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Motorola RAZR (2020)

Motorola RAZR (2020)

from  $1500+
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61 Engadget Score
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.
61

A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • Foldables are cool
  • Great pocketable design
Cons
  • 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
61 Engadget Score
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.
61

A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well.

How we score

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Average Critic Score
 
80
CNET
If 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.
 
60
Android Central
The 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.
 
50
Tom's Guide
The 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.
 
50
PC Mag
The 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.
 
50
DroidLife
Feel 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.
 
40
The Verge
For 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.
 
40
Wired
The 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.
 
60
CNN
Nostalgia is strong and powerful. From that perspective, the razr is a winner. Unfortunately, from any other perspective, you can probably do better.
 
50
TechRadar
While 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.
 
60
Input
It'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.

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