Motorola Razr review

Motorola Razr review

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  • Motorola Razr Review: A 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, unique design and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display combine to produce a premium Android blower

    Motorola Razr review

    Love

    • Vibrant display
    • Zippy processor
    • Appealing UI

    Hate

    • Massive bezel
    • Feel in the hand
    • Camera's flash abilities

    Looking to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Sensation XE Motorola’s latest Android powerhouse has reinvigorated the Razr brand with a series of high-end specs and sleek design characteristics combining to produce a premium device that impresses on most fronts.

    Despite being officially unveiled the same day as Google’s latest 4.0 version of the Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, the Razr somewhat disappointingly boasts Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with the manufacturer’s new UI skin bringing the now repetitive operating system to life.

    Motorola Razr: Design

    Implementing a number of subtle but bespoke design features, Motorola has crafted the Razr with a unique form that stands out from the crowd of largely lifeless slabs of black plastic that make up the smartphone market.

    Lining up at just 7.1mm thick at its narrowest point and a mere 127grams in weight the RAZR looks sleek and compact yet manages to feel obtrusive and uncomfortable in the hand.

    Whilst the flat Kevlar back panel makes the Razr reassuringly sturdy with no flex when put under intense pressure, its rigid design is in no way ergonomic giving the device a boxy feel, one which no matter how you position your fingers seems determined to remain awkwardly positioned and feeling clumsy.

    Motorola Razr: Features

     

    Boasting a bevy of premium specs from a zippy 1.2GHz dual-core processor to a vibrant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display the RAZR’s touted 12.5 hour estimated talktime battery life runs true with the battery’s red zone seeming to eek out the final dregs of power before finally giving up.

    Back to the stunning 4.3-inch display and whilst the Super AMOLED Plus offering supplies hugely impressive output with crisp images and sharp, fluid video playback this expansive offering is somehow made to feel lost within the device as a result of its ridiculously large bezel.

    A nice feature in making the handset life proof and surely capable of withstanding the now predominantly 24 month contract runs, the handset’s splash proof nano tech coating was tested repeatedly with a simple wipe on the jeans all that is needed to remove the repelled liquid.

    Motorola Razr: Performance

    Boasting a number of small yet impressive features from the power saving night mode to the auto locking pocket sensor, the RAZR is a handset that is a joy to use.

    At times sluggish to exit applications and return to the home screen it is otherwise predominantly flawless in terms of performance. A sleek UI and smooth menu and home screen transitions Motorola has provided a very fluid experience.

    With an 8-megapixel camera on the rear snaps are of a reasonably impressive quality with the usually rapid shutter speed slowing considerably when in low light situations or when using the feature with the flash turned on.

    Motorola Razr: Verdict

    A new benchmark for the Motorola brand, the Razr is an impressive, high-end, well functioning handset but one that is not quite a market leader or on par with the likes of the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II. In a less than appealing way Moto has managed to make a large handset feel big beyond its size with what should be a dominant display feeling beautiful but lost.

    Motorola Razr availability: Out now

    Motorola Razr price: £454.80

  • With a Motorola Razr UK release date pegged for early November – just weeks away - T3 has gone hands-on with the new Android Gingerbread version

    Motorola Razr review

    Love

    • Vibrant display
    • Zippy processor
    • Appealing UI

    Hate

    • Massive bezel
    • Feel in the hand
    • Camera's flash abilities

    The Motorola Razer is the latest handset from the American telecommunications company, but as you'll see in this hands-on review, it's set to disappoint. Why you ask?

    Because in spite of the official launch of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich yesterday, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola has confirmed that its 7.1mm thick Android device will be powered by the older Android Gingerbread version 2.3.5 of the Google mobile OS.

    However, Motorola has also confirmed that the Motorola Razr will be upgraded to Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, in the first half of 2012. The official Motorola Razr UK price is not yet known, especially network pricing, but a host of retailer pre-orders are already live.

    Motorola Razr: Screen

    Measuring 4.3-inches across the new Motorola Razr plays host to a Super AMOLED Plus display that is stunningly sharp, vibrant and responsive.

    Featuring well contrasted and beautifully bright colours, the Razr’s screen is of comparable quality to those lining up on the new Apple iPhone 4S and T3 Gadget Award winning Samsung Galaxy S II.

    Although visibly slim the Razr’s minimalist form factor does not transfer to its feel within the hand with the ultra wide 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display feeling large despite the device’s disconcertingly light form factor.

     

    Motorola Razr: Camera

    Boasting an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera with 1080p video recording capabilities the Razr’s snapper falls, on first impressions, slightly short of expectations.

    Whilst viewing the camera’s live view on the expansive and vibrant display, content appears grainy and lacking clear definition.

    Once snapped, however, shots are of an acceptable standard with little blurring and a broad arrange of vivid colours.

    Sampled under low light conditions the Razr’s camera requires further in-depth testing before writing off its on paper possibilities can even be considered.

    Motorola Razr: Specs

    Responsive and zippy thanks to its high-end handset required 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM the heavily skinned Razr looks fantastic with the Kevlar rear panel appearing luxurious and a welcome break from the standard black plastic.

    Whilst the scratch resistant, life surviving Gorilla glass screen coating and splash proof nano technology could not be tested during our hands-on review of the Motorola Razr, the display technology appears not to affect the AMOLED’s brilliant picture quality or responsiveness.

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