Motorola RAZR Smartphone Review

By on November 21, 2011
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Slice like a ninja, cut like a knife.

Good: Extremely thin, KAVLER fiber back and Smart Actions
Bad: Can be unresponsive, Screen is a bit disappointing and can heat up
Price: AED 2599
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

A few years back, before Smartphones became so popular, the Motorola RAZR was about as iconic of a device as the iPhone is today. With a gorgeous design and superb build quality, the RAZR enjoyed tremendous success amongst it’s peers that just appeared uncool and bulky. Thus, Motorola must’ve had a lot of pressure internally to resurrect the RAZR in a Smartphone form factor and we find out today if they succeeded tor not.

To get the unit for reviewing right away, I received the Motorola RAZR with the charger in a brown bag so I can’t really comment on what the packaging will include, or, record a dramatic unboxing video. However, let me add that I almost missed catching the RAZR when it slid out of the brown bag- it’s that slim.


Measuring 130.7 x 68.9mm the Motorola RAZR is a bit on the large side but with a depth of just 7.1mm, it certainly is the thinnest Smartphone you can find on the market. The entire front is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass while the KEVLAR fibre used on the back not only feels good but keeps the unit well protected- it is the same material used in bullet-proof vests. What I think could have been better is the material that Motorola uses as a frame around the device- it just doesn’t look that premium. Also, and this might sound a little weird, the light weight of 127g makes the RAZR “feel” a little less premium than what I think Motorola is aiming for.

The top part of the RAZR is slightly thicker than the rest of the body and this probably done to accommodate things like the front facing and back cameras, the USB and HDMI connections as well as the 3.5mm jack. On the right side, you have the power and volume buttons while the left has slots for MicroSIM and a MicroSD card. It’s good to see more vendors adopting the new SIM card size. Motorola did have to make at least one sacrifice to make the RAZR super slim and that is that the battery is no longer removable/user-replaceable.


Coming to the specs, the Motorola RAZR is pretty well equipped with a dual core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, PowerVR SGX540 GPU and TI OMAP 4430 chipset along with 1GB RAM and 16GB of built-in storage for all your files which can be increased by a microSD card. On the connectivity side, the RAZR is equipped with an HSDPA radio that can work at a maximum speed of 14.4Mbps, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with hotspot capabilities and Bluetooth 4.0 along with AGPS. The usual assortment of sensors are also included such as the accelerometer and proximity sensor.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Magnus Nystedt

    Me likes :-)

    • Abbas Jaffar Ali

      The review or the device ;)

      I think a lot was to do with expectations. When I was looking at the photos from the US launched, it looked good. Real good. But in hand, it failed to meet the expectations I had created in my mind over how incredible it will be.

      • Magnus Nystedt

        Haha, good one :-)

  • Annmarieking925

    Fast as lightning. Great product. Thanks Verizon for coming through as promised. This phone does everything at the speed of light. No issues. No problems.

  • Aymane

    On the contrary,I have noticed that it’s a little bit slow to respond.also the screen is better than the samsung SII I put them side by side comparing a running video in the gallery (same clip) it was very clear that razr is the winner!!

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