Motorola Razr review

The legendary Moto brand gets reborn in an Android skin

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Motorola razr review

You may have noticed we're fans of the internet browser on many Android phones, and the Motorola Razr is no exception.

Thanks to the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, words and images look pin sharp and easy to read even zoomed out, thanks to the upgraded qHD resolution too.

The 1.2GHz processor is also pretty darn adept at whizzing through web pages when it's on song too, jumping from one site to the next without missing a beat.

Motorola razr review

However, we say 'on song' there because for some reason the Motorola Razr can be a little erratic when browsing the web. Sometimes you can ask it to open up a new website or search on Google and the phone will respond instantly, matching the iPhone 4S or the Samsung Galaxy S2 for speed.

But other times it will seem like it's simply ignoring your request, with no progress bar and just a blank screen to watch, even with a decent signal strength displayed.

This was intermittent, but enough to be irritating - only constantly refreshing the browser brought solace, which is lightly to annoy several users.

Another HUGE gripe is the bookmarking system, with five bookmarks locked in from the likes of ESPN and CNN. We're not fans of loads of prescribed bookmarks from manufacturers at the best of times, but being forced to have a link to those that some people have no intention of ever visiting is particularly galling.

Motorola razr review

There's also a noticeable judder when moving around the screen, and when zooming into text it's not the smoothest experience on a mobile phone, which again reduces the premium feel.

Motorola razr review

However, at least there's text reflow on offer - it's not in HTC's league, which automatically re-jigs the text to make sure it always fits the screen no matter how zoomed-in you are. With this version you'll need to double tap the text to make it re-align once zoomed in, but it's not too difficult to achieve.

And good news: Flash video works very well on this powerful little grunt nugget. It loaded up instantly for us in nearly every scenario, and was one of the better versions of the platform on a mobile. Which makes it a big shame that's it's going to be canned from handsets.

Motorola razr review

There's also an option to Tweet or post to Facebook whatever site it is you're looking at - it's a nice function to have, and shortens your URLs for you. It's annoying to have it so close to the Bookmarks button though, as we constantly pressed it accidentally.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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 Address
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.


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.


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.