Motorola Razr Android smartphone
The best a man can get?
Review Razr, now there's a name for Motorola to conjure with. In its first two years the hugely popular V3 clamshell sold over 50 million units but then Motorola became so dependent on it that when it stopped selling, the company's market share collapsed.
Bristling with features: Motorola's Razr
It’s due to its timely embrace of Android that Motorola is still with us, so perhaps it’s fitting that the Razr badge should be resurrected at the dawn of Google’s ownership. Starting at the front, the Razr’s 4.3in 540 x 960 screen is close to perfect. The pixels-per-inch count of 256 can't match the iPhone’s 330 but the extra surface area makes all the difference, while the Super AMOLED panel is pin sharp, bright and wonderfully colourful.
Move from front to back and you go from Gorilla Glass to Kevlar. Well known for its bullet-stopping properties, the Kevlar back panel combines with an internal steel backbone and splash-proof body to make the Razr stiff and robust. The back's matt finish also feels warm and pleasant in the hand.
Slim, but tough
Combining that sort of build quality with a thickness of only 7.1mm – OK, it’s a few millimetres thicker at the top to house the camera but let’s not pick nits – and a weight of only 127g is
magical technically impressive.
Indeed, there’s something of the Bauhaus about the design of the Razr, as if Motorola got to this shape by default after all the bits were fitted together and then decided to leave well alone. With its ever-so-slightly bevelled ends, the Razr is not pretty like the Sony Ericsson Arc S. No doubt some would even say it’s austere but to my eyes it’s a functional and handsome looking bit of kit.
The slimness hasn’t compromised the controls one iota. At the top you will find mini HDMI, micro USB and 3.5mm audio ports, while on the right flank sit the volume and power controls. Under a robust flap on the left hide the micro SD and micro SIM slots. Like the Motorola Atrix, this model can be hooked up to a WebTop accessories such as a the Lapdock, a full-sized keyboard and screen dock. But alas, the Razr has its own Lapdock 100 rather than shares the optional extras designed for the Atrix.
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... like warm baby oil off the back of a transgender pole dancer.
Pics, or it didn't happen.
Given who owns Motorola Mobile these days, I rather suspect they'll be one of the sharper OEMs at shipping the updates in future.
Android update? From Motorola? Really? Yeh right.
*****DON'T FALL INTO THE SAME TRAP AS THE UK ATRIX OWNERS******
Before anybody rushed to buy this phone with the "promise" of Ice Cream Sandwich can I remind you of the WAIT that UK ATRIX owners have had trying to get GINGERBREAD!!!
109,504 Views 1,469 Replies - 98 Pages and STILL NO GINGERBREAD!!!
I read that and wondered...
...why is Troy Queef writing for El Reg?
With apologies to my good friend Richard Porter:
"First impressions are as solid as a lead elephant. The motor feels as strong as an ant on amphetamines whilst the gearlever slips through the gate like an eager eel in a bucket of baby oil as the pliant ride mops up ruts and ridges like a steel sprung sponge. That’s the basics taken care of. It’s time to push some more searching questions down the helmpipe.
When the wheelmanship is notched up to gas mark 10, Toyota’s tiny tiddler responds in kind. Turn in is pointier than a nude Eskimo’s nipples as the steering telegraphs back fat slices of creamy information and the tortured tyres cling on like rubber raptor’s jaws.
Coming in hot to an especially nuggety switchback, I pile in under power and then slam shut the tide of gas. All at once the tail steps wide, I catch it with a dab of oppo and I’m away.
Toyota Yaris 1.33 TR is a bitch. And I spanked it."
Go, because there's no 'dab of oppo' icon