• Intel processor
• Excellent build quality
• Large screen
• Low pixel density
• Odd back-design
• Small storage
The Motorola RAZR i is one of the best smartphones we have seen this year, the smartphone has an impressive build quality and an Intel processor, which works as well as expected. The colors are vibrant, but they lack that pixel quality, the design on the back of the phone is controversial too, putting some viewers off the phone completely.
We got our hands on the newest Motorola RAZR, and we checked the Android smartphone out to see if Motorola are still in with a contention of winning top place in the smartphone category.
Motorola have decided against the generic plastic design that you see on most Android phones nowadays, and have went with a mixture of glass, aluminum and metal, to give it a premium build.
On the back, there is a Kevlar design, which feels nice in the hand but has a controversial pattern design that some users may find disorienting or ugly.
We found at 4.3-inches, the phone was very easy to hold and still has that screen real estate for you to see all your apps at large. Motorola are touting this the “first edge-to-edge display”, meaning there is no bezel to stop the screen from going to the edge.
While this is a good idea, it can make holding your finger on the smartphone frustrating, because you are always on the screen unless you have your finger in an uncomfortable position.
With a Super AMOLED panel, we found that the display showed hues and blacks at very dark and sometimes colors appear a little too saturated. Pixel density is quite poor, we can see pixels when we zoom into text and that is quite a redundant feature that most manufacturers have worked to stop.
The Motorola RAZR i only has one core inside, but given that the single core is 2GHz and Intel built, we can see the power that the device will receive.
This may impact on speeds when multitasking, but so far we haven’t see any lag from the smartphone and we doubt it will crash once too many tasks are placed.
The Intel processor has 1GB of RAM, a good amount although Motorola could have pushed it a little higher. Quad-core processors with 2GB’s of RAM are the norm for flagship smartphones these days, Motorola should be aiming around there.
Motorola ships the phone with Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich. While this is still a fine Android operating system in our opinion, it is starting to get a little old.
Jelly Bean is possibly around the corner; whether that is 4.1 or 4.2, we are unsure, although we hope that Motorola will be able to grab the latter, especially since Google now own Motorola.
We found that Motorola’s skin was nice without being in your face – while we would have liked to see pure Android, we do not find Motorola’s skin as heavy or annoying as TouchWiz and Sense have been on past smartphones.
Android has a great collection of smartphone apps and you will find almost everything you will need and want on the apps store. We found that some applications are not optimized for a 4.3-inch display, but most do a good job.
We can only expect that Android will continue to have developers working on their platform, and adding apps to the apps store. As Motorola works to keep the RAZR i as a top-flagship, it will continue to make sure Android apps are compatible.
The same is 8MP’s and comes with most of Android’s simple software features. Motorola have not done much to change the camera software.
We found that the camera can take pictures well in good light situations, but in low light, it struggles to find the best quality.
Overall, we would say the camera is okay, without being very good or significantly bad.
The battery life is substantial, in our tests it lasted a full day with a good 20% left. Of course, this may change depending on how much you use your mobile per day.
We watched a movie, played a few games, used the internet a lot for Twitter and other apps and called a few people. It was an eventful time and the Motorola RAZR i did well.
Coming with only 8GB’s of internal storage, and only 5GB’s of which is usable, we would say that this smartphone doesn’t do much for the big app and music downloader.
You can purchase an SDcard that can add 32GB’s of storage to your mobile, if you find you really need more storage on your device.
This good mid-range device has an impressively fast processor, a sleek premium build and good operating system. Problems with the amount of storage and quite dull screen could annoy some users, but it is cheap and a good buy.
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