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conclusion:We're mixed

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Incredibly thin and light, this Android phone is a fitting successor to the RAZR legacy. But slightly larger models with better performance, longer battery life and sharper displays blunt this RAZR's edge.

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Critic reviews

7.7
7 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.7
  • Display
    7.7
  • Battery life
    6.7
  • Camera
    7.1
  • Ease of use
    7.7
  • Design and form factor
    7.5
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.4
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.9

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User reviews

8.4
28 reviews
8.0
Engadget Nov 7, 2011

This sleek number is ready to run with the big boys. It kept pace with, and in some cases clearly outclassed its high-end competition. Despite its deficiencies in the display department and underwhelming battery life, the RAZR looks to be a perfectly viable alternative.

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8.0
AnandTech Dec 16, 2011

I’d recommend the RAZR for Verizon shoppers purely because it’s the best hardware out right now. ... The Kevlar does lend the phone a unique feel, the hardware is impressively thin, and the display is no worse at color rendering than any other AMOLED panel. It just needs Android 4.0.

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7.0
Ars Technica Nov 30, 2011

The Droid Razr has no aesthetic merits other than its thinness, but performance is admirable. The phone feels snappy and very responsive, typing is great, and the phone's camera is acceptable.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Mar 1, 2012

When the phone was first announced, we fell in love. When we first held it, we fell out of love again. And now we've used it, we can't help feel a really strong affection for it. Is this the best phone of the year? No. ... Is it worth considering? Yes, absolutely.

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7.0
SlashGear Nov 7, 2011

Although thanks to the “hump” Motorola’s thinness claims aren’t entirely true, the DROID RAZR is certainly slim and easy to pocket. Unfortunately, like the original RAZR, there are also compromises made to achieve a slimline package.

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8.0
Android Central Nov 7, 2011

Chalk up another one in the "Best phone on Verizon" category. We keep saying that a lot for Big Red, but it's no less true. The Droid RAZR's got a great screen, the dual-core processor keeps things plenty speedy, and Motorola's customizations keep getting better with each iteration. But we're very...

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8.0
HotHardware Dec 21, 2011

With plenty of power, a gorgeous thin and lightweight design, and plenty of useful features, the Droid RAZR lives up to the RAZR name and the expectations users have with Motorola's legacy of cellphones and smartphones.

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7.0
peter peter

As impressive as the Droid RAZR is in so many respects, the poor battery life and PenTile display make it hard for me to wholeheartedly recommend it. There are some bright points: Motorola has improved the camera over the dreadful one found in the Bionic, the the kevlar backing isn't (just) a...

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9.0
jlsd jlsd

As an upgrade from my HTC Desire this is a fantastic phone. Everything seems a huge step forward; in particular the speed makes it a joy to use. Suddenly all desire for the HTC has evaporated. I'm also less bothered about the wait for ICS - it is already such a better experience that I feel happy...

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10
TCHall TCHall

I made the mistake of leaving my phone at home. That led me to the Verizon store and browsing the new offerings. Dual cameras, dual core processor, and an amazing screen caught both my techie and esthetic appreciation. The display got my attention first, bright, clear, readable... and the...

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9.0
nameless912 nameless912

This phone is fantastic. I can't stress that enough. I have a friend who took the Android plunge with me, over two years ago, when we both went out and bought Droids (as in the original one!). We became huge geeks about the whole platform, and have been custom ROMming and such since a few months...

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9.0
Gigabitz Gigabitz

I love this phone. I've had it since the day it released, and there's not another phone on the market that I'd prefer over this one. I can live with the low battery life. I prefer the slim design. Give it a better camera, and it would be perfect, IMO.

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8.0
clindhartsen clindhartsen

Using this phone for three months now, the RAZR is generally a pretty good experience. While the pre-ICS skin wasn't the best, and had its fair share of bugs (Want to switch an app on the bottom row? It pauses for two to four seconds before showing you your options), the phone actually works...

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7.0
Szippay Szippay

Was torn between Bionic, Razr, iphone 4s at the time. Bionic was too bulky and dispay didn't seem as good. iphone didn't have 4g nor a decent size screen ( though very good for a smaller screen) also can't play flash video. But bottom line is the free apps available for android that work and...

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