Motorola Razr review

The legendary Moto brand gets reborn in an Android skin

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Motorola razr review

Now we come to a real strong point for the Motorola Razr: media. From an innovative music player to high-quality video playback, we're fans of using the Razr as a day to day PMP.

Music

The music player on the Motorola Razr may not be anything extraordinary sonically, but it's certainly innovative with a number of features that make it different from the reams of similar Android music players.

For starters, it's a portal to start with, rather than a straight list of music. Should you want to browse internet radio, stream over DLNA or simply hop right into your music collection, it's a simple task to choose an option.

Motorola razr review

It's not an amazing layout though, with album covers scattered all over the screen (most of which are blank, given few people actually update their music collections in such a way) and the options to tap are quite 1997 in their design.

But once you've bopped your way into the music player, you've got the option to not only listen to a song, but also have the lyrics displayed as well. It's almost unerring in picking the right song, and is a fun feature to have - although we suspect you'll be turning it off before too long as like us, you just want to listen to your songs.

The good news is the skin doesn't preclude the full use of the quality Android music player. Fancy it ain't, but if you want to shuffle songs, skip through tracks or set up a playlist, it's all as easy as pie here.

Motorola razr review

Plus there's also a handy widget that sits on the lock screen, displaying album art and allowing you to skip through tracks without having to head into the phone.

Audio quality is slightly hard to judge here - it's pretty good on the whole, but seems to change markedly depending on the buds you attach to the top. Lower end headphones sounded dreadful (more so than we're used to) but decent options made everything sound rosy again - so we suggest you invest.

Video

We expected video performance on the Motorola Razr to be up there with the best, thanks to the Super AMOLED screen technology it's nabbed from Samsung.

And on the whole it fully lived up to that promise, with excellent colour rendering and deep contrast ratios, making it the equal of the Samsung Galaxy S, if not the S2, which does have the superior Super AMOLED Plus technology on board.

Motorola razr review

One gripe we do have is the lack of a dedicated video portal. You have to pop into the Gallery application and look for your videos by thumbnail - this is less than ideal when you're not entirely sure what your movies look like compared to one another.

The video player is also a little basic - we're talking a timeline to scrub forwards and back, plus Play/Pause options too. It's not a terrible thing, as this is really all you'll want to do when watching a movie, but if you try some of the third party options on the Android Market like MVideoPlayer, you'll see the world of difference.

Motorola razr review

Photo

The camera roll on the Motorola Razr is a little enhanced compared to the usual grid layout of photos, as it's also pulling in from your social networks.

Motorola razr review

We're fans of the 'Cover Flow' style of showing the albums of your friends from Facebook, although there don't ever seem to be that many to choose from, yet some persist from a while ago.

That said, opening the pictures is a slick experience considering they're being pulled from the cloud, and it's elements like this that show how far social network photography storage has come - we can now see hideous pictures of ourselves right before we go into a job interview.

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.