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Motorola Razr i review

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

The camera on the Motorola Razr i is 8MP. Granted, that's hardly cutting edge.

But it's certainly the favoured spec among manufacturers these days, and as our readers remind us every time we bemoan the lack of megapixel numbers in reviews, it's just as much about the lens, aperture and so on, anyway. We hear you.

Motorola Razr i review

Firstly, the interface. It's neither overly complicated, nor so bare that it's a nuisance. You have access to standard features such as timer or single shot mode, exposure settings, pointless effects (seriously, does anyone actually take photos in negative mode?) and the option to flit between portrait and landscape and so on.

Motorola Razr i review

The quality of the camera is OK. We can't really say much more. In good light, pictures come out well.

Photos are passable, but you can tell they came from a camera phone, which is a line that is becoming more and more blurred as technology advances.

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Check out the outdoor photo we took in Covent Garden on a bright day. Colours are well represented, and when you turn the HDR mode on, they look even better.

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Indoors with good light gives pleasing results.

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Black & White and Negative modes are both pretty run of the mill these days.

Focusing is done automatically, but if you don't trust the camera, you're welcome to have a go yourself and refocus by tapping. The shutter speed is very good in the right conditions.

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This shot of the dog in the park was captured as she was running, and while most other phones (including even the Galaxy S3) would have blurred, the Motorola Razr i put in a stellar performance.

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Sadly, when the light starts to dim and you use the flash, it starts to go a bit more downhill. It's not that pictures look bad - but more that the focus isn't as sharp, and the light doesn't look as nice.

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The flash works well in pitch black conditions, though colours are not very warm.

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The front facing camera is VGA only. It's a bit of a disappointment, since it means lower quality images, but then again, the idea behind these cameras is that they're used more for video calls than vanity. And since bandwidth issues mean you're not going to be sending the most high definition video around, it's all passable enough.

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.