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DROID RAZR by Motorola – Hands-on Gallery and First Impressions

Indeed we did get our hands all over the DROID RAZR, Motorola’s newly announced “thinnest smartphone in the world.” If I had one word to describe this phone, I’d easily go with thin. It really is the thinnest device I’ve ever touched at just 7.1MM thick. Is the rest of the package enough to get people out of the Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus mood though? Tough call, but I can definitively say that I’m a fan after this event.  

Screen

It’s 4.3 inches of Super AMOLED “Advanced” goodness. Pretty sure it’s still PenTile, but it’s most definitely not the same PenTile that was on the Bionic and DROID3. As you can see from our close up shot below, there are far less black dots and a lot more straight lines. It looked fantastic in both video and hands-on demos.

Specs

It’s packing a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP (though our guy wasn’t sure which OMAP) and 1GB of DDR2 RAM. This phone flies. If you thought the Bionic felt polished and smooth, just wait until you get your hands on this phone. Also has an HDMI port, 16GB of on-board storage, 8MP rear camera (1080p video), and a 1.3MP front camera that can do 720p video.

Build

The phone feels amazing in hand and that’s because Motorola always seems to use quality materials. It’s lighter than any of their other devices, but it still feels like Moto. The kevlar casing on the back is a nice touch along with the splash guard for protection. The real story here is how thin this phone is. It’s almost hard to explain. Check out this comparison shot to the Galaxy S2 to get an idea.

Battery

Non-removable. Everyone OK with that? I have a feeling that this is the way of the future for Android phones. Our sources told us months ago that the Dinara would have a non-removable battery, so it doesn’t surprise us that this phone does as well. It’s 1780mAh though, so it should last you through a day, especially with all of the software tweaks that Motorola has claimed to have done.

MotoCast

So we walked through the phone a number of times with one of the Moto reps who has made this his daily device over the last month or so. He showed us that MotoCast has been fully incorporated into the system to actually make it useful. Things like making playlists from both on-device music and music that is stored on your computer was one of the examples he used. It may seem like bloatware, but they appear to be fully invested in the cloud, something we like.

Bootloader

We did not get a response on the bootloader situation, but Moto Twitter already took care of that. It’s locked.

Random Notes

  • HDMI and microUSB are on top – just found it awkward, especially when docking.
  • SIM and micro SD slot are where the HDMI and USB normally are. With a non-removable battery, all of this stuff has to be accesed from the outside.
  • Can utilize Netflix HD videos. Should be the first on the planet for Android.
  • Lock screen now has a direct-to-camera option.

Check out the rest of the gallery below for more fun.

  • http://www.motoask.com motorola droid

    Any phone which needs its battery to be removed time and again for
    whatever reason,doesn’t deserve to be bought in the first place.

    A smartphone should have also have smart hardware not just smart software.

    This is my opinion only and i dont intend to start a fanboy war in any way,shape,size or whateve

  • Anonymous
  • Alvis May

    Apparently 200mhz and newer software makes this phone smoother than the Bionic trolololol. 

  • Alvis May

    I really doubt 200mhz is going to make much of a difference in terms of performance for the phone.  Probably just further software optimizations.

  • Tony Perez

    I keep going back and forth between the new Nexus and the new RAZR. I’m learning toward the RAZR because it’s likely to get Android ICS soon however, the lack of being able to pull or replace the batter IS an important problem for me. I want the solution. I can’t find what a user can do WHEN (not if) the batter needs pulling or replacing. I intend to use my new phone just like I’ve used my Droid 1: daily and throughout the day. Two months ago, 18 months after purchase, the OEM battery in my D1 finally gave out and couldn’t hold a charge more than one hour no matter what I did to recondition it. I have two cheap backup batteries from a company in Hong Kong but that wasn’t the answer. I orders a inexpensive replacement battery that is of very good quality and has even more capacity than the OEM battery. I liked being able to do that all by myself without driving to a Verizon store or shipping it so another location just for a battery replacement. 

    The RAZR costs a lot more than the D1 did and thanks to LTE I expect the batter to burn out shortly after the first year of use. What then? Does anyone have an answer for that. If I can get an answer I can live with, I’m getting the RAZR. However, if they expect me to pay a bunch of extra money pay for a new battery PLUS an extra charge to have someone else replace it for me, I’m not going to be excited about that…. Unless they want to price it right… $199.00 works for me knowing that I’m likely going to spend $50 to $75  later to have someone else replace the battery later on. What about the remaining $25? $50 an hour is my least expensive charge for my consulting services. It’ll take more time than an hour to drive to a store, make the purchase, wait for the tech to replace the battery, then back to my office. The least they can do is buy me lunch while I wait and pay for gas.  LOL  

  • Smacinsky

    Is there inductive charging?

  • BoozeHammer

    Now does this phone have the mcfinnagin rod?

  • Anonymous

    A thing of beauty :)