Motorola DROID RAZR [Review]

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The Motorola DROID RAZR has been all the hype lately, and for a good reason. Verizon is touting this as the latest and greatest new Android device on their network. The question is, however… is it? I was able to spend some good, quality time with the new RAZR before its release coming on 11/11/11 at 11:11 AM, and I’ve got a pretty solid feel for this super-thin device. The good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly. Want the full rundown? Check out below, and see if the hype lives up to real life for Moto’s new bouncing baby phone.

Basics:

Pros

  • Fast hardware (CPU and LTE speed)
  • Thin, lightweight design
  • Great viewing experience

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Sometimes difficult to function with one hand

Hardware

What’s the first thing you notice about the DROID RAZR? How thin it is, of course. Coming in with a tiny waistline (thickness) of just 0.28 inches, this phone is by far the thinnest Android smartphone I’ve ever held, however with remaining dimensions of 5.15″ x 2.71″, the rest feels pretty standard. While this sounds great, it can make it a pain to use with one hand, however. The phone does have the bump at the top to just about double that thickness, which isn’t surprising, considering all the hardware packed into the device. The screen itself is a super AMOLED 4.3 inch 540×960 display made of Gorilla Glass, and lives up to it. The screen still showed great not only in direct sunlight, but also at extreme angles. Similarly, thanks to the Super AMOLED aspect, the display gives vibrant brights and deep darks that give you a great viewing experience.

        

        

The battery? Totally different story, unfortunately. Granted, the device is so thin, it would be difficult for me to expect the battery powering it to give out enough juice to fill the cup of all the cool things that come with it: dual core CPU, 4G LTE, a vibrant display… the battery simply has trouble keeping up. During my review, which would be considered by anyone to be heavy use, the battery was unable to last more than about 4 to 4.5 hours before warning me that death is upon the device. To add to the con, the battery is non-removable, meaning you can wave goodbye to the hope of third party extended batteries.

Software

Starting off in a sector where software and hardware collide, let’s talk CPU’s, shall we? The 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU runs like a power house in this phone, doing an amazing job of keeping all your apps running smoothly. Also, thanks to the full 1GB of RAM, you can have multiple apps running at once without many issues. The phone comes preloaded with the normal Verizon apps: Blockbuster, Let’s Golf, as well as Madden 12. The games all run great, but then you’re back into the battery dilemma. I know a lot of you are curious about benchmarks, so take a gander (clicking on each image will take you to the larger image):

    

    

The 4G LTE network that the RAZR runs off of doesn’t leave you wanting more in the speed department, either. Here’s some benchmarks on that as well:

Camera

The camera also works wonderfully, with an 8MP rear and 2MP front facing. It does panorama as well, which is quite easy to use and very intuitive. Check out some shots from the camera (including panorama):

Video

HD recording? Yea, we’ve got some of that, too:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1eVFXXjHL0[/youtube]

Overview

The DROID RAZR by Motorola is definitely pushing the boundaries of what we think of when we think “smartphone”. The thinness of this device really makes you want to pick it up over and over again, just feel how thin it is in the hand, as well as make you want to let others hold it just to hear that “dang, that’s thin” over and over again. The specs are solid, and it performs well. Combining the dual core CPU with Verizon’s blazing fast LTE network, the RAZR is a speed demon in every sense of the phrase. However, the battery has trouble keeping up, and the lack of being able to change out the battery simply makes matters worse. So, for you workhorses and data hogs out there, if you’re going with the RAZR, keep a charger nearby, or be prepared to suffer the consequences.

Order a Droid RAZR 4G from Amazon.com

82 COMMENTS

  1. says it shoots 1080p, but your video is only 720?

    as well the video example is worthless. You move it too fast. don’t let it focus on anything. Shoot a segment with it. Talk about it and use the camera like you would in life. That is a far better example. esp when motorolla has camera issues in some models in the past. 

  2. In order to maximize battery life with the RAZR one MUST begin using the *Start Smart Actions*. By using this feature the phone will learn your different locations and begin conserving battery life accordingly (Work, Home, at night, low battery, etc.). Select *No Cellular Data when in Wifi:* when at home, work or another location with *Wifi *the smart action needs to turn off *”Cellular Data” * this makes a dramatic improvement in battery life – not to mention cost as you use a lot less data over the Verizon network. Lastly use *3G instead of 4G all the time:* use just 3G if 4G isn’t necessary. At the home screen press the menu button -> settings -> Wireless & networks -> Mobile Networks -> Network Mode -> Chose CDMA only. – this will be 3G (1Mb download instead of 12Mb – unless one is video conferencing, tethering, or viewing heavy web videos etc. one probably doesn’t need 12Mb…. These were suggestions provided to me by someone in the know about this breakthrough phone.

  3. I am glad to see that Motorola is
    reviving the Razr brand name with the Droid Razr. I love the slim and sleek
    design of the Droid Razr phone, especially since most android phones are so
    chunky and heavy. Plus it comes with a super AMOLED screen that is perfect for
    watching movies, which is why this phone is perfect to be paired with my
    employee Sling adapter from DISH Network. With my Sling adapter, I can stream
    live and recorded TV to my Android phone everywhere I have 3G coverage or Wi-Fi.
    I have made a huge DVR movie library and now I can access it everywhere I go, by
    the way when you get DISH, the Sling adapter is free.
     

  4. This DROID is the king of DROIDS. Just look at those specs, so much
    better than the iPhone. This is a great example of freedom and openness
    and choice that is great for the consumer. Yeah it looks like the DROID
    X but it has incredible specs and the DROID OS that is incredibly open
    and free. You don’t need apps with DROID OS like with the iPhone
    because of this openness and freedom of droid. This is DROID RAZR
    totally beats the Galaxy DROID Nexus.
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