Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: Motorola Droid Razr

CNET - The Razr is back, and it’s better than ever. Motorola has done the smartest thing it’s done in years with the Droid Razr, which combines sheer Droid brawn with the legacy of Razr design.

We had the opportunity to get a hands-on look at the phone, and we can’t deny that the Droid Razr’s ultralight design is an immediate wow factor. We picked it up and were stunned at how skinny it was–it’s 7.1mm (0.28 inch) thin, to be exact, which makes it the thinnest smartphone so far, according to Motorola. It’s also correspondingly lightweight, at only 127 grams (4.5 ounces).

But that doesn’t mean the phone is a fragile thing to be coddled. The Droid Razr feels surprisingly solid, and Motorola says that’s because of the sculpted glass, the Kevlar backing, and the stainless steel chassis that holds it all together. There’s even a nanotechnology coating that makes the phone splash resistant. It stops short of being waterproof, though, so we wouldn’t go swimming with it. The Kevlar backing is soft to the touch, which is a departure from the usual rough texture associated with Kevlar. The thin display is made out of sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass, which claims to be scratch resistant as well.

Motorola Droid Razr hands-on (photos)


And what a display it is. The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display is really gorgeous in person. With its qHD resolution, images and graphics are both colorful and crisp. The Droid Razr also claims to be the first smartphone to be able to stream HD content from Netflix.

Powering all of this is a dual-core 1.2GHz TI processor and 1GB of RAM. The result is a seamless navigation experience. We flipped through screens with speed, with no transition lag at all. We didn’t notice any sluggishness when launching and multitasking between several apps as well. The Droid Razr ships with Android 2.3.5 with a MotoBlur skin. It’s not the prettiest skin we’ve ever seen, but it’s not nearly as intrusive as it used to be.          More