Color variety, Simplified Android experience
Sporting an outstanding outright price of $179 for the base model, it's something many people believe to be mind-boggling. Just when we thought $349 for the Nexus 5 was pretty darn good, but this obviously takes the cake. It's unlocked, there's variety with its color casings, and the Android experience is also easy to understand, so it's hard not to like it. All told, Motorola is defining what it means to be an entry-level player.
Great value, Decent screen, Slick interface, Android 4.4 incoming
Motorola is back folks, it's official. It may not be the return we would have predicted - there's no flagship phone stuffed full of the latest tech - but arguably what the now Google-owned firm has done is even better.
The Moto G is a top notch, low cost smartphone and we wholeheartedly recommend this as the best budget mobile currently on the market.
A Google phone for the masses. At long last. Nothing like the enigmatic Nexus, drip-fed through the Play Store, attractively priced but hard-to-get.
OK, go ahead and call the Moto G the poor man's Nexus. Just don't call it cheap. For what it has to offer, this phone is beyond cheap - but doesn't look it. And definitely doesn't act like one, for the most part. Bottom line, it's the Nexus 7 of smartphones - perhaps even better.
Good call quality
If you are looking at purchasing a high-end Android smartphone from Verizon, your choices are currently the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Motorola DROID RAZR HD (and RAZR MAXX HD), as they offer large 720p HD displays, and are using the 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor for fast performance.
The Galaxy S III may look more stylish and "flashy", though its plastic construction does have a cheap feeling to it and doesn't hold up well to abuse.
Strong call quality
The Droid Razr HD is a very good phone. The screen and overall design is very handsome. Its dual-core processor is capable, and it only sips battery power. It's a long lasting, reliable device that still has more than enough power to get the job done.
Being exclusive to Verizon is no handicap either, since the company's 4G LTE service is far-reaching and fast.
There's nothing wrong with the device, except for a mediocre camera. It's just that competition is so stiff.
So, all in all, the Motorola DROID RAZR HD's biggest problem isn't that it's not a solid device. Just the opposite it's an excellent performer that is only bound to get better when the updates start coming in (and when you have Google's word for it, you know they will come in). However, on current merit, it's hard to recommend it over the established players in the game.
Good performance for a dual-core handset
On paper the Razr HD may not look all that tempting given its fairly modest spec. However, in the flesh it's an attractive looking phone that feels more robust than the likes of the Samsung S3. It's got surprisingly good performance for a dual core phone too, along with excellent battery life.
Looks awesome and gives the premium feel you want from a smartphone
The Motorola Razr HD offers superb build quality and battery life along with a nice screen and great battery life. However, its £400 asking price means that it's probably worth spending the extra for a rival flagship smartphone or saving some money by opting for the Google Nexus 4.
Durable and refined smartphone
However, I've talked to many that refuse to touch this phone solely because of those buttons. However, if you can get past that, I would definitely recommend this over the Galaxy S3. Both are certainly great phones, but the Droid RAZR HD feels more refined and professional. At least go try it out at your local Verizon store!
Lovely looking, great screen, decent battery life
So there you have it, we have more faith in Motorola's products than Google CFOs do. While you could argue that the Razr HD isn't a "wow" device, you can't really argue that it's bad, because it isn't. And honestly, we really like its design and feel. It might not be one of the new generation of giaganto-phones that are all the rage now, but it will suit that audience who want smaller devices, with plenty of scope.
Excellent signal strength
The Motorola Droid RAZR HD is, simply put, an excellently built and designed smartphone. It's a pleasure to use, and a solid choice for anyone looking for a good high-end device today.
In fact, the only thing that I could see significantly improving the user experience would be to add more memory and more battery power... which is exactly what the RAZR MAXX HD does. Motorola has a clear hit on its hands here, and for a whole bunch of very good reasons.
Remarkable compact size, thanks to the almost bezel-less display
It's not the fastest, the most chiseled, or most cutting-edge DROID we've seen to date. However, when you're getting an equipped smartphone that's packing the same processing power as some of its esteemed colleagues there's plenty to like about the Motorola DROID RAZR M.
Great performance for the money
The Droid Razr M is a jack-of-all-trades kind of phone. It's overall performance and premium make it a winner; it's just surprisingly snappy and sturdy for how affordable it is. The combination of ICS and Motorola's own UI is both functional and attractive.
We'd recommend the Droid Razr M to consumers who want a balanced, affordable 4G phone with a premium feel. You might forget that it's in your pocket, but keep an eye on that data use. Those overage fees add up.
4.55 inch HD display with ColorBoost technolog
The Motorola DROID RAZR M for Verizon Wireless shows how blurred the lines between mid-range and top shelf smartphones have come to be. In terms of performance, the little Moto outdid all the current US heavyweights. Only its screen prevents it from being dubbed as a proper flagship.
Compact design, Good specs, Great price
The Motorola Droid RAZR M is a nice "compromise" device: something well suited to people who want the best parts of a high-end smartphone, but don't need all the bells and whistles. Some corners have definitely been cut to achieve its price, but not many; the majority of what's been left out is features that most users can live without, like HDMI, a full HD display, etcetera.
Motorola Droid RAZR MWhat's left is a great screen, solid performance, comfortable memory, and robust battery life.
Great battery life
The first gen of Intel-powered smartphones didn't exactly make a big splash but, given the low standing of their manufacturers and the limited availability, that's hardly a surprise. Back then, it was all about slapping a logo and selling it on your networks.
Things are pretty different with the Motorola RAZR i, which turned out to be a pretty stand-up droid. Motorola has done a great job of the hardware and used materials every flagship would be proud of.
Impressive edge to edge screen
The Motorola RAZR i is a great mid-range handset that offers good performance and ergonomics for its price. The inclusion of expandable memory, NFC and a hardware camera button are particular highlights.
However, aside from understandable trade offs like the non-HD screen and lack of 4G, there is one sore point which is more of a concern: its app compatibility. Its superfast Intel chip may blow away much of the competition but it also won't work with some apps.
Compact, solid build, plenty of power
There are some things that the Motorola RAZR i gets very right: the design is solid, the battery performance is impressive, and the user interface hasn't veered too far from Android's goodness, but brings a few nice additions.
But then we come back to the question about the Intel hardware. Obviously, app compatibility is a concern, especially for early adopters, and muddies the waters somewhat as you have an Android device that doesn't run all Android apps.
Great battery life, Big screen/body ratio
The Razr i is the clearest sign that Motorola is really taking on rivals in 2012. A big step up from previous Motorola smartphones and a jack-of-all-trades that manages great performance at a bargain price. Build isn't quite Apple quality but it's smart enough to satisfy Android fans who want a slim smartphone without comprimising on screen size.
Phone feels sturdy enough to stop a bullet
The previous RAZR was let down by its large bezel and slightly choppy browsing experience, and Motorola has done a superb job at addressing both issues with an impeccably built easily-pocketable handset whose 2GHz single-core Intel processor keeps up with the demands of multi-tasking.
Fast Intel processor, terrific screen, slim good looks
For what's essentially a midrange Android, the RAZR i manages to pack in a lot for the price. The screen is beautiful and the performance is reassuringly speedy. Add to that a pretty good 8 megapixel camera and better than average battery life, and you've got a very decent smartphone contender.
Very compact, Above average call quality
Although it packs a relatively big 4.3-inch display, the Motorola RAZR i is extremely compact, being actually the smallest 4.3-inch smartphone on the market, together with its RAZR M variant. The phone also manages to deliver a good overall performance, even rivaling some of the current high-end devices out there.
Fantastic qHD display, blazing LTE speeds
If you can look past the battery life on the Motorola RAZR DROID, or opt to disable LTE, then it is a darn near perfect cap to the 2011 smartphone season - and I include the Google Galaxy Nexus in that. This phone has made me much less interested in Google's coming Ice Cream Sandwich wunderkind.
But the battery issues on "true" 4G devices are real, and there's not a Verizon LTE phone available that can make it through a day of reasonable use without a charger.
Stand-out design, materials and build quality
Overall, the Motorola DROID RAZR is indeed a device that'll tangle with the juggernauts in the industry especially when it's packing that all too sweet 4G LTE connectivity with Verizon Wireless. Sure it operates smoothly with its movements, but we're curious to see how its real-word battery handles in the long run. For the $299.99 that Big Red is asking for, it's obviously warranted considering it's everything that we find with the DROID BIONIC, but better!
Super slim yet solidly built
The Motorola Droid RAZR XT910 certainly isn't perfect with its slightly too large body, inelegant raised bezel and pentile AMOLED screen but it has so many other qualities that put it above the competition that on balance it's one we recommend. The screen is dazzling and great for watching video, which the phone excels at playing, there are some great software features and, sure, it's impressively slim too, if you like that sort of thing.
The Droid Razr Maxx greatly improves upon what was perhaps the biggest weakness of the Droid Razr: battery life. If you plan on watching a lot of video or doing some heavy duty gaming on your phone, the Razr Maxx is a good match for you. If you're looking to save money, however, you might opt for the original Razr; it costs $100 less than the Razr Maxx.
No doubt, the Motorola Droid RAZR on Verizon is one of the most unique and sexy phones we've seen. And despite its extreme thinness, it's strong with the help of a metal frame, Corning Gorilla Glass and a Kevlar back. But it's a wide phone, and I suggest that you fondle one in person unless you have large mitts. The phone might be too wide for comfort for those who have smaller to average size hands.
So has Motorola succeeded in reclaiming the prestige that once belonged to the RAZR brand? Unequivocally, yes -- the handset is just physically stunning. It's thinner than almost any phone on the market and makes no sacrifices to attain its slim physique. It's solidly constructed from premium materials like diamond-cut aluminum, Gorilla Glass and a sheet of super-slick Kevlar. Few phones out there can even be put in the same category when it comes to build quality.
3 SIMS is awesome
I was impressed by this triple-sim device because although being a basic phone, it has the basic features implemented very well. The device implements the SIM application toolkit and the USSD flawlessly. There might be a few other triple-sim qwerty devices but from no-name manufacturers. The only thing I didn't like about it is something many people would like--a dedicated facebook key. It has facebook status and information on the homescreen. I haven't found a way to disable it.
Affordable $100 pricing
Overlooking the obvious hardware improvements, like its larger display and camera, the absolute best thing going for the Motorola ATRIX 2 is its tempting $99.99 on-contract price. At that level, it's almost guaranteed to attract hungry consumers who are strapped in the wallet with cash - while still offering a top of the line experience similar to the competition.
The Motorola Atrix 2 falls a bit short of the best Android phones, but is in the same league. The phone runs fast, has a bright screen and lasts all day. But if we had to pick an Android phone, we'd either choose the Samsung Galaxy S2 or wait for the Galaxy Nexus - and the Motorola Razr is probably the superior device coming from the Moto brand.
High end smartphone for only $99 with contract
For $99 with contract, this is a lot of high end Android goodness. If you're a Moto fan or simply are looking for the best Android phone you can get for little money, the Motorola Atrix 2 and LG Thrill 4G are our top budget picks on AT&T. In fact, it feels weird to call them budget phones since their specs are anything but budget. If you've got more to spend, the Atrix 2 has obvious competition from the Samsung Galaxy S II and iPhone 4S.
So here's the lowdown on the Motorola Atrix 2: it's the Atrix 4G with a slight redesign and a few refreshed specs. That's all there is to it. We enjoyed our time with the sequel and it fits the $100 price tag (with a two-year commitment, of course) wonderfully, but anyone looking to purchase the device shouldn't be expecting the groundbreaking smartphone its predecessor was when it first launched.
Unique webtop functionality
The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the finest phones ever created. It's well-designed, with a sleek form factor and smooth metal backing. The hardware inside is cutting edge, with performance so fast you'll find yourself using your phone more and more - and your notebook less and less. That's one unforseen aspect of having such a fast device: it's so nice to use that you simply use it more.
Excellent battery life
The Motorola Atrix 2 is a worthy successor to the original Atrix, but a lack of compatibility with older accessories means no cheap hand-me-downs. Motorola has also confirmed that the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) upgrade will be only available in Q3--which is really late. You may want to hold out for the upcoming ICS handsets instead.
So, is the Motorola MOTOLUXE worth the $380 or so that it retails for off-contract? Well, it may be a good-looking smartphone with a solid construction and a slim profile, but the poor performance of its hardware is something that we cannot overlook. Frankly, we think that you will be better off picking a smartphone from yesteryear.
Too sluggish in general use
The Motorola Motoluxe is a solid phone with a 4in qHD screen in a compact form factor. Add in an 8 megapixel camera, Android 2.3.7 and a neat notification light and you can overlook the dated processor and iffy screen when you consider that the handset will only set you back Â£260 SIM-free.
Great build quality
What you end up with in the Motorola MOTOLUXE therefore is a well-built smartphone for the masses. It doesn't have the power or speed that higher-end devices have and the camera UI is a bit of a disaster, but when looking at the direct competition - the Orange Monte Carlo (ZTE Skate), with the MOTOLUXE's better screen, better camera and better build, despite a few glaring shortcomings Motorola's offering is definitely our preferred choice.
Latest Android software
This is a likeable phone with decent screen, a camera that is higher quality than the price would suggest and has neat styling to boot. It would be better if it came with the latest Android software, though this may follow. And a faster processor would make it really hare along. In all, however, this well-priced Android phone has a lot going for it.
Great build quality
Here we are again at the end of another review, this one I have really enjoyed doing more than most because the phone has really grown on me! I really didn't expect it to as well so for that reason I think I like it even more. As for its target market its difficult to say because it has features that would be good for the heavy smartphone user but also for the beginner smartphone user so I think if you put it somewhere in the middle of the 2 you will have your answer.
Ample amount of RAM provide quick performance
The Motorola PHOTON 4G is a bit of a return to form on Sprint for the brand with the "bat wing" logo. It is a solid phone with very little to complain about. While I would love to see a better camera and longer battery life, neither were so bad as to put the PHOTON 4G into the reject pile. Despite the sluggish tendencies of Motorola's interface, the dual-core processor and ample amount of RAM provide quick performance for almost all tasks you can throw at it.
Large, crisp and vibrant qHD display
The Motorola Photon 4G makes a very strong case for being the best phone in Sprint's lineup. It certainly has the horsepower with the Tegra 2 dual core processer, 16GB of memory and brilliant qHD display. The 8-megapixel camera with 720p recording performed well enough to double as a point and shoot for most people. The battery life and call quality was well above average, and overall the build quality and design is very well done.
Google Android smartphone
Despite its fairly pedestrian hardware design, the Photon 4G should appeal to anyone looking for an Android smartphone that stands a good chance of being allowed access to the corporate network - but you do need to be something of a propeller head to get it working consistently in the UK. The 4G WiMax capability isn't worth spending money on, given its virtual non-deployment in the UK and the basic questions about WiMax's future, but the device itself is perfectly good.
Powerful and versatile smartphone
The Motorola Photon 4G is one powerful and versatile smartphone, boasting a first-rate industrial design, brilliant display, excellent gaming performance, and a sharp (albeit sluggish) camera. The HDMI mirroring works smoothly, and those looking for desktop-like functionality can spring for the HD Station dock. Mobile professionals will appreciate the global roaming capability--though not the cost of roaming--as well as the Exchange support and security features.
Sharp and large qHD display
The Motorola Photon 4G is Sprint's latest top tier Android smartphone. It runs Android OS 2.3.4 Gingerbread on a dual core Tegra 2 1GHz CPU. The Photon is both a world phone with GSM for roaming overseas and a WiMAX 4G phone. Reception is above average on Sprint's network for both 3G and 4G, though WiMAX coverage is still spotty and Sprint's 3G EV-DO Rev. A network is slower than the other three big US carriers.
Impressive battery life and solid performance
With its stunning display, impressive battery life and solid performance, the Photon 4G comes very close to dethroning Samsung's mighty Galaxy S II as king of the Android hill. This is simultaneously Motorola's and Sprint's best handset ever -- it takes everything we praised about the Droid X2, adds WiMAX support, a global GSM / HSPA radio and WebTop capability, then wraps it up in a much sleeker package.
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