Intuitive Smart Phoneby Ravi Sinha, on 29 May 2012
Motorola’s Razr series of phones present quite the story of fortunes and fouls. However, the new Motorola Droid Razr appears poised to recapture the title of luxurious smartphone after a long time away from the throne.
To say the Droid Razr looks nice would be an understatement and a half. Its sleek black finish and 0.28 inch thickness deserve no better definition than “sexy”. It even beats out the Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S in terms of thickness. The build quality is impressive, mixing a metal finish with Gorilla Glass and Kevlar. The device is smooth to the touch, and weighs a measly 127 grams.
A 1.2 GHz dual core TI OMAP4430 with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage power the Droid Razr. Performance-wise, it keeps due pace with the competition, though there are a few instances where it falters. The display is a Super AMOLED advanced PenTile screen, measuring 4.3 inches with a 960x540 resolution and 256 ppi. Colours are nice and bright with great clarity. It’s no Apple Retinal Display or Samsung Super AMOLED, but it’s still amazing. The 4G connectivity works very well, along with Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi, to deliver an ideal net surfing experience. Interestingly, the Droid Razr can also serve as a modem for up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices.
The battery life, sadly, is a bit disappointing. While Motorola claims 12.5 hours of talk time, you’d be hard-pressed to average more than 6-7 hours on overall use. Motorola does offer a version of the Droid Razr (the Maxx) that comes with a much heavier battery. Call quality is good, with a few distortions here and there, but nothing that deters the overall experience.
The 8-megapixel camera is, for lack of a better word, interesting. It features the standard flash, digital zoom, and Macro mode and snaps pictures quite quickly. However, while the images come out clear, the colours and overall brightness rank as merely average. You’ll have to fiddle with the settings a bit to approach better levels of quality. The video recording is quite nice, recording at 30 FPS and 1080p resolution. Not only do the noise cancelling mics help block unwanted sounds during recording, but also the video is helpfully compressed each time.
The Droid Razr runs on Gingerbread 2.3.6, which is upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The plethora of apps is great, with Smart Actions being the standout (as it automatically executes actions like automatic texting and battery management when certain conditions are met). It’s the overall interface that may irk some users. Motorola’s graphical layout is quite flashy, and tends to hinder performance in the name of style. It’s not a deal-breaker, but might detract for those craving the classic Android experience.
All in all, it’s safe to say that Motorola has gotten its act together with the Droid Razr. Priced in the same range as the Galaxy S2, it definitely deserves a look for it’s sleek toughness, intuitive Smart Actions and amazing display.