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NSmitty's review of the Motorola Droid RAZR M

original version, submitted Sep 19, 2012, 2:25 PM:

Excellent bang for buck phone

An upgrade discount with Verizon enabled me to get it for only $50 but even at the retail price of $100 it's a steal. The basic hardware (chassis, processor, camera) is all top notch and it shows in daily use; the phone exhibits no lag or hesitation doing anything and I love that it is essentially stock android 4.0.4 with only a minimal Motorola skin on top. I even like the changes that Motorola has made; swiping left to access quick settings, the round clock/weather/battery widget and the new page templates are all great. I was worried that a 960x540 resolution display might seem grainy or pixelated, especially considering it's a pentile matrix, but the screen looks fantastic and the lower resolution is not an issue and may be one of the phones strengths. Because the already powerful processor has fewer pixels to drive relative to a standard 1280x720 resolution display, the phone feels that much faster and likely experiences better battery life because as well. Speaking of battery life, this phone is a champ; with a 2Ah battery and 9.1in^2 of screen real estate to power (versus a Galaxy S3 with 11.3in^2), I could probably make it through 2 days of minimal use and certainly a full day of heavy use. Moving on to the size of the phone; it's a small phone with a display that's as edge-to-edge as any I've ever seen and it should fit well into a variety of pockets and hands. The size is very close to the iPhone 5 in terms of height and width but it is a little thicker. For the thickness; the phone is wedge-shaped and thicker at the top than the bottom. The thickness in the middle of the device is about 9.7mm compared to the published figure of 8.3mm. The size is right on and the rounded back corners make it comfortable to hold.

Pros:
1. Screen size/resolution is a good balance.
2. Powerful S4 processor.
3. Excellent battery life.
4. Great Motorola skin.
5. Compact size.
6. Edge-to-edge-display (nearly).

Cons:
1. Only 8GB internal storage.
2. Only accepts up to 32GB micro sd card.

edited Jun 10, 2013, 5:28 PM to the current version:

Excellent bang for buck phone

I bought this phone for only $50 and now that it's free, it's a steal. The basic hardware (chassis, processor, camera) is all top notch and it shows in daily use; the phone rarely exhibits lag or hesitation and I love that it is essentially stock android 4.1.2 with only a minimal Motorola skin on top. I even like the changes that Motorola has made; swiping left to access quick settings, the round clock/weather/battery widget and the new page templates are all great (if you don't like them, just download a new launcher). I was worried that a 960x540 resolution display might seem grainy or pixelated, especially considering it's a pentile matrix, but the screen looks fantastic and the lower resolution is not an issue and may be one of the phones strengths. Because the already powerful processor has fewer pixels to drive relative to a standard 1280x720 resolution display, the phone feels that much faster and likely experiences better battery life as well. Speaking of battery life, this phone is a champ; with a 2Ah battery and 7.9in^2 of screen real estate to power (versus a Galaxy S3 with 9.8 and an iPhone 5 with 6.8), I can make it through 2 days of minimal use and a full day of heavy use. Moving on to the size of the phone; it's a small phone with a display that's as edge-to-edge as any I've ever seen. The size is very close to the iPhone 5 in terms of height and width but it is a little thicker. For the thickness; the phone is wedge-shaped and thicker at the top than the bottom. The thickness in the middle of the device is about 9.7mm compared to the published figure of 8.3mm. The size is right on and the rounded back corners make it comfortable to hold.

Pros:
1. Screen size/resolution is a good balance.
2. Powerful S4 processor.
3. Excellent battery life.
4. Nearly stock Android.
5. Compact size.
6. Edge-to-edge-display (nearly).
7. No physical home button.

Cons:
1. Only 8GB internal storage.
2. Only accepts up to 32GB micro sd card.

 

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