July 16th 2012 1:39 am

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Better than its predecessor in almost every way

89

With the Droid RAZR M, Google and Motorola have set their sights on creating a dependable smartphone for the everyperson -- one that's inoffensive in its design, pared-down for comfort and easy to use on the software front. Though the M didn't initially get the tech industry's blood pumping, this unassuming and well-crafted phone could prove to be the salve for casual smartphone users accustomed to confusing skins. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that Motorola's minimal UX lands the phone in Nexus territory -- and it should only get better going forward. With the promise of a prompt software update, the consistency of its day-to-day performance and some killer battery life, the M is Verizon's budget device to beat. For $99 on contract you could easily snare the older Galaxy Nexus, but if that's your bag, you may as well hold out for the next flagship to hit later this winter. No, the Droid RAZR M isn't for the hardcore, but it is well-suited to the smart customer. Which is why Verizon might wind up with a sleeper hit on its hands.

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Critic reviews

8.1
17 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.3
  • Display
    7.1
  • Battery life
    8.3
  • Camera
    6.8
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.5

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User reviews

7.0
10 reviews
8.0
Engadget Sep 12, 2012

Motorola's Droid RAZR M is a refresh of the best kind, packing S4 power, consistent performance and considerable battery life into an aggressively priced handset.

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9.0
PC World Nov 1, 2012

The Motorola RAZR M proves that bigger isn't always better. It sacrifices little in the way of performance or features to achieve its compact and ultimately impressive design. Anyone who likes smaller phones should seriously consider the RAZR M.

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8.0
PC Mag Sep 7, 2012

The Motorola Droid Razr M for Verizon Wireless is an excellent mix of design, performance, and price.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 7, 2012

The affordable and compact Droid RAZR M for Verizon offers fast performance, long battery life and a bright and colorful display, making it a top pick.

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8.0
CNET Sep 7, 2012

If you’re not a shutterbug, the Motorola Droid Razr M’s sleek style, fast CPU, and great battery life make it an excellent choice.

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8.0
Computerworld Sep 10, 2012

Motorola's Droid Razr M is a nice little phone with a lot of good things going for it. It's not a groundbreaking or name-making device -- and it probably isn't the right choice for the hard-core enthusiast crowd who craves the absolute best technology available.

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7.0
Gizmodo Sep 10, 2012

Should You Buy It? Yes, especially if you've been wanting a smaller phone that still has plenty of horsepower. But the camera is a downer. And if you do a lot of reading, gaming, or video watching on your phone, you might want to go with a larger 720p screen.

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8.0
SlashGear Sep 9, 2012

This is a rather fun addition to the Motorola collection of smartphones, and Verizon will be better for it having it in the Droid universe as well. You’ll find yourself enjoying the DROID RAZR M’s near-edge-to-edge display especially, with bright, sharp, and colorful delivery yours for the...

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Sep 12, 2012

Yes there are bigger phones out there, yes there are better phones out there, but if you are on a tight budget and want a decent phone that delivers, this might just be what you are looking for.

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9.0
phoneArena Sep 10, 2012

It’s not the fastest, the most chiseled, or most cutting-edge DROID we’ve seen to date. However, when you’re getting an equipped smartphone that’s packing the same processing power as some of its esteemed colleagues there’s plenty to like about the Motorola DROID RAZR M.

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8.0
Android Central Sep 11, 2012

The Droid RAZR M offers stunning performance, a gorgeous (albeit qHD) display, and unmatched design for the ultra-cool price of $99 on contract. It retains a large display despite its compact design.

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9.0
HotHardware Oct 10, 2012

At $99, it's easy to recommend to those who already admire Motorola's hardware. If it drops a bit lower, it becomes more of a no-brainer for anyone else wishing to get into a high-performing Android phone with LTE, without breaking the bank.

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8.0
Android Police Sep 13, 2012

It's not the revolutionary Google-Motorola mashup we've all been waiting for, but, when judged on its own merits, this phone is awesome... All other budget phones should be compared to this. This is how you do "cheap."

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8.0
IntoMobile Oct 2, 2012

The Droid RAZR M might not sway you from something like the Galaxy S III or HTC One X, but its still a nice looking phone with a powerful set of specs. If you've been looking into the RAZR series for your next smartphone purchase, be sure to direct you attention to the RAZR M.

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8.0
PocketNow Sep 12, 2012

In short, the Droid RAZR M is a mid-range device that does its high-end brand name proud. If you’re in the market for a reasonably-priced Android smartphone with high portability and good performance, this device should be near the top of your short list.

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9.0
russeli1941 russeli1941

Simple yet powerful. Google Chrome based! Social networking is awesome, cause the phone doesn't let you miss a beat. No screen protector needed. Very durable with excellent display & fits in my pocket.

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1.0
rr1024 rr1024

DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE , IT TOTALLY SUCKS, BLUE TOOTH SUCKS , CAMERA IS ALMOST ALWAYS BLURRY , AND DOES NOT HAVE AN EXTERNAL SD CARD SLOT . SO NOW TO HAUL MOVIES AROUND WITH ME I HAVE TO EITHER PAY FOR THEIR STUPID CLOUD OR BRING ANOTHER DEVICE. SCREW YOU MOTOROLA I WILL NEVER EVERY BUY OR...

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1.0
jimsellsjupiter jimsellsjupiter

THis is by far the worse cll phone I have ever owned. Battery life is horrible at best, voice quality is horrible. Will never buy a Motorola phone again. Everyone I call asks me if I'm on a speaker phone as that is how bad it sounds. I've complained several times to Verizon without any luck....

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10
Llanowar Llanowar

The phone is amazing. Love the features, design, and call quality. Simple yet runs with the big dogs at an affordable price to boot.

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6.0
lilyleesh9 lilyleesh9

This phone made me so angry. It would freeze occasionally, restart itself about once every other day, and the battery never lasted longer than 6 to 8 hours on regular use, which I limited to occasional phone calls and infrequent texting. If I ever wanted to actually -heaven forbid- use an app ,...

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8.0
jphillips1280 jphillips1280

I bought this phone for business use, and overall it works great. The phone is a perfect size & weight and has a great battery life. The big let down is with the camera; it is disappointing to know that Motorola put a phone out with such a poor camera.

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