Motorola Razr review

The legendary Moto brand gets reborn in an Android skin

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The Motorola Razr boasts full 1080p HD playback, and doesn't hide the fact with it clearly printed next to the lens on the back of the phone.

Video recording is reached via the camera app and requires a flick of a switch to change from camera to video mode.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

There are various settings available in video mode, which are easy to access via the same toolbar as found on camera mode.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

Auto focus is supported in video mode with at tap to re-focus mode, but you cannot select a point on the screen for the Razr to focus on. The single LED flash can be used as a light while shooting in low light, but this only works for short distances. A little bit annoyingly you have to turn the light on or off before videoing, as you are unable to toggle the option while recording.

You can also opt to film using the front facing, 1.3MP camera, however quality here is greatly reduced. As with the flash, you cannot switch between this and the rear camera while filming, you need to select the camera you wish to use before hitting record.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

Motorola has included the same effects it has with the camera app, with 8 options to choose from; normal, black and white, negative, sepia, solarise, red tint, green tint and blue tint. You can also adjust the exposure, from -2 to +2.

Motorola razr review
Motorola razr review

You'll also find five audio scenes to select; stereo, wind reduction, concert, balanced and front facing.

The Razr allows you to shoot in a range of resolutions from full HD (1080p), all the way down to QVGA (320 x 240), with 720p, DVD and VGA options also available.

Plus there is a video stabilisation feature, which will keep you footage smooth, even after a few shots of tequila. We were pleased to find the zoom option enabled during filming, allowing us to zoom in and out without having to stop recording.

As you can see below video playback is clear and crisp with strong colours and the Razr copes with moving traffic well.

The zoom while recording does a commendable job, with quality only slightly dipping when used.

The auto focus can sometimes be a little sluggish when keeping up with moving objects, but it is not enough to detract from the video itself.

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.