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DROID RAZR Review – Verizon

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The DROID RAZR not only welcomes the return of an iconic cell phone brand, but it marks the beginning of a new ultra-slim smartphone era. Motorola has outdone themselves with the build of this 7.1mm thick device, but the question still remains – “Is it enough to drag people away from the Galaxy Nexus?” As with the HTC Rezound, it’s going to be an uphill battle, but one that the RAZR feels ready to tackle. Let’s dive in to see how far it can climb.  

The Good:

  • Performance:  One of the issues I had with te HTC Rezound was performance thanks to its Sense UI skin. With the RAZR, I get the feeling that Motorola has started to listen to consumers and made their Blur skin much less intrusive. In fact, the performance on this phone is on par with that of the Galaxy S2. It’s incredibly snappy, the dual-core processor cruises through any tasks, and even with those awful 3D transitions, the phone never slows down. Since I’ve had both the Rezound and RAZR running side-by-side for a few weeks, I can easily say that the RAZR outperforms it in every way – well except the camera.
  • Screen:  What an upgrade over the Bionic and DROID3. It’s still a PenTile, but with Moto choosing the new Super AMOLED Advanced over the LCD that was used on those other two phones, you will be pleasantly surprised. If you macro shot the screen as I did in the Rezound review, you’ll see some pixels. However, scrolling through the app drawer, screens, etc. doesn’t give you that same headache that you may have experienced on Moto’s last few releases. It’s not on-par with the Rezound or the Galaxy Nexus, but it’s a giant leap forward from where Moto was hovering for most of the year.

  • Hardware:  Tough to call this anything less than spectacular. Motorola managed to pack a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.3″ display, front (1.3MP) and rear (8MP) cameras, 4G LTE chip, and 1780mAh battery into a 7.1mm thick frame. It’s ultra-light, includes Gorilla Glass, a kevlar backing and splash coating for protection. This phone should impress anyone that picks it up on feel alone. The insides can match any phone on the planet with the outside outshining everyone.
  • Design:  One can make the argument that “Hardware” and “Design” sort of fall under the same category, but with Moto going with such a radical new design, we had to separate this one out. It’s a pretty drastic change from previous designs, yet it still holds some of Moto’s signatures like the rear hump. The side lock switch is very popular in this household along with the squared off edges and sharp angles. This phone is sure to “wow” your friends if you were to toss it on the table at your local pub.
  • MotoCast:  I’m a big fan of MotoCast. Once a 3rd party app called ZumoCast, Motorola has built the access-your-PC-anywhere software directly into their Blur custom skin. With MotoCast set up on any or all of your computers, you can access the files on them from directly within a variety of apps on your phone. Your music syncs into the stock music app, your photos in the gallery app, and your computer documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, etc. from the Files app. There are other players in this game that can be downloaded from the market, but when one works this seamlessly and has been built right in, why not use it? Motorola’s Blur skin might annoy us at times, but after using the RAZR, you can see that they are improving it immensely with each new build.

  

  • Camera:  It could very well be the same camera that was used in the Bionic and D3, but it acts a whole heck of a lot different. The beauty of software tweaks at its finest, right here. It’s 8MP and takes for the most part, pretty impressive shots for a smartphone camera. It’s not on the level of HTC cameras, but very few phones are these days. As you can see from the shots we took below, it should easily satisfy your on-the-go camera needs. And let’s not forget how much faster it is than those other phones – something we put on display for you in our unboxing video below.

  • Call Quality and Signal:  The Bionic that I have used for the last couple of months struggled at times to hold signal or at least return to service after losing one. The RAZR, seems to be working much better. I haven’t experienced any noticeable hand-off issues from 3G to 4G. It also does as good as any other LTE phone in the download speed department. Call quality almost doesn’t need to be mentioned since it’s a Motorola device, but we’ll say it anyway. This phone has impeccable call quality that you won’t find on many other handsets.
  • Easily Rooted:  If you are into the hacking game, then you’ll be happy to learn that the phone has already been rooted. Moto will likely patch the exploit in the next update, so if you buy this phone, jump on it immediately. Instructions here.
  • Smart Actions:  Moto built in a new app called Smart Actions that allows you to customize your phone to your life. It can adjust settings or launch apps depending on a lot of things including location or time of day. They sell it as an app that can help extend your battery life, but personally I have not found that it can other than by toggling on or off your WiFi which you can do yourself in less than a second. The idea that it can have your favorite news feed up and running the minute you wake up though, is convenient and worthwhile. Smart Actions are probably the future, and Moto is at the forefront. Here is a video tutorial on how to use it.

 

  • Accessories:  Motorola is proving that it is the king of accessories. With the purchase of a RAZR, you have the option to add on two different Lapdocks (the 100 or 500), two different HD docking stations, a webtop adapter, and a car mount. If you were looking to add on extras to a phone, the RAZR has plenty of choices.
  • 4G LTE:  We would knock the phone if it didn’t have LTE, so we should at least give it props for having it. With Verizon’s LTE coverage expanding by the minute, it won’t be long before you can all experience the world of blazingly fast mobile download speeds. Now, if only we can figure out a balance between mobile speeds and battery life.

The Not-so-Good:

  • Battery Life:  Saying that I have been frustrated with battery life on this phone is an understatement. After picking up a RAZR, I kept expecting to be impressed by battery life. I kept thinking that Motorola had come up with some magical trick to extend the life of this phone and was the reason they decided to go with a non-removable battery. I was so wrong. It’s just like any other LTE phone in that it crushes battery juice like Mark McGwire stuck needles circa 1998. And without the option to swap dead battery for good or use an extended one, this is a major downer. Smart Actions are not the answer. For me to get through an entire day (14-16 hours), I had to turn off 4G and GPS and toggle WiFi on. This may surprise you, but the Rezound and its smaller battery performed better than this phone.
  • Price:  Is any phone worth $299 on contract? Probably not, but we sure seem willing to pay it. While I’m not a fan of Verizon’s new 4G LTE pricing, I’m afraid it’s here to stay.
  • Non-HD Screen:  The HTC Rezound and Galaxy Nexus are both launching with the world’s first 720p HD screens. Motorola, to our knowledge, has a phone with a similar screen, but chose to release it in China instead. It’s not like the RAZR’s screen is a bad screen by any means – I actually enjoy it for the most part – it just seems like a step down from its two biggest competitors. We will probably see Moto’s first HD screen in 2-3 months, frustrating RAZR owners just like they are doing to Bionic owners.
  • Bloatware:  Verizon is coming around a bit on this front by allowing users to remove some bloatware, however, the VCAST app selection that is non-removable makes my teeth hurt. Thankfully, Blur now gives you the ability to hide apps from sight, making your phone less bloated.

  • Locked Bootloader:  Motorola told us that they would look into unlocking bootloaders by the end of 2011 where carriers permitted. That carrier part is the key here. When admitting on numerous occasions to this phone being as locked as all of their others, they pointed the finger directly at Verizon as being the reason why. We aren’t surprised that Big Red would ask them to keep this puppy locked up tight, but we still have to point out that this phone cannot be considered developer friendly. I’m sure the community will find some work-arounds as they have with all Moto phones, however, it’ll be a rough ride.
  • Lack of Ice Cream Sandwich:  It’s tough to knock the RAZR for not having Android 4.0 since Google released the source only a week ago, however, we still would have liked to see it. Motorola assures us that they will update phone as soon as possible and we’ll take their word for that. There hasn’t been an Android phone manufacturer to update their portfolio faster than Moto.
  • Lack of NFC:  NFC has been targeted as the future of sharing information between two pieces of technology. Motorola, for whatever reason, decided that it wasn’t important enough to include in the RAZR. Not many phone companies have other than Google – hopefully we’ll see a change in that stance here in the near future. If we all had NFC, the world woud be a better place. Or at least a more efficient one.

Gallery:

Unboxing and Quick Hands-on:

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Software Tour:

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Video Sample (1080p):

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The Verdict:

Let’s be honest here, I’m a big fan of the DROID RAZR. This phone feels as polished as any Android phone to date. It’s ridiculously slim, weighs little-to-nothing, looks gorgeous and performs with the best of them. It has an upgraded screen over its predecessors, enhanced software in the camera, and 4G LTE connectivity. Motorola took what they had on the Bionic and upgraded or improved it in almost every conceivable way. Going into 2012, phones should use the build of this device as a benchmark to try and meet or beat.

With that said, we would have loved to have seen the HD screen that they included on the Chinese version of this phone, a better battery experience, and a more open approach to Android. With the Galaxy Nexus just around the corner, Motorola needed to knock this one out of the park in every imaginable way. They certainly came close, but we would advise you to wait a couple of weeks, get your hands on this, the Rezound and the Nexus for a bit before making a final decision. Verizon has three incredible phones right now, so it’s best to give them all a shot before pulling the trigger.

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Mr. Tim-o-tato contributed to this post.

  • Anonymous

    Ohter than the G-Nex fan boys knocking it all the time for the locked bootloader, it seems to me that people who actually own and use the RAZR on a daily basis really like it. I have been following a lot of the Razr forums and owners are overwhelmingly sharing positive experiences.

  • Anonymous

    Come January when the Hd version of this baby is launched with ICS, the developers will have it unlocked by then and Moto will regain its seat on top of the throne back with its little brothers, the D1 and DX.

    • Anonymous

      I hope you are right.  I just can’t bring myself to buy a Samsung phone.  And despite all of the complaining, Blur is not that bad.  Sometimes I think people feel it’s “kewl” to bash Moto because others do.

      • Anonymous

        I hope so too. Patiently been waiting since August to upgrade.

        Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless

        —–Original message—–

    • Anonymous

      If I buy this phone now and Moto releases an HD version of it in Jan I swear im going to sue them!!.. I mean.. thats ridiculous.. Letting phones live for 2 months then introducing new ones from the same carrier with better specs. you cant keep doing that to your customers.. 

      • Anonymous

        I wholeheartedly agree. Reminds me of Star Wars. Ooh, Dvd box set. Wow, now a 6 disk box set with all of the movies. Crap, now they released a 7.1 Dolby edition. Goddamn it, there is a special edition widescreen set. Ohh, Fu@# you Lucas and that Blueray shi@. You stupid a holes, now their is a 3d ten disk blue ray set!!
        At some point you just have to dive in, be satisfied, and stop looking.
        Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless

        —–Original message—–

  • SamIam

    Kellex, I’d recommend you temporarily turn off the MotoCast music syncing & see how that affects your battery battery life.  I have a suspicion that the music sync is still a bit buggy in this 1st integrated MotoCast release.

  • Ryan Perry

    Was this video taken at OCCUPY DROID-LIFE?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, take a bath and get a job, Kellex!

  • sailor

    No problems with battery life on my Razr, often only charge every two days.  However, I don’t spend all day on Facebook, twitter or sending texts.

    • JoeInMo

      Only in your wildest dreams.  Be honest.

      • Anonymous

        13 hours with heavy use, 20 with moderate here. I know I could squeeze out two days on the RAZR if I replicated the settings I had to use on OG in order to get 8 hours out of it.   

  • Jeff Carter

    What a bunch of liberal tards…lazy occupy shit heads, on the video that is. Nice phone but why include the lazy ass occupy jerkoffs?

    • Anonymous

      I hate that as Americans we are calling people in our country lazy that are fighting to be heard and standing up against large corporations and organizations. Yeah not every occupy movement is the most organized but they are trying to make some kind of point and not many are taking the time to listen. I think this whole occupy era is a representation of what these corporations think of us. They just want us to work for them, buy their products and pay for their services and be quiet. If this is how they are treating people now how do you think they will respond to real issues people have with them? The same way, Issue a “heart felt” statement and go on about their day.. #sad

  • Anonymous

    My friend has the RAZR and compared to my Bionic i’m not real impressed. I definitely want the new software but other than that I love my Bionic. My qHD Pentile screen looks great especially with true HD going into it. The better the source and the closer the source is to 1080p the better it looks. 

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, I prefer the design and removable battery of my Bionic and it’s plenty thin for me (plus you can easily remove the Verizon branding on the front!).  I’m hoping that when they get updated to ICS the Bionic gets the Razr’s 1.2 GHz kernel.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, now that would be sweet. I’m especially hoping for the camera software. The Kernel would be huge!!!   ICS should be here late this year or early next year. But either way we get our update fixes by end of November so I can wait for ICS. 
        And seriously, me and a friend of mine both got the Bionic and had had Zero issues except loosing 4G but that only last about 15 seconds to a minute. I just figured 4G LTE growing pains.

        • Anonymous

          Yup, me too. I believe the Razr’s camera app is floating around on XDA but the update fixes the camera anyway.

          • Anonymous

            Hey check his out I just bought an extra battery for my Bionic for 5.99 and a wall charger for the spare battery for 4.99 at http://www.cellphoneshop.net/xt875.html  There having a thanksgiving sale right now. 

  • Anonymous

    Thing is moto could lock their bootloaders, but they encrypt them which is going extra and makes them pretty much impossible to crack. Hence why htc bootloaders get unlocked pretty quick since they aren’t encrypted.

    • Rw-1

      Yeah, in addition if the Nexus is unlocked, then moto is just full of it pointing to the carrier.

      If moto told VZ that it was going to be unlocked, then it would be released unlocked. ?If VZ actually said no, then it could go to another carrier with a retooling.  Let’s quash this BS fingerpointing now. Jha has no balls to do what the dev community has wanted, another OG …

    • George Davis

      When people refer to “locked” bootloaders they are referring to encryption.  How else would you lock a bootloader?  If it’s not encrypted (e.g. Droid 1) then it’s not locked.

      • Anonymous

        htc bootloaders are locked not encrypted. Locked refers to not being able right out of the box to type a command in adb and it becomes unlocked. Google it for more detail.

  • Anonymous

    Nice review Kellex, but as I have mentioned in other posts I must disagree with you on the battery issue. I continue to have outstanding battery performance, >18 hours, and Smart Actions seem to work wonders. I was one of the ones “renting” until the G-Nex came out be I have seriously started to love this phone. Keeping it for sure.

  • Mark_McGwire

    I don’t appreciate your reference.

    • Anonymous

      Bwahaha

  • Steve

    Nice review and I agree with it in whole.  I’m coming from a DINC, and when it started spontaneously rebooting, my company gave me this as a loaner phone for three months.  I think the screen is terrific (I thought that it was better than the Rezound in the store (but the lighting was significantly different).  It’s quick and light and I think I like Blur better than HTC Sense.  

    However, the BATTERY IS KILLING ME!  With 4G and GPS turned on, it’s down to 60% in an hour or less of heavy use.  Down to 30% in 4 hours, and dead within 5.  

    Even with 4G turned off (and what’s the use of 4G if you have to be tethered to a wall outlet to use it), it eats batteries.  

    I’m hoping that the Galaxy Nexus has a better battery life.  Even if the battery were replaceable, this is unacceptable. 

    • SamIam

      Are you running MotoCast with a large music/video/picture collection?  If so, turn it off & you may be surprised how long the battery will last.

      • Steve

        No, I’m not running MotoCast.  The Battery Information reports 43% Display, 12% Android OS, 12% Voice calls, 9% Dolphin Browser, and misc other less than 9%.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Unfortunately I think the dual radios are to blame – and battery tech hasn’t caught up yet.

  • Kierra

    Drag what people away from the Galaxy Nexus? Lol most people dont even know it exists

    • Dominick DeVito

      True, and without release dates and Ads from Verizon, and retailer faux pas (see: Best Buy) how is the public ever going to know about it?

  • Anonymous

    You just couldn’t resist mentioning the Nexus in the opening paragraph of a Razr review, could you Kellex.  That aside, props on a good review, but you should’ve given the Smart Actions more of a chance for the battery life aspect.

    Nonetheless, good job.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with you I noticed the mention too and said the exact same thing you said. Whats up Kellex….

  • hightop

    Kellex, you in Portland bro?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

    Got to play with this device over the weekend. I was unimpressed. Sure, it’s thin, but it’s huge in every other way.

    • Steve

      The G-Nex is almost 1/4″ longer and only 1 millimeter shorter in width…just saying…

  • PowerofPicture

    Have to disagree with those “awful 3-D transitions”.  They’re very smooth and elegant and no worse than Sense or any other 3rd party launcher effect.

    • Kierra

      agreed. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I actually like the UI.  I slapped on Launcher just to try it out and ended up going back to the stock.  It truly is a good experience.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the UI actually performs very well, unlike previous versions of Moto UIs. Either the a) hardware is preventing lag, b) Moto has built a more optimized less intrusive UI, c) or both. They got it right on this phone and the Bionic.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you as well. Im actually really fond of stock Blur over anthing else. Everything is buttery smooth on my Bionic. 

      I think this review is actually pretty good though, pointing out the good and the weak points was pretty spot on. In the end Im still happy with my Bionic. Is the RAZR better? Yes. Well in everything but battery life, but only because I have the extended battery. 

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

    Another schleppily designed phone meant to temporarily tickle the technology g-spot of the average moron.

    • Kierra

      lol nice alliteration. 
      So ppl who like this phone are morons? lol 
      You people kill me. 

    • Anonymous

      Kind of like Siri and the 4s.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Every detail in the hardware of this device was well thought up, can’t knock design or build quality – both top notch.

      And if everyone here on this site is this moron that you speak of, why on earth are you here with us? Please, enlighten us with your wisdom

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

        You have real trouble with comprehension don’t you. Re-read my comment, then re-read your second sentence. Still confused? Call your mother over for help.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, you talking about the Nexus again? Plastic and awful radios will do that, 

  • Chuck Bryant

    I’m not anymore interested in this phone at 1 cent than I was at $300.  Same with the Rezound.  I’m though with bloat, blur, sense, slow updates, baked in apps and 12 month late updates. Keep your crap VZ, I’ll wait for the Nexus.  Bloat that all up and I’ll find a different carrier.  You picking up what I’m putting down? Or are you as stupid and as arrogant as the boardroom parody suggests?  

    • YourFriend

      Wow, you have some serious issues. Care to cry about it to someone who actually cares, say a therapist? 

    • Kierra

      Lol

  • Anonymous

    I now wish I just had all the names of the posters who preemptively slandered the Rezound over the speculation that its battery life was going to be garbage compared to the Razr.  If it wasn’t for the HTC bloat with sense, people wouldn’t be slamming Qualcomm’s S3 in the Rezound, saying it has bad performance and bad battery life.  Now at least the battery life issue can be dropped.  I’d like to see Razr and Rezound both without blotware and then see how they stack up. That would be a more fair comparison on the hardware.

    • SamIam

      Kellex was running Motocast — quite impressive software, actually.  The cost of being in the cloud is battery life (just ask the new 4S users).  Rezound has no comparable service so he’s not comparing apples to apples.  

      • Dominick DeVito

        Android (Google) services have always run in the cloud, it’s nothing new. Apple knows cute little toys but they seem to be clueless when it comes to the “cloud” (or social for that matter – Ping?).

        (And no, I wouldn’t blame typical Android’s battery life issues solely on that – the displays are most likely the cause)

  • http://twitter.com/kderentz Kristopher Derentz

    Fits in your pocket fine since its so thin

  • Anonymous

    i have to say after watching this in 1080p on my hdtv screen and other multiple videos.. it looks way better than the nexus plus moto has it to where it records in full stereo sound.. so if there is more noise on the left you hear it on the left etc.. but i cant deal with no battery restraints so nexus it will be for me.. plus ICS.

    • Anonymous

      People tend to forget that ICS will more than likely be on this phone in about two months, just one month away from the supposed Nexus launch

      • Anonymous

        yeah right. Most likely will take longer to incorporate blur into it.

        • Anonymous

          The UI or “Blur” as you call it is actually nice, very non-intrusive and I actually prefer it to Launcher’s version.  But am I hoping for a January ICS launch?  Yeah, might it get postponed?  Maybe, but it’ll come soon enough, all inside a nice, thin metal package

        • SamIam

          Moto has been incorporating BLUR into all their SW updates & they still have been quicker than all the other competitors.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think that’s realistic, you’re probably looking at four or five months minimum.  You have to consider how long it takes Verizon to test and ok these updates as well.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Agreed – by then the G-Nex will be rockin Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and people will be back on this site bitching all over again

        • Anonymous

          One can dream right?

      • Dominick DeVito

        “about two months” for ICS?

        You’re kidding right? 

        Where’s that Bionic fix????? lol

        • Anonymous

          Where’s that Nexus?????

          • Dominick DeVito

            Whatever – it will be here soon enough. Hell I’d wait another 6 months for it. Locked bootloaders, crap-ass UIs, and slow updates turn me off to ANY phone.

            If VZW is working out the kinks then good for them, I’d wait for a bug-free experience.

          • Anonymous

            The Razr’s UI is far from crap, even Kellex said it wasn’t even bad.  And since when is Motorola known for slow software updates?  And I’m not talking about the Bionic’s bug fixes

          • Dominick DeVito

            Okay – yes, Motorola is fairly quick – for an Android OEM – but who likes to wait for an OS update when you don’t have to (in theory)? Doesn’t it frustrate you (even the slightest) that when you have ICS Nexus owners will soon have 4.1 shortly after (or sooner)?

          • Anonymous

            Me personally, no it wont infuriate me.  I weighed all the pros and cons before making my purchase, one of them being, not having updates as quick as a Nexus device…but having them soon after.  The Razr will have ICS soon, and when it does, it’ll be like getting my Razr all over again, so you see, it’ll be like getting a new phone within probably three to five months of purchasing the phone.

            If I really hated the UI, I would have passed on the phone, but it really is nice.  Like I said before, I evem loaded Launcher EX on it to try it out and I uninstalled it the same day.  Why?  I liked the little tweaks and shortcuts that the stock UI has.

          • Kierra

            You have to wait anyway. The last update the previous nexus owners had to wait 2 months. 

          • Dominick DeVito

            Yes but not nearly as long.

            /thanksfortrolling

          • Kierra

            lol why you mad bc I said he got you. Its the truth. 

            Now I’m a troll? 
            If I’m a troll what the hell are you?

          • Dominick DeVito

            this is what I’m talking about. If you have something relevant to say then say it. Otherwise you’re simply baiting someone trying to get a reaction – which you’re clearly doing with your last few comments.

            Vilify people like me all you want – but don’t bait then act all defenseless when someone comes back. Otherwise keep your trap shut and join in the conversation like an adult.

          • Kierra

            Making sense =trolling huh. lol

          • Dominick DeVito

            Wouldn’t it be nice if they gave their users an option for stock vs their UI? That would be sweet. Most average people wouldn’t care if they had to wait longer, and at the same time the ‘advanced’ crowd could download the stock version manually sooner?

          • Anonymous

            Not arguing there, nothing wrong with given people the choice

          • Dominick DeVito

            Hell, if they did I’d surely buy another Motorola. I LOVE my OG and will dearly miss it.

          • Kierra

            lol damn LiterofCola got you. 

          • Dominick DeVito

            I’m merely waiting for a phone to release, once I get it I won’t be waiting for software updates.

            So where exactly did he GET me? Keep reading we actually had a good thread going until you decided to troll. 

          • Kierra

            Lol ok. He made a good point 

            But I see you’re mad.

          • Dominick DeVito

            my apologies – just tired of the trolling (in general). 

  • http://twitter.com/kevineats Kevin Davis

    How’s it fit in pants pocket? It’s a pretty big jump from the D1 I have now. Almost seems like it would be uncomfortable.

    • Edwin M

      Not at all. I bought it through costco while I wait for Nexus (costco allows 90 days to exchange for no fee). I throw it in my pocket and I forget it’s there because of how thin and light it is.

      • Anonymous

        +1

    • Anonymous

      Fits good in my Lucky’s. Not a problem at all.

    • Anonymous

      Im a fan of smaller phones but the light weight and thin-ness offered by this device makes this a non-issue for me.  I’ve actually gone looking for it when it was in my pocket and I thought it fell out.  Last time that happened was microTac days, a few weeks ago.

  • http://twitter.com/kderentz Kristopher Derentz

    I was waiting and waiting for the Nexus since Sept and finally couldn’t deal with my Samsung Droid Charge any more, so I bought the RAZR with plans to trade it in for the GN. Well I can say I have changed my mind and I plan on keeping this phone. Its hands down one of the best looking phones on the market, and once ICS is released I can remove bloatware without even needing to root (or at least disable it). Only other downsides are 1) Physical Buttons 2) no NFC, and 3)Non-HD screen which to be honest NFC isn’t supported enough for me to worry about, the physical buttons I can deal with and the HD screen while nice isn’t a must (I don’t watch video on my phone except for the occasional YouTube vid). The best part however is the fact the hardware works! my last two phone (Nexus S, and Droid Charge) both had hardware issues time and time again, I got to the point where I was ready to jump ship and go pick up a iPhone as I just wanted something that worked. I’m happy to day the RAZR doesn’t have these issues…well at least not yet, but if its anything like my Xoom then it shouldn’t be an issue.

    • Anonymous

      Glad you didn’t jump ship and the RAZR kept you from the dark side. Motorola I think has the best hardware hands down.

    • SKAV3NG3R

      YUP i got Phuc’d into a Charge. the Charge is bad, it’s a atrocity! what a pile of dung…they told me it had 512…so i said ehhh, okay….fooled me once, NEVER AGAIN,lol

      the charge is the only things i can say gave me buyers remorse AKA the BLUEs…smh 

    • Danthesoccerstar

      I  am glad it doesn’t have an HD screen- it saves battery life significantly!

  • Jspumphrey

    I think the battery life on this thing is just amazing. (coming from a thunderbolt) I don’t have any complaints so far.

    • Edwin M

      Key words, “coming from a thunderbolt”. Lol.

    • Anonymous

      Coming from the TBolt I can see why. Tbolt is a sinking ship. Besides you can always get a wireless portable external charger. from http://www.cellphoneshop.net/microusbackup.html  I need for my Bionic….

  • http://twitter.com/slole1 slole1

    Good informative article. I am going to see the reviews on the Nexus before jumping on anything. My guess is the Droid 4 will be a the current Chinese version RAZR HD with a keyboard and the Nexus seems extremely secretive right now so there must be something breaking (see Nexus S issues).  Thank you for all you do!

  • http://twitter.com/zero_cool96 Nick

    how do you not use Latitude? i love that feature of Maps

  • Guttatae22

    Im loving my Razr best phone I ever had and I have had ALOT I’m a phone freak and coming from the thunderbolt to this is a big step all smiles over here

  • Anonymous

    The screen alone is reason to part ways with the razr and go with the rezound.

  • Anonymous

    So the rezound has better camera, screen and battery life? Wha.. can you repeat that last one? I guess battery size isn’t all that matters.

    • Deewc74

      I returned the razr due to batt life I have the resound now and get about 4 more hours of use mad the screen is sick on this thing

      • Deewc74

        But I can’t spell so…..

        • Anonymous

          It happens to the best of us lol.

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    Played with this in the store.  I have a DROID3 right now.  BARELY any dev support.  Moto’s locked bootloader policy just lost them a customer.  I will be going with the G-Nex.

    • Anonymous

      You act like they had a choice…

      Well they did, they could have just told VZW to go screw. But I think it’s that whole “lets sell LTE devices where the only significant LTE footprint exists” angle they are trying to leverage here.  

      Maybe I’m wrong though and they did lock the bootloader just so you’d be angry at them. Maybe they are in weeds with that “umadbro?” poster, so that he/she could finally ask you the infamous question…

      • Anonymous

        They could have locked it but not encrypted it. I mean every other OEM gets away with it on verizon and then the bootloaders can be cracked ala htc. Nobody forces moto to encrypt their bootloaders…

  • GfaceKilla

    i have this phone. the only problem i have is battery life. Using smart actions battery life is fractionally better but still lacks. Still on the fence about returning. Performance is devastating

  • Jak_341

    Is a 720p screen really worth it on a smartphone?

    • Souldrum

      I don’t think it is.  I actually went to the Verizon store ready to buy the Rezound, but honestly I prefer the Razr’s screen–that and the fact that it’s noticeably zippier made me go with Moto.

      • Jak_341

        I have an X. I don’t HAVE to upgrade, but I have a line upgrade that is burning a hole in my pocket. I want a performance phone that has enterprise support. Rooting and ROMing, although I used to religiously do it, doesn’t interest me that much anymore.

        I would go with the RAZR today, but I still want to see the Nexus. Then again, I may just decide to wait for the next generation of 4G and hope to get better battery life.

  • hatethanet

    Yeah, non-HD screen + huge side-bezel + non-removable battery on an LTE phone are deal-breakers, imo.

    • Adam

      yup on the huge bezel and non-removable battery. i rather have a thicker phone.

    • Anonymous

      Non-HD screen, huge bezel, non-removable battery, and no ICS are deal-breakers for me on the RAZR

      Cheap plasticky construction, no removable storage, no HDMI port, and non-Moto RF performance are deal-breakers for me on the G-Nex. 

      I’m going to sit tight until Moto releases something in 2012 with RAZR-style quality, a 4.5″ screen, and a removable battery.  But somehow I have a sneaking suspicion Sanjay has mandated fixed batteries going forward, which is precisely why I snagged a Bionic (problems and all) in the hopes that it will improve with future updates. 

      • Lars

        The Nexus also has huge top and bottom bezels.

        • Anonymous

          They don’t hear you….they tend to ignore negative aspects of their precious

          • Anonymous

            The phone is about the size of a X. The screen is smaller.

          • Brandon Sobotta

            the actual usable space is about the same.

          • Anonymous

            The screen is the same size as the DX. The phone is slightly longer and wider, but much thinner. I got it last night and it blows my DX away, including battery life.

          • Dpry3580

            I did the same. I had the X for 2 years and loved it. The Razr does blow it away, along with all the other offerings out there. Good Choice!!!!
            You HAVE to get LapDock 500 when you can! Just got mine yesterday it’s amazing. You’d never know it’s a phone running the 14″ laptop. It’s that responsive. And it has the HD screen the Nexus freaks complain about. Just a lot bigger.

          • Dpry3580

            The screen is smaller, did you check the specs where the 4.3″ number is? Those are the screen sizes they’re talking about.

            Just to be nice, here’s another freebie for you. don’t tell anyone,  TV’s and monitors, psssst. they measure em diagonally. Keep that one to yourself. you’ll make a fortune.

          • Anonymous

            The bezel isn’t even large.  It’s just wide enough to wrap the edge of your finger/fat of your fingertip around. 

            If it was bezel-less they’d all be saying how the RAZR’s bezel is too small to hold the phone, that’s why the Nexus’s bigger bezel is better.

          • Hal

            As said earlier, the top and bottom bezels are large on the Nexus. I hold my Tbolt perfectly and it has smaller bezels than all three of the new phones.

          • Anonymous

            Actually by some simple math you’re wrong. Nexus bezel is .195″ per side and your thunderbolt is .206″ per side. Both of which are still impressive

        • John

          compared to the tbolt, yes.. compares to the razr and rezound, no.. it’s barely larger than both on the top and it’s smaller on the bottom.  tbolt sacrificed bezel for thickness perhaps?

          • Allen

            Yup, all 3 have large bezels which is dissappointing.

      • miscreant

        Heavens no, a phone manufacturer didn’t design a phone EXACTLY to YOUR liking? Get over it. My guess is you haven’t handled either of the phones you seem to bash so readily.

      • Anonymous

        I also just snagged a Bionic partly because I didn’t like the non-removable battery in the Razr. 

        On a side note I think the bezel is actually bigger on the GNex opposed to the Razr right…not sure. On paper the GNex is the most limited when compared to the Rezound, Razr and Bionic.

        • Anonymous

          Good thing you snagged one before they all sell out.

          /s

        • Anonymous

          Good choice, why not the razr instead?

      • Anonymous

        Nexus does have HDMI out with an adapter through its USB port, to be fair. My only bummer with the Gnex is the removable storage, but not a deal breaker for me. 

      • Anonymous

        Moto is coming strong on 2012. We can expect great devices along the way :)

    • Brandon Sobotta

      My biggest reservation is the non-HD screen, otherwise the phone is perfect… alright its actually to light for my taste. 

    • Anonymous

      Yep!!

    • Anonymous

      The battery can be removed, it’s just not user friendly =P

  • Booboolala2000

    Loving mine as a placeholder for the Nexus. Hope it drops before Jan 9th.

  • YourFriend

    It’s about time you released the review on this, Kellex. Heh. I wonder how many have been sold so far

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Not many to my knowledge heh.

      • sailor

        Bought mine in downtown Portland on 11/11/2011 at 3:30pm.  Salesman said it was the first one sold that day.  By the way, the phone is awesome, no buyers remorse whatsoever. 

  • cvhovey

    I was leaning towards the RAZR for my renewal, but its non-removable battery was a deal-breaker, since don’t always have access to power source. I’d pick Motorola over Samsung any day … but not in this case.

  • Anonymous

    “Verizon has three incredible phones right now, so it’s best to give them all a shot before pulling the trigger.”
    WHICH ONE’S THE THIRD?

    • EC8CH

      razr, g-nex, rezound

      • Anonymous

        um… “Verizon has three incredible phones RIGHT NOW”

        • Anonymous

          didn’t know the Galaxy Nexus was out RIGHT NOW

          • EC8CH

            “With the Galaxy Nexus just around the corner” … “but we would advise you to wait a couple of weeks, get your hands on this, the Rezound and the Nexus for a bit before making a final decision”

            did you read the entire paragraph? Verizon has all three phones and if you wait a couple of weeks you can try them all out and make a decision on what is right for you.

          • Anonymous

            no. :(

        • EC8CH

          Verizon has the G-Nex right now…. we don’t :-(

          • Anonymous

            “…so it’s best to give them all a shot before pulling the trigger.”

            so we should just play with the Razr and Rezound, wait for the Google Nexus, play with that THEN make our decision.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    “Blur now gives you the ability to hide apps from sight, making your phone less bloated.”

    How does hiding an app make the phone less bloated?  It may make it look less bloated, but the bloat remains.  And with Verizon’s history of making every single bloatware app run constantly whether you’re using it or not, it’s certainly not going to feel any less bloated.

    • Anonymous

      that’s like a fat person wearing a jack skellington costume. still fat underneath.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure if it’s Blur or GB, but it has a basic version of a task killer built in.  Any apps you don’t want/need running can be set to be killed 2 minutes after the screen shuts off.

      • Anonymous

        Still doesn’t change the fact that they are there and cannot remove.

        • Anonymous

          His complaint was that they run.  If they can be hidden, and you can stop them from using battery, whats the issue?  RAZR has removable storage, I’m not worried about a few megs of bloatware.

          • http://twitter.com/AndroDX AndroDX

            They always restart anyway. It’s best just to remove them. Constantly killing them only drains the battery quicker.

      • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

        Having to run a task manager is as bad as the apps I have to run it to kill. ESPECIALLY if Moto felt a need to include it with their already bloated skin. However, my point was that saying that hiding them makes the phone less bloated is misleading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/japultra Jason Nguyen

    Correction: Verizon has 2 incredible phones right now. The G-Nex is still in the same camp as unicorns and trolls: a myth that has yet to be confirmed.

    • Anonymous

      and Jesus, too.

    • Anonymous

      If anything, it’s more like _Chinese Democracy_ was in the 90s.  It was announced and everything, but the release just dragged on and on…

    • Anonymous

      It has been confirmed since verizon did the press release, just has no date yet.

  • http://twitter.com/PatriciaErin Patty

    I still don’t understand the problems with battery life people are having. I’ve had no issues with mine. Honestly the best battery life of any smartphone I’ve had.

    • Mchlls22

      Same here and I’m on it constantly.

    • Anonymous

      Well, I can’t say the same, my OG actually had better battery life than my Razr, but by no means does that mean that my battery life is horrible.

      • http://twitter.com/PatriciaErin Patty

        I’ve had the Blackberry Pearl &Tour and the Samsung Fascinate & Charge. This definitely has better battery life than any of those!

        • SKAV3NG3R

          the charge is a horrid phone…why did any of us get one!??!!?

          • http://twitter.com/PatriciaErin Patty

            I have no idea, hahaha I pawned the thing off on my brother and got the RAZR :oP

          • Xatcboss

            The “Charge” was the first out on Verizon 4LTE (May) and with a fantastic screen. I can’t tell except maybe a little faster and I can finally Skype with the front camera. Sammy was very slow with that upgrade- I love the HDMI output and feed my bedroom TV with HBO all the time. It’s also great for showing photos on the big screen. Great camera,  sleek look. However my screen cracked top to bottom but doesn’t seem to make any difference in the display.

    • Anonymous

      Word, 16-18 hours in LTE and thats 3-4 gmail accounts, g+, fb, probably 2-3 hours of screen time.  It’s pretty damn crazy…

      • Steve

        You’re getting that much time on a single charge?  I’m getting about 4 hours on LTE with moderate use.

        • Anonymous

          Wow, might have a problem with your battery, breh.

        • Anonymous

          Thats my high average, and I need to edit my post cause I removed FB and picture auto upload from G+.  
          It’s also gmail only, no other mail accounts on the phone, no google talk, no latitude, and probably 150 sent sms’s in that time (and 150 read).  

          Today I was moving SDcards and copying a ton of content around as well as streaming slingbox and goog music, its at 15% now, came off the charger at 0700a when I left the house (now 530p).  

        • Anonymous

          Someone should figure out why some people are getting excellent battery life and other people are getting horrible battery life.  It’s the same story over on Android Central.

          Something’s up here.  Is it a manufacturing defect in some of the batteries?  Or a software bug that is cropping up and burning lots of power?  Or something else?  Inquiring minds want to know…

    • Jr56

      Same Here. I have been very surprised by the battery life! I run juice defender and I believe it helps. I get up at 6:30 and when I plug the phone in at 10pm, it usually shows about 60% remaining. Best smart phone battery life I have had.

    • Dpry3580

      Dead on! I had the X before the Razr, and not that much difference. When it gets low I CHARGE IT! The only reason I took out the battery to begin with on my x was to get at the SD card. Now I don’t have to. This phone, together with this LapDock 500 is a dream come true for me. PERFECT!!!!

  • EC8CH

    Droid RAZR…

    sounds like a good second choice.

  • Anonymous

    Love the phone, HATE the battery life. Legitimately the only problem I have with it. I am ‘renting’ this RAZR and waiting for the G-Nex, but if it wasn’t for the terrible battery I would seriously consider keeping this phone

    • Anonymous

      Don’t expect the GN’s battery life to be any better.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly

      • Anonymous

        at least you can swap out batteries with the nexus.

        • Anonymous

          You could also charge your phone with a car/wall charger

        • Guest

          some folks forget that aspect.  And…. you can buy an extended battery if you choose.  not so with the razor.

        • Anonymous

          That’s definitely a negative about the Razr, just like the GN doesn’t have expandable storage.

          • Vaporware

            Also you can get a portable battery like the one I got from Verizon for $15. Its made by Motorola, is 1860 mAH and is no bigger than an extended battery. you can even keepnit pluged in to the Razr in your pocket and its not any thicker than the Nexus with an extended battery. 

  • JasonLBurke

    Theres no doubt that this phone is really a beast ( a really thin beast at that), but its still no Galaxy Nexus….but if something goes wrong with the nexus, i think i might just have to shave

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.cohen Keith Cohen

    Nice review.  Although, I’m wondering why the SmartActions haven’t helped your battery life.  Just using the delivered “Battery Extender” SA alone made a HUGE improvement for me.    Also, make sure you run the battery all the way down to zero at least once, then fully recharge.  That (for some unknown reason) seemed to help me as well.   I get 14-16 hours of moderate use.

    • http://twitter.com/PatriciaErin Patty

      Same here. Battery life on this thing is stellar for me.

    • Anonymous

      You’re supposed to fully charge the battery before you use the phone.  Lithium-ion batteries do not like being fully discharged.  You’ll decrease their capacity and lifetime doing that repeatedly.

      • Anonymous

        I liked your post John, but they should be “zeroed” every now and then.  
        It’s a consistent pattern of full drainage that will whack your cells…and thats why any real manufacturer has a threshold to prevent you from doing that.  Just cause your phone shuts down doesn’t mean there is zero voltage in the pack, it means it’s hit low vdc and away it goes.  Leave it for a month disconnected after that though and that’s a bad visit to 0.

        • Anonymous

          Yup, but that low voltage circuitry that’s supposed to prevent the battery from discharging too low doesn’t always work as it should.

        • Anonymous

          Just charge to full and reset your battery stats in CWR.

      • Anonymous

        That’s actually not true at all.  I have had smartphones since 2004, and I always let the battery run down to nothing once every other week or so.  I read plenty of “reports” that state otherwise, but I’ve literally never had a problem.  In fact, the Moto extended battery in my D2 is still giving me solid usage, even after I’ve been using it since August 2010.

        10 hours, 33 mins so far off the charger today, with 50% still remaining.  42 mins talk time, 75 minutes display time at 75%, 52 minutes of Spotify streaming over 3G, and syncing 4 e-mail accounts with push. I usually have to really try to get the battery to die in a single days use, and I typically average 100 mins of talk time per day, and 3GB of data per month.  

        I’ve noticed no difference in capacity or life over the past 14 months.

        • Anonymous

          Read up on Lithium batteries. They have circuitry built in that prevents them from discharging too low but it can still hurt their charge capacity over time if you discharge them too low too often and especially if you let them discharge and stay discharged for extended periods of time.

          • Anonymous

            I would much rather go by more than 7 years of personal experience.

          • Anonymous

            And how long do you typically keep those phones or batteries? If it’s a year or less that’s why. If you properly charge and discharge them they should last you over two years no problem.

          • Anonymous

            1-2 years each. Back in the day, they only released one worthwhile smartphone every 12-14 months.

      • Anonymous

        key word is repeatedly.. but then again everything battery related(or really anywhere) causes problems… it is actually good to discharge it fully every ~6 months and then fully recharge it… also for those having problems… try this http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=765656

      • Dpry3580

        Not true. Fully discharge, (same with laptops, and any other electronics battery for that matter) at least once a month to get the longest life and up-time between charges from it.
        Also, KEEP YOUR LAPTOP BATTERY OUT, IF IT’S ALWAYS PLUGGED IN. CAN’T STRESS THAT ENOUGH. The battery will last forever (longer than you’ll keep the PC anyway) if you keep the battery out unless you’ll be using it where there’s no outlet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YCWHBKUI22NNEB4J4PUK6VY3SQ ds fsdfds

    The screen cannot be considered “The Good” when it is worse than my 2 year old original Droid.

    • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

      How the hell is it worse than your OG Droid???

    • Anonymous

      854×480 LCD vs 960×540 OLED.  Not seeing the worse in that buddy.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YCWHBKUI22NNEB4J4PUK6VY3SQ ds fsdfds

        Screens aren’t always a numbers game my good fellow. Compare it to a original droid and tell me it looks better.

        • Anonymous

          I loved the OG screen for its colour fidelity, but I’ve really been aching for a sAMOLED screen. I like the tech much better than LCD (even IPS). Glad we all have choices!

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YCWHBKUI22NNEB4J4PUK6VY3SQ ds fsdfds

            I’ll be getting a Galaxy Nexus with the 1280×720 OLED screen.  The Nexus and the Rezound are the only  Android phones on Verizon with overall better screens than the Droid 1.

            PS.
            I never praised the old low resolution Samsung Pentile OLED screens.

          • Anonymous

            I personally like the RAZR’s screen better than my OG Droid’s, for day to day usage. If I were photo editing, I’d take the OG Droid for it’s colour gamut.

          • Anonymous

            photo editing on your phone? just because you CAN do it, why would you?

          • Anonymous

            Exactly.

        • Anonymous

          Larger size?  You mean the 0.3″ increase over the Galaxy S’ 4″ 800×480 super AMOLED?

          While the Droid’s screen was certainly excellent, it was not the norm and it’s contrast ratio pales in comparison to OLED, as does its color gamut.

    • Anonymous

      I have both phones, and both displays are great.

    • sailor

      Replaced by 2 year old original Droid with a Razr and the Razr screen is awesome.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, but if you think the screen is worse than the original Droid then DS stands for dumb shit!

  • Anonymous

    “It’s just like any other LTE phone in that it crushes battery juice like Mark McGwire stuck needles circa 1998.”

    Best line I’ve heard in a review…….but it’s a sad fact.  About the phone not Mark McGwire. Maybe they should have given the phone’s battery steroids… Bah dum dum. (crickets)

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      :P

  • http://twitter.com/apdcgt greentea

    Kellex, please use the new Youtube player.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re referring to the html5 player, no thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/apdcgt greentea

        No, im referring to the new youtube player that has been out for over a year. Its basically the one you see when you go to the site (not the HTML5 one). It has new controls on the dock and such.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to wait for the GNex, but $0.01 was too hard to pass up. I’ll get my RAZR today; can’t wait!

    • http://twitter.com/apdcgt greentea

      Don’t do it.

      • Anonymous

        Already done did it. It’s OK, though; I’ll snag a GNex if I end up not liking the RAZR on my wife’s upgrade next year, then she can inherit my RAZR. Then again, if they unlock the bootloader and throw ICS on here I might not want to give it up!

        • Dpry3580

          Keep the Razr. Way better quality, and how often do you remove the battery? I only did to get at the sd card. You should get a LapDock 500 with it. These things are amazing. 14″ screen laptop. You’d never know it’s being totally run by the Razr. No booting, shutting down, just close the screen, take out the phone.
          GNex is cheap made, and not really comparable in real world comparisons.

    • EC8CH

      congrats long time D-Lifer

    • Anonymous

       same here! i can always sell the razr later to subsidize my phone cost when the SGS3 comes out LOL

      • Anonymous

        by that time the razr will probably be going for 200 off contract….

        • Anonymous

          Are you still crying troll?

          • Anonymous

            So the fact android phones don’t hold a good resale value since a new one comes every few weeks is crying? I knew you would come troll soon enough its been a few days since you blew up droid life bashing everything non moto. And yes I will enjoy my plastic, since that’s the only thing you ever have to say as a comeback.

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      That’s a shame.

      • Anonymous

        Why? cause he might actually prefer it to the Nexus?

        • Anonymous

          For the price, it’s a no brainer. Galaxy Nexus > DROID RAZR, but, $300 Galaxy Nexus < $0.01 DROID RAZR. I’d get the RAZR over the GNex even if the cost difference were only to be $100, but for $300 it’s not even worth considering.

          • Anonymous

            I got mine for $199.00, just have to sweet talk your Verizon rep.  But for a new account, you can’t beat a penny.

          • Anonymous

            $199 is actually a pretty killer deal for this phone.

    • Greg Williams

      you don’t care about losing your phone number? isn’t it only for new lines?

      • Anonymous

        I use my GVoice number, so it won’t be any different. I needed a new Verizon line since I’m dumping T-Mo. They had some stuff going for them, but Big Red just got LTE in my neck of the woods, so the switch back was inevitable.

        • Greg Williams

          Oh nice! sweet deal then

    • bigrob60

      I think everyone is doing what your doing. Amazons’ wireless site is down. 

    • Anonymous

      hehe, i opted for the Rezound… did you get the 100 dollar gc they were offering with hotspot?

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t do the hotspot thing. Amazon’s fine print says that you owe them $250 (like an ETF) if you cancel any services within 181 days. I read that as meaning that activating the hotspot feature would get you a $100 gift card, but deactivating it within 6 months would get you a $250 penalty. Paying $120 for hotspot I don’t use so I could get a $100 gift card didn’t sound like a good deal. I could be wrong about that, but I didn’t want to take the risk.

        • GNexusWHEN

          the DROID naming means NOTHING anymore, but what company can pay verizon the most money!!!!

          • Corrupt

            u just learn english bro!!!!!!!?

          • Anonymous

            lol

        • Angela Hill

          The $250 penalty is for cancelling the line itself, not for removing services. All indirect Verizon sellers have similar penalties since they are paid per contract.

          • Steveburford

            Glad to hear that! I’m not cancelling line but moving my current account to my new Razr since I have the unlimited data. I will just have to pay the extra $9.99 per month until my wife’s current contract runs out.

        • Steveburford

          Where did it say if you cancel any services? I read it as if you didn’t continue service (didn’t see anything about keeping all services). I added a line I will keep for four months til my wife’s contract is up then move her number.

  • Big C

    Non-tech people will purchase this because they really dont know what the galaxy nexus is. They’ll see a pretty phone with a name they remember. However, I will wait for the galaxy nexus, whenever they decide to release the damn thing…

    • Anonymous

      Most people don’t care about roms either, they care about the hardware and experience they are purchasing.

      • Kierra

        They dont hear you. 

        If I have to put that much energy into a phone. That isnt the phone for me.

    • Chad

      Not true. I consider myself very tech oriented. The Razr has much more appeal to me than the Nexus. Mainly because it is made by Samsung. Also, I don’t want to beta test Google’s new OS. Also all of the things listed above in the review – MotoCast and Smart Actions are great, well written pieces of software that integrate really nicely into the phone. Being able to reorder the soft keys in the OS is not productive but more of a gimmick IMHO.

      • Anonymous

        So you’d rather beta test Motorola’s new Blur?  I’ve had the Droid2 for over a year, and Motorola has yet to address several issues that have existed since release day.  I would much rather have a device like the Nexus, which will receive regular maintenance updates, meanwhile the Razr probably won’t see ICS until June or July.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not a dev, but am a techie so to speak, and I prefer this phone to the Rezound and upcoming Nexus.  Do I think the Razr is “better” than the Nexus? No.  Do I think the Nexus is “better” than the Razr?  Certianly not.  Do they both have pros and cons? Absolutely.

      The Razr suits my needs wonderfully, “pretty phone” and all

      • Anonymous

        You just spoke out for thousands on that one.

        • Anonymous

          Which is weird considering typically there are “thousands” grabbing torches and pitchforks when there’s an issue or delay caused by Blur, Sense, or TouchWiz.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing