As always our experience with the handset starts when it is unboxed and with the Razer the first impression is one of an exceptionally well built device. The various parts fit together exceptionally well and the use of metal/Kevlar gives the handset a great feel which is added to by its thin profile and light weight. Normally those two aspects would combine to create a flimsy feel but the Razr is anything but flimsy, this is as solid a handset as we have held.
In terms of the screen used the 4.3" display means that he Razr is thin but by no means small and the Gorilla Glass coating offers a lovely touch while the Super AMOLED screen looks lovely beneath it. It is also a nice touch to see that Motorola have gone to the trouble of making the Razr splash proof, not only though using a design which doesn’t require us to open it but also through applying a coating designed to repel liquid.
If there is one area for improvement on an external level it is the use of a flip down cover for the micro-SD and SIM cards. The cover isn’t flimsy but it certainly doesn’t feel as high quality as the rest of the handset and an alternate design could have been beneficial, maybe using a push to open, click to close action like the Lumia 800 USB cover.
Internally the phone also impresses with all of the standard tech we would expect which includes a dual core processor running at 1.2GHz and a separate GPU. These combine with the 1GB of memory to create a very slick, speedy operating system experience and without doubt the Razr is one of the fastest feeling smartphones we have tested. Much of this could also be down to the minimal tweaks Motorola have applied to the OS so as not to bloat the install.
The Razr is listed as a 16GB handset but as with many recent devices this doesn’t mean the end user has access to it all. A chunk of the 16GB is reserved by Motorola for applications so those with large media libraries will require a SD card to maximise the potential of the device. That said, everything else about the Razr is high end, from Bluetooth 4.0 to dual band Wireless-N, something we rarely see on devices such as this.
Looking next at the camera we have a part which offers 8MP and overall it performs well. The touch to focus works quickly, there is plenty of detail in each image and colours are nice and vibrant where required. Video recording also works well but as with many handsets the best results will be achieved in scenarios where hand movement is minimised.
So that brings us to the battery performance and that is pretty much as expected for a high end phone. Motorola equip this model with a Li-Ion 1780mAh model and in general use it will last a little over a day (28hrs). Perform some heavy gaming during that time and the charger will be required a number of hours sooner but on the plus side, the charge time is decent at around an hour and a half.
The key selling point of the Motorola Razr is its build quality; this is a class leading handset in that respect and very much a step above anything we have seen from the likes of HTC and Samsung. More storage available to the end user would have been appreciated but phone and messaging functionality work well, as does mobile browsing on the 4.3" screen with the overall OS experience feeling smooth and fast. A decent camera adds to the great user experience and we loved the nice extras such as advanced Bluetooth and dual-band Wireless-N which exceed the functionality offered by the competition.
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