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DROID RAZR HD Unboxing and Initial Thoughts


The week has come for Motorola fans – it’s DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD launch week. According to the poll we ran in late September that asked, “What Verizon phone are you most interested in?” you picked the RAZR HD over the Galaxy Note 2 and the 5″ 1080p HTC device. Clearly, Motorola still makes you tingly inside, even after years of locking bootloaders and frustrating the developer community.

So today, we are happy to announce that we have a RAZR HD in hand and are ready to start putting it through a variety of tests to help you decide if this phone really is your best option. We’re going to focus on battery life, the big 4.7″ HD display, camera, and whether or not Moto did enough to make this stand out over the quad-core powered tablet-phone hybrid devices that are flooding the market.

To kick off our coverage, I walked through a quick unboxing to give you a feel for the phone, it’s looks and the version of Blur that we have seen on devices like the RAZR M. Ready? Still excited?ย 

Initial Thoughts

Motorola’s high-end materials are clearly in play here, giving the RAZR HD a more industrial feel over the soft plastics that other OEMs have chosen over the years. There is a metal band that runs around the phone that houses the Power and Volume switches, which I admit in the video, seem very sharp to the touch. I don’t think that’s a problem, just an observation.

The display is beautiful at first glance. It’s an HD Super AMOLED, so the colors really pop. I haven’t had enough time with it to tell if it even compares to what LG put in the Optimus G (our review), though. While cruising around the device, I haven’t noticed any stuttering, which makes sense since it sports a Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM.

Overall, I like the industrial design, feel in hand, and am ready to see how long it can last on a single charge. Battery life is the big selling point with Motorola phones these days, so let’s see how it stacks up.


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  • Ledsled00

    I’ve called 4 store and nobody has the new razr phones yet in my market. WTF.

  • still waiting on a moto razr nexus ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Justin W

    Kellex – is this Google Wallet enabled? Not a large issue – can always root and rom it with AOSP to enable it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • donebrasko

    My question and I cant seem to find an answer. How does the screen compare to the HTC one x? I love that screen and the way it sits on the phone.

  • Any issues with the antannae?

  • matthew

    logos on the phone because its the website

  • yarrellray

    Nothing special here that’s for sure..

  • cooksta32676

    Can someone explain when twice the memory is really useful? I can’t imagine running 2g of apps at a time. When is it most crucial, when does it really not matter?

    • Chris Pinola

      Well, for me at least, my GNex has 1GB of RAM, which leaves about 700MBs for user-space processes once all is said and done. I have about 120 apps installed at any given time that all serve a purpose and wouldn’t be installed if they weren’t worth my time. Under normal circumstances, once my phone boots, i have less than 100MBs of RAM to work with. Once I start actually USING my phone (start playing Google Music, flip through some articles on Reader, share them to Twitter/G+/etc, browse the web, go through my inbox) it definitely starts to choke. I got to test drive a GSM Galaxy SIII (w/ 2GB of RAM) for work over the summer for a solid two weeks and it was glorious. Granted the SoC in the SIII is a bit snappier, but even with TouchWiz running plus all the same apps from my Nexus, it handled everything like a champ. So basically, when the time comes, if I have the option, I’d really prefer a phone with 2GB of RAM.

    • Chris Pinola

      It’s funny how absurd that last statement sounds when just ten years ago I was happy to run Windows XP with 512MB of RAM. I sound so old. HAH! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • d-man

    WTF? Reviewer doesn’t know what size battery phone has (“Let check on that”) or whether it has an SD slot (“I’m pretty sure it does”). I hope DL isn’t paying him, b/c he put about zero prep into this video.

    • kixofmyg0t

      2530mAh and yes it does. Give him a break he just got the thing.

    • YourFriend

      That reviewer is the owner and founder of the site.

  • Is this phone locked like everything else from Moto?

  • i wonder what an extended battery would be like on one of these… charge it up every christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

  • will the maxx hd have the same back design, or will the Kevlar be in a v-shaped pattern as was shown on earlier devices?

    • Greg

      The Maxx HD has the same design as the HD. The v pattern is only on the non US versions. I think the V is super fugly.

  • Lte_Addict

    sigh- if only this was made into a nexus, imagine moto’s hardware and battery life with stock android and unlocked directly from the play store..phonegasm! lol oh and with 2gigs of ram or more