Motorola Droid Razr M Review

Posted on Nov 14 2012 - 12:02pm by Christopher Allega

The Motorola DROID RAZR M for Verizon Wireless is a perfect transition into the next generation of Smartphone’s, ones that trade unnecessary bezel for more display space, and it’s actually one of the finer devices to pass through our hands here at Xtreme Tech Junkies. With hard lines, brushed aluminum accents and a Kevlar backing, this device is unmistakably part of Motorola’s refreshed RAZR brand.

Surprisingly, though, this device does not carry the expected hefty price tag. Instead, it is currently priced at $99.99 with a two-year agreement, about $100 less than comparable devices with similar specifications. The question of the hour, however, is should you buy the DROID RAZR M? Or should you spend your hard earned dollar on the larger RAZR variants, Samsung’s latest flagship or even an iPhone?

 

Provided By: Verizon Wireless

Price: $99.99 on Contract

 

Closer Look:

 

The Motorola Droid Razr M comes in a sleeved box; the front of the sleeve features a large clear photo of the droid eye.  The back of the sleeve is full of features and Specifications. Removing the sleeve reveals the phone box itself; the front of the box features the droid logo as well as the name of the device.

Once you get the packing open you are going to find the phone inside , along with all of the accessories and guides that are nice and neatly arranged to ensure that they are going to stay in place during the shipping process.

Included in the retail package is the Motorola Droid Razr M, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, SIM removal tool , and user guides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Motorola Droid Razr M features a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD (540 x 960) display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass including a stainless steel body, Kevlar fiber on the back cover for reinforcement, and water repellent nano-coating on the inside to help protect the phone from accidental contact with liquids.

The Droid Razr M has a door on the left side of the phone that opens to reveal the Micro-SIM card slot and microSD slot below that is the micro USB connector. The right edge of the phone houses a power button and volume rocker. On the top is the earphone jack. 

 

The back of the phone you’ll find the 8MP camera with flash and the  soft-touch Kevlar panel that takes up most of the rear surface.

Features & Specifications:

HARDWARE

Height 4.82 inches
Width 2.4 inches
Thickness .33 inches
Weight .28 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black, White / Black
Loudspeaker Yes

DISPLAY

Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Technology Super AMOLED
Pixel arrangement RGBG (PenTile)
Resolution (Y) 960 px
Resolution (X) 540 px
PPI 256
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

CONNECTIVITY

Carriers Verizon Wireless
CDMA Yes
CDMA frequencies supported 1900, 800 / 850
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900, 850
LTE Yes
WWAN data standards supported UMTS, LTE, EV-DO Rev. A, EV-DO Rev. 0, HSPA+, HSUPA, HSDPA, GPRS
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming DLNA

PROCESSOR

Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores 2

MEMORY

RAM size 1 GB

STORAGE

Internal size 8 GB
External Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD

FRONT CAMERA

Video resolution VGA

REAR CAMERA

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

SOFTWARE

Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.0.4
Notable apps Chrome

INTERFACE

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

SENSORS

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

BATTERY

Capacity 2000 mAh

 

Software:

On the software side, Motorola’s custom interface is as close to stock Android as you can get without buying a Nexus device. It ships with Android 4.0.4 on board, and it uses most of the stock interface elements with a few additional widgets and wallpapers. Motorola also uses some custom icons and an improved home screen, which utilizes a Quick settings page to the left of the home screen. By swiping to the right of the far right home screen, you have access to manage home pages by adding, removing or rearranging pages. Another welcomed addition is Motorola’s Smart Actions application, which allows users to automate tasks based on a bevy of triggers, such as location, time or battery percentage.

 

Multimedia, Camera, and Conclusion:

The DROID RAZR M holds a 1.5GHz dual-core  Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset that can be found in many of the market’s most popular phones. And, just as with every other S4-powered device, the DROID RAZR M is snappy. Putting it through its paces, I have yet to experience any notable lag outside the typical hiccup through the initial setup process. Even while streaming a movie, browsing through YouTube videos, downloading several applications and texting, the device held up surprisingly well in performance.

The lowest point of the DROID RAZR M is easily the camera. Motorola is not generally commended for great image sensors and the RAZR M is no exception to the rule. In absolutely perfect lighting conditions, the camera can capture a decent picture with fairly balanced colors. But in anything less than perfect lighting, image quality begins to suffer quite a bit. The camera had trouble focusing and exposure is entirely too sensitive. Even in decent lighting, the camera tends to over-expose. But white balance goes awry and hard edges and important details are lost to noise and aberration.

Originally, I was upset with the battery life of the DROID RAZR M. With a 2,000mAh battery, I had relatively high hopes for the device’s stamina. I took the phone out of the box, charged it fully and used it for a while. After 9 hours and 30 minutes of moderate to heavy use that’s a dozen or so emails, roughly 100 text messages, an hour or so of calls, an hour or more of Web browsing and several hours of standby the battery sat at 68 percent. Today, after similar usage and 4 hours and 30 minutes, the battery is sitting at 83 percent. Battery life is sufficient but not terribly impressive.

Overall, the DROID RAZR M for Verizon is a great device from Motorola, it’s built quite well and the chassis is as solid as you could possibly want. That said it isn’t a knockout device. The camera is a bit disappointing and the display at 256ppi isn’t of the same caliber of many other devices, which have 300ppi and beyond.

Still, the Motorola DROID RAZR M is a great device for its affordable pricing. For those looking for a smaller device without sacrificing too much in specifications or performance, or those looking for a high end device without breaking the bank, the DROID RAZR M is for you.

 

 The Droid Razr M  on Verizon Wireless gets the Xtreme Tech Junkie’s Great Award!