Last year, Motorola relaunched its RAZR brand with a pair of new smartphones, the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR Maxx for Verizon Wireless. While the resurrected RAZRs impressed with solid build quality and remarkable thinness (for the time, at least), they were saddled with disappointing displays and less than cutting edge processors. But Motorola decided to tweak its original formula, and this year’s RAZR HD and RAZR Maxx HD offer an improved screen, cutting edge Snapdragon processor, and a newer version of Motorola’s interpretation of Android.

At $199.99 and $299.99, the RAZR HD and RAZR HD Maxx are launching during a very busy season for smartphones, with stiff competition from the likes of Apple, Nokia, HTC, and Samsung all vying for the attention of the holiday smartphone buyer. Do the new RAZRs have what it takes to stand out from the pack and be the smartphone to get for Verizon Wireless customers? Read on to find out.