As you all know (Or atleast many have found out, recently) I love Motorola, would’ve when I heard of the new RAZR family that Motorola was pushing out this Fall, I was giddy as a schoolgirl. I just had to see what Moto had done with these new RAZRs.
We this first one I have received is the “little brother” of the family, the mid-range “budget” device of the new set of RAZRs — the RAZR M. The RAZR M is a wonderful device, especially when comparing it to other mid-ranges, it can definitely without a doubt make it’s way into the high-end phones, but I know Motorola has it’s rhymes and reason for advertising it as such.
The RAZR M is a tiny device, only 4.3” (hah a year ago that would’ve been huge) but due to it’s “bezel-less” design the whole casing is not much bigger than the new iPhone 5. On these new RAZRs you get to enjoy on-screen navigation buttons, along with a new frame design. The backing on the M is mostly Kevlar (more-so than the old RAZRs) and as stated earlier the screen for the M is advertised as “edge-to-edge”. Now naturally the screen isn’t technically edge-to-edge but it’s as close as you can be without get to that uncomfortable stage.
You also get to experience a new version of Motorola’s UI skin, blur. This version of blur has definitely been toned down in how prevalent it was shown throughout the UI, and honestly I feel that it is the closest to stock Android UI from any manufacturers skin. The changes in blur from ICS to JB though aren’t as prevalent in the phone though unfortunately.
With the M being the budget device in the new family you can get it from Verizon, Amazon, or any other retailer on contract for free – 100$ depending on what deals are available at the time. That’s a great price for what this device is and can be. I would definitely recommend this device to anyone who is thinking of picking up a Verizon branded phone and doesn’t want to spend over 100$ on a device.
Now onto the details….
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Verizon – 3G/4G LTE 700 MHz
4.3” qHD (540×960) Super AMOLED Advanced
Dual-Core 1.5GHz (Snapdragon)
Micro SD Storage:
Optional expandable memory
VGA P2P Video
3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, DLNA, NFC
Android 4.0.4 / Upgradeable to Jelly Bean
Yes – v4.0
Battery: This device is packing a 2000mAh battery, coupled with the Snapdragon S4 processors makes this phone provide enough power for you to use it the whole day. I never had any worry about rushing to an outlet using the M.
Performance: Again attributing this to the processor, the Snapdragon S4 made this device as snappy as ever, no lags, no glitch, just smooth. That only improved with the Jellybean update and project butter.
Form: Even though you have a 4.3in screen, Motorola keep the device as small as an iPhone. Yet with that, and the edge to edge design, nothing was ever too small or not clear. Even when coming from devices like the Galaxy S 3 and the Galaxy Nexus.
Blur: With the recent updates to blur, or whatever Motorola refers to it now, have been amazing. This skin may be the lightest skin on Android at the moment, and none of the overlays take away from the device nor make you feel like a child. A lot of the skinning just changes images and adds a nice dark/metallic theme to the device. Though also, the skin adds nifty features such as the lock screen volume toggles, home screen quick settings, and the circles clock widget which displays numerous amounts of useful information.
Price: Not only is this device a powerhouse as you can see above but it also is available for cheap, thanks to being advertised as a mid-range device. Since release a few months ago the device has a high asking price of 100$ (on contract) down to getting it few for a time. Amazing.
Screen: Even though the screen is practically edge to edge and doesn’t make anything impossible to see, it is still qHD Super Amoled. While that may be better than a lot of different phones, it’s still not the best and it’s noticeable. You won’t see every little pixel or something like that, but you can tell color distortion.
Camera: Along with the screen being not up to par, the camera is also not the greatest, and it ties into the display as well. When taking pictures the colors can exaggerate and blur (hah), you can mostly see this if you’re a chronic picture taker. Instagram-mers need not worry as your filters will take care of that issue – and by take care I mean ruin.
The developer community is sticker behind the new series of RAZRs as we gain features such as: root and a kexec bootloader unlock. They are ROMs for this device although it will be a lot easier to flash them on the developer version of the phone.
This is simply the best budget phone you can purchase today, and will likely remain so for a long time, especially if you are on Verizon. You will not regret your purchase getting this device, and it won’t even break your wallet. You can check out and buy the phone at Verizon Wireless (among other 3rd-party dealers) locally or at their ONLINE SITE.