Motorola Droid RAZR

9.0
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Reviewed by tdubrpdx (Currently owns)

The Motorola RAZR shows just what is possible with modern smartphone engineering. Built with a stainless steel frame, kevlar backing and Corning Gorilla Glass, the phone is astonishingly thin, light and solidly built. You notice immediately the premium quality feel when you hold it in your hands, During daily use Motorola's reputation for great call quality and top of the line radio signal are also evident. In terms of the operating system, Motoblur is incredibly light, fast, and in many cases an improvement over stock android. Unlike the CPU heavy HTC Sense or the iOS-like Samsung Touchwiz, the version of Motoblur running on the RAZR is minimalistic and unencumbered.

The main drawbacks for this phone begin with the lack of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich(Currently running 2.3.5 Gingerbread), although Motorola has promised a software update early next year. The camera is a step up from previous Motorola phones although it is still behind compared to the one on the HTC Rezound and Apple's iPhone 4s. The pictures are still quite good however, and the shutter speed is very quick. Battery life on the RAZR is no different than that of the rest of the current crop of 4G LTE phones although the RAZR's exclusive Smart Actions app helps to efficiently manage battery use. The lack of a removable battery may be an issue for power users use to swapping batteries on the fly.

The SuperAMOLED Advanced display on the RAZR is honestly one of the best looking displays on the market today, despite the negative review on this site. Setting aside the pros and cons of using a pentile display, you will not easily notice a difference in everyday use between this and the Galaxy Nexus's pentile 720p display. In fact, I and many other users have noticed a blue-green hue to the Nexus display that is absent on the RAZR. RAZR viewing angles are impressive and its color contrast tops current LCD offerings.

To sum things up, the Droid RAZR by Motorola is not a perfect phone. Every phone has noticeable drawbacks that you'll need to weigh the importance of when making your decision. You will not find a better phone on Verizon in terms of call quality, data signal strength, GPS accuracy, design, durability, and accessories. When it receives Android 4.0 early next year it will be the complete package.

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  • Design 10
  • Display 9
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 10
  • Performance 9
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 8
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