Yesterday, Motorola released 3 new smartphone devices in the Droid Family. I highlighted the Motorola Droid RAZR HD and the HD Maxx. The third, the Motorola Droid RAZR M is quite an impressive piece of equipment too – a perfect device for daily official and personal use. It is designed to make recording and viewing videos easy, surfing the internet faster, easy to handle and attractive in design.
Apparently, Motorola discovered that consumers who desired more compact devices preferred last year’s model of the Droid Razr – but with greater power without compromising the physical attributes. This 4.3 incher has a bigger screen that stretches from edge to edge – increasing the user’s control and content view area without increasing the width of the device. How smart is it, getting rid of the Bezel?
The Motorola Droid RAZR M unveiled yesterday is certainly the most unique of the three phones in the Droid RAZR family that Motorola launched yesterday. This uniqueness stems from its design, features, the Kevlar backing, the Gorilla glass screen and the price – for just $99 and a two year contract on Verizon, you can have this 4G LTE capable baby by this year’s holiday season.
The most intriguing factor in the design of the Droid RAZR M is the edge to edge screen – this alone is something that can make me go for it. By eliminating the traditional thick bezel, Motorola managed to fit a 4.3 inch screen on a phone which is no bigger than the iPhone 4S in width.
As with the other Droid smartphones, the RAZR M comes with a high definition display, though with a lower resolution of 960 X 540 pixels. This means that the display will be less crisp compared to the other two phones but for the intended use, I think it is still perfect.
The phone is also pretty thin – just 7.1 mm thick. The body, in line with Motorola’s tradition, is strong and impressively light too, thanks to the Kevlar backing. The phone’s dimensions are 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm and weighs only 127 g. The Corning Gorilla Glass reinforces its display strength meaning that it will have better resistance from splashes and drops and will resist better against scratches and abuse.
The Droid RAZR M has 2 cameras – a front and a rear. The rear camera is of course what most users will take a closer look at, and sure enough it does not disappoint, the 8 megapixels camera of course is something that only high end smartphones come with, but the M sports it! Motorola did not put a lot of effort in convincing us that the camera on this phone is beyond reproach, but 8 megapixels is more than what one can ask for a less than $100 phone.
With the primary camera, you can take pictures at 1920×1080 pixels and high definition 1080p videos at 30 frames per second or 480p at 120 frames per second. The rear camera also features autofocus, face detection, geo-tagging, image stabilization and LED flash. The front camera on the other hand is a 0.3MP.
Operating System and software
Most of us expected that the Droid RAZR smartphones would ship with the newest version of Android OS Jelly Bean but this was not to be. The Droid RAZR M comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box but Motorola promises us that a Jelly Bean update will be coming soon – probably a short while after the phone hits the shelves. This will also be the first batch of Motorola smartphones to come with the Chrome browser besides the standard software that all Motorola phones come with such as Smartactions software.
If you are going to buy the M, know that it comes with a little bit of bloatware and there should be even more from Verizon. The applications that we already know will be included include NFL Mobile, VZ Navigator, Slacker, Facebook, Amazon App store, Zappos Shopping and Live Streaming app Color. If you do not like any of these, disabling or removing them has never been easier.
Motorola Droid RAZR M sports a 1.5GHz Dual core Qualcomm S4 processor – the same processor that the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with. This means that this phone will have the power to take on any application that the S3 can because it packs just as much power. Animations will be crisp and detailed, graphics sharp and impressive and multitasking will be a flawless experience.
This phone can do almost anything – from browsing fast on the 4G network to streaming high definition videos and playing games with demanding graphics. The good thing is that the phone comes with 1GB RAM which is just sufficient for any task, but the 8GB of internal memory may be a factor for those who like to carry their playlists wherever they go or want to store everything locally. If you get the M and want to store more of your stuff, you can spend a few bucks on a 32GB memory card since it has a microSD card slot.
Since it comes with a 2000 mAh battery, most users will not need to worry about the phone dying on them too fast. With such power, users can get about 6 to 7 hours of continuous use or as much as 24 hours on subtle use.
Core Specs Overview
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradable to Jelly Bean by end year)
Processor: 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 with Adreno 225 graphics processor
Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB onboard memory (microSD card slot up to 32 GB)
Display: 4.3 inch 540 x 960 pixels 256 ppi Multi-touch Capacitive Super AMOLED screen
Cameras: 8 MP rear (1080p), 0.3 MP front (VGA)
Battery: 2000 mAh
Connectivity: CDMA 800, 1900 MHz; GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; UMTS 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz; LTE 700 MHz Class 13; Data LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A; Positioning A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass; and Navigation Points of interest (POI), Turn-by-turn navigation and Voice navigation; Bluetooth: 4.0, EDR; Wi-Fi; Mobile hotspot; USB 2.0 (microUSB).
Others: Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Scratch-resistant glass, NFC, DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync, Accelerometer, M4, T4 Hearing aid compatibility