Motorola Razr

3/20/2012 5:17:27 PM

Motorola Razr

Motorola brought Razr brand back to life with the latest Android mobile device so as to attract customers by thin, light, and eye-catching design. The device is also equipped with some unique business friendly functions, including MotoCast remote control function and MotoPrint wireless printing, and Smart Action programmable function.

About appearance, Razr is rather simple if being seen from the front, except from the above shiny Motorola. Its shape looks like company’s Xoom 2 tablet with cut corners. Unfortunately, a small hole among keyboard buttons a little bit damages it as if a self-accident happened. However, when turnning over the phone, you are presented something totally different. You cannot stop paying attention to such a thin device with only 7.1mm – thinner than a ballpoint. This is an outstanding design that makes the phone become the thinnest smartphone we have ever seen. The phone is not thin from top to bottom, but only an above small part around the camera is rather thicker.

Certainly, in real, thin phone means it is also light. It weighs 127g, is quite impressive with a 4.3-inch smartphone’s screen. The device is quite convenient to handle although it is rather wide with 69mm. The back side is also shocking with Kevla fibre, which both gives good feeling and looks great. It is so great when seeing something distinctive, and certainly it is the phone you want to show off with your friends.  Its design is built up to have the stability with stainless steel core, Gorilla Glass touch screen, and Splash Guard cover layer to prevent rain and water. It does not have back cover, so you cannot access the battery. In stead of that, microSIM and microSD card slot is next to Razr under the folded cover.

You have technical features that you expect from a high-glass smartphone. Razr is accompanied by the 1.2GHz  dual core processor of Texas Instruments, 1GB RAM, and 16GB internal capacity.

This is the standard for chip and RAM, and it has quite good internal capacity. Phone performance is more impressive than technical features on paper. The touch screen is fast, and the transition between main screens and menu is smooth and as quick as lightning.

As we mentioned above, the screen is quite large in 4.3 inches, and challenges the best rivals with Super Amoled Advanced technology. The screen is sharp, light, and lively with 540x960 qHD resolution and 256ppi pixel density. It is higher than 49ppi in comparison with one of the nearest rivals, Samsung Galaxy S II, but it still not as good as Retina screen on iPhone 4S, which has 960x640 resolution with 326ppi. In order to make an addition to for multi-communication, there are Digital Living Network Alliance and a microHDMI port on the top of the device. This is a good thing since we always like options.

To compete with the best smarphones on the market, the mobile device requires a good camera. Razr has an 8MP back camera with LED flash light that can record 1,080p full-HD video, and a 1.3MP front camera. You can access camera app directly from the lock screen, but unfortunately, there is no specialized shutter button, which always causes disappointment. However, the camera still takes quite good photos, especially when taking macro photos. Video record has high standard. At 1080p HD, it can be compared with the best phones and our movie scene looks cheerful and smooth. However, we prefer an auto focus lock as on iPhone 4S. The front camera is quite excellent with very clear photo and just a little noise. It is one of the best cameras we have ever seen on smartphone.

With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) that is about to be launched, Razr will soon be out of date since it runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. There is nothing incorrect with Gingerbread, but we cannot avoid disappointment that it does not have update app. When ICS is launched, which Motolora said to be taken placed in the first quarter, Razr will be stuck with Gingerbread. The interface is good with an app tray and good utilities. The notification bar falls down in a simpler way than most mobile phones, but you can tidy up these notifications in a specific and quite convenient way.

Thanks to nice screen and smooth performance of Razr, it is so good for browsing web. Webpages are loaded fast and most screens are used except from the status bar. Scrolling and pinching to zoom are perfect, but you have a nicer overall list of open windows instead of the overall graphic. Razr is loaded in advance with Swype keyboard, which is a good thing. We always like the way you can use a continuous gesture to type each word. The long bar is too small to type character by hand, so we typed the punctuation marks quite frequently. If you do not like Swype, you can always use the available Android keyboard or download another option.

With 1780mAh battery at over-medium level, we expected Razr to outdistance its rivals, but this did not happen since the phone provided what we will describe as medium performance. It is the screen that wastes bettery. We had one day of using battery, which is quite similar to all smartphone, and you will need to charge it frequently.

If you are smart with Smart Actions feature, you can find more baterry time by turning off some phone’s functions such as mobile data and Wi-Fi when you do not use the phone.

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