Previously a clamshell range, this new Android handset is now a more familiar large-screen slab, but it has retained its trademark thinness: measuring a mere 7.1mm for almost the entire length of its body (only at the very top, where the camera is housed, does it add a few extra millimetres).
In some respects it might even be too thin. The edges feel a little sharp in the hand, unlike the smoother, more rounded design of the Samsung Galaxy S2, of which this is so familiar. The RAZR is also taller and wider than the S2, despite having the same sized display, in order to fit in all the cutting edge tech that is here.
And there’s lots here. Android 2.3.5, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a stunning 540 x 960 pixel Super AMOLED Advanced display, Bluetooth 4.0, front and rear cameras, plus a hefty (but non-replaceable) 1780mAh battery. The device also uses materials such as Gorilla Glass and Kevlar to protect it from day to day damage. This is a true flagship handset.
The screen is fantastic, the phone is fast and super-responsive and even the software, so often a bugbear on Motorola handsets, is far better than we’re used to. The dreaded MotoBlur skin that Motorola is so fond of has been stripped right back so that appears to be far less intrusive than before. Motorola has also crammed in a good selection of third party software, and has beefed up the multimedia capabilities so that most of your files will be supported.
We’ll reserve judgement on the camera at this stage. During our hands-on time we found the camera to suffer from bad shutter lag, especially when using the (very weak, single LED) flash, so we’ll wait until we get a unit in for proper testing to see how much of an issue that is.
The only other minor negative we noted is that the RAZR uses a micro SIM, so you would need to arrange to get one of these from your network if you’re buying the handset SIM-free.
In all, the RAZR is looking like a highly impressive Android phone, and worthy contender to the likes of the forthcoming Galaxy Nexus, as well as some of the year’s favourites the Galaxy S2 and Sensation.