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Motorola Razr review

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The Motorola Razr comes with an 8MP camera on the back capable of capturing shots of up to 3264 x 2448 pixels and a 1.3MP camera on the front.

There is also a single LED flash on the back, to aid you in low light situations.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

You can get to the camera app easily from the lock screen, with a dedicated slide action to take you straight into camera mode. There is also the generic camera app located in the app tray and on the home screens.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

The app opens quickly enough, usually taking 1 second. If you wait and allow the phone to focus first (denoted by the white square in the middle turning green), the phone will take the image almost instantly as you press the button. However if you're in a rush, the phone will focus after you have pressed the shutter which causes a second or two of delay, which is a bit frustrating.

The phone does have auto focus, but this can sometimes take a couple of seconds to settle, depending on what you're shooting. We're glad to see tap to focus in play here, which allows you to select a certain object/area of the image for the camera to focus on.

For those of you who like to tweak settings to get that perfect picture, the Razr has a range of options you can choose from. All are easily accessible from the settings toolbar which your can bring up within the app

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

There are four shooting modes available; single shot, panorama, multishot and timer and when you're using single shot or timer, you can select from six scene options.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

We tended to leave the scene toggle on Auto, but if the mood takes, you can select from Portrait, Landscape, Sport, Night Portrait, Sunset and Macro.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

To further enhance your photos, there are 8 effects to choose from; normal, black and white, negative, sepia, solarise, red tint, green tint and blue tint. You are also able to tweak the exposure level, from -2 to +2.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

Well lit, outside scenes are handled well, as you are easily able to see the ripples in the water around the swan in the image above.

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Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

The camera struggles a little with indoor scenes with poorer lighting.

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Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

However, it produces better quality images with the flash in use.

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Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

Using the default settings on the camera, with no special mode, scene or effect we were able to shoot the harbour scene above.

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Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

This is the same scene, using the Black and White effect

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Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

This is the same scene, using the Negative effect

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Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

This is the same scene, using the Sepia effect

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Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

This is the same scene, using the Solarise effect

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Motorola razr review

The digital zoom (up to 8x) performs relatively well, the above was shot through a 3rd storey window.

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Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

The macro setting is useful if you wish to capture an object in close up deal and we found the Razr performed well in macro mode.

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Also within the settings is the option to capture widescreen images – which will naturally fill the whole of the Razr's display, but the resolution falls to 6MP if widescreen is turned on. You can also select to geo-tag your photos – so you can plot all the locations of your photos on a map, if you so wish.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

The Panorama mode works relatively well, automatically taking a series of snaps as you move the camera round and then stitching them together. We did find some blurring if we moved round too quickly, so make sure you take your time.

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In multishot mode, once the shutter is pressed, the Razr will take a burst of 6 consecutive images. This is ideal for trying to snap a moving object, such as a car, as it gives you a better chance of getting a centralised photo.

Unfortunately the flash is automatically disabled in multishot mode, so don't bother trying to montage your mate doing the funky chicken in a nightclub – you won't see nuttin'.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyRAZR
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time9.36 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)127 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height130.7 mm
Width68.9 mm
Depth7.1 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time324 Hour
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameRAZR Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeOMAP
Product LineRAZR
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part NumberSM3414AP6B1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing InformationIMPOSSIBLY THIN

With an impossibly thin design, RAZR is a marvel of engineering - one you'll want to show off to the world. Thinner than your friends' smartphones, it's better looking too, with sculpted glass and diamond-cut aluminum accents.

SUPER STRONG, NOT SUPER SIZED

Thin no longer equals frail. We made RAZR strong with KEVLAR fibre, while Corning Gorilla Glass helps the screen stand up to scratches and scrapes. Spilled coffee? Caught in the rain? No problem. RAZR is protected with a splash-guard coating - even the electrical boards inside.

DUAL-CORE POWER

Full-tilt boogie is just your style - and RAZR can keep up. The powerful dual-core 1.2 GHz processor lets you act as fast as you can think (finally), while the 1GB of RAM keeps the momentum going.