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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.

  • Drayphly

    Not a fan of Motorola’s Industrial Design team… they need some fresh ideas… Their product just looks … “not nice”.  As for the non removable battery… as long as they make it easy to rest it I can live with that .  I once had my iPhone lock up and the reset wouldn’t work and I had to let the phone die on its own, which took about 6hours……By the way i can lock up any electrical device, it’s a gift!!

  • Anonymous

    Why does it look like the hole for the front facing camera is an afterthought and was cut out with a  miniature hacksaw?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GJE76VN6NCVMC6S55ZLS2WK3NM CarlW

    if i wanted a phone without a removal battery, i’d buy an iShit.. glad I bought my bionic instead of this.

  • http://twitter.com/MrUniq78 Christopher

    Android devices…esp Motos require the occasional battery pull. No Way to this phone.

  • Anonymous

    usb and hdmi ports on the top is a dumb idea

  • Anonymous

    Exactly what I thought. Sad that such engineering and high quality was put into such a locked device.

  • Anonymous

    Screen looks the same to me. 

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisCorp ChristopherCorpening

    Who puts the charging port on the top of a phone. That is where the lock button goes. … and it goes on the right. 

  • Shawn Lasky

    Will it have Webtop? If it does, I can’t see any reason to stick with my Bionic over this. 

  • John Mozelewski

    if i dont get a nexus for verizon tonight ill sadly be moving to an iphone 4s no one is doing stock android besides nexus and my droid incredible needs to be let go.  this bloat ware on this phone is un needed

  • Cam

    I’m still leaning towards the new Nexus, based on what is currently known. But, it is nice to have another option out there that is very attractive if Samsung somehow screws up the Nexus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693577214 Latise Baker

    Locked bootloader isn’t as much of a turn off to me as a non-removable battery, and I am someone looking to root my phone and flash different ROMs that included changing kernals. That’s the deal breaker. My next phone, since it will be 4G, will have an extended battery as well as the backup stock battery. I might even go in for a spare extended battery. I am often gone all day and night with no access to a charger, in particularly boring situations sometimes, so I tend to really kill my 2 batteries, and that is with 3G on my OG Droid. I will not get a 4G phone with non-removable battery, period.

    • Anonymous

      you can buy the volt charger on seidioonline.com :)

  • Kevin Parlee

    This is what the Droid X2 should have been

    • Anonymous

      i agree, but there are people that do not have lte as of yet.

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, did you get a chance to see if the camera time was improved over Bionic? Cant have my iPhoney clone friends giving me to much of a hard time about it…

  • Duck Dodgers

    For a bunch of people who consider themselves tech enthusiast, I don’t know If you’re whining just to hear yourself whine or you’re really that stupid? “How will I reset without a removable battery?’ Seriously…are you fist f**king my brain right now?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      thats exactly what i thought are these people this stupid or are they just wanting to whine…obviously there would be a reset button like on tablets….but then again i think they are trying to find reasons to hate motorola because its the cool thing to do?

      • Anonymous

        It is always like that bro. They hate moto for no reason lol. I bet if moto unlock the bootloader, you will see them switching ships.

    • Anonymous

      Honestly Duck I think its a combination of the two. Mix a little stupidity with a little whine and you get the baseless complaints about a product that isn’t even available yet.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      They are the same douche bags who only want Nexus news. Simple minded fucks.

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        wait. what about the people who just want Nexus news because they want the nexus? i’m not complaining about any other news, but thats a pretty stupid statement to make

        • Anonymous

          His response is aimed at all the assclowns that feel the need to post comments like ‘no nexus, no care’ in every article not related.

    • Anonymous

      lol

      They may consider themselves tech enthusiasts or experts but the reality is far from that.

    • Anonymous

      THAT is an excellent point!  How DO we reset when things go really wrong?  

    • Anonymous

      they must be ex-crackberry dudes. That was a daily ritual on all my blackberry’s…

    • Anonymous

      If you play with the Xoom, you will figure it out.

  • Jeremycase00

    Am I alone in thinking that its kinda ugly I’m not a fan of the corners looking cut off. Also how thin is too thin teally.

  • trumpet444

    No removable battery = less choice for the owner. I’ll pass. And if the Nexus doesnt have a removable battery or expandable storage, I think Im gonna cry. I still have the only vanilla phone on vzw right now.

    • Anonymous

      Vanilla is so boring.

  • Tony Allen

    USB and HDMI on the top? That was one of my least favorite things about my fascinate, I’ll be sticking with my Bionic til I see the new Nexus as fit for me.

  • Mmcelligott89

    on the blog you said they announced it will be sold globally as the “Razr” and just the “Droid Razr” at Verizon. Does that mean some of us forced to be on other US carriers (my phone is paid for by my job and they use AT&T, aghh) might get this phone soon? My net upgrade is in December and i need better choices that the Atrix 2.

  • Yiannis

    Non-removable battery and a more power-hungry processor. Welcome to a 4 hr battery life… My Bionic with extended battery lasts about 7 with continuous non-video use. Uhm no thanks!!!

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      luckily this isnt the bionic and if your phone only lasts 7 hrs with extended battery i think you need to put down your phone and have some human interaction 

  • Carlos Elias Soliman

     I can understand  why the hdmi port is on the top, but no battery removal? is a step back,

  • Me357

    no word about being a global phone?

    • eq

      Apparently it is a global phone but its probably locked by Verizon.  The FCC page shows a GSM chipset

      • Tony Allen

        I think it’s an Android thing with Verizon.. My Blackberry devices were always global, I could call VZW and have it unlocked, drop in a SIM and go. Doesn’t work with Android. So even if it is a Global, you’ll be stuck with approved partners I’d assume, of Verizon.

  • kph3

    Wonder what the difference is between Moto’s “qHD Super AMOLED display” and “Super AMOLED Plus display” on the Galaxy SII.  I know Sammy makes them both…wonder the difference though. 

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      the resolution is different the rzor has better res

      • Anonymous

        yea, better than the original galaxy and the nexus s.

    • Anonymous

      AMOLED+ = 800×480 RGB stripe subpixel array
      AMOLED “Advanced” = qHD 960×540 pentile subpixel array
      AMOLED HD = 1280×720 pentile subpixel array

  • Anonymous

    Just don’t like the way it looks. The taper top and bottom, plus the bump where the camera is, are just not appealing to me. Add that to bloatware, motoblurr (or whatever they call it) and no ICS, and this is just another device behind the curve.

  • http://twitter.com/hijackerjack Rohil

    I’m sorry, was this phone supposed to be enticing? Locked bootloader and non removable battery seriously turned me off. 

    • Anonymous

      If they put a skirt and 6″ heels on it would that turn you on?

  • Shipstylin

    So the question is Razr or Galaxy nexus

    non removable battery on the Razr –
    no micro sd slot on nexus from rumors I hear although I have seen conflicting info –
    nexus has ICS out of the box, Razr might too though +
    nexus 1.2 or 1.5ghz dual core although 300mhz won’t make too much of a difference ?
    Razr thinnest 4g lte phone +
    Nexus Super AMOLED Plus screen +
    Nexus Bigger Screen ?
    Not sure how to compare the camera to each other ?
    Nexus has NFC+

    Guess we will find out in about 6 hours

    • Shipstylin

      ? is meaning not sure if this is a + or -

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      confirmed 1.2 dual core for nexus

  • Matt2783

    Non-removable battery and bloatware… Galaxy Nexus it is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremygross60 Jeremy Gross

    i could care less about the removable battery the usb and hdmi and to akward and weird even thought i dont rellay use hdmi

    • Keith Sumner

      Couldn’t care less ***

      • Anonymous

        Maybe he cares a little therefore he could care less?

        • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

          Yeah, I have zero donkeys. I have even less than zero donkeys. Huh?….

          • Anonymous

            Rocko you have posted some really dumb sh*it but that has to be the dumbest.. Just sayin.. Huh?

          • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

            I know, you have to be somewhat cerebral to interpret my posts. It’s ok, I throw in the your mama lines for you now and then.

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        i don’t care, and i could care even less. i could care less is the winner here. actually i think either can work . couldn’t care less means you already care least possible. but the popular term is actually, “could care less”

  • Anonymous

    Confused as to why this and the MOTOACTV are not sporting NFC after their recent release of NFC capable headsets.  I think they missed the boat…

  • Anonymous

    I’m just curious about how this will look with ICS version of CM on it …

  • Anonymous

    No battery removal!  Like the fruit company!  Oh no!  I am thinking this will make my decision to get the PRIME much easier.

  • Michael Allis

    I’m going to be completely honest, the more this thing gets press, pictures, hands-on looks at it…

    The less and less I remember that ICS and the Galaxy Nexus is coming out of hiding in 6 hours. The two things that are holding me back from being all-aboard with this sexy piece of hardware is the locked bootloader and lack of ICS.

    …BUT IT’S STILL SO TEMPTINGLY THIN!

    • LiterofCola

      Like a lingerie model….I know, I’m still leaning towards the GNex, but this is a pretty slim phone.  But Motoblur is the dealbreaker for me

  • Anonymous

    my eyes still wander to the right of this page under T mobile where they are showing the Galaxy 2. Damn you Verizon!

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    720p front cam damn nice

    • Anonymous

      Will it be hd or 1.3 mp?

  • Decaf

    This, the Dinara, or the GNex?

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing the non-removable battery is a consequence of the waterproofing?  You’d think they could just put a gasket around the back case like with the G’zone phones.

    • Justin Kos

      i believe it makes thinner lighter phones with a iphone like, err non removeable batt

  • Anonymous

    Those top ports scream LINT TRAP!! Kool looking phone though. I don’t think I can pass on the Nexus at the moment… 16 hours to go…

  • shdowman

    Ya think they could’ve dusted the place up before tossing phones out??

    Every site’s pics look the same.

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    Of course it is locked.  The carrier requires it.  The OG Droid was locked too.  If Moto wanted to, they could satisfy verizon without encrypting the shit out of this phone.

  • Eddie

     the hump is thicker than any part of the SGS2. also, encrypted bootloader means this is another moto phone i will never own (unless someone cracks the encryption…)

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      the sgs2 has a hump too

  • nxusnow

    kellex when can u get a more detailed review?

  • Anonymous

    I might buy it if the bootloader gets cracked within the next 6 hours. Otherwise it’s Prime time.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a lot to be said for the type materials used in this phone…its nice to know that I can have a phone I don’t have to worry about if it slips out of my hand onto the desk.  Moto seems to have great quality here.  Right now, I’m liking the phone…can’t wait for the full review Kellex!

    Any word on an HTC announcement?

  • nxusnow

    guys lets just wait till tonight to decide

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    This phone is great….revolutionary for lte phones….no more tanks….and people are babies go cry somewhere else

  • Anonymous

    Is there a reason for branding the front of the phone? Can’t stand that.

  • Android69

    “It really is the thinnest device I’ve ever touched” <— thats what she said

    • Anonymous

      funny.. mine says it is the thickest.

  • DroidX_Owner

    So much for carrying two batteries when you are not near an outlet.

  • Inc2/tbolt

    With all these negatives and the awful GNex benchmark scores, where is the Rezound!!!! or at least some news on the thing. The only thing to worry about on that bad boy is the battery. Come on HTC, pull throught for us…
    We know besides the batt there is nothing else to worry about.(no surprises).
    Funny, the least talked about phone will be the best one by far….

    • Anonymous

       no kidding! I’m starved for news about the Rezound.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Your crazy HTC devices are not that good

      • Anonymous

        Moto and samsung are the best.

  • Sputnick

    Yawn.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      That’s what your wife does every night when you take your pants off.