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Motorola DROID RAZR Review

Motorola DROID RAZR

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In its quest to reign supreme over all other Motorola manufactured DROIDs before it, the DROID RAZR is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, which is a slight improvement over the 1GHz clocked speed of the DROID BIONIC's dual-core CPU. Supplementing its processing prowess, it's packed with a generous 1GB of RAM. To sum it all, the RAZR is exceptionally fast with its operational movement – even when it's tested with a graphically intensive Live Wallpaper. From opening up applications, pinch-zooming, and kinetic scrolling, it's pretty much spot on with its response. However, we still notice every now and then just a slight pause or delay with some of its movement – though, it's nothing detrimental and almost negligible. Even though it boasts a faster processor than its siblings, its overall performance doesn't deviate much from what we saw already with the DROID BIONIC.

Needless to say, it would’ve been one thing if the DROID RAZR were the first to flaunt the latest customized MOTOBLUR (or whatever they want to call it) skin, but the DROID 3 and DROID BIONIC had the pleasure of using it already. Yet, it’s one beautiful interface running on top of Android 2.3.5 since it’s filled to the brim with some fancy looking 3D effects and transitions to keep your eyes content. Additionally, most of the Motorola inspired widgets available on the handset are resizable to any size – and their layouts automatically change to accommodate the new arrangement. Getting some love as well, the app panel might retain the usual grid-like layout with apps, but the 3D effect as you’re moving between panels show the kind of attention to detail that Motorola places with the entire experience.

The Motorola DROID RAZR has the latest customized MOTOBLUR on top of Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR has the latest customized MOTOBLUR on top of Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR has the latest customized MOTOBLUR on top of Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR has the latest customized MOTOBLUR on top of Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR has the latest customized MOTOBLUR on top of Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR has the latest customized MOTOBLUR on top of Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR has the latest customized MOTOBLUR on top of Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR has the latest customized MOTOBLUR on top of Android 2.3.5 - Motorola DROID RAZR Review

If you’re big on the social networking stuff, you’ll take pleasure with the deep integration that the interface has to offer. In fact, the Social Networking app manages to aggregate social networking content in a single place – and it offers these nice looking 3D window panels as you’re looking through posts. But instead of running the app, you can still get your quick fix by using the available social networking widgets on the homescreen. For a comprehensive walkthrough of the customized interface, you can read more about it on our Motorola DROID 3 review.

Social networking widgets - Motorola DROID RAZR Review

The RAZR launches with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on board, but Motorola said it will update it to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwitch in the early 2012.


Contacts:

Essentially, the contacts app retains the fundamental elements we come to expect – like synchronization with our Google account. Besides that, we also find social networking integration that allows us to check out profiles, ‘poke’ friends, and view their most recent tweets. Of course, the listing can become somewhat disorganized looking after adding all of your accounts, but it’s nice to see some filters in place to make it easier to view. And oh yeah, you can always resort to clicking the magnifier icon to search for specific contacts – as opposed to scrolling through a never-ending list.

The contacts app - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The contacts app - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The contacts app - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
The contacts app - Motorola DROID RAZR Review


Organizer:

Not surprisingly, there’s nothing new with any of the core organizer apps since they provide all the logical and traditional set of features we come to expect out of any Android smartphone. So whether you’re using the calculator, calendar, alarm, or timer, there’s absolutely nothing different about them in any way. Still, it’s nice being able to sync calendars from multiple accounts as well – plus, they’re color coded for better organization.

There’s absolutely nothing different about the core organizer apps - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
There’s absolutely nothing different about the core organizer apps - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
There’s absolutely nothing different about the core organizer apps - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
There’s absolutely nothing different about the core organizer apps - Motorola DROID RAZR Review


Messaging:

Blessed with a sizable display, the DROID RAZR is especially adept in handling the needs of even the most demanding text messenger out there. Not only does the black themed keyboard accentuates the handset's Super AMOLED display, but it also offers a tastefully fresh look. Whether it's the Swype or Multi-Touch keyboard that you use, its spacious layout enables us to quickly compose messages with minimal effort – thanks mostly to its responsive nature and accuracy. Plus, when you activate the auto-correct feature, the experience is nearly seamless as we're able to type casually at a wicked rate.

Keyboards on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
Keyboards on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
Keyboards on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
Keyboards on the Motorola DROID RAZR - Motorola DROID RAZR Review

Aside from the fact that scrolling is kept at a minimum with the Gmail experience on the handset, there’s nothing else beneficial that we can find about it. Luckily, the setup process is unchanged with its user-friendly approach by requiring only our email addresses and passwords for automatic setup with most generic accounts. In some instances though, it might ask for additional pieces of information, like server addresses and ports, to set up properly.

Gmail - Motorola DROID RAZR Review
Gmail - Motorola DROID RAZR Review


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Motorola DROID RAZR

Motorola DROID RAZR

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0 2.3.6 2.3.5
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED Advanced
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.15 x 2.71 x 0.28 inches
(130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm)
4.48 oz  (127 g)
Battery1780 mAh, 12.5 hours talk time

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