Motorola Razr HD review

Motorola's flagship handset comes with underwhelming specs

Motorola Razr HD
4G-enabled, but without much else to write home about

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Motorola Razr HD review

As you'd expect, the Motorola Razr HD comes with Google Maps out of the box.

It's a staple of every Android phone and with good reason, because aside from being created by the company that made Android it's also really rather handy and one of the best mobile mapping options available.

As well as giving you maps, routes and directions, there are a bunch of other options built in, such as Street View, traffic information, public transport lines and nearby shops and businesses.

We also found that it could lock onto our location very quickly on the Motorola Razr HD - almost instantly in fact.

Along with Google Maps, the handset also comes with Google Navigation, which is a solid free sat nav service that uses GPS and Google Maps data to navigate for you.


Motorola Razr HD review

Like most other Android phones, Google Play will be your main destination for apps.

There's almost a bewildering selection to choose from, both free and paid for, covering everything from games, to productivity apps, to cook books.

Thankfully it's all divided into categories so it's fairly easy to navigate.

Once you've downloaded an app it integrates itself into the phone as much as it needs to, with many supporting push notifications and widgets.

You'll find that the Motorola Razr HD also comes with a few apps pre-installed. Most of these fall into the category of calendars and calculators, which are useful but would only really be notable if they were absent.

However there are a few things that you don't see on every phone. There's a file browser that enables you to navigate the phones file system and create new folders.

Motorola Razr HD review

You also get some office software in the form of Quickoffice, which can open, edit and create text documents and spreadsheets.

It's not all that in-depth, but it's plenty good enough for a phone and it's got a few handy features such as the ability to create things in various Microsoft Word formats.

Most interestingly the Motorola Razr HD comes with SmartAction. This is a powerful tool enabling you to automate certain actions in certain situations.

For example you could set it to automatically turn GPS on and open your sat nav whenever you activate car mode, or launch a music player when you connect a pair of headphones.

If you take the time to set it up to your liking it can prove very useful, and while there are similar apps available on Google Play it's great to see one included from the start.

Finally there's also an app called Guide Me, which is basically just a manual/FAQ for the phone, with a handful of tutorials. There's not much to it but it could potentially come in handy if you can't work out how to do something, and if you're new to Android it's well worth a look.

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to, and and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.