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Motorola Razr I review

Motorola proves it's not all about dual-core and quad-core processors
Thu Oct 04 2012, 14:26

Product Motorola Razr I
Website Motorola
Specifications Intel Atom 2GHz single-core processor, 4.3in edge-to-edge 540x960 HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 8GB storage, 8MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, GSM/HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, microUSB, microSD, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 123x61x8.3mm, 126g
Price £350 SIM free

THE MOTOROLA RAZR I is the second Intel powered smartphone to tip up in the UK, following in the footsteps of the Orange San Diego that arrived back in June.

Intel has long claimed that there's no need for quad-core technology in smartphones. Building on this, Motorola goes so far as to claim that the Razr I's 2GHz Intel Atom processor with its single core can outperform dual-core chips.

While we wouldn't say the handset is as powerful as quad-core powerhouses like the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3, having put the Razr I through its paces we have to concede there is some truth to what Motorola and Intel claim.

Design and build
The Razr I case combines design elements of Motorola's Razr and Defy series of smartphones, featuring rounded edges and corners that are set off by a patterned back and industrial looking screws lining its outer edges.

The combination makes the Razr I visually striking and we're happy to see a device that looks noticeably different from the soft, curved designs seen on competing handsets like the Galaxy S3.

Motorola Razr I back two

Despite feeling like it's made of plastic, the Razr I features the same lifeproof kevlar coating as its predecessors. This means that as well as being scratch, drop and maybe even bullet resistant, the Razr I is also resistant against the occasional splash of liquid.

We inadvertantly tested the Razr I's lifeproof status when we accidentally dropped the device into a puddle, and were pleased as well as relieved to see that it survived the drop without so much as a scratch, and still worked despite its brief submersion.

The Razr I is a good size to fit in your hand, hitting the same mid-sized sweet spot as Nokia's Lumia 800 and Apple's iPhone 5, measuring 123x61x8.3mm. This means that the Razr I is comfortable to use for both small and large-handed individuals.

Within its mid-sized chassis, the Razr I houses a 4.3in edge-to-edge touchscreen display that boasts 540x960 HD resolution and is based on Super AMOLED technology.

Testing the screen, we were impressed by how well it performed, with excellent brightness levels and good viewing angles. So bright is the Razr I's screen that we actually found ourselves having to turn its brightness down while using it indoors.

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