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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No comments good
  • Display Black levels on the AMOLED are great, but the PenTile display doesn't render text as crisply as it could. so-so
  • Battery life Very disappointing, I had a lot of trouble getting it to last all day. poor
  • Camera No comments
  • Ease of use I have never liked Motorola's customizations to Android, and the Droid RAZR is no exception. so-so
  • Design and form factor Thinness and build quality are great. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) The RAZR is very thin, but it is also wide and long, and so can be a bit uncomfortable to hold. It is very light, however. good
  • Media support Standard for Android. good
  • Durability It seems very solid for such a thin device. good
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) No comments good
Detailed review
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 gimmick, and the thinness is impressive. It's just that overall I found myself preferring the uglier and clunkier HTC Rezound, which has a crisper display, faster processor, and somewhat better battery life (though I wouldn't want to overstate this, the Rezound's battery life isn't all that great either).
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