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Motorola Razr hands-on review

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Super-thin Kevlar Motorola Razr

V3 was one of the first to get its hands on the new Motorola Razr smartphone unveiled on Wednesday and we had a quick play on the device to see whether it lives up to the hype.

Naming it the 'Razr', after its hugely popular Razr range first launched in 2005, suggests Motorola has high hopes for the device.

One of the main aspects of the smartphone touted by Motorola is the size and weight of the device, with the firm claiming the super slim design makes it the thinnest smartphone on the market.

Whether it is or not, it does feel very light and comfortable to hold, yet it's far from petite, boasting a high-quality 4.3inch super AMOLED screen.

It still feels sturdy and strong too, no doubt helped by the use of threaded Kevlar on the back of the phone and Gorilla Glass for the screen, making it ideally suited for busy people who don't want a device they have to be precious with as they go about their day.

The firm has also added what it calls SplashGuard technology, which makes the phone water-repellent to low level liquid impacts such as rain.

It features a top quality, razor sharp display (excuse the pun) with images and web pages rendered clearly and crisply, making it an equal to many high-end Samsung devices and the iPhone 4S.

This will help ensure photos taken with the eight megapixel camera aren't let down , while video is also of a high-quality, with 1080 HD playback. This is complemented by a sizeable 16GB storage and an SD card to ramp storage to a whopping 48GB.

Accessing and interacting with all this data will require a speedy processor and the dual-core 1.2GHz processor is certainly powerful enough, with the phone easily and seamlessly switching between camera, applications and pages.

It's odd in some ways, though, that the device has Gingerbread as its operating system, and not Ice Cream Sandwich. Perhaps Google purposefully allowed Samsung be first to market with the latest version of Android to keep it sweet.

Motorola confirmed it would be rolling out the update to the phone in the first quarter of 2012, though, so those keen for the update won't have to wait too long if they plump for the Razr.

One notable hardware inclusion on the device is an HDMI port, a feature lacking from many high-end devices such as the iPhone 4S. This will allow users to stream photos and videos to larger screens through a single cable with no quality loss, ideal for sharing photos or business presentations.

Overall then Motorola has produced a strong piece of kit with the Razr, and one that's worthy of the Razr name. It could be just the phone the firm needs to turn heads in the UK market, where its Milestone devices have failed to excite consumers, unlike in the US.

Whether its enough to compete with Apple or Samsung will remain to be seen and its launch at the same time as a major Samsung product and as the iPhone 4S flies off the shelves could hurt the firm.

It is, however, a very strong offering and could well be the springboard to even bigger and brighter things as Google starts to provide its not inconsiderable support and assistance to the firm.

19 Oct 2011

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