Hands-on with the Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon

Motorola has relaunched the RAZR series with the new Droid RAZR, and measuring just 7.1mm, it turns out to be the world’s thinnest smartphone. This Gingerbread smartphone packs in a 4.3″ super AMOLED advanced qHD display with contrast that they claim is better than the iPhone 4S’ retina display. The Droid RAZR is also made out of some very unique materials, including laser cut kevlar fiber on the outside and a scratch resistant corning glass. It’s also using Motorola Splash guard technology, which keeps the device safe from splashes – so that even the electric boards on the inside of the device are splash proof.

Under the hood the device is packing in a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of ram and an 8MP rear-facing camera that is capable of recording 1080p HD video. The Droid RAZR also promises to have better battery life than other smartphones, with a talk time of 12.5 hours.

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On the software front, the Motorola Droid RAZR comes preloaded with the web top app, so that you can dock the device into a lap dock or cradle for viewing its content on a big screen display. It also features Smart Actions, which is Motorola’s new solution for increasing battery life. Smart Actions lets you customize the device to react in different situations, so that for example, it knows to turn off Bluetooth and GPS connections when you get home, or reduce the speed of the processor when battery is at 20%.

Motorola is also unveiling a new “personal cloud” technology called MotoCast. In some ways, this can be considered their answer to iCloud, but it doesn’t work quite the same way. MotoCast lets your smartphone and tablet stream off of your PC, so that your photos, music and docs are always in sync.

The Droid RAZR is also ready to be get down and dirty in the board room, it comes with enhanced security capabilities like Remote wipe, pin lock and government-grade encryption for email and features like Citrix Receiver, Gotomeeting, and Quick Office all come preloaded.

In person, the Droid RAZR is pretty impressive, especially with its kevlar finish. That said, despite being thin, it seems pretty large, so this is one smartphone that isn’t suited for everyone. The Motorola Droid RAZR will be available for $299 with a 2 year contract from Verizon, and preorders begin on October 27th.

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