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Motorola Razr i review

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

Calling

Although we appear to use our smartphones less for talking and more for other communications these days, they still need to be able to make phone calls satisfactorily. That goes without saying.

And it doesn't need saying with the Motorola Razr i, because it's a very competent phone.

Motorola Razr i review

That's no surprise really - Motorola has been making phones since humans started making babies, and it has a long history of manufacturing other communication devices too, such as walkie talkies and pagers.

We'd be pretty shocked if the Motorola Razr i was a bad phone.

Calls were clear and succinct to listen to. If we have one criticism, it's that we'd have liked a little more bass, but that's being really picky.

Volume was loud via both the earpiece and the speakerphone, and connections were strong.

In fact, at times they looked a little too optimistic, but then the Motorola Razr i did deliver with a signal when we tried to catch it out.

It was also very good at maintaining a Wi-Fi connection in places we would normally expect the signal to dwindle.

Contacts

Motorola Razr i review

The contacts app is standard Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a little adjustment.

When you go into it and look at your friends and acquaintances, it lists them with larger thumbnails of the numbers you call most frequently.

With photos in these contacts, it looks great. This is actually the Favourites section of the app.

You also get a Recent Calls tab and a dialler that looks phenomenal.

Again, that almost impossible black set against the cool blue ICS colour scheme just blows us away.

You can search through your contacts in a number of ways - by typing them in manually, by using smart dialling or by using the voice actions app.

Motorola Razr i review

We had low expectations of the voice recognition with names, but were very pleasantly surprised.

The only name it was thrown by was a friend of ours from Somalia who's name is hard to pronounce - let alone recognise - at the best of times.

Goodness knows what algorithms Motorola is using here, but we're fans.

You can also add widgets to particular contacts on your home screen, thanks to the way Android works.

That means you can call or text individual people with the minimum of effort or even send them an email or a WhatsApp. You can download third-party versions if you'd prefer a different look.

Other than that, the contacts app is pretty standard Ice Cream Sandwich fare. We had few complaints with it - it does what it is supposed to do well.

Our gripes were more cosmetic - for example, it does a good job of downloading contacts' profile photos, but we ended up with loads of duplicate entries that the system couldn't seem to combine.

In our opinion, nothing has ever come close to the sorcery that is HTC Sense, here.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Front Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
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.