Motorola Razr

Motorola Razr
Developed by: Motorola
Ranked: 17
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Stephen
Qualtrough

Reviewer

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Review summary

Good points Motorola Razr review good points

• Large AMOLED screen

• Great processor speeds

• Super slim design

Bad points Motorola Razr review bad points

• Queer chassis design

• Aberrant internet browsing

• Poor battery life

Our verdict

The Razr Range is back, but now instead of the awful clamshell style we’ve seen previously, they’ve gone for a contemporary look, packed with bundles of good features.

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Full review

Design

Motorola Razr clamshell styles always were very thin and this new Razris no exception, it seems like they’ve just taken off the keypad bit from the old Razr’s and modernized the screen.

The 4.3-inch screen is what we are expecting from phones nowadays, but the Motorola screen seems a bit smaller, because of the large chassis around it.

It is also very lopsided due to the top of the chassis being considerably larger. While it doesn’t make the phone feel completely uneven, it does feel like the top is pushing its weight.

The screen itself is AMOLED masterpiece, it’s very bright and clear and all the keys on the phone work perfectly and can be used quite easily.

Reception

The phone’s reception works well enough, even in places where one would struggle for a reception. The volume is okay, you can hear your caller quite well even in loud areas and they have no problems hearing you.

There are no problems between both users on background noise either; the caller stated he could hear no unknown noises or voices.

Processor

The dual core 1.2GHz processor handles most anything you throw at the phone, it can load apps quickly, send messages, open several internet tabs and make good conservative choices on where to put the power.

An added 1GB of RAM makes this phone a very quick one in the current market. It won’t let you down, the processor is reliable and fast, something you always want.

A problem has been spotted by some people as to the processors apparent misunderstanding when people are searching on the web, whilst this may not be a processor fault, it is apparent that many people suffer from the same problem. In some cases, when an internet tab is searching, it will just stop, or it won’t even start the search.

Operating system

Even though many smartphones are now being fitted with the new Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, the Razr has started on the 2.3.5 Gingerbeard operating system, but, Motorola has stated they are going to fit the 4.0 sometime this year, so it’ll be an update to look forward to.

Before the update though, the Motorola operating system isn’t half bad. They’ve done some tweaking with the Gingerbeard system to make it stand out from all the other phones being fitted with this operating system. If you are an old Gingerbeard user, don’t think you’ll know the in’s and outs of the Motorola Razr, they’ve added a lot of different features, some good, some not so.

Now that Motorola have adapted their own style to this version, it’ll take longer for an update to come out, as it’ll mean Motorola & Google working together to recreate the same feel.

Camera

On paper, an 8-megapixel camera, with LED and flash, seems like a better than average package, most definitely on par with the best on the market; the iPhone 4S & HTC One X.

But, like so many phones and cameras these days, more megapixels doesn’t mean a better picture. When some shots were taken, we found that the Razr was pretty rough at picking out colour in some areas, especially when no sunlight was present.

We found that the flash works well and doesn’t malfunction or turn itself on, which is always a plus. The problem is, with the lack of colour in daylight, there is near to no variation on colour at night.

Voice recognition

Unlike the iPhone 4S, you’ll not be getting a service like Siri. Instead, you get an easy way to implement text, e-mails and other text services. The voice recognition works brilliantly, much better than Siri for understanding your tongue. It has a better way of deciding what you just said and using more relevant suggestions.

Battery

Again, we find that the amount of new additions that Motorola have added do take their toll, like a skinny chap who pigs out on McDonalds (Supersize Me). All these cool features eat away at your battery life, and even without using the phone a great deal, you’ll be a lucky boy or gal to last more than the day.

The battery life has been estimated at 8 hours talk time, although I believe it to be a bit less than that. We ran a few background apps and used some apps for a considerable amount of time, and it only lasted 5 hours.

Storage

There is an average amount of storage, at 16GB, it is probably enough to harbour 200 music albums. There is no higher storage limit, which is a bit disappointing, but with cloud storage, you do have the option of offloading some of your photos and videos, to keep internal storage to a minimum.

Overall

The Motorola Razr is a definite improvement on its clamshell Grandfather, but it just isn’t big enough to play ball with the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus. Although, if you are looking for something cheaper than the two I previously stated, the Raza may be an option.


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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 4 for Overall
Design
 received a rating of 4 for Design
Reception
 received a rating of 4 for Reception
Processor
 received a rating of 4 for Processor
Operating system
 received a rating of 4 for Operating system
Camera
 received a rating of 4 for Camera
Voice recognition
 received a rating of 3 for Voice recognition
Battery
 received a rating of 3 for Battery
Storage
 received a rating of 3 for Storage