Sharper Than Ever – Droid RAZR Review

Back in 2004, AT&T released a phone that would revolutionize to what phones were compared. With a thin profile, the Motorola RAZR was a visually stunning phone. It’s popularity caused it to be one of the best-selling phones ever, and its four-year run sold over 130 million units. Fast forward to 2011, where smartphones rule the world, and Verizon has a successful line of phones branded as “Droids”, and Motorola, manufacturer of  the very first in that line of smartphones, has announced a return to something familiar, the RAZR. We will look at what the Droid RAZR brings to the venerable line of Droid and RAZR phones.

Hardware

The Droid RAZR is a thin phone, very thin, almost emaciated, but that is a good thing. With a name like RAZR, you want a device that seems sharp and has a blade-like quality, and I think Motorola definitely nailed it. Coming in at 7.1 mm, .28-inches, the Droid RAZR packs a lot of power in a tiny package. Think of the body this phone as a handle of a knife. The back of the phone is covered in a Kevlar woven design, and the front of the phone is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass. Indestructible? It sure looks like they were trying for it to be. The one thing that technically inclined with not like is the lack of a removable battery. As with some high-powered Android devices, the battery life can leave little to be desired of, and with 4G LTE included, battery life can dwindle faster than desired. That being said, the new recruit just joining the Droid Army will not even care. The 4.3″ Super AMOLED screen delivers crisp images for your viewing pleasure. As with most recent Droid smartphones from Motorola, the RAZR sports a 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, more than enough to satisfy the photographer/videographer  inside of you.

Software

If the hardware of the RAZR is the handle, then the software is the blade or razor (see what I did there). The Droid RAZR is running Android 2.3.5, and the good news is it is upgradeable to Android 4.0 (ICS). The RAZR is running the usual Motorola tweaked version of Android, and it feels very solid. Motorola has definitely come a long way since MotoBlur. Transitions are seamless, and personally I like being able to rotate the phone and view my apps in landscape mode, as trivial as it sounds. Some of the additions to the Motorola RAZR include a few handy apps. Among the apps included are, MotoACTV, MotoPRINT, and GoToMeeting, the first to keep your body going and the others to keep you connected for business. Now, I did not have an opportunity to try a MotoACTV device, so I can’t comment on its connectivity, but Motorola clearly is aiming for the iPod Nano demagraphic with MotoACTV. Gingerbread is nice, considering some devices are still be sold with Froyo (2.2), but I would have loved for Motorola to update the RAZR to Ice Cream Sandwich now. The official word for ICS is coming early 2012, so that means it should be coming soon.

Final Verdict

Motorola might be on to something with this new RAZR. It is yet another good addition to Verizon’s ever-growing lineup of Android devices. I think that it is definitely a phone to consider if you are in the market for an upgrade or new device. That being said, there are other devices that would probably be my first pick over the RAZR. The lack of ability to swap out the battery, and the release of the flagship Galaxy Nexus by Samsung are two reasons I would look elsewhere. But if a removable battery isn’t for you, and having the very latest and greatest in Android (which is very, very soon, and near impossible) is not important to you, the Droid RAZR has the ability to definitely become the phone for you.

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