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Motorola RAZR Review

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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.


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:

Motorola RAZR Video Review:


  • 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


  • Mediocre pictures and video capture
  • Pinch zooming stutters in the Gallery
  • Slightly wider than other 4.3” phones, making it uncomfortable for some
PhoneArena rating:
9 Excellent
User rating:
8.8 5 Reviews

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posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:51 7

1. android_hitman (unregistered)

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

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:45

18. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 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

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:55 3

2. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 09:57 4

3. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

Lol, phrase you shall never hear:

"The camera on an HTC device beat it"

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:46

19. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

I hate htc sense

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:04 3

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:23 5

6. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 12:11 2

8. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

what he said

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:07 1

5. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Nexus, is the best, but Verizon wins triple double

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 10:37

7. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 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

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 12:12 1

9. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 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. :)

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 13:38 1

10. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 15:09

11. eswdroid (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 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?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 18:31 1

14. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 16:41

12. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 310; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 16:57 3

13. razblack (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 18:57 1

16. tboy72 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Dec 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?

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 18:54

15. tboy72 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 14:39

17. hugoRP (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)

Motorola RAZR or Sony Xperia S .... which one?¡ ...

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Motorola RAZR

Motorola RAZR

OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0.4 2.3.5
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
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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