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Motorola Razr HD review

Nice design, but let down by performance and camera issues, and high price tag
Fri Apr 05 2013, 17:08

Product Motorola Razr HD
Website Motorola
Specifications 4.7in 720x1280 312ppi Gorilla Glass Super AMOLED screen, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD card expansion up to 32GB, 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, scratch and water resistant, 4G, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, microUSB port, 2,500mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 132x68x8.4mm 146g
Price £400 SIM-free


WITH ITS £400 PRICE SIM-free, the Motorola Razr HD isn't far from being in the same league as the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Those are hard devices to compete with, especially for Motorola, which in recent years has struggled to win over buyers - and even its parent company Google, which has voiced disinterest in the firm's smartphone lineup.

Still, if specifications are anything to go by, the Motorola Razr HD is a solid smartphone, so the real question is whether Motorola has done enough.

Design
The Motorola Razr HD is essentially a large version of the Razr I handset, featuring the same angular shape and Kevlar backing. We think it's a love it or hate it design - some will love the Razr HD's unique rear, while others like to keep things simple.

Motorola Razr HD design

As we pointed out in our Motorola Razr I review, we're fans of the design. It's always nice to see smartphone designers doing something different, and the device - unlike the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 - managed to turn heads when we pulled it our of our bags on the morning commute.

One thing we're not so keen on is the Razr HD's size. At 32x68x8.4mm it's by no means fat, but a combination of the handset's width and angular design make it awkward to operate using one hand. Some users with hands larger than ours might not experience issues attempting to grasp the device, but we found it uncomfortable and somewhat heavy.

So, we're fans of the phone's looks but not of its size. Luckily for Motorola the handset's rugged features round off our overall opinion of the phone's design positively. Thanks to the Razr HD's Kevlar casing, it's resistant against drops and scratches, while a combination of that and its Gorilla Glass screen means it's also resistant to water.

Screen
As the Razr HD's name suggests, the handset features an HD touchscreen. Unlike the Sony Xperia Z and HTC One, however, this display is an HD 720p screen, not HD 1080p like its rivals.

The Motorola Razr HD has a 4.7in HD screen

That's not to say that the screen is bad. In fact, the 4.7in 720x1280 Super AMOLED screen is excellent, offering vibrant colours, deep blacks and easy to read text. We just think Motorola might be a little late to the market with it.

Next: Performance, operating system.

 

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