Motorola Razr phones have been around since the mobile industry was in its infancy, but since smartphones started to take over, the appeal of the once ultra-chic brand has waned. This new Android smartphone aims to revitalize that image and put Motorola back in the race.
It starts well. Physically, it’s one of the most attractive handsets around, with an angled dark-chrome trim around a fingerprint-resistant Gorilla Glass front, and a Kevlar panel adorning the rear.
It’s incredibly light and thin. Although there’s a bulge at the top of the phone to house the 8-megapixel. 1080p camera, the rest of the body measures a svelte 7.2mm. It’s enough to make the Galaxy S II look podgy, and despite the waif-like profile, it feels sturdier than the Samsung.
Motorola has made concessions to design here. As with the Nokia Lumia 800 and iPhone 4S there’s no removable battery, and it takes a micro-SIM, but otherwise the Razr is well appointed. On the top edge there are micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports and a 3.5mm headphone socket. Under a slim flap on the left edge, next to the SIM slot, is a microSD slot for expanding the phone’s 16GB of storage.
Switch on the Razr and you’re greeted with the next impressive component: a fabulous 4.3in AMOLF.D screen, with stunning contrast and color. Its maximum brightness of 318cd/m2 is superior to the Galaxy S IPs, and black levels are perfect. The 540 x 960 ql ID resolution also looks sharper than that of the Galaxy S II, but the PenTile arrangement of its subpixels means that it’s slightly grainier.
With a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, general performance is excellent.
A SunSpider score of 2,162 puts it among the front-runners, as does an HTML test time of 10.8 seconds. Among the Android phones, a Quadrant score of 2,536 is beater significantly only by the Galaxy S II.