- Super slim yet solidly built
- Dazzling screen is great for video
- Plays just about every video format going
- Fast and totally feature packed
- Design is a little crude
- Screen isn't the sharpest
- Could be too big for some
- Review Price: £430.00
- 4.3in, 640 x 960 pixel AMOLED screen
- 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor
- 16GB inbuit storage and with microSD slot
- Android 2.3.5 OS
The Motorola Droid RAZR XT910 is the first phone to sport the RAZR name since the RAZR2 V9x. That phone was the last murmur of a brand that had been flogged to within an inch of its life as Motorola continued to release RAZR handsets that fell further and further behind the technical curve. The Droid RAZR, though, is a technology tour de force that doesn’t just give the RAZR brand a new lease of life, but puts it right back at the forefront.
Just how cutting edge is it? Well, given its 7.1mm thickness, it’s almost literally the epitome thereof. But aside from this it also packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, a whacking great 4.3in AMOLED screen, and all the connectivity we’ve come to wish for from a top-end handset. Add in a sprinkling of neat little extras and you have one of our favourite handsets of the moment.
Coming back to that super slim design, it’s perhaps an acquired taste. There’s a bulge at the top that makes it a little top heavy, a raised plastic bezel round the screen, a rather prominent Motorola logo on the front, and an intriguing angular style. Combined with the Kevlar weave back it doesn’t have the minimalist appeal of those apparently hugely desirable white iPhones for instance. We, however, rather like its edgy look. The curved, raised bezel is a little distracting, but overall it feels just different enough to be interesting rather than whacky.
One point we’ve skipped over, though, is that top-heavy profile. Motorola claims the phone is 7.1mm thick, which it indeed is for the vast majority of its length. However the top section that houses the camera, LED flash and speaker is a ”whopping” 10.6mm. This isn’t the dimension that concerns us about this phone, though. That honour goes to the size of the screen, and the corresponding height (130.7mm) and width (68.9mm) of the handset.
The screen is 4.3in across, which by today’s standards isn’t gargantuan, but definitely pushes towards the overly-large tier. As ever the problem is not just fitting the thing in your pocket or purse but actually holding it, with the key critique being you can’t actually reach the whole screen without shifting your grip. As ever, though, there’s a strong degree of personal preference here.
Motorola has made an attempt to alleviate one problem associated with large phones; the power/screen lock button is on the right edge. This is a much more sensible place for large handsets than on the top edge as it makes for less stretching when you just want to quickly turn the phone on one-handed. However, Motorola seems to have slipped up a bit as the exact placement doesn’t, to our hands, actually make it any easier to reach when holding the phone with your left hand. By the time we’ve stretched to where it’s situated we can just as easily reach the top edge (and can’t reach the bottom navigation buttons).
One reason Motorola didn’t quite get this right is that it probably wasn’t placing the button there for the sake of usability but rather to make room for all the connectivity that fills the top edge – another excuse for its bulk. Up here you have microUSB, microHDMI (still a rare, yet useful, addition, particularly for easily showing off the photos and videos on your phone) and a headphone jack.
The USB and HDMI sockets are so positioned that they remain compatible with the range of dock accessories that debuted with the Motorola Atrix as well as a couple of new additions, the Lapdock 500 and Lapdock 100. These turn the phone into a low-power laptop – with 14 and 10in screens respectively – running the Webtop interface. Sadly we didn’t have one of these to hand to test but you can get a good idea of what the ~£270 accessories will get you buy reading our Atrix review.
Also found on the right edge is the slightly small and fiddly volume rocker, while on the left edge is the access panel for the SIM and memory slots. The phone takes micro SIMs like those used on the iPhone 4S (just ask and your network should provide one free of charge, or you can chop a normal sized one down to size) and microSD memory cards. You can add microSD cards up to 32GB to go along with the 16GB already built into the handset – this is among the most generous complements of phone storage available.
As the presence of this flap may suggest, the Motorola Droid RAZR doesn’t have a removable back plate and as such you can’t access the battery to replace it.