Motorola RAZR (2020)
The Razr isn't just a retro revival; it's also Motorola's first, fascinating attempt at a foldable smartphone. We can't deny that flipping a phone open and closed in 2020 comes with a unique sense of satisfaction, but the compromises Motorola had to make here -- dim, low-res screen, mid-range chipset, purely average battery, lackluster cameras -- make the Razr nearly impossible to recommended. (That it's a Verizon exclusive isn't great either.) Ultimately, the Razr is an undeniably cool phone; it's just one that doesn't act or feel like it should cost $1,500.
- Foldables are cool
- Great pocketable design
- Not in any way practical
- Mediocre battery life
- Main camera is lacking at best
- The screen is dimmer than others in this price range
- It’s a Verizon-exclusive
- Long-term durability still a concern
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (4)
- 54AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsWired40A Cheap Phone in an Expensive BodyThe 2,510-mAh cell is not as poor as I thought it'd be, but it nets me around four hours of screen time, generally hitting around 15 percent by 8 pm on workdays. That's OK, but if I spent the night out on the town, I'd be left with a dead phone. Add to that the fact that the speakers don't sound good and that Motorola couldn't give me a proper timeline on when this phone would get Android 10...and I'm not sure how on earth this phone costs as much as it does.Tom's Guide50The new Motorola Razr is a big risk that doesn't pay offThe reborn Motorola Razr offers a large display in a futuristic foldable compact form factor, but its myriad shortcomings -- from its fragility, to its performance, to its camera and battery life -- mean it's not worth the $1,500 plunge.CNET80It's the most personal phone I've used, but I have concernsIf this phone didn't fold in half, it would be a solid midtier Android phone. But the Razr has something most phones lack: personality. And as Jules says in Pulp Fiction, "Personality goes a long way." The Razr feels more personal than any phone I've used. Every time I flip it open or closed, I see its value rise. That said, most people shouldn't buy the Razr, myself included.PC Mag50Motorola Razr (2020) ReviewThe Razr is gorgeous. Nothing else looks like it. The vertical flip is a considerably better, more usable form factor than the horizontal flip of the Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. But the Razr simply doesn't work very well -- certainly not as well as you'd hope for $1,500.TechRadar50The Motorola Razr folds, but at a high priceWhile it does offer a foldable form factor that minimizes its footprint and allows it to fit in smaller pockets, and pulls off some awesome selfies, the phone cuts corners to achieve its diminutive size, with less power, onboard storage, and battery capacity. All told, this would be a serious challenger for the budget flagship crowd; however, it costs 50% more than the leading flagships, putting it beyond all but the most deep-pocketed early adopters.CNN60Motorola's razr is ultimately a mixed bagNostalgia is strong and powerful. From that perspective, the razr is a winner. Unfortunately, from any other perspective, you can probably do better.The Verge40Folding Flip Phone FlopsFor me, it’s not so much novelty as nostalgia, though, and I get that people who have only experienced candy bar phones may not feel any emotional connection to the flip. But the Razr fails to meet even a basic level of competence when it comes to the camera and battery life. Again, if this phone didn’t fold, I wouldn’t recommend it at one-sixth of its current price.Android Central60As useful as a dull razor bladeThe Motorola RAZR is one of the best looking smartphones on the market. It excites like no other phone. However, look beyond the surface and you'll realize the compromises include average battery life, a creaking display and a lower than average camera. Ultimately, the compromises are too many for far too much money.Input60A tragedy unfoldsIt's cool! I like it! But it's not a very good phone, just an okay one, and the fold doesn't make up for its shortcomings as much as I'd like to say it does. Maybe someday some company will figure out how to make this form factor into something greater than its slab brethren, but today is not that day.DroidLife50The Most Unpleasant Phone I've UsedFeel free to give Motorola props for taking foldable display technology and putting it into an iconic design. Do that. That’s fine. They deserve to be acknowledged for working a little engineering magic. Just don’t buy this phone. Don’t consider it. It’s overpriced, the camera is bad, the design is the opposite of what the smartphone world has built up to, it’s no fun to use, and its price is laughable for what you are getting.
- 70AVERAGE USER SCORE4 ReviewsBill80July 11, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I waited 4 years to buy something other than a Blackberry because I couldn't stomach the idea of spending $1000 on another flat, bulky slab phone like every iPhone Samsung Galaxy version #397 and the Android Blackberry and its apps and keyboard are underrated and not long for this world (I bought another strictly for work). I am also in my 40s and remember a healthier time when we didn't live on our phones and have kids with ADD and complete lack of social skills (messaging your friends and posting videos all day is not social) and I like the idea of a phone you can actually fold and PUT AWAY in your pocket. I had some pretty horrendous startup support when going to add the phone to my girlfriend's plan (10 hours - 4 on the phone with Verizon and 6 in the store - all departments) to figure out the issue keeping it from activating. 4 months later, after the rotten reviews from what I can only assume are either paid plants from Samsung and Apple, else a full slate of mid-20 somethings, my Razr's screen still folds and works fine. I work from home and have a separate work phone, so battery life is a non-issue for me. It's Android, so all the apps you need. Camera quality? Not the best. Should be better but as a mid-40s male I'm not standing outside the latest trendy club at 2am holding my selfie stick - I have a $700 digital camera if I need it. Oh, did I mention the never-mentioned speech-to-text replies you can do with the screen closed? Very good for reducing screen time. A phone that makes a positive contribution to mental health - how about that reviewers? I am sure V2 will be much better but I will hold onto this one for 3 years, or until it croaksTheresa90July 10, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I like the phone overall. Especially it's compact design. It will fit most anywhere. No major issues. Just 1, it's does go black screen sometimes, but hit power and volume down button till phone " wakes up". Not a good phone for gaming tho. Camera no issues great pics. No phone is going to please everyone. There is always someone doesn't like something about it. But yeah, I would recommend the Razr to anyone who wants a great compact phone. It does take great videos. This is the phone Ivey been waiting for. ThanksDan70July 10, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!All the so called experts had expectations way too high for a 1st rev device, my opinion is the new Razr is very sleek, portable and fun to use. I didn't expect it to be super durable, that said Motorola definitely has some issues to work on. I especially did not like that it came with Android 9, and an old snapdragon processor that is so slow. Especially for the hefty $1500 they wanted for it. Now it has since been updated to Android 10, but I never saw any discounts or refunds issued after the fact. The 2nd version came out, and was discounted a whopping $500 off retail, so that really pisses me off especially since Rev..2 cane with a few enhancements to the hardware and software. Overall, I love this phone though, its small and easy to carry everywhere, I even attached a wallet to the back of it to make it replace my wallet. Since I have 2 phones now, I usually forward to the Razr when I have to carry one, plus it is on a better network currently with Verizon.JR40July 10, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A $1500 price tag because it folds was a HORRIFIC corporate decision. This device is worth maybe $500 ..$750 top! Mediocre camera, low end specs all around, as fragile as a new born baby, Engineers have their work cut out for them. The idea I support but the actual end result is TRASH!