Motorola Droid RAZR M Review (Verizon Wireless)


The Motorola Droid RAZR M is one of the latest handsets to be released in the Droid RAZR series. The smartphone packs in much of the qualities that made the original Droid RAZR a hit, but without breaking the bank.

For starters, the Droid RAZR M packs in a 4.3″ Super AMOLED edge-to-edge display with a 960 x 540 resolution. The phone is actually using the same display technology that can be found on the original Droid RAZR M. That means that it sports very bright and vivid colors. Unfortunately that also means that just like with its predecessor, it has got a PenTile display. Still this is a very good display. But if you’re looking for an even better display, then you should hold out for the upcoming Droid RAZR HD or Droid RAZR MAXX HD.

The Droid RAZR M also takes design cues from its predecessor with a very thin 0.33″ profile that is reinforced with a DuPont Kevlar fiber backplate and a Corning Gorilla Glass display. This time around Motorola is also offering the device in a choice of black or white. Overall, we really like the form-factor of the Motorola Droid RAZR M and find it comfortable to grip. It’s also less of a grease magnet than its predecessor was. We also feel like this time around the Droid series seems more feminine. Maybe it’s the white color choice, or maybe the even more petite form-factor, but we really do appreciate these latest stylistic changes to the series.

As can be expected from Verizon’s LTE network, web surfing on the Droid RAZR M is an excellent experience. In general, the device operates swiftly thanks to its 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor processor and 1 GB of RAM.



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On the camera front, the phone sports an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording. Unfortunately there is nothing to write home about here kids. The camera does take quite sharp photos in daylight, although colors could be more vivid. Unfortunately, in low-light conditions it struggles. But to its credit, it’s able to snap pics quickly. Overall the camera on the Droid RAZR M is pretty good, it just can’t compete with the camera on the likes of the Galaxy S III.

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Battery life on the Motorola Droid RAZR M is quite good too. We can get nearly a full day from its battery with moderate use. In addition, Motorola has included SMARTACTIONS which enables the Droid RAZR M to anticipate your needs according to your GPS location, time of day, or amount of battery life. For example, the phone will automatically shut down non-essential functions when your battery runs low.

The device comes running Android 4.0, and an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is promised to arrive by the end of the year. Unfortunately, we’re hardly  smitten by the Droid RAZR M’s software U.I. But notably, Motorola has introduced a neat new Circles Widget on the Droid RAZR M which displays the remaining battery life, weather forecast and time right on your home screen.

Verdict

Normally we would lament the fact that the Droid RAZR M’s display is PenTile, but at this price point, it’s still quite a good display. As a matter of fact, for $99 on contract, the Motorola Droid RAZR M offers a lot more quality than your typical $99 on contract phone. And it can be found for as low as $79 on Amazon. All in all, the Motorola Droid RAZR M for Verizon Wireless is hardly the most exciting smartphone out there, but it offers a great value, and it also makes for a fine evolution in the Droid RAZR series. However, if you’re lusting after even a better display and battery life, wait for the RAZR HD or RAZR MAXX HD to come out.

The Good: Nice compact form-factor, great performance, LTE support, NFC, now available in white too, good battery life, good pricing.

The Bad: Camera performs poorly in lowlight and display is PenTile.

Update 11/14/2012: An update for Android 4.1 Jelly bean is now available for the Droid RAZR M.

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