Motorola RAZR i – Calling, Contacts and Browser
The Motorola RAZR i offers a great all round experience when it comes to the standard phone duties.
For calling, as you’d expect for a handset of its price the RAZR i has a noise-cancelling microphone so produces clear audio for the person listening to you, while the earpiece offers good clarity too. Volume is also plentiful through both the earpiece, though the loudspeaker isn’t all that great with a fairly weak tone if ample loudness.
Signal pick up varies greatly given your location and service provider but in and around London and on O2 is seemed very good with us not losing signal anywhere we wouldn’t expect to.
It’s also easy to find the person you want to call thanks to an easy to use Contacts interface. As you’d expect of a modern phone, you can import contacts from Facebook as well as your online email accounts, so you can be up and running in minutes. Once imported it’s easy to find people thanks to their imported pictures, even if some of the pics are rather pixellated.
The dialler also matches names and numbers as you type, making it super quick to get to the person you want. This is a feature still frustratingly absent from the iPhone range and the new Windows Phone 8 operating system too.
When it comes to messaging, the Motorola RAZR i also performs admirably, and in fact this is one area where that large screen really comes into its own. Having the extra width of a 4.3in display yet having a modest sized phone means it’s really easy to reach the full extent of the keyboard and hit the onscreen keys accurately.
As for the way messages are displayed, as we’ve come to expect of modern phones, you’ve a clean and clear SMS interface where messages are arranged into neat conversations. Easy and indeed peasy.
We’re not quite so keen on the email interface as the email list feels a little cluttered and the small font is a little cramped on that Pentile screen, but it’s otherwise really easy to use.
When it comes to calendars, Google now offers two options with the inbuilt Android calendar app as well as a specific Google Calendar app that offers more control over some of the specifics of the company’s in-house online calendar. Both offer a very similar look and feel though, which is largely easy to get to grips with.
One area where this phone’s fast processor really comes into its own is with web browsing. Web pages render incredibly fast, making even the most graphically rich websites quick to load and easy to navigate.
However, perhaps the one key area where this would be of particular advantage, there’s a problem. Famously Android has long supported Flash content on websites, allowing you to watch embedded videos or play flash games for instance – it’s been one of Android’s fillips against the iPhone. However Flash doesn’t work on this phone. Now, Google has actually stopped support for Flash in the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean version of Android and Flash is steadily being replaced by HTML5 but nonetheless, there’s till plenty of content out there that you now won’t be able to view on this handset.