Merging the original Motorola Razr name with the power of the Droid family, the Motorola Droid Razr is a smartphone that takes "top-of-the-line specs" and stuffs them into one of the "thinnest and lightest smartphone cases on the planet," says Jonathan S. Geller of BGR.com. It ranks highly with reviewers for its thin yet durable design and speedy 4G, but Nilay Patel of TheVerge.com warns it compromises display quality to reach such thin proportions.
Composed of a Kevlar-coated back for strength -- which prohibits the battery from being removed -- and Corning Gorilla Glass up front to prevent scratches, the Droid Razr is as sturdy as it is slim. "It's light, but 'space-age material' light, not 'flimsy plastic' light," says Sascha Segan of PCMag.com. While it's only 7.1 mm thick -- a hair thinner than an iPod Touch -- it measures 5.14 inches tall and 2.71 inches wide. Reviewers feel the device may be too big for some and that one-handed use is tricky. It uses a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced, PenTile Matrix display, which some reviewers have criticized for appearing grainy. "Colors look very good and are reasonably bright and vivid, though the screen doesn't compare to the likes of Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus displays," says Geller.
The Droid Razr offers an abundance of multimedia features, most notably Smart Actions, which is "likely the single best feature of the Razr," says Nilay Patel. Smart Actions allows users to customize settings so the smartphone turns Bluetooth, GPS, screen brightness and other features on or off under certain conditions, such as when your battery is running low. The Razr runs Android Gingerbread and will receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS update. Processor speeds are quite fast, and reviewers say Motorola's tweaks to the interface are less intrusive than on previous Motorola models. The 8-megapixel camera "takes reasonably good photos when everything is perfectly in order, but the slow autofocus and relatively poor low-light performance doesn't make that easy," says Patel.
Call quality and 4G speeds are excellent. Battery life is less impressive and typically required reviewers to charge it throughout the day when using 4G. While the Razr carries top-notch specs, it faces competition from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (*Est. $100) and the iPhone 4S (*Est. $200 at 16GB). "The Motorola Droid RAZR is Verizon's classiest, most powerful smartphone for now, but it may be quickly outpaced by competitors," says Segan -- one of which is the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (*Est. $300 with contract), which offers extended battery life.
CNET and PCMag.com provide the most detail-oriented reviews of the Droid Razr, with CNET focusing on test results and PCMag.com comparing the Razr with both current and upcoming competitors. TheVerge.com offers a comprehensive review with picture comparisons of the Razr's PenTile Matrix display, while SlashGear.com also provides plenty of images and videos in addition to their written review. BGR.com takes a look at the Razr's hardware and software, comparing and contrasting it with other leading smartphones.
Awarding the Droid Razr 4 out of 5 stars -- a ranking of Excellent -- Nicole Lee calls the Razr "attractive, slim, and lightweight" but notes that its large size "might feel awkward in small hands."
Review: Motorola Droid Razr 32GB, Nicole Lee, Jan. 27, 2012
Rating the Razr at 4.5 out of 5 stars, Sascha Segan calls it Verizon's "classiest, most powerful smartphone" but cautions that it may be "quickly outpaced" by its competition.
Review: Motorola Droid Razr (Verizon Wireless), Sascha Segan, Nov. 9, 2011
Nilay Patel cautions consumers that while the Droid Razr has impressive internals and a thin design, Motorola has compromised screen quality to achieve these results.
Review: Motorola Droid Razr Review, Nilay Patel, Nov. 7, 2011
Vincent Nguyen feels there's "plenty to like" about the Droid Razr, but says that it suffers from "insufficient" battery life and doesn't have the best camera on the market.
Review: Motorola Droid Razr Review, Vincent Nguyen, Nov. 7, 2011
Stating that the Razr has replaced Samsung's Galaxy S II as "the best Android device I've ever used," Jonathan S. Geller appreciates the fast speed and thin design, though he notes that the phone is too large for easy one-handed usage.
Review: Motorola Droid Razr Review, Jonathan S. Geller, Nov. 7, 2011