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Motorola RAZR HD Review


Motorola RAZR HD Review

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Boasting a huge 2530mAh battery, 4G connectivity and a large 4.7in screen, Motorola claims the RAZR HD is an "all day" Android phone. The RAZR HD definitely lasts a little longer than many of its competitors, giving it a slight advantage in the battery life stakes. It's a well-built smartphone with some intuitive software but the RAZR HD's industrial look and feel won't strike a positive chord with everyone.

The RAZR HD has stuck to the industrial looking trend that Motorola favours on its top-end smartphones. Whether you like this style will depend on your personal tastes. Among the distinctive touches include two visible torx screws at the bottom, a SIM card tray on the left that needs an eject tool to open (much like Apple's iPhone 5 and the HTC One X) and well placed power and volume buttons on the right that provide good tactility. We particularly like the slim power button, which has grooves carved into it to provide a better grip for your thumb. The hidden notification LED below the Motorola logo at the top is also really nice touch.

Motorola describes the RAZR HD as "the world’s most compact 4.7in smartphone." It measures 8.4mm thin which is quite an achievement considering the large 4.7in screen size and that huge battery. With that being said, this is far from a small phone. It's slightly thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S III but the RAZR's squarer design and sharper corners gives the impression that it's thicker. The phone also weighs more than most of its competitors at 146g, though we didn't find it overly heavy during general day-to-day use. If you're coming from an original RAZR smartphone, you'll find the RAZR HD has much better ergonomics and is far more comfortable to hold and use single-handedly.

Motorola has retained many of the features that made the previous RAZR and the RAZR V rather distinctive. The rear of the phone has a Kevlar fibre backing that the company says makes it sturdier than most other smartphones. The RAZR HD is also coated in a splash-guard treatment that makes it "water repellent", aiming to protect both the outside and the internal components. The splash-guard treatment works as well as Motorola says — any water drops on the handset simply slide off the surface easily, much like water beads rolling off a car when it's just been polished and waxed. Keep in mind the coating makes the RAZR HD water-repellent, but not completely waterproof.

The RAZR HD's build quality is excellent. There are no moving parts and the casing doesn't creak or rattle when pressed. We did find the SIM eject tray was a little difficult to remove as it needed a bit of force to pry open. We also dislike the fact that to access the microSD card you'll need to remove the SIM card, too. Unless you're regularly swapping your micro-SIM or microSD card, though, this isn't a significant issue.

The Motorola RAZR HD has a large 4.7in super AMOLED screen with a 720p HD resolution of 1280x720. This gives it a pixel density of 312ppi, comparable to the best flagship smartphones on the market. The screen displays crisp and sharp text with minimal, visible aberrations, but it does have a tendency to oversaturate colours when compared directly with the iPhone 5, especially skin tones. The RAZR HD displays more vibrant images than the iPhone, though its black levels aren't as deep. The RAZR HD's screen is coated in gorilla glass, which aims to prevent scratches. The Motorola RAZR HD comes with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android.

Previous Motorola phones have been criticised for poor UI overlays but the company has clearly listened to consumers. At the RAZR HD's Australian launch event, Motorola says it "revamped" its user interface because users find Google's mobile operating system "fairly complex". The look and feel of the RAZR HD's interface is very similar to Google's stock UI on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. There's a few subtle but appreciated touches on the RAZR HD. The lock screen allows you to swipe to the right to unlock the screen, swipe to the left to jump immediately into the camera app, swipe up to access the phone menu and swipe down to jump into text messages. A small switch on the top right corner of the lock screen also puts the RAZR HD into silent mode.

By default the RAZR HD is set up with a single home page.

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