I got a chance to play with the RAZR HD LTE today.
When I reviewed the ATRIX HD LTE a while back I was checking off features on my checklist and couldnít help but notice its screen wasnít as big as the competition plus it was missing NFC. Turns out Motorola had another trick up its sleeve. 2 high-end SKUís; the ATRIX HD LTE and now the RAZR HD LTE.
Basically, the RAZR HD LTE has the same features as the HTC One X and Galaxy S III. A 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with LTE support, 1GB RAM, NFC, 4.7Ē display, 16GB storage, etc.
One thing I like about the RAZR is that it has a very distinctive Motorola look to it. From the Kevlar back to the sharp edges itís very original.
In my hand the RAZR feels really solid. Itís got a nice heft to it that you donít get from the Galaxy S III or HTC One X but at the same time it doesnít feel bulky. Out of the 3 phones I like holding the RAZR most.
behind: Galaxy S III
The entire back is covered with a kevlar tub unlike last yearís RAZR which had a metal frame and a kevlar insert. You can see the metal frame on the RAZR HD on the edges.
Super AMOLED HD fans will be happy to know that the RAZR has an incredibly saturated Super AMOLED HD display. Super AMOLED haters will hate the fact that the RAZR has an incredibly saturated Super AMOLED HD display.
iPhone 5, RAZR HD LTE
Size wise itís quite impressive. Despite having similar specs to the S III and One X and more importantly, a 2530mAh battery itís has a smaller footprint plus itís about the same thickness as itís competitors.
Behind: RAZR HD, iPhone 5 in front
One way theyíve accomplished this is by having a very narrow bezel and on screen buttons. Unfortunately, I couldnít use it long enough to figure out whether the narrow bezel makes it hard to use.
Galaxy S III, RAZR HD
In the past Motorola was known for sometimes over customizing their software. You can see Googleís influence in the software. Itís pretty much stock android with a custom skin and printing support built-in. The home screen has pretty slick widgets.
HTC One X, RAZR HD
When it comes to high-end Android, all manufacturers have to play the hardware game. So, while the S4 Snapdragon is still very competitive itís about to be supplanted by Qualcommís quad-core offerings in the very high-end. I mean the HTC One X came out almost 6 months ago so Iím a little disappointed that the RAZR feels a little late to market.
HTC One X RAZR HD
I asked Motorola why launch the RAZR now and not 6 months ago. They said one of the factors was supply. They wouldnít go further into it but it probably means thereís a component in the RAZR that Motorola couldnít get enough of (probably the Snapdragon S4 processor). Iím just speculating here but maybe Verizon didnít want their version of the RAZR HD till now. Verizon being Motorolaís primary customer for this device.
Iím also a little puzzled by the software, Android 4.0.4. While there arenít many Jellybean phones available, I hoped that Motorola would include it on their late to market flagship phone. Especially since googleís their daddy now.
Unlike the ATRIX the RAZR HD ships with Chrome as the default browser. I didn't look more carefully to see if the stock Android one is present too. Otherwise the software is similar to what you get on the ATRIX including Motorola's Smart Actions automation program.
Of course the RAZRís trump card is itís large 2530mAh battery. The HTC One X has a 1800mAh while the Galaxy S IIIís weighs in at 2100mAh. Weíll see if this has a meaningful effect on battery life when I review it later
RAZR HD, Galaxy S III
Anyways, from what Iíve seen today the RAZR is competitive with the Galaxy S III and HTC One X but theyíve already been on the market for a few months. Until things slow down, In in terms of Smartphone years a few months might as well be a few years. You could say that a S4 Snapdragon offers a good user experience - and I wouldnít argue. The thing is, since Android phones have to play the hardware game youíve got to make the user feel like theyíre not making any compromises.
Hopefully Motorola can get this out as soon as possible. The exact release date wasn't revealed. Pricing is said to be 'cheaper than the competition'. I'm guessing that means ~$79.99 on a 3 year when it comes out.