razr. And here's why:

Screen- the super AMOLED screen on the Razr blew me away. It just looked so sharp compared to the Rezound. I know the resolution on the Rezound is better (720p), but I still felt the Razr screen won.

Battery- the Razr has a larger battery (1780 mAH). I went on a road trip this weekend, and even with heavy usage (watching videos, playing games, taking pictures) and switching between wifi, 3g and 4g, the battery lasted me about 6 hours one day and 9 the other (from 100 to 10%). Then today for a "normal" work day of chatting, texting, some video/games, it has lasted me over 12 hours and is only at 20% battery now. Part of the reason are the "smart actions" and processor speeds, discussed below.

Processor- this has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, lower than the 1.5GHz dual-core of the Rezound. However I noticed very little difference between the two phones when switching between apps, and for loading web pages both will be super fast on Verizon's 4G network. Also, the lower processor probably contributes to the longer battery life.

Speaker- I was excited by the Rezound's beats audio, but the external speaker is not any more impressive than other phones; the key is the headphones. That being said, the speaker on the Razr is louder, but makes a crackling noise when someone is talking (in video or on speakerphone). This is a huge drawback for me as I use my speakerphone a lot. You can get around it by not using the full volume, but you shouldn't have to do that, imo.

Camera- Here the rezound wins, with a better, wide-angle lens, but the Razr's will still capture 1080p video, 8MP pictures, and is perfectly satisfactory for a phone.

Smart Actions - this is the coolest feature of the phone! You can set it to pretty much do anything from certain triggers. For instance, when the display is off, at night, it will switch to silent mode. Or when I am connected to my home wireless, it will turn off GPS and 4G data.

Some final thoughts: Gorilla Glass and Kevlar backing are a huge plus. Also, this phone is so thin and light! After playing with the Rezound and Razr for a few minutes, I just couldn't put the Razr down, it's weight and screen converted me!

P.S. I suggest check for best deal before you will buy it at -> Amz4deals.info/DROID-RAZR

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 15:33

153. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

You are a spammer, huh?

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 15:36

154. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Battery life is awesome on this phone - 2nd day on it and I lose 10% between 5AM and 1PM with some SMS use and some other minor stuff.

Smart actions seems cool, but I have not done much with it.
GPS being on all day does not drain the battery - I like that.
Phone is rooted and so is the unneeded bloatware.
Sounds are loud and the crackling can be solved by using an app to change the output.

Great phone - especially for 1c - for 4G LTE users get the 50.00/10GB plan.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 21:06

155. gragonHDfones (unregistered)

i hate looking at the front of it i hate the edges, but i still love droid and how thin it is and nice back but don't like those edges

posted on 26 Dec 2012, 04:18

160. Aphong182 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)

In this review the phone is playing Blink 182's music..
I love blink 182 and this phone too...

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