Motorola, Inc.’s Razr is back in business but this time the trademark has captured the smartphone industry. The new Droid Razr is the incremental installation to both Droid and Razr series.
Where the new handset carries the flamboyance of Razr, it has smartly amalgamated the intelligence of the Droid family.
The phone houses Google’s Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with Motorola’s customized Motoblur skin. Although the new skin is not very attractive to look at, it definitely has mitigated the glitches of its ancestors.
The new instalment houses 1.2 GHz dual-core TI processor supported by 1 GB of RAM. The powerful processor fairly justifies the flashy Gingerbread OS. The 4.3-inch screen with qHD resolution (960×540) is not a new technology to the smartphone industry but the Super AMOLED Advanced display has taken a leap ahead of its counterparts. It also has the capability of streaming HD videos from Netflix.
The screen not only supports flashy content in the software but also has improved touch response. The swiping and sliding has been upgraded in the revamped Android version, which had been its Achilles Heel. There is no hindrance from the software in multi-tasking and the navigation through menus is even smoother.
The Droid Raze is 7.1 mm in breadth, which Motorola claims is the thinnest in smartphones, and with 127 grams it is not that heavier either.
The display is made up of sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass, which the company claims is scratch-resistant. The back of the phone is protected by a strong Kevlar casing with an 8 mega-pixel camera nestled into it, which is capable of capturing 1080p full HD motion picture.
The front facing camera can record 720p HD video for video chatting over the advanced 4G network. The smartphone comes with a Webtop application that turns the phone into a netbook when attached to a dock. The phone is compatible with both Lapdock 100 and Lapdock 500.
In addition to a 3.5 mm headset jack and micro-USB port the phone also has an HDMI-out that can be used to connect the phone to a bigger HD display via an HDMI cable. The phone comes with 16 GB built-in memory and a pre-installed 16 GB micro-SD card. However, it supports up to 32 GB of external memory.
On the downside the phone is only CDMA-based and can only be used in select few countries. Verizon Wireless has purchased the licence for their services to Droid Razr in the US and it is available for $299.99 on a 2-year contract.