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Motorola RAZR i Review

Motorola RAZR i

If you have the feeling that the Motorola RAZR i looks familiar, well you’ve probably seen it before, because it looks almost exactly like the Motorola Droid RAZR M. It is in fact the same phone, with a few differences, the main one being that the RAZR i, which was recently released in Europe and South America, contains an Intel processor rather than an ARM processor. The RAZR i is Motorola’s first attempt at creating an Intel-powered phone and features a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED screen with 960 x 540 resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass, 8GB of internal storage (5GB usable), with the ability to expand storage via microSD (up to 32GB), and a Kevlar back. The phone also has an 8-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front facing camera, a 2000mAh battery and runs Android 4.0.4.

NameMotorola RAZR i
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Screen Size4.3-inch
Internal Memory8GB (5GB Usable)
Dimensions122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3mm
Weight126 grams
Release Date01/10/12

The biggest difference between this phone and the Droid RAZR M of course is that rather than utilising a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor, which is quad core, you instead get a single core hyper-threaded 2GHz Intel Atom Z2480 processor. Now this sounds like a big downgrade, but the performance this chip offers is very close to the Droid RAZR M, and for a mid-range phone, it works incredibly well. Another difference is that rather than using a silver aluminium frame, the RAZR i has a matte black frame, although this doesn’t make the phone feel any less premium.

Hardware & Design

The RAZR i looks very slick and lives up to the RAZR name by carrying on the tradition of being very thin. Although Motorola claims that this has a 4.3-inch edge-to-edge screen, there’s clearly a rim on the left and right hand sides of the screen. Granted it’s quite a thin edge, but it’s still an edge. The screen does however feel very big, but the phone itself is just slightly bigger than an iPhone 4S. What this means is that the phone comfortable to hold and use, but doesn’t look too big in your hands. The qHD AMOLED 16:9 screen looks amazing and while there is some pixellation if you look very closely, most people won’t notice it at all on this 256 ppi screen.

The phone’s size overall is 122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3mm. That’s 1mm thinner than the iPhone 4S, about 2.4mm wider and 7.3mm taller. When you consider that the screen is significantly bigger, and the phone itself is still a comfortable size, that’s very impressive. The Motorola RAZR i weighs 126g which is 14 grams lighter than the iPhone 4S. There is no carrier branding on this phone, which means there is a black bar under the screen that is completely blank, but that’s not a bad thing. The RAZR i does not support 4G LTE in the UK, but does support HSDPA+ at 21.1 megabits per second.

On the top of the phone there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, but there’s nothing else on the top or bottom of the device. On the right edge you’ll find the power button towards the top, a volume rocker and a camera shot button. On the left edge there is a microSD slot and a micro-SIM slot, which is covered up by a thin piece of plastic, and a micro-USB slot which is used for charging the phone and connecting it up to a computer. Motorola claim to have coated the phone in a water-resistant coating, on the outside and inside of the phone. That doesn’t mean it’s completely waterproof, but it should be able to handle the coming wintry weather with ease.

There are no buttons on the face of the phone, which means the screen dominates the front, but it’s also a little disorienting when coming from a phone that does have buttons on the face. It also means that it can be a little difficult to find the power button if you need to check your phone in the middle of the night. Another issue that I found in terms of the design of the phone is that the charging port is in a strange position. What this means is that if you need to use the phone whilst on charge, it feels very awkward, and it would have been much better if it was on the top of the phone. The main speaker is also in a strange position, on the back near the camera. It’s not the best of speakers, but it does the job fine. Another issue that some users may have is that this phone does not have a removable battery like most other Android phones.

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