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Motorola Razr i review

Moto's latest handset has Intel inside and promises to take you to the edge

Our Verdict

If taking photos is your sole aim or you're OCD about pixels, look elsewhere. But if getting a top smartphone at a reasonable price - and with battery life that puts others to shame - is your goal, then we heartily recommend the Motorola Razr i.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 20 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960

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For

  • Good size and weight
  • Big, vibrant screen
  • Intel Inside
  • Reasonable price
  • Fluid Android skin

Against

  • Design divides opinion
  • Low pixel density
  • Poor vibration
  • Only seven home screens

Maps

Motorola Razr i review

For anybody toying between this and an Apple device, if you're in a hurry to get your hands on your new phone, we're sure even Apple fans will agree (reluctantly) that the mapping solution on the Motorola Razr i is the superior of the two.

Until it sorts itself out, iOS 6 maps is regarded as little more than a joke. While Google maps is the world leader. And rightly so.

The version aboard the Motorola Razr i is 6.12 - the very latest.

And that means that as well as all of the elements we know and love (incredibly sharp and accurate details, public transport advice, streetview, navigation), there is now one more killer feature: offline maps.

Motorola Razr i review

That means that you can zoom into a fairly large area spanning a good few miles and have the maps available offline.

For people who regularly visit the countryside where there is little or no signal, or those who are travelling abroad, this will make a massive difference.

Not least because Google maps eats data like a chav eats fried chicken.

Also, you get the Google Navigation software. This can never be underestimated, and we've been huge fans since day one.

You get a full, comprehensive GPS sat nav system free as part of the OS.

And what's more, it's very reliable. We use it all the time, and only fall back on Co-Pilot if we really have to. This in itself is a major selling point.

Apps

Motorola Razr i review

Other apps are downloaded via the Google Play store, which is much more comprehensive since it was rebranded from the Android Market. Apps are sorted into categories, and you can browse by free/paid or by genre.

It's always worth exercising a little caution on Android, because it is more susceptible to viruses or malware, since it lacks the control Apple enforces on its devices. But with a little caution, you can't go wrong.

Check reviews: if a device has been downloaded tens of thousands of times and there are hundreds of 4 star endorsements, you're more than likely going to be OK.

Motorola Razr i review

But a good virus killer/checker (of which there are many in there) will also serve you well.

You don't get that many exciting apps preloaded on the Motorola Razr i from scratch. Of course, you get the usual Google suite, which involves Gmail, Latitude, Music and so on.

But Motorola hasn't pushed the proverbial boat out too far. Aside from the movie editing app we mentioned before, a desk clock app and an Office document viewer, that's pretty much your lot.

It's not a massive issue, because Android has so many apps to offer in the store. But we would still like to have felt that we were getting something for free.

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 Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyRAZR i
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time20 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)126 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log, Conference Call, Call Waiting
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height122.5 mm
Width60.9 mm
Depth8.3 mm
Radio TunerNo
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameRAZR i Smartphone
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Product LineRAZR i
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSM3649AH4B1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing InformationDESIGN: A BIG SCREEN THAT FITS IN YOUR HAND

The big 4.3" display spans edge-to-edge, yet RAZR i still fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, making this one impossibly compact smartphone. Texting, emailing, reading, watching - it's all much easier to do when you have 40 percent more screen space than the leading competitor. And on a vibrant, high-resolution Super AMOLED Advanced display, everything looks amazing.

INTEL INSIDE®: MOVE AT THE SPEED OF LIFE

RAZR i is powered by an advanced Intel® processor, to keep you doing what you're doing, without having to stop and wait for everything to load. Jump from a game to a text and over to a playlist, then off to browse the web - all without stopping. And all that power also means the instant-launch camera can start up in less than a second.