Touch and Swype
Beneath the Kevlar, Android 2.3.5 is running but it’s reasonable to assume an Ice Cream Sandwich update will hove into view in early 2012. Processing power comes courtesy of a 1.2GHz dual-core chip with 1GB of RAM. That’s a spec that suggests shit off a shovel performance, and the Razr doesn’t disappoint. The AnTuTu Android benchmarking score of 6008 is so high, the air around it is thin.
The Kevlar casing has a great look and feel
In real terms this power manifests itself in the effortless playback of 1080p video, the smoothness of graphically demanding games and a UI that slides around under the finger like warm baby oil off the back of a transgender pole dancer.
With luck we’ve now seen the last of Motorola’s Motoblur overlay so the Razr makes do with a light re-skinning of Android’s stock graphics, some bespoke widgets and media apps plus a central sign-in facility for Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket, Picasa, Yahoo, Windows Live and the like. All of which ties together your cloud-based media, social network and messaging services.
Browser and text reflow
Like a number of recent Motorola 'droids, the Razr comes with the excellent Swype (join the letters) keyboard. You also get something called Smart Actions which can automatically change settings or launch apps depending on the phone’s locale or the time of day. The MotoCast remote media-streaming app is worth having too.
According to Motorola, the Razr has 16GB of built-in storage. On my device 8GB was shown free for file storage and 4GB for apps storage. That’s more than enough space to keep me happy but it still leaves the best part of 4GB unaccounted for.
Homescreen and photo uploads
When it comes to cameras you get an 8Mp snapper on the back and a 1.3Mp webcam on the front. The main camera isn’t as good as the best from Sony Ericsson but it’s more than a match for any HTC 8Mp shooter or the camera on the new Nokia Lumia 800. Video can be shot at 1080p/30fps H.264 through the main camera and at 720p through the Skype-supporting webcam, which is as good as it gets.
Next page: Switch blades?
... 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