Customizable design, Snappy performance
Kudos to Motorola for bringing this smartphone to all four major wireless carriers in the country, including good old US Cellular as well. That's something to say about the handset's intentions, as it lives up to prestigious honor of being recognized as a flagship. It's the perfect strategy for it, especially if Motorola really wants to be taken seriously by its rivals again.
Pros: Motorola's hardware is brilliant, Android remains solid.
The Moto X is smart. It's aware. It's packed with features. It's powerful enough and it's got the right amount of Android - without too much bloat or gimmick. We really like the Moto X. It's not the flashiest smartphone out there, so we wouldn't recommend it to gadget geeks who want the latest and greatest on the market.
Comfortable design, Moto Maker customization is phenomenal
We really like the Moto X. It's a lean, almost pure Google Android experience, with a few nice extras and amazing Google Now support. We were incredibly annoyed by the bug we encountered with Moto Assist and don't recommend you touch the app, but outside of that, it's still a great phone. Hopefully, Motorola fixes more bugs before its launch in late August and early September.
Outstanding battery life
If you are looking at purchasing a high-end Android smartphone from Verizon, your current choices at the moment are the Samsung Galaxy S III or either the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD and DROID RAZR HD, as they all 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.
Overall, we see no reason to fault the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD at all. It's got nearly all the top specs: NFC, HD screen, massive batter and a solid design encased in Kevlar.
It's still only running Android 4.0.4, rather than the latest version of Jelly Bean, and we can see this being a phone that's visibly improved by the likes of Project Butter.
Would we like to have seen a quad core processor in there. In a word, yes.
At $300 on contract, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD is on the expensive end of the smartphone spectrum. Is the extra battery life worth the extra $100? If you value battery life, the answer is yes. If you don't mind tweaking some settings or using SmartActions to get the most out of your battery, then the Droid Razr HD is a more budget-friendly choice. Either way, you're getting a good phone.
Just remember that smartphone prices are bound to fluctuate.
Brilliant screen and powerful internals
The Razr Maxx HD is a fantastic phone. It's not burdened with features that are cumbersome or clumsy, and its brilliant screen and powerful internals will satisfy almost anyone who wants something and fast and adequately future-proof. And of course, there's that massive battery to keep everything running for literally days.
Excellent Battery Life
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX sports incredibly long battery life, excellent build quality and an update to Android 4.1 is due in the near future. The $299 price is a bit steep compared to options like the Galaxy S3 but if battery life is a major factor the RAZR MAXX HD is a solid choice.
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.
Good design and materials used
If you are a power user and are sick of continually charging your battery, you should take a look at the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. Its talk and standby times are the longest that we've seen on a smartphone, and the device has plenty of high-end features to quench an Android user's thirst, with its only drawbacks being the non-HD screen and the mediocre camera quality.
All the things about the original Razr are still here (except for that profile). The AMOLED is just as gorgeous, the overlay is just as snazzy, and we're still impressed with the media player even after all this time. Add to all that the Razr Maxx can now go days without charging, or actively use LTE without destroying your battery and - all the sudden - the Razr goes from a winner to a champion.
Battery life king
The build quality of the phone is top notch, with distinctive design and cool materials (kudos to Moto for using Kevlar on more and more phones recently). The screen holds up very well (it's the same unit to find on a modern upper-midrange phone like the HTC One S) and the camera is one of the better 8MP shooters. If the phone was a little more compact (or packed a larger screen on the same body) it would have been great, but that's not by any means a deal breaker.
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.
All that Droid RAZR goodness, with nearly 2x battery life.
It's sexy, it's unique and nearly bulletproof thanks to Gorilla Glass on the front and Kevlar on the back. Voice quality is excellent, download speeds on LTE rock and the phone has supreme battery life. The Super AMOLED display is very colorful with deep blacks, though it's not the highest resolution display on the block. The Droid RAZR MAXX works with Motorola's myriad accessories including the Lapdock, giving it an element of versatility.
Spectacular battery life
The Droid RAZR Maxx may deliver a lifetime of mammoth proportions, but we can't help but have mixed feelings. Why? As too often is the case (the Samsung Skyrocket series on AT&T comes to mind), Motorola and Verizon are hard at work pushing too many RAZR devices at once, and early adopters are left as the victims.
Nice, mostly stock ICS experience
Oh Motorola! We were expecting so much more out of this one, especially when AT&T customers have been waiting an extensive amount of time for something other than the ATRIX 2 from last year. Aside from the larger and higher resolution display, there isn't anything particularly compelling that we haven't seen before on an Android driven smartphone from Motorola's camp.
However, we can't count out the lovely $99.99 on-contract price that it's flaunting.
Stock Android experience
Powerful internals, gorgeous screen, solidly built body, and a stock Android experience with just the right amount of modification -that's the Motorola Atrix HD in a nutshell. Motorola has addressed the issues of the smartphone's predecessors, thus creating one of the most complete Android packages currently on the US market.
There's really quite a lot to love about the Motorola Atrix HD and very few things to frown at.
Excellent 720p display
We're really impressed by Motorola's first Android 4 handset for AT&T. It has the stylish good looks of the Droid RAZR with the price tag of a bargain smartphone. The 720p display is very sharp and colorful with good viewing angles and outdoor visibility, and the speaker is above average. Call quality is tops as are data speeds and the phone is fast thanks to ICS and the Qualcomm S4 CPU.
Powerhouse of a device in a sleek package
The Atrix 4G might be our favorite Android device that we've tested. It's got specs that run laps around most other devices, which should make most potential purchasers feel a little safer about laying out cash for a smartphone right now. We're not saying the phone doesn't have its issues -- and we're really not big fans of Motorola's skinning -- but this is a powerhouse of a device in a sleek package, and Android's openness to customizing means you'll be able to turn it into a phone that...
Crystal clear and vibrant display
The Motorola Atrix HD is a modest entry from Motorola and AT&T, at best. It is neither the best or worst phone on the market, and it's priced appropriately. However, I feel there are better devices with more value in all the surrounding price ranges â?? at $50, $100 and $200.
Unique features like Smart Actions
I consider the Motorola Atrix HD to be a "very good" phone: It has a large and crisp display, a fast hardware platform, a recent Android version and unique features like Smart Actions that few competitors have.
That said, this is an extremely competitive environment and despite all its goodness, the Atrix HD faces a ferocious competition with the Galaxy Nexus, the HTC One X and the Galaxy S3 all of which are more expensive by at least $100.
Solid LTE data speeds
Yeah, it's a good, solid phone for $100! The only things that separate this phone from HTC's and Samsung's flashship devices is a pretty crappy camera, lack of NFC, and less-than-sublime design. That may be a deal-breaker for some. If those things don't matter to you so much, then at this price, it's a steal.
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
The Motorola ATRIX HD MB886 is a 4G phone, and a fairly strong one at that. This phone has a pretty decent hardware configuration and a good piece of software on it. The Motorola ATRIX HD MB886 can function with just about any app and a wide variety of games.
Bang for your buck in terms of both performance and style
The Electrify M hits all the marks: performance is top-notch, the display is stunning, and the nearly bezel-less design is just as groundbreaking and fun as it was on the RAZR M. The Electrify M is no RAZR by any means thanks to its cheap exterior, but internally, it's got the guts it needs to land near the top of US Cellular's stellar portfolio.
Fast data speeds and a great typing experience
Melding an excellent keyboard, swift LTE data, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor into one Android device, the Motorola Droid 4 is long overdue. Fans of the first Motorola Droid will find plenty to smile about here, but those who aren't married to a QWERTY keyboard may not enjoy carrying around such a massive phone.
Great calling quality
Some will argue that the midas touch and allure of the DROID family has faded, as it seems as though the torch has been handed over to other more prominent devices like the DROID RAZR. However, when you think about it more, the original DROID family was never known for bringing killer spec-d hardware, but rather, it balanced things out with its quality performance and unyielding presence.
Superb QWERTY keyboard, solid build
If you're in need of a high quality QWERTY Android smartphone, the fourth, but probably not final entry in the Droid line is a strong choice. The Droid 4 is a solid evolution of the original Droid line, with LTE 4G, a fast dual core modern CPU, excellent voice quality and the best keyboard in the business. It's not super-stylin', but it's reasonably slim at 0.5" and has excellent build quality other than the cheesy battery door that's already falling apart on our unit.
Great keyboard, Comfortable design
The Motorola Droid 4 has somewhat of a captive audience: being one of the few QWERTY smartphones on Verizon, it's really your only choice if you want a keyboard, a dual-core processor, and 4G. If that doesn't sound like an endorsement, it would be because it's not. That one design advantage aside, the D4 is lackluster.
Amazing slide-out keyboard with number row
There are two good reasons to consider the Droid 4: A solid keyboard and 4G LTE. If you want a phone that can tap into Verizon's 4G LTE network (trust us, it's like going from 3G to your home Wi-Fi) and you prefer a physical keyboard, then you can't go wrong here. Motorola's typical weaknesses, the screen and the camera, are still problems, but both can probably be overlooked for those who really want a keyboard and LTE.
Battery on this thing is a champ
If you really want a keyboard, then yes, the keyboard is great. If you really want strong battery life, then yes, this will almost certainly get you through the day. A good, reliable work-horse? Absolutely. If you primarily use your phone for work, then it's maybe hard to do better. However, if you want a device with a beautiful, eye-popping screen that's right at the cutting-edge in terms of performance and features, then no. This is a very good phone, but it feels just a bit behind the curve.
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.
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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