Motorola RAZR Review

Probably the best phone to come out of Motorola in this new smartphone era that started 2007, is the Motorola RAZR. The thinnest Android phone out there was a title previously reserved for a Japanese handset by NEC.

The company obviously banks on the iconic RAZR brand from times past, which received cult status with its game changing sharp looks and razor-thin profile. The Motorola RAZR of today carries the design tradition with its 7.1 mm waistline, and the exotic materials used for the chassis, like Kevlar.

Are these enough for the Motorola RAZR to lure the spoiled smartphone shoppers, which have an excellent smartphone crop this holiday season? Read on to find out…

This is the GSM version of Verizon’s DROID RAZR and is called simply the Motorola RAZR. It is identical, except for the baseband radio, which allows it to work on AT&T and T-Mobile (2G only) in the US.

If you've read our DROID RAZR review, you wouldn't really need to read this one. Especially if you are in the States.


The Motorola RAZR flaunts one of the most compelling handset designs in recent memory. Aesthetically, it reminds other high-end smartphones in Motorola's stable, but is able to separate itself from them thanks to its remarkable razor thin construction and the slant corners.

Right off the bat, we're mesmerized by its 0.28" (7.1mm) thickness – making it the thinnest smartphone on the market. However, it's not uniform because of the hump towards the top where the camera sensors are placed. And to complement its svelte appearance, it's by far one of the lightest smartphones in its size category.

For something so thin, some would probably envision it to be frail, but there's nothing to be worried about because it's constructed out of the finest materials out there. Specifically, it's internally strengthened by its stainless steel chassis, which is further supplemented by its Kevlar fiber back cover for reinforcement, and water repellent nanocoating to absorb some levels of liquid splashes - though, it's not completely waterproof. Tell you the truth, this is easily the most solidly built device we've seen put out of Motorola's camp.

You can compare the Motorola RAZR with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

It's not the first time we're seeing a 4.3" qHD (540 x 960) display with Gorilla Glass on a Motorola smartphone, but what's new is the fact that it features a Super AMOLED Advanced panel instead of a traditional LCD one. The cold colors typical for Super AMOLED are present in the RAZR screen, too.

Granted that it utilizes the PenTile matrix arrangement, but it's more than capable of producing distinctive details with pixel density of 256 ppi, which, however, is behind those of the upcoming GALAXY Nexus or the Apple iPhone 4S, which clock at 316 and 326 ppi, respectively.

Not surprisingly, we're captivated by the saturated colors it's able to produce, although they appear a tad gaudy for some tastes. Throw in its high contrast ratio, deep black color, and wide viewing angles, and it's well equipped in providing plenty of visual treats to our eyes. Still, we wish it had higher brightness, especially outside.

Typically for an Android 2.3.x phone, we find the same set of capacitive Android buttons sitting beneath its display – with the microphone situated very close to the home button. Meanwhile, the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and narrow earpiece are all located directly above the display. The square opening of the front cam is not the most elegant of sights, but the small sensor records 720p HD video of your pretty face while doing video chat. To profoundly exhibit its premium taste, the Motorola name is etched into the diamond-cut aluminum accent.

On the left side of the phone sits a plastic flap that hides away the handset’s microSIM card slot and microSD card slot to complement the 8GB of internal memory.

Rather than finding the dedicated power button on the top side of the phone, like most other recent devices, this time around it's positioned on the right edge along with the volume rocker, which we prefer. Between the two, the power button is slightly more raised versus the flat feel of the volume rocker, which is on top of that too short for comfortable operation, and not as tactile as the lock key.

The top edge of the phone claims home to the handset's 3.5 mm headset jack, microUSB port, and microHDMI port. To think that they're all there is indeed impressive for device that's razor thin!

Finally, the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and the speakerphone grill are all stuffed into the handset's hump, which forms the slight bulge. In order to retain its slim appearance, Motorola has opted to keep its battery shut out from the world – essentially requiring you to send it away to get it replaced.

Overall, the RAZR manages to escape from the “black rectangular plastic” paradigm of many Androids, via its cut corners, slim waistline, and Kevlar on the back. Still, if you don’t know it’s Kevlar, you’d prefer the cozy feeling of soft-touch plastic, and those touted “metal accents” are mostly just a tiny plate with the brand at the front. The RAZR is slim, but is rather wide for the 4.3” screen it packs,  and some will find it uncomfortable in the hand. 

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1. android_hitman unregistered

9! i can\'t believe this! nice review PA

18. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

It's a ready made garbage It doesn't have anything Not even the google play Unjustified rating PA It must get 6 or something

2. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Is this not EXACTLY the same as the one you reviewed a fey days ago? But yes, this is probably the nest unlocked GSM smartphone you can buy until the Galaxy Nexus will arrive.

3. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Lol, phrase you shall never hear: "The camera on an HTC device beat it"

19. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

I hate htc sense

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah that was what I was thinking, I thought the Motorola Razr was a Verizon exclusive? I guess the Motorola "Droid" Razr is the one that's exclusive to Verizon. So it's good to know other carriers will have the Razr just like other carriers will have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

6. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

"If you've read our DROID RAZR review, you wouldn't really need to read this one. Especially if you are in the States." "The GSM version of Verizon’s DROID RAZR is called simply the Motorola RAZR, and is identical, except for the baseband radio, which allows it to work on AT&T and T-Mobile (2G only) in the US." I hope those quotes from the article clear things up.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what he said

5. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Nexus, is the best, but Verizon wins triple double

7. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

The second point in the list of cons is true for Android as a whole, even in dual core league (save few handsets)!! XD

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im actually surprised it didnt get hit harder for the sub par camera.. as much as people use their phones as camera replacements, thats getting to be a pretty big issue. oh well, still looks like a darn solid device over all. :)

10. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I don't know why but I can never find a smartphone review that looks OBJECTIVELY at the battery life. I really wish someone would come up with a range of battery tests. Do something like minimum battery life (brightness 50% using only 3G/4G streaming video) and then a real world test where its something like web browsing for 10 minutes at a time then 50 minutes idle until dead.

11. eswdroid

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I bought the RAZR yesterday and coming from a DROID X... I loved my X but wanted a new phone, Thw RAZR feels way to wide and the text and stuff on the screen seems smaller and harder to read. Does anyone know if this is the same with the BIONIC??? Or a good phone they recommend?

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Stuff is smaller cuz of the higher resolution. If you have a PC, increase the resolution on your monitor and watch stuff shrink on screen.

12. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

okay, just a question, how did you guys find the performance comparing to the Verizon droid Razr? any difference?

13. razblack

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

meh, looks boring.. OS is terribad. no thanks.

16. tboy72

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

How can you say it looks boring. It's the thinnest model out there. We are finally given a phone that doesn't look like all the other phones and it's boring?? The OS is terribad?? The OS is solid and very quick. I know, I have one. Do you even have one, or are you just spewing whatever comes to your mind?

15. tboy72

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I've had Blackberrys, iphone 3gs, iphone 4, Droid X2, and now the Motorola Razr. By far, the Razr out performs all of them. The Razr is fast, smooth, and very good looking. I finally found the phone I am content with. Nice job Motorola.

17. hugoRP

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Motorola RAZR or Sony Xperia S .... which one?¡ ...
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1780 mAh(12.50h talk time)

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