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Motorola RAZR review

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The Motorola RAZR currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Motorola RAZR is back, and it has been redesigned into a brand new phone. It is the thinnest smartphone on the market at only 7.1mm at its thinnest end. The phone is constructed with aluminum and Kevlar, while the touchscreen is made of Gorilla Glass. This makes the Motorola RAZR one of the most durable phones out there despite its thin profile.

The phone features a dual core processor running at an impressive 1.2GHz processor. This allows the Gingerbread 2.3.5 operating system to function without any hiccups even if several apps are open at once. 8GB of internal storage along with a 16GB SD card give the phone plenty of storage for apps, videos, and music. While the phone is not quite as snappy as the Samsung Galaxy S II or the iPhone 4S, it is still one of the top performers on the market. The screen is a Super AMOLED panel, which offers plenty of sharpness and contrast. It is not as good as the panel featured on the iPhone 4S though, but is still good enough for most users.

4G is also offered and if the service is available in your city, you will enjoy extremely fast download speeds and be able to stream HD quality video without any waiting period. However, using the phone can be a pain if you are not a fan of Motorola's tweaks to the Android operating system. Many of the menu systems are confusing and feature distracting animations. Previous users of Android will get the hang of it pretty easily, but a first time user might find the user interface to be confusing.

Need to Know: Motorola RAZR

1. RAZR is slim and durable with its Kevlar and aluminum skin. (The Good)

2. 4G download speeds are lightning fast and service is growing rapidly. (The Good)

3. While the phone is snappy, it lags behind other big names in today's market. (The Bad)

4. User interface could use some streamlining. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Know Your Mobile

Motorola has really stepped up its game with the RAZR. The effort that has gone into developing this handset is obvious from the look of the device to the company’s choice for its internal hardware. We absolutely loved testing this handset and can’t recommend it enough. There are, of cou...

- Richard Goodwin, Know Your Mobile
Techsmart

A slim body, an excellent screen and enough features to leave any gadget geek grinning, lifts the Motorola RAZR to one of our top three current smartphones along with the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II. R6999. MicroSIM card needed.

- Michael Joubert, Techsmart
UnleashThePhones

I’m a bit confused about what to say about the Motorola RAZR. What you have here is a stylishly designed phone, that’s impressive from the moment you hold it in your hand(s). For one thing, it’s super slim. Have I said that enough times?The 4.3 Inch 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED screen is...

- Clinton Jeff, UnleashThePhones
Digital Versus

With this highly respectable (but not entirely faultless) handset, Motorola has earned its place among the ranks of high-end Android smartphone makers. With a distinctive design, some handy exclusive apps, plus loads of connections and multimedia functions, the Razr certainly has plenty going for it...

- Florence Legrand , Digital Versus
Coolsmartphone

First of all, the positive points. The build quality is really top notch and considering the screen is gorilla glass so you dont have to worry about scratching, the back plate is made from kevlar so you have a strong core enclosing all the other parts but in a really thin case which is quite someth...

- Dan, Coolsmartphone


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We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola RAZR user manual here.


Motorola backs up the RAZR with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your RAZR has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
4.3"

The %phone_name%'s screen size is 4.3 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1780mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1780 mAh battery.

Motorola RAZR Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA 14.4, HSUPA
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Processor ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM Unknown
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.45 W/kg
Body: 0.71 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1780 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 8.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.1 x 6.9 x 0.7 cm (5.2 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 127 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Multi-touch
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps, up to 0 minutes
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
1.3 megapixels
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola RAZR XT910

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