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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

Motorola Razr i review

For web surfing, Android phones give you a fantastic experience. Would you expect less from an operating system built by a web giant?

The browser on the Motorola Razr i is the standard Android app that, in itself, is very good.

Pages look great zoomed out and in, and you have added extras such as the ability to request the desktop version of a site from within the apps's menu, which can make a huge difference.

There are still some sites that are arrogant enough that, even when you tell them you want the desktop site, they still force the mobile version on you (*cough* Twitter *cough*) but, by and large, the browser manages to get around this.

Motorola Razr i review

You also get Flash. Yes, we know it's not relevant. Google itself is stopping support for Flash as of Android Jelly Bean, and Adobe has removed it from the Google Play store (well, it removed it, then re-added it as a temporary measure so punters could still use BBC iPlayer).

But even though the world is moving to HTML5, some sites still use Flash, and it will take a long time for the whole internet to be updated.

With that in mind, it's nice to know you'll still be able to visit pages that aren't necessarily future-proof.

Pages are quick to load over Wi-Fi and 3G/HSDPA internet, and that Intel chip in the Motorola Razr i gives them an extra shove.

We'd say it loads them at a similar speed to our Samsung Galaxy S3, but it's just a tad slower than the iPhone 5, which is lightning fast.

Motorola Razr i review

We loaded the Daily Mail home page (don't ask!) and it took more than 10 seconds over Wi-Fi.

That is a data-heavy page, and we could actually scroll around after two seconds and do all we needed to do. It doesn't get much quicker than this.

3G only added a marginal amount of time on top. Unfortunately, the UK version doesn't appear to be 4G ready, unless we're missing something, so you won't be getting something future-proof here.

Text reflow works and pages can be resized by the usual methods: tapping and pinching.

And if you aren't a fan of the browser, one of the great things about Android is the presence of so many reputable alternatives.

Motorola Razr i review

Our favourite is Chrome, partly because of how easily it syncs elements such as your history and desktop bookmarks. The whole experience is pretty seamless.

In fact, Google clearly thinks so, and when this handset is presumably upgraded to Jelly Bean 4.1, you'll find that Chrome replaces the standard browser.

As for bookmarks on the included browser, they're OK. Standard Android fare, really.

They're displayed as thumbnails but have to be entered manually. There's nothing earth shattering there.

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.