Motorola Razr review

The legendary Moto brand gets reborn in an Android skin

Motorola Razr review
The definitive Motorola Razr review

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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.


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.


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


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.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.