Motorola Droid Razr M - Big Performance From A Small Smartphone

1/15/2013 8:50:01 AM

Being cheaper option than other leading smartphones, $99.99 Motorola Droid Razr M is very strong. And although it has a big 4.3 inch screen, it does this by using the shape coefficient that is small enough to use with one hand or put in a pocket comfortably. It cannot beat the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone as our favorite non-Apple Verizon smartphone. However, Razr M offers a "killer" mix of good design, performance and price.

Motorola Droid Razr M (Verizon Wireless)

Motorola Droid Razr M (Verizon Wireless)

Size, design and calling quality

Razr M looks like a newborn Razr: smaller, but having a little bit fat of a baby. It has a size of 4.82x2.40x0.33 inches (HWD) and a weight of 4.44 ounces. Motorola reaches this size by using edge-to-edge screen; in fact, that telephone is a screen. There is a small space for camera above and beveled at the bottom, and there is no 1 cm waste from any place else.

The phone is also well designed. Motorola uses Kevlar back as before, with the rest of the device is made ​of aluminum and the entire phone is protected by water-proof nano cover. It is black or white, and both models look sharp.

The phone is also well designed.

The phone is also well designed.

4.3 inch, 960x540 pixel Super AMOLED Advanced display is light and supper saturate. I do not like the PenTile layout, which makes text and images look blurry, but certainly most people will not bother. There is a row of three buttons on the screen and I do not have any problems when typing on the software keyboard.

Razr M works on the supper fast 3G and 4G LTE network of Verizon, it can roam worldwide on GSM networks. 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi works well on my WPA2 encryption network. Razr M records well and gets impressive score in speed test.

Warm voice, though somewhat unclear via the headphones; clear transmit, strong noise reduction. Calls sound pretty good via Jawbone Era Bluetooth headsets; the Motorola voice control system works well over Bluetooth. Speaker phone is clear and big enough for outdoor using in a quiet environment. 2000mAh removable battery has excellent talk time of 10 hours and 8 minutes.

Processor, Android and apps

Motorola will not reveal any detail about the 1.5GHz dual-core processor of Razr M, but the phone runs similar to the Samsung Galaxy S III is equipped S4 chip. Gaming frame rate is higher than on the RAZR M, but that is because of the lower resolution screen, it means that it is using less pixels. However, this phone is very fast, and be able to handle any game or application.

Razr M runs on 11-month-old Android 4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system. I feel disappointed by the absence of elite Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" on one Motorola phone, which is owned by Google. An update will be released before the end of the year, but this is still not a positive signal for Android users in general.

The most important home screen of the phone is pre-installed with several cool icons and Circle utilities of Motorola. Unfortunately, the Razr M also has a lot of bloatware (floating software). Some of them are good, such as the useful SmartAction application of Motorola, allowing you to follow a rule to complete one particular task easier (such as reduce the screen brightness and turn off the features that waste battery to ensure battery, or switch the phone to the driver mode so that it can read the message while you are driving). Mostly, the Verizon and Zappos application store only waste storage.

Multimedia, camera and conclusion

You have 4.3GB storage space, and 1 blank microSD card slot mounted on the side. 3.5mm headphone jack on the above edge of phone that can play well every FLAC music file. Although via the wired headset, the sound is a bit heavy on the bass and less treble, I hear small noise in the background. The phone plays all testing video files with 1080p resolution although the sound is not sync via Bluetooth in all file format. Using earbud solved this problem, except for DivX file.

8MP autofocus camera has one LED flash at the back, but it's a bit disappointing. There are many controls on the screen but the image quality has not changed much since the original Droid Razr last year. The auto focus is quickly, and once it does that, the camera captures quite beautiful images although it is quite dark and noise in 0.6 seconds. The camera records good video. Indoor and outdoor filming plays with 30fps smooth speed in sharp 1080p format. Besides, there is also one front-facing VGA camera for video chat.

Even if it is $200 more expensive, not $100, I still think that Droid Razr M is excellent. It is not the comprehensive multimedia machine like the Samsung Galaxy S III, but is another attractive alternative if you are not a fan of giant phones.


·         Price: $99.99

·         Ratings: 4/5



·         Small form factor with big screen

·         Performance and LTE speeds are fast.

·         Good calling quality

·         Pretty cheap



·         Does not run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

·         Having much bloatware


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