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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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Common Questions


Motorola released the RAZR on November 7, 2011.


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 Motorola RAZR'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
No
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
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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Critic Reviews


Know Your Mobile

The Motorola RAZR is a truly excellant phone

from 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...More

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 course, a few points that we weren’t keen on such as the camera but these are all small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. All told, this is one of the best Android handsets we’ve tested all year. It’s got class, masses of power, plenty of storage, a great display, is exceptionally thin and is an absolute pleasure to use day-in-day-out.

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Techsmart

Very thin, good performance, nice loudspeaker

from 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.

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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.

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UnleashThePhones

Stylish, good battery life, huge screen

from 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 nice, bright, and vibrant. It’s not the best screen we’ve used, the Samsung Galaxy SII, Nokia Lumia 800 and iPhone 4S boast that, all for different reasons. But it’s certainly close to that bunch....

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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 nice, bright, and vibrant. It’s not the best screen we’ve used, the Samsung Galaxy SII, Nokia Lumia 800 and iPhone 4S boast that, all for different reasons. But it’s certainly close to that bunch.

The battery life is suprisingly good too, so I cant moan about the bad Android-induced battery life here. There’s even Bluetooth v4.0 with LE+EDR onboard, which is the first time we’ve had it on a phone. Didnt really do much with it though, admittedly.

The only worry is that compared to it’s competition, it’s a tiny bit slow. You’ll notice the shuttering when you go from the menu to the homescreen, or quickly move between apps. And like we said the stock keyboard is annoying, but that’s easily fixed.

The MotoBlur UI is fine by me for the most part, though as I mentioned earlier, I’m not a fan of that one app for messaging, email and social networks all together. I’d still prefer the stock Android UI to be honest.

When the Motorola RAZR was first announced, I was all sorts of in love with it. When I first held it, I reconsidered that. And after properly using it for a while, it’s hard for me to not recommend it as a very viable option as your next smartphone.

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Digital Versus

Decent enough battery life for a smartphone

from 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...More

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. If you overlook its interface—that could do with redesigning—and the sub-standard camera, the Razr stands out for its unique design and its custom widgets.

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Coolsmartphone

Large touch screen, thin design, poor battery life

from 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 something to look at....

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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 something to look at.

With 16GB of built in storage and expandable for another 32GB, this is a great handset for a music lover or someone who wants to put a lot of movies on their phone for on the move. 32GB cards still sell for a lot of money but even 16GB will double the built in storage and give you more than enough space to play with.

The screen is large and bright which is great for both indoor and outdoor use. The resolution at 540 x 960 is also there to give a crisp clear video playback as well as when viewing photos you have taken on the camera.

Now onto the negative points found and the first has to be the battery. Even with a massive 1780mAh battery with normal use the RAZR hardly lasted a day, I often found myself needing to top-up the battery at work to make sure I can listen to music on the way home or to make phone calls after 6pm.

Then there is the horrible Motorola customized interface like MotoBlur which is just horrible.. The only key feature it seems to bring is a list of settings for accounts such as Linked In, Google and Picasa but these can be used via 3rd party applications from the market anyway. What Motorola also do is change nearly every part of Android to make is stand out, which it does but will soon see you rushing to the Market to download a 3rd party launcher like Launcher Pro.

If I had to score the Motorola RAZR out of 10, I’d personally score it a 7. The key selling points are the large touch screen, thin design and HDMI use with the key let downs being the poor battery life, shutter lag on the camera and overall Motorola customization of the UI.

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The Guardian

Fast processing, high resolution screen and office compatible

from The Guardian

It has one of the fastest brains on the market combined with a very high resolution screen. With a 4.3in display and 960x540 pixels, the picture quality is superb and the 1.2GHz dual core processor ensures fast browsing. It has 16GB of inbuilt memory, and comes with an added 16GB on a microSD card....

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It has one of the fastest brains on the market combined with a very high resolution screen. With a 4.3in display and 960x540 pixels, the picture quality is superb and the 1.2GHz dual core processor ensures fast browsing. It has 16GB of inbuilt memory, and comes with an added 16GB on a microSD card.

The Razr is able to take corporate email feeds, synchronise with work calendars and contact lists, and keep the information secure with passwords. Microsoft Word documents can be read and edited from the phone.

The Android navigation is among the best I have used. Search for a street name, and after typing in the first few letters matching streets nearest your current location immediately appear. Click once to land on the map, and once more to see your current location flash on screen, with an arrow corresponding to the direction your phone is pointed in.

With these generous features, the Razr deserves its high end positioning as an alternative to the iPhone or Samsung's latest Galaxy. But there are annoyances. The interface is busy and confusing, with apps and alerts scattered across five home screens.

The battery only lasts a day, although that is now standard for most high specification smartphones.

A universal inbox notifies the user of all new voicemails, text messages or instant messages from Facebook and the like, but this does not appear on the lock screen. Which means the handset must be unlocked before the user knows if anyone has tried to contact them.

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tech2

Well designed device, extremely clear and legible screen

from tech2

With a price tag of Rs.33, 990 (MOP) the RAZR XT910 proves to be every bit as good as the Samsung Galaxy S II with a slightly more refined feel in the looks department and a few extra features that are definitely worth having. Sure it does have a few issues as well, and it’s hard to find a hand...More

With a price tag of Rs.33, 990 (MOP) the RAZR XT910 proves to be every bit as good as the Samsung Galaxy S II with a slightly more refined feel in the looks department and a few extra features that are definitely worth having. Sure it does have a few issues as well, and it’s hard to find a handset, even today, that doesn’t. If you’re looking for that heavy duty device for work or play for the New Year, right now, the RAZR XT should definitely be at the top of your wish list.

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Stuff

The RAZR’s impressively thin design and useful software make it a worthy Android contender

from Stuff

The Motorola RAZR is a premium-feeling handset with solid build quality, but it’s slightly let down by a screen-swallowing bezel. Apps and games run smoothly, but pinch-to-zoom could be more fluid while web browsing and viewing pictures. We still like it a lot, though, and with a future upgrade...More

The Motorola RAZR is a premium-feeling handset with solid build quality, but it’s slightly let down by a screen-swallowing bezel. Apps and games run smoothly, but pinch-to-zoom could be more fluid while web browsing and viewing pictures. We still like it a lot, though, and with a future upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the works and a Galaxy Nexus-beating camera, there’s no reason not to include the RAZR in a line-up for your next Android smartphone.

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What Mobile

A very masculine design, non-removable battery, fastest camera on the block

from What Mobile

With the screen turned off, the Motorola Razr is every bit as impressive as the stick thin Samsung Galaxy SII, but it simply can’t match Samsung’s phone of the year for display chutzpah. However, the raw power and accessory options are key here – the Razr is a tech fiend’s dream. The remo...More

With the screen turned off, the Motorola Razr is every bit as impressive as the stick thin Samsung Galaxy SII, but it simply can’t match Samsung’s phone of the year for display chutzpah. However, the raw power and accessory options are key here – the Razr is a tech fiend’s dream. The remote access to your PC, Linux options and fastest camera on the block will impress gadget geeks instantly.

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TechRadar

Super slim design, cool and useful overlay and fast processor and oodles of RAM

from TechRadar

Motorola needed a phone like the Razr in its arsenal, and now it has one to be proud of. It's got all the dual-core power of the Atrix, plus a superior screen; more importantly, it's jumped from a squat chassis to a sumptuous slimline affair that glides into the pocket.

However, we're not sure about the way the screen is swamped in the frame of the phone, nor about the certain elements Moto has locked down - plus the battery life remains an issue....

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Motorola needed a phone like the Razr in its arsenal, and now it has one to be proud of. It's got all the dual-core power of the Atrix, plus a superior screen; more importantly, it's jumped from a squat chassis to a sumptuous slimline affair that glides into the pocket.

However, we're not sure about the way the screen is swamped in the frame of the phone, nor about the certain elements Moto has locked down - plus the battery life remains an issue.

Looks- and functionality-wise, there are many comparisons to be made with the Samsung Galaxy S2 - and we can't help but recommend that latter over this phone, with a superior range of customisation on offer and a snappier UI to boot.

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User Reviews


So far, I'm not impressed

I bought 2 of these phones from Rogers. Unfortunately I can not hang up to end phone calls on either one of them. The only way to terminate a call is to power off the devices. I've had the phones for 2 days, and I am taking them back to Rogers tonight!

Gibson_48327
I complained ysterday that I could not hang up (termiate) calls. I had spent time with Rogers tech help, who got me to do a factory reset, and my Razr still did not work. A few hours latter I was packing up my phone in the original box and tried it one more time. It worked fine, and so did the second Razr I had bought. I have no idea what happened between 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM, but both both phones are working fine now.

I complained that I could not end calls with 2 Razr phones that I bought three days ago. I spent time with the tech help at Rogers, my wireless provider, and they helped me do a factory reset on one of them, but the phone still did not work. I was packing them up a few hours latter to return them to Roges, tried one of them one last time, and it worked fine. So did the other one. I do not know what happened between 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm, but both phones work fine now.