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Motorola RAZR Review

Motorola RAZR

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Motorola RAZR Review
The RAZR has one fantastic calling quality. So if you happen to be a chatterbox, you'll definitely find the handset more than ideal for your yapping needs. Not only are voices distinctive and robust on both ends of the line, but there is no evidence of any background noise or static heard through the earpiece. Additionally, the earpiece's volume output is strong enough to make conversations very audible. Switching over to the speakerphone, we experience an exact performance as it's able to whip up the same clear tones and strong volume.

We can ponder over how Motorola is even able to pack a 1,780 mAh battery into its shell, but they somehow managed to do just that. It's rated for 9 hours and 20 minutes of talk time in 3G mode, which is very good, and keeps up with the tradition of Motorola handsets with OMAP chips to provide above average battery life.


Conclusion:

There's no arguing that the original Motorola RAZR was an iconic device that's seemingly forever ingrained into our minds, but more importantly, it showed us the kind of ingenuity behind Motorola.

In a time when high-end smartphones seem to be in a cutthroat race, the Motorola RAZR is able to captivate our attention thanks to the engineering marvel it is. For something so thin and light, it's hard to fathom how remarkably strengthened the phone is to offer superior durability.

As much as some of us are eagerly awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich on board of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus, there should be no cause for alarm because it's announced to be coming to the RAZR in the future too.

A natural competitor to the Motorola RAZR in the Android camp is the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is also pretty thin, and is lighter and more compact than the RAZR, offering mighty dual-core performance too, and way better camera/camcorder. If you are looking for a more distinct design, you can check the HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio, whose camera is only marginally better than the one on the RAZR.

In iOS land, the iPhone 4S offers smaller screen in a heavier handset, whose steal and glass chassis differs markedly from the design concept of the RAZR. You will be greeted with a more capable camera here, too, and will also have the iOS apps to serve and entertain your needs.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version:  2.3.5
Build number: 6.5.1_73_SPU-9
Kernel version: 2.6.35.7-ge439ab5


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Pros

  • Incredibly thin and light design
  • Excellent call quality
  • Durable chassis with steel frame and unique Kevlar back
  • Motorola Webtop functionality and microHDMI
  • Frontal camera records video in 720p HD

Cons

  • Mediocre pictures and video capture
  • Pinch zooming stutters in the Gallery
  • Slightly wider than other 4.3” phones, making it uncomfortable for some
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Motorola RAZR

Motorola RAZR

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0.4 2.3.5
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
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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