Motorola Razr i specs / full review

Motorola Razr i deserves respect. During this review you´ll meet a peculiar Android.

To begin, we can talk about the feature responsible for breaking paradigms: this is the first smartphone "Powered by Intel". Its "heart", a 2 GHz Intel Atom, comes from the same family of low energy x86 processors, that have already equipped Dell Inspiron Mini and Lenovo IdeaPad notebooks series. Now, however, it's time to Motorola use it to supply all the power needed to this amazing device.

Motorola Razr i » PROS and CONS

PROS:

Excellent completion; Impressive battery; Good price; Compact; Big screen; Android modified.

CONS:

Side buttons architecture; Ordinary camera; Bad screen under the sun; Non-removable battery; Low speaker.

VERDICT:

Motorola Razr i is one of the best options among the androids of its price range, even though its incredible Intel is not a dual-core. And it worths the recommendation: just the fact that its battery lasts long hours away from the plug already makes it a great candidate for purchase.

Handling and design

The slogan " fullscreen smartphone" has here a reason to be: its edges, practically absent on the sides, expand 4.3 inch screen brightness for almost its entire length. At the upper end, the compact spacing without display - where it´s "hidden": light sensor, speaker (under the brand name of the manufacturer) and video calling camera - also deserves attention.

In the front side, the only detail that distunes is the bottom, where there is plenty of space without screen. Still, even if the screen does not fulfills the entire front extension, the impression one gets from the handling is extremely positive, and all other phones with similar dimensions seem to miss some refinement and "taste", when compared to Razr i.

Its aluminum unibody with rounded edges ensures optimum and comfortable grip. Its curved ends create an appropriate design for hands, and there are no ergonomic distortions as the original Razr had. In the rear side, its Kevlar completion (usual in Razr line) only confirms the impression of good strength and security of its overall completion.

However, buttons placement is strange: on the right, above, Motorola decided to place unlock screen button. It´s slightly raised from the edge and its position can be accidentally clicked with the left forefinger when the phone is handled horizontally to take a photo, for example.

Triggering the camera, which button should be elevated, offers the contrary to its users: thanks to a little slope after the button it´s difficult to fumble the key to take pictures quickly. But Motorola seems to have understood the message before releasing it and decided to increase this button´s sensitivity. This, on the one hand, doesn´t makes it so hard to "kick"the button to take a picture rapidly. On the other hand, this extra sensitivity triggered the camera in the pocket on several occasions, in which I was surprised by the flash light shining in my pocket when pulling the smartphone out for use.

Volume button on the right side and microUSB input, on the left, perform their tasks well and are well positioned. Now, the plastic cover used to hide SIM card and microUSB card input is at least exaggerated. However, neither of these points represents a major problem.

Great performance

Continuing with this Motorola Razr i specs and review, I will now approach performance topic.

Only one thing explains the breaking of many Android taboos on a single device: the new Atom processor. Intel and Motorola did a great job to keep smartphone fluidly without gagging in multitasking with apps stability and, above all, great battery life.

One of the taboos it breaks is the understanding that Android 4.0 is only good in smartphones with more than one "core". Working on its 2 Ghz, the device resisted all tasks that were imposed without gagging. Using more than one application at the same time showed even faster and stable that in some dual core smartphones available on the market.

Under continued stress it also disrupts a second taboo: processor overheating. Far from it, there were few times that Razr i was warm. And thus, proving to be able to withstand large floods processing without heating and managing well with low energy consumption, another important taboo was broken: its battery.

Motorola Razr i specs

Unprecedented durability in an Android

Motorola Razr i specs / full review > > > 2,000 mAh battery can be by far the most surprising spec in Razr i. Throughout the test, the smartphone never got completely out of charge. On its worst day, it endured 18 hours without recharging, under intense and continuous use during a trip.


System changes are nice

Although Motorola had been bought by Google, its devices have not yet come with pure Android interface, as the Nexus line. But unlike the old Motoblur interface, the modifications imposed in this 4.0 system version were very nice.

The first example is that you can have the home screen widget, which normally is the first item to be removed from the phones of other manufacturers. In 3 circles, Motorola has placed a clock that also displays notifications such as missed calls and messages, weather in your region, detectable by GPS or by manual registration of cities, and a small battery indicator menu.

Still on the home screen, when dragging the page to the left, instead of having more places to put apps and widgets you'll see a whole operation´s menu to enable or disable features like Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G and NFC. On initial screen right side, it opens an options menu to add more pages. For us this solution is good: instead of having multiple pages to spread free apps, you can arrange them according to your needs and preferences.

In the menu, design remains the same as the original Android, with tabbed apps and widgets in continuous navigation.

However, still not a "top smartphone"

Despite many positive details, and although Motorola Razr i has a great performance, you cannot categorize it as a top smartphone. The overall screen quality, for example, is nothing spectacular. Reflective under the sun, partly because of it´s low brightness, Razr i 4.3 inch screen has a resolution of 960 x 540, yet being able to provide good quality sharp images. Although satisfactory, it's nowhere near the contrast, sharpness and resolution currently offered on an iPhone 5 or a Xperia S.

Another detail is that, although it has NFC, Razr i lacks an HDMI output, even if associated with USB as the Samsung Galaxy SX line.

In the audio part, nothing to debunk about headphones sound quality.


Weak camera (when compared to the competition)

8 MP Razr i camera shows that, in this regard, Motorola will hardly evolve. Against such strong competitors that both invest in this feature, with professional lenses and compact and semi professional camera sensors, Razr i comes out as a figure just "satisfactory".

Saved by the speed that is thrown in and by its good ability to change focal point during shooting, the pictures are good, with colors not always so accurate. HDR feature is a charm, but doesn´t performs miracles with its weak sensor. But the truth is this has always been a poor spec in Motorola smartphones, since the time of the first Milestone.

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