Motorola Droid RAZR Smartphone Review

Introduction & Specifications

In 2004, Motorola released a line of flip phones that became one of the best selling phones in the world. Needless to say, the original Motorola RAZR enjoyed great success and gave Motorola a big name in the wireless industry for a number of years. Over the RAZR's four-year run, Motorola sold more than 130 million units.

Unfortunately for Motorola, the second coming of the RAZR, dubbed the RAZR 2, wasn't quite as successful as the first line. During this period, Motorola's share of the mobile phone market dropped significantly, leaving some to wonder if the company would ever regain the strong foothold it had in the wireless market.

Fast-forward a few years, and Motorola has once again become a major force in the smartphone market. A few months ago, Motorola announced it was bringing back the RAZR name with the Droid RAZR smartphone which is exclusive to Verizon Wireless.

As you would expect from its name, the Droid RAZR features a slim body that measures 7.1mm thick. According to Motorola and Verizon Wireless, the Droid RAZR is the world's thinnest 4G smartphone. And while thin is definitely a key feature in today's competitive smartphone market, we all know horsepower is equally important. Motorola has given the Droid RAZR a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inchd qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display, 8MP camera, and Android 2.3. This smartphone will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) at some point in the future.

In an effort to help protect the phone from life's everyday bumps and bruises, the Droid RAZR features a Kevlar fiber backing and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass protected display. The phone also has a water repellent nanocoating that protects the phone (including the inside components) from spills. Here's a quick hands-on of the device in action... 

Like some of Motorola's other popular phones, the Droid RAZR is compatible with a Lapdock that can extend the functionality of the phone with Motorola's Webtop application. By connecting the Droid RAZR to the Lapdock 100 (sold separately for $249.99), you'll get a 10.1-inch screen, keyboard, touchpad, Firefox browser, and more.

Motorola Droid RAZR
Specifications & Features

Verizon Wireless
CDMA800, CDMA1900, LTE B13 700
Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD (540 x 960)
scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass

Dual core 1.2 GHz processor - TI OMAP4460
16 GB internal memory
16 GB microSD card pre-installed, supports up to 32 GB microSD

Talk and Standby Time
Talk Time (Continuous): up to 12.5 hours
Standby Time: up to 8.5 days

5.15 x 2.71 x 0.28 inches / 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm
4.48oz / 127 grams
1780 mAh Li Ion
Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, microUSB, micro HDMI, DLNA 1.5, aGPS, 3.5mm headset jack
8 MP rear facing camera with LED flash
1.3 MP front facing camera with 720p HD video capture

Other key features
Made with KEVLAR fiber and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
Webtop enabled

$299.99 with contract and discounts

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The Droid RAZR is currently available from Verizon Wireless for $299.99 with a two-year contract. We know what you're wondering: Is the Droid RAZR all it's hyped up to be?  Read on to find out.

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