Motorola Razr review

The legendary Moto brand gets reborn in an Android skin

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Motorola razr review

The Motorola Razr's messaging capabilities are as good as anything else from the Android range, meaning you can connect up to the likes of Corporate email over Exchange, webmail (with Yahoo, Windows Live and Googlemail all supported from the start), Facebook and Twitter.

Where the Razr beats most of the competition is the ability to aggregate these messages into an easy to use inbox, where all messages from all the accounts will show up in one place.

It's a slightly clumsy system in practice, as it's not always easy to get to the universal inbox without a couple of taps. For instance, you have to pop into 'Messaging' before you can get access to the icon to open up your full list of messages, and there's no way to put an icon for the universal inbox on the home screen.

Motorola razr review

The widget is supposed to solve that issue, but all this does is bring up a list of unseen messages, and then takes you straight to the Messaging centre again, where you have to click again for the universal inbox. That's after being asked whether you want to mess with the widget settings, so it's not simple to just see all your messages.

It's similar to the Samsung Galaxy S2 in this respect, with its myriad steps to jump into all your messages (and issues with syncing them all at once too) and pales in comparison to the likes of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810, which both have very easy to use methods of seeing all your messages in one place.

However, we do like the fact you've got offline support for your social networking messages - being able to see and respond to Facebook mails offline and without having to open up the app is a big plus.

Motorola razr review

There are two pre-installed keyboards on the Motorola Razr, with the standard multi-touch option (based on the Gingerbread keyboard from Google) and Swype on offer. Many people will prefer to use Swype, as it's proved a popular option - and we found it to be as good as any other iteration on alternative handsets.

We preferred the multi-touch keyboard though - the prediction was pretty good, and the auto-correct mostly on the money. We would advise you to look at some of the other decent keyboard on the Android Market, such as Swiftkey X, as they can really improve your typing speed too.

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.