Motorola razr review

Moto has skinned Android to within an inch of its life on the Motorola Razr, and although it's not giving the altered UI a name, it's still something pretty novel.

Let's start with a positive: like so many of the 1.2GHz dual core phones on the market, it whips through the home screens with no issue at all, and is adept at opening and closing a number of applications, no matter how many you have open at one time.

Motorola razr review

There's no 'pinching to see all your home screens at once' option here; instead you swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see all your displays in one place. It's sad that you can't add in any more home screens, and are stuck with the basic five, as there are so many widgets you'll want to play with that you'll quickly fill up the space.

There is a way to slightly mitigate this, thanks to Motorola: you can resize each widget to make it bigger or smaller, depending on the kind of application. This means you can see more or less of your calendar, incoming messages or emails, and can therefore chuck in a little more stuff.

Motorola razr review

However, it's not the best system, as some widgets (like music) simply don't want to be resized.

The notifications bar (accessed by dragging down from the top of the screen) is a little different too - sadly, there are no controls on offer with it, meaning you have to jump into the settings menu or put a widget on the homescreen to activate Wi-Fi and the like.

Motorola razr review

And if you get a message, there's no preview of it in the pull-down menu either, which is odd when so many other phones manage it. We're not fans of the big 'No Entry' signs next to each notification, which allow you to clear said alert - these look ugly and we'd prefer to access them via swiping or the like.


Phones and Tablets Editor

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