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Motorola Razr HD review

Motorola's flagship handset comes with underwhelming specs

Motorola Razr HD review

Battery life

With a 2530mAh battery we expected that the Motorola Razr HD might have quite a lot of juice, but if anything it exceeded our expectations. Battery life on this thing really is very good for a smartphone.

Motorola claims that it can deliver up to 286 hours of standby time and up to 24 hours talk time on a single charge, and we have no reason to think otherwise.

In the time that we've been using the phone we've almost been able to forget about checking the battery level altogether, because it keeps on going for such a long time.

With moderate use you should easily get a couple of days out of it.

In order to see exactly how good it was we put it to the test.

Motorola Razr HD review

With the phone fully charged, the screen set to maximum brightness, Wi-Fi on and emails and social networks set to push notifications, we ran a 90 minute video then checked the battery level at the end and it still had 86% left.

In other words that's just under a 10% drop for every hour of video - and that's with a very bright screen and emails and messages being synced in the background.

There isn't much in the way of built-in battery saving options, just a Display Power Saver option that dims bright screens.

You also can't remove or change the battery, but with such good performance none of that seems like a problem.

It's still not quite in the territory of those old, not-at-all-smart phones that would just keep on going for a week or so, but the Motorola Razr HD can outlast pretty much all of its current smartphone competition.

Connectivity

Motorola Razr HD review

The Motorola Razr HD is a pretty well connected phone, with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, HSDPA at 21.1Mbps, HSUPA at 5.76Mbps, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, a DLNA client and Wi-Fi hotspot support.

It's also got 4G connectivity on board, which is something we're currently giving a new test at the moment - so if you're after the Motorola Razr HD for use on EE now, or Vodafone, O2 or Three later in the year when they come on board too.

It's generally pretty easy to use all of the above connectivity options, with most of the options being available from the main settings screen and some even having toggles in the Quick Settings screen that you get to by swiping left from the first home screen.

The exception to all this is DLNA, which as well as having some media sharing options in the settings screen, can also be activated through the Play Movies app to stream videos or through the gallery to view a slideshow on a big screen.

Connecting to a PC is pretty much just a case of plug-and-play. It does spend a few minutes installing software the first time you plug it in, but after that it should connect instantly and enable you to easily drag and drop files on to the phone through your standard file explorer.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyDroid RAZR HD
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 700, LTE 800, LTE 1700, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time22 Hour
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)146 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density312 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.3 Megapixel
Height131.9 mm
Width67.9 mm
Depth8.4 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time720 Hour
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameDroid RAZR HD Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Product LineDroid RAZR HD
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSM3716AE7A3
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing Information

BATTERY: ALL DAY PERFORMANCE

Your day didn't get longer, but the DROID RAZR HD battery sure did. A single charge powers you for an eye-opening 24 hours of performance. Take in up to 7 hours of your favorite YouTube HD shows, listen to 20 hours of streaming music, or surf the web on 4G LTE for 6 hours. DROID RAZR HD leaves other batteries in the dark.

PREMIUM MATERIALS: GO ANYWHERE, DO ANYTHING

DROID RAZR HD has durability down to a science with advanced composite materials such as KEVLAR® for a bump resisting, tough-as-nails finish. Meanwhile, Corning® Gorilla® Glass protects the display from scrapes and scratches. Even spills and splashes are child's play thanks to a water-repellent nanocoating inside and out.