droid razr review: what you should know
Review of Com\'s Motorola Droid RAZR.
Droid RAZR is one of the rare phones to make a leap in hardware design and engineering.
Of course, other phones are more expensive.
Resolution display and faster processor, but only Droid RAZR can squeeze out a whole set of competitive statesof-the-
The artistic specifications and LTE radio are just one body. 28-inches thick —
Thinner than any other modern smartphone.
More notably, the RAZR battery is larger than the robotic bionic battery in its ultrasonic enclosure.
In other words, at least on paper, it\'s Motorola\'s best phone ever.
How does it support in the real world?
Is it worth waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus now? The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was announced on the same day with Android 4. 0?
Read on and find out.
Hardware and design yes, very thin RAZR.
Just after a quarter. inch thick.
It is difficult to understand how thin it is without holding the RAZR in person;
The familiar Motorola camera bump is on the top, most of the body is as thin as the iPod touch, but there is a 4g LTE radio inside.
This thin is made of stainless steel frame and soft
Touch the Kevin back, which also helps with an impressive stiff and solid feel.
There is no body bending here.
But while the RAZR may be thin, it\'s not small --
Actually, it\'s quite large and there\'s a lot of padding around 4. 3-inch display.
In terms of surface area, it is actually closer to the device with 4. 5-
Samsung Infuse or Galaxy s ii on T-inch display
Moving and Sprint, the thick border around the screen makes it not easy to use --handed.
I have a big hand and I found one --
Difficult hand operation;
If your hands are small, it\'s basically impossible.
There is one reason why the front of the RAZR is notable, in addition to its vastness: there is a notification LED, 1. 3-Millions of pixels ago
Facing cameras, ambient light sensors, and proximity sensors are hidden under the headphones, and you\'ll find a set of standard capacitive buttons at the bottom, and the Verizon logo is clumsily squeezed over them.
The edge of the front glass is also slightly tilted, which makes the entire front surface look like it pops up slightly from the housing, although it is actually flush with the side.
It\'s actually strange-
A prominent feature on the phone, emphasizing thin.
You will find micrb B, MicroHDMI and 3.
5mm headphone jack on top but no noise
Cancel microphone on Droid x2.
In addition to flipping, the left side is blank
The lower door of the 4g lte sim and microSD card slot with a sleep/wake switch and a tiny volume rocker on the right.
In the back, 8-
Set the megapixel camera, LED flash and speaker to armed metal-
Weave the colored plastic panel above the Kevin back panel and a second video recording microphone below.
There is a 1 inside.
2GHz ti omap 4430 processor and 1gb RAM.
One thing you can\'t find?
The battery is sealed, which is another concession to the thin.
Display, while RAZR is the first device ever shipped with 4. 3-
Inch qHD 960x540 Super AMOLED display, this is not what Motorola achieved in its launch.
First of all, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has more features
The HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 p, and secondly, the screen of the RAZR looks very bad.
The Super AMOLED panel uses inferior PenTile pixel arrangement and the 256dpi pixel density of the RAZR does not hide it --
In fact, it seems to make the situation worse.
Not only are individual pixels obvious, the text looks confusing, there are red edges around the vertical line, and the image seems
Res when scrolling in the browser.
Compared with Motorola\'s excellent qHD LCD display on imitation students and Droid X2, as well as on devices such as Apple\'s industry --
Disappointing RAZR is the leading Retina display for iPhone 4/4S
Even before considering the inherent love of AMOLED --it-or-hate-
Its saturation and consistency
Blue shift in the middle axis.
According to Motorola, choosing a Super AMOLED helps make the RAZR thinner
The AMOLED display does not require an external backlight like a traditional LCD display.
Unfortunately, Motorola also had to sacrifice the quality of the display.
Software Motorola has abandoned its brand of \"Motoblur\" and \"Blur\" on its high-matching skin
The end of the smartphone, but this nameless evil is still frightening.
Actually, I really like the skin that Motorola uses on the Droid X2, and it doesn\'t work much other than tightening some of Android\'s visual elements and adding clear buttons to a single notification, but then every Motorola device, the situation has become worse.
The current version of the Moto skin is over-tense, picky and chaotic in many places, and while there are some elements of redemption, nothing is clean or appealing --
Just like the OS yelling at you.
Just watch the alien random \"glow\" animation that accompanies each home screen transition or super screen transition
Slow zoom in when you open the app list.
The two were lovely for the first time, and then quickly annoyed.
Some extra parts are particularly stupid: the quick Contacts widget won\'t let you jump down the contact list by letter, so you have to scroll endlessly to add specific contacts, the app icon for Motorola is slightly larger than Google\'s, so it doesn\'t look very aligned and the photo gallery app is a mish-
Mix of controls and menus.
It all feels like Motorola can\'t do anything when it puts things on the skin;
A little restraint will be of great help.
Still, Motorola has added something interesting to the RAZR.
Intelligent action may be the only best feature of the RAZR.
As the situation changes, the system will continuously monitor the status and location of the mobile phone and automatically adjust the settings and perform tasks.
The possibilities range from simple things like starting a music player when the ear machine is plugged in, to complex things like turning off Bluetooth and GPS when you go home to keep your battery alive.
The system itself is very simple: a separate rule consisting of triggers and actions.
Although the granularity is small, there can be multiple triggers and multiple operations for any rule;
All trigger conditions must be met to set the rules.
For example, you can\'t say \"turn off GPS\" if I\'m at home or if the battery is below 30% \".
Obviously you can fix this by creating multiple rules, but it would be nice to have more options.
It would also be nice if the system is scalable so that other applications can be added in their actions.
Popular apps like Tasker and Locale offer similar features and more scalability,
Smart action is free.
When Motorola launched Droid Bionic, the company did a big deal with something called ZumoCast that allows you to transfer media directly from your computer.
With RAZR, it has what is called a motorcycle actor, which is a big deal. . . .
Allows you to stream media directly from your computer.
The two apps are strangely separate, although they seem to be built on the same basis and they work just as well --
That said, they work well before you come across a rough service patch or reach your data cap by streaming video to your phone all day long.
Once installed on your computer, the moto cast app can also handle iTunes syncing content via USB, which is very useful.
When plugged into various docking stations, RAZR can also run Motorola\'s web top environment.
You probably don\'t care.
Webtop is still as useful as ever-
This is not the reason to buy a mobile phone, nor is it the reason to avoid a mobile phone.
Finally, we should note that all these tweaks and extensions to Android mean that RAZR will not get Android 4.
There is no ice cream sandwich until sometime next year.
This is hard to do, especially since we expect Verizon to launch the Galaxy Nexus 4.
0 in the next few weeks.
Even if RAZR does get ICS, you\'ll always get stuck with the four capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen when Google is completely away from Android.
Yes, ICS will work with them, but they are not at the forefront of the platform.
It may or may not be important to you, but it definitely needs to be considered.
Motorola may pack performance and battery life on unnecessary animations and bloats, but the overall performance of RAZR is very good: my quadrant score is between 2400 and 2800, which is at other heights-
Android devices such as HTC Amaze 4g and Samsung Galaxy s ii.
Although inconsistent, I do notice that there is occasional lag in the web browser, and the SunSpider browser test returns 3448 points.
6, this is high with other-end devices.
I also got excellent LTE performance in testing: in 5-
Low 10 Mbps, low 5-
I have 8 MBps in my apartment in Brooklyn and 10-
At Verge\'s Union Square office, 15 Mbps fell and 6 Mbps rose.
Motorola has only given us a day to review the RAZR, so we have to see how the battery keeps over time, but on average, RAZR\'s battery works just as well as other LTE devices --
I went through the network, made a few calls, checked my mail, and then used the phone as usual most of the time before I had to charge.
Not surprisingly, the more lte I use, the faster the battery is consumed.
The 1780mAh battery is a little larger than the robot bionic battery, which provides a slightly longer call time, but it is also sealed in-
If you are a serious road fighter, you will not be able to exchange it quickly. Cameras The 8-
The Pixel camera on the back of the RAZR is the same as the robot bionic camera.
Like Bionic, when everything is in order, RAZR takes quite good pictures, but autofocus is slow and relatively poor
Light performance is not easy-
Especially compared to newer, faster cameras in phones like iPhone 4S and HTC Amaze 4g.
Also, the 1080 p video is pretty good, but not spectacular, and it generates huge files --
Maybe that\'s why RAZR comes out of the box with a preset of 720 p. There’s a 1. 3-
The megapixel camera for video chat works with the bundled Google Talk client.
Like other front lines.
Facing the camera, this is really everything you want to do with it. Wrap-
So is the Droid RAZR worth the Motorola marketing blitz?
Is that the phone?
Well, maybe not.
While the hardware engineering required to implant the bionic interior into the thinnest smartphone design on the market is amazing, in order to get there, the compromise on display quality is simply not worth it.
Quality difference between LCD 4. 3-
Inch qHD panel on Droid Bionic and Super AMOLED panel on RAZR are just day and night-
While the bionic isn\'t as sexy as the RAZR, I prefer the easy-to-see screen on my eyes rather than the keflar back panel.
And in RAZR. the-
Top Android skins make the bad display look worse.
When it comes to Android phones, \"better things are coming soon\" is usually bad buying advice, but it\'s true in this case.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus is almost as thin, offering a bigger 4. 65-
Inch display with a resolution of 720p and will ship with Android 4. 0 as a Google-
Get Lucky devices for software updates first.
I\'m worried that the Galaxy Nexus also has a PenTile Super AMOLED display, but if everything is equal, it seems that the RAZR is only one step behind.
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