Motorola Droid RAZR Smartphone Review

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There's a lot to like about the Droid RAZR, but there are also a few drawbacks. We really like the thin design of the device and the fact that it's significantly lighter than many of today's phones. We also love the gorgeous 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD display that offers a resolution of 540 x 960.

Some of the durability features built into the Droid RAZR are also very nice. This phone features a scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass display as well as a water repellent nanocoating that is designed to protect even the internal components of the phone from spills. The Droid RAZR's back panel is made with Kevlar fiber for extra durability as well.

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Although there's a lot to like about the Droid RAZR, we really wish the phone had a removable and user-replaceable battery. We feel every Android phone should offer a removable battery. In addition, the Droid RAZR's battery didn't always last as long as we would have liked, particularly when streaming lots of content at 4G speeds. If the Droid RAZR had a user-replaceable battery, at least power users could be assured of added usability time by swapping batteries in the middle of the day.

We're also anxious for the Droid RAZR to get Android 4.0. Although no release date for this update has been set, we're hoping updates to this new version of Android will begin rolling out sooner rather than later now that the Galaxy Nexus has officially launched (the first phone to feature Android 4.0).

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The Smart Actions features found on the Droid RAZR were also quite handy, and could be used to help the phone conserve battery life. We found this app to be useful in a variety of situations and appreciated having a phone that would automatically silence the ringer in certain locations and perform other tasks for us automatically.

Overall, the Droid RAZR has a lot of good features and a really sleek, beautiful design. We feel battery life on the Droid RAZR may be a weak point for some (particularly when 4G is enabled), but also realize that some users may not demand as much from their phone as we do. In those situations, the Droid RAZR's battery life may be a non-issue. There are also guides from XDA-Developers and others that offer many suggestions and methods for significantly improving the phone's battery life, such as changing background data usage. With plenty of power, a gorgeous thin and lightweight design, and plenty of useful features, the Droid RAZR lives up to the RAZR name and the expectations users have with Motorola's legacy of cellphones and smartphones.


 

     
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD (540 x 960) display
  • Thin and lightweight design
  • 4G connectivity
  • No user-replaceable battery
  • No Android 4.0—yet
  • Battery life is a bit of a mixed bag


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