Motorola DROID RAZR M Smartphone Review
Introduction and Specifications
Over the years, Motorola has heavily leveraged the DROID brand. The relaunch of the RAZR was also a monumental decision. Just under a year ago, we reviewed the first DROID RAZR, which shipped with Android 2.3.5, a Kevlar back and pretty impressive specifications for the time. Since then, the DROID RAZR Maxx has launched (with the
Enter the RAZR M, which is billed as a mainstream variant that's aimed at those who walk into a Verizon Wireless store looking to spend less than $100 on a new phone. Here's a quick guided tour of the device in action, that we put together for you...
||GSM / UMTS / HSPA+ global roaming + LTE
||Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
will be upgradeable to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
||4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD (540 x 960)
scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
||Dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor
||1 GB of LP DDR2 RAM
8 GB internal memory
microSD expansion slot (empty from factory)
||"Mixed Usage" - 20 hours, as quoted from Motorola
|| 60.9mm x 122.5mm x 8.3mm
||2000mAH Li Ion
||Bluetooth, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, microUSB, micro HDMI, DLNA 1.5, aGPS, 3.5mm headset jack,
||8 MP rear facing camera with LED flash
0.3 MP front facing camera
|Other key features
||Made with KEVLAR fiber and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
||$99.99 with contract and discounts|
Just six months ago, this kind of spec sheet would easily warrant a $199 on-contract list price. Nowadays, you can obviously get more for less, and even that $99 entry price is bound to fall very shortly now that the iPhone 5 is here and the iPhone 4S has been reduced to $99, Windows Phone 8 handsets are due to land prior to the holidays, and every other Android phone maker refreshes their line-up in the hopes of securing a larger slice of the market in the all-important Q4 sales season.
Is the RAZR M bound to get lost in the shuffle? Is it potent enough to hold its own in a market full of stiff competition? And most importantly, is it worth your time and money? Find out in the pages ahead.