Motorola Razr i review

Motorola Razr i review

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  • An Intel Atom processor and Android Ice Cream sandwich on board mean that the Motorola Razr i is squaring up to the Samsung Galaxy S3

    Motorola Razr i review

    Love

    • Great battery life
    • Big screen/body ratio
    • Rugged build

    Hate

    • Wi-Fi can be flakey

    Can the Motorola Razr i take on the likes of the iPhone 5, Samung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X? It's certainly going to try and with popular models such as the Razr and Motorola Razr Maxx laying the ground work, the latest model has got plenty to live up to.

    Motorola Razr i: Build

    While the Razr phones of old have been stylish and distinctive, the Razr i is the sensible, high quality smartphone that wants to please everyone, not just early adopters and Android fan boys. Thin, light and every inch the rugged iPhone rival, we can see the advantages of a tough phone which looks attractive.

    The back of the Razr i features a rubber surface which adds extra grip and the front of the Razr i has an impressive edge to edge Gorilla Glass screen which sits within a hefty yet slim bezel. SIM and MicroSD slots sit behind a secure plastic panel on the left of the Razr i while volume, camera and standby switches sit on the right.

    The largespeaker on the reverse of the Razr i is loud and works well for radio when placed screen side down. Dimensions-wise, the Razr i manages sleek measurements at 122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3 mm.

    Motorola Razr i: Features

    The 4.3 inch edge to edge screen is the stand out feature in such a small, light body and the 2Ghz Intel Atom processor and Ice Cream Sandwich OS support a decent 8 megapixel camera which can snap 10 shots per second.

    Motorola hasn’t skinned Android with any bloat-ware and the 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage keeps the price down - the money has been spent on general build and the most powerful single core processor to appear in a smartphone.

    The MicroSD card slot can accomodate a 32GB MicroSD card but not a 64GB version, meaning the maximum storage you can get is 40GB, behind Apple and Samsung smartphones which can manage 64GB out of the box - for a price.

    Motorola Razr i: Screen

    The 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Advance screen is bigger than an iPhone 5 screen, despite a slightly lower 960 x 540 pixel resolution. The pay-off is worth it and the screen itself is bright and responsive - it feels like you’re holding a slim tablet at times because the bezel is so small.

    HD movies and photos looked good and, importantly, there’s enough space for the Android control buttons to sit at the bottom of the display without infringing on the action.

    Motorola Razr i: Performance

    Motorola is betting a lot on a single core Intel Atom 2Ghz chip rather than a quad-core version and the results prove that the Razr i can hold it’s own. The AnTuTu Benchmark app gives an overall performance rating of 6107 against a 5312 score for the Sony Xperia P which boasts an identical price tag and smaller screen.

    The camera is a good 8 megapixel snapper made better by the HDR options and though low light isn’t the best in class, snapping ten shots in a second and selecting the best is genuinely useful and edges towards options found in premium compact system cameras.

    The only performance downside is that our Wi-Fi connection dropped a few times in the week of testing while sat near a private router but Bluetooth, Android Beam and NFC features all combine to form a feature packed smartphone. Call quality is typically high for Motorola too.

    Motorola Razr i: Battery

     

    The 2000 mAh battery beats iPhone 5 and all rivals at this price point. In action, you’ll get a day and a half of active use with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on. We used the Razr i with Spotify and Google Maps regularly over a two day period and noticed a substantial difference against our regular iPhone 4S.

    Motorola Razr i: Verdict

    The Razr i is the clearest sign that Motorola is really taking on rivals in 2012. A big step up from previous Motorola smartphones and a jack-of-all-trades that manages great performance at a bargain price. Build isn’t quite Apple quality but it's smart enough to satisfy Android fans who want a slim smartphone without comprimising on screen size.

    Motorola Razr i release date: Out now

    Motorola Razr i price: £339

  • The Motorola Razr i packs a raft of nifty features into a solid compact crust, but can it take on the likes of the iPhone 5? We went hands-on...

    Motorola Razr i review

    Love

    • Great battery life
    • Big screen/body ratio
    • Rugged build

    Hate

    • Wi-Fi can be flakey

    While the likes of Apple and Samsung continue to dominate the smartphone market, smaller firms, such as Motorola, are just about keeping afloat.

    The Samsung Galaxy S3 is selling in its droves; the iPhone 5 has already enjoyed over 2m pre-orders despite not being released yet, and Motorola… well, it’s there, but not really, err, quite there.
     
    The firm, which last year divided its business following a substantial financial loss between 2007 and 2009, was once a trend-setter in the mobile phone market – it pioneered the flip-phone with its MicroTAC and StarTAC line of handsets - but its failure to keep up with the times has seen its street cred decline over the years. And in this industry, reputation is everything.

    The question is, does the Motorola Razr i possess the smarts required to get the cool kids on board?

    Motorola Razr i: Build

    The Motorola Razr i claims to eliminate the three main bugbears of modern smartphone technology; short battery life (more on that later), sluggish performance (more on that later, too) and a chunky chassis.

    The build quality is top-end; despite packing a 4.3-inch screen, the Razr i is compact and fits nicely into the palm.

    Moto has achieved this simply by shaving off excess weight – that includes all the extra bits around the edges and on the top and bottom.

    The result is a phone dominated by a pin-sharp Super AMOLED screen that’s colourful, vibrant and responsive. A nice touch as far as we’re concerned.

    Motorola Razr i: Features

    Not much to report really; an 8-megapixel snapper (which you’ll find on competitor handsets, such as the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S3), although there is the inclusion of some pretty nifty features;  the camera has a faster start-up time than “most DSLRs” (Moto’s words, not ours) along with a 10-shot mode that allows users to take up to 10 pictures in less than a second.

    Also in the mix is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – although we’re informed a Jelly Bean upgrade will soon be made available – as well as a top speed of up to 2.0 GHz, thanks to a zippy Intel Atom processor.

    Motorola Razr i: Screen

    The Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display is stunning, and makes photos and videos appear crisp and buzz-free – exactly what you’d want in a screen.

    Saying that, it has nothing on Samsung’s S3 or the iPhone 5, which will come equipped with Apple’s Retina display technology.

    It’s somewhere inbetween a high-end Sony Xperia S and mid-range Huawei P1, which won’t impress the diehard technophobes, considering upcoming competitor launches. Shame that.

    Motorola Razr i: Performance

     

    Performance-wise, there’s a lot to rave about and it’s all down to Intel’s powerful Atom processor. Switching between applications is child's play; there are no awkward moments having to wait for the phone to catch up to your requests. Simply select and go.

    Battery life is solid – up to 20 hours, we’re told – and game boot-ups are as speedy as Usain Bolt in Olympics mode.

    Motorola Razr i: Verdict

    Overall, it’s a good effort. Sound quality; good. Screen; good. Looks; okay. In terms of performance, the Razr i is speedier and more responsive than its Motorola Razr Maxx predecessor, but what really stands out is the snapper, which is arguably its best feature. There’s no doubting the quality of the handset - Moto has done well with the Razr i.

    The focus, now, is marketing power; the Razr i has enough smarts to impress the cool kids and take off. All it needs now is to mix in with the right crowd.  
     
    Motorola Razr i release date: Early October 2012

    Motorola Razr i price: TBC

    Hands-on review by Bertan Budak

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