It seems every few weeks a new Android OS device is released upon us. Each one is better than the last. With so many to choose from making the decision on which to invest your money and a 2-year contract on gets harder. If you use Verizon Wireless for your carrier then the decision is down to 2 to 3 phones and one of the choices is the Droid RAZR by Motorola.
The Droid RAZR is presently runs the Gingerbread release of Android and boasts plenty of speed to back it up and allow you to run those games while waiting in lines and just wasting time. I’m not talking about Angry Birds. 3D graphics run great on this device. You’ll have plenty of memory as well for those big downloads and installs with 1GB of memory and a 16GB MicroSD card included (upgradeable to 32GB).
Primarily this is a phone. My time spent with the device saw me using it in day-to-day use making and receiving calls, text messaging and email. Sound quality is very good on both ends. I found cell reception to be just above my primary device, the original Motorola Droid. While my original Droid had a signal status of about -95 to -98 in an area that typically has weak reception the RAZR would have a signal of about -91 to -92.
Data speeds on 3G in my area would hover in the 1.0Mbps range but in a 4G area I consistently got 40-45Mbps. Those are speeds that may make you think about dropping your home ISP and opting for a tether plan.
The build quality is very good. This phone is so thin and light that it feels like you may easily drop it. Though I wasn’t about to test it the Gorilla Glass screen and Kevlar back would save it in many typical situations. No worries about a battery cover flying off if you were to drop it as the battery is not removable. Some things have to be sacrificed with a device this thin.
A 1.2GHz Dual Core processor (that’s about 150X the processing power of my first PC!) will power the best games available and give a boost ot all of your apps. Flipping through the screens is amazingly smooth.
The screen is crisp and easily readable in sunlight. I kept the brightness at 40% and had no problems reading in bright direct sunlight. The display is Super AMOLED 960×540 with 256 pixels per inch which comes in uder the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which has a 1280×720 display but still the display is excellent. There’s also a micro HDMI port to allow hookup to a monitor though I had no chance to test this feature.
The battery is a 1780mAh cell and the battery life is my only issue with this device. Using the Droid RAZR primarily in an area serviced only by 3G service under moderate use I was only able to get around 8 hours before needing to find a power source to charge. If I watched video or played games that already short time took a serious hit. In a 4G market moderate use was cut down to about 6 hours. Using WiFi as opposed to the 3G radio would gain me about an hour or use.
The Droid RAZR has a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera that can record video at 720p and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 1080p video recording. Video and images were of excellent quality though not the best in low light as expected with the tiny sensors commonplace in smartphone cameras.
The Motorola Droid RAZR is a great device though a bit lacking in the battery department. If you can get by with frequent charging this device will serve you well.