Motorola Droid Razr HD – Fast performance, huge screen
Motorola Droid Razr HD is a cell phone having a price tag of $199. This handset has all the great features that you’d get on the first Droid Razr and they have been improved on this phone. Droid Razr HD has 1.5 GHz Snapdragon dual coreS4 processor, 1GB RAM, and a huge 720p 4.7 inches AMOLED screen making this Razr the best to date. Apart from this, Razr HD has all this inside a chassis that is really slim. This handset comes with Android 4.0 OS, enhanced UI from Motorola, and Verizon LTE 4G data. All this makes this handset one of the hottest phones in the market right now. That said, this device will have to compete with Samsung Galaxy S3, Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx HD, and Apple’s iPhone 5. One disappointment here is that the camera on board isn’t as good as that on the other handsets in this price range.
Motorola Droid Razr HD Design :
Motorola Droid Razr HD is 5.2 inches tall, 0.33 inch thick, and 2.7 inches wide. This phone is incredibly pocket-friendly in spite of the 4.7 inches screen. Motorola has used premium quality materials for the chassis of this phone and you will feel this as soon as you take this phone in your hands. There is a silver thin strip running on the edges of this phone and this lends a luxury feel to the handset just like iPhones, HTV Evo 4G, and the high end BlackBerry phones.
The only physical buttons on this phone are a thin volume button and power button that is placed on right side. Both these buttons are made of metal. However, I was disappointed to see that there is not dedicated button for camera and you will have to use the onscreen button. On the left side of this phone, there are micro ports for USB and HDMI and you will also find slots for LTE SIM and microSD cards.
On the top side, there is a 3.5mm standard headphones jack for playing music and this place is better than that on the bottom which a lot of phones have. Above the display, you will find a 1.3 mp camera for taking self-images and there is also ambient light and proximity sensors. I was glad to find a notification wide light; I am a big fan of it. On the back, there is eight megapixels camera along with LED flash. This handset comes with fiber Kevlar coating which resists abrasions and scratches. I also liked the soft touch coating feel which doesn’t let grease or finger prints to settle down.
Motorola Droid Razr HD Display :
Motorola Droid Razr HD review says that the big display of this phone is its biggest attraction. There is a stunning 720p 4.7 inches display on the top and the quality is much sharper as compared to that on the first Droid Razr screen. The viewing angles are wide and nice and movies look great on this screen. The quality is fine even when you are watching from odd angles.
For typing messages, the Motorola Droid Razr HD has the Motorola virtual keyboard having 4 rows of well-spaced large keys and there is an arrangement that is identical to stock Android layout. Due to the big screen size, typing is really easy and all my messages were accurate and fast to type. There is also Swpe keyboard available for dragging fingers over the relevant letter to compose messages.
I was disappointed to see that Motorola Droid Razr HD doesn’t come with the latest Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean OS out of the box. There is ICS or Ice Cream Sandwich OS inside and you will get modern look along with tons of enhancements over the Androi 2.3 or Gingerbread OS. Motorola says that this phone is upgradable for the latest OS.
Motorola Droid Razr HD UI :
One improvement of Android 4.0 is the lock screen which tells you the date and time on upper left side. There is also capability for displaying the icons for different functions of the phone on lock screen which users can directly jump to. You can drag pulsating key icon on the text symbols, phone, or camera for starting the applications. There is also sliding button for toggling the volume of the phone and it is located on the top right side of the lock screen.
Out of the box, the Motorola Droid Razr HD comes with two home screens and you can increase it to seven for filling the widgets and applications shortcut. There is something called quick settings screen which turns up after you swipe on the left from main home screen. Here you get access for the functions that are often used like Airplane mode, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ringtone.
On the bottom, instead of the traditional physical keys, there are 3 virtual Android buttons on the screen’s bottom edge for recent applications, home, and back.
Droid Razr HD Features :
Android 4.0 has native support for folders. You can simply drag the app shortcuts on the top of one another for creating custom folders. This will reduce the clutter on the home screen. Razr HD gives has more than 700,000 apps access and hence it is recommended that you keep your home screen organized well. This handset also has all Google software and services which you’d want like Google+, Navigation, Maps, Gmail, and YouTube. Chrome is the default Web browser on board and there are third party apps on board like Quickoffice, Facebook, and Kindle app.
I was disappointed to see that there is a lot of bloatware on the phone and this is serious because some of the apps are big in size. You will have to delete some of them to free memory space.
There is something called Motorola Smartactions app which automates the functions of the phone for improving the performance and usability. With this, you can shut down the data connection of the phone at night for saving battery and you can also make the phone connect to Wi-Fi automatically when the handset’s GPS senses that you have come home. All this sounds good but the novelty wears off soon.
Droid Razr HD Camera :
Motorola have never been good enough with their cameras. In fact, their cameras have always been much behind those of rivals in terms of quality. I was excited to see an eight megapixels camera tag with a new processor. This combination has a lot to promise but I got disappointed with the shots. The phone is fast in capturing the pictures and the camera app starts up in less than two seconds but the picture quality isn’t really inspiring. The white balance was inaccurate and colour noise was too much in shots taken in low light conditions. The still life pictures were a bit dark and they had yellowish unnatural tinge to them. When I moved outdoors, the picture quality improved and the hues got more normal.
There are a lot of shooting modes and settings on board like HDR, panorama, timer, and multishot. There are 5 filter effects to choose from and they range from aqua to black and white.
Droid Razr HD Performance :
I was glad to see that Motorola has moved to the faster dual core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. These CPUs are much more efficient and faster as compared to their predecessors. Due to the faster chip inside, this phone has responsive and fast while opening the apps and while going through the menus.
Droid Razr HD Call quality :
Motorola Droid Razr HD was tested on Verizon CDMA network and I found that the call quality was top notch. On the other side, my friends said that my voice was clear and loud and there wasn’t any static or distortion. On my side, the voices sounded rich and crisp and the volume too was high enough. The speakerphone audio quality was good and the volume is big enough for filling up a medium sized conference room.
Motorola Droid Razr HD Price :
Motorola Droid Razr HD price is $199.99 which seems fair considering the loads of features inside and the gorgeous screen.
Motorola Droid Razr HD Battery :
Motorola Droid Razr HD comes with 2.530 mAh battery and in my battery drain tests, I played YouTube videos. The battery gave me over nine and half hours of juice.
Motorola Droid Razr HD has everything that you’d want in a high end cell phone. There is a fast processor, gorgeous screen, newer OS, etc. However, this isn’t the flagship phone from Motorola. If you are willing to pay more, I’d recommend you to take a look at Droid Razr Maxx HD which costs $299. There is also Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 5. Just remember that Razr HD doesn’t have the best camera.