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Motorola Droid Razr HD review

Motorola has sharpened its Razr, but can it cut through the competition?

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Our Verdict

For

  • Stylish body
  • Big, bright screen
  • Great battery life
  • Verizon's 4G LTE is impressive
  • Strong call quality

Against

  • Dual core CPU chugs at times
  • Mediocre camera

As we've mentioned, all of Motorola's new Droids, the Droid Razr M, Droid Razr Maxx HD and this Droid Razr HD are exclusive to Verizon Wireless. This gives them the major benefit of being on Verizon's 4G LTE network, which is one of the biggest and fastest in the United States.

4G speeds

Droid Razr HD review

Testing the phone throughout the San Francisco Bay Area using the SpeedTest.net app, we experienced data connections that were generally quite fast. Speeds went between 6 to 13Mbps, usually averaging around 10Mbps.

While a home WiFi connection can reliably outpace this, these are some very good data speeds to be getting on the go.

Browser

To our most pleasant surprise, the default browser on the Droid Razr HD is Google's own Chrome. Chrome users should be delighted to find that, upon logging in, all their search suggestions, browsing data and bookmarks have followed them onto their mobile device.

Droid Razr HD review

The search bar found on the home screen also has access to your search history. It's so seamless that a search you just made on your PC will show up as a suggestion on the Razr HD without missing a beat.

Chrome's tabbed browsing allows for great multitasking, letting you open lots pages at once. This is one place where the phone's hardware came off as fully capable. You can move between a dozen tabs without having to reload the pages. With this many sites open at once, page previews can become fuzzy, but once you make your selection they come into focus.

Whether on Verizon's network or WiFi, browsing is fast. Even when our service had only a two bars (which wasn't often) pages opened quickly. Of course, since this is an Android phone, there are lots of other browsers available, such as Mozilla Firefox.