Motorola Droid RAZR HD Review: Slick and Fast

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 9.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Excellent signal strength
    • Beautiful screen
    • Extremely fast
    • International roaming
  • Cons

    • Non-removable battery
    • Awkward SIM/memory card arrangement

Quick Take

Excellent specs, excellent performance, and a solid design make the RAZR HD a clear standout from the crowd.

Take everything about the already impressive Motorola Droid RAZR and make it better. You now have the Motorola Droid RAZR HD, which isn\’t so much about reinventing the proverbial RAZR wheel as it is about making that wheel spin as quickly, reliably, and sexily as possible.

\"MotorolaDespite retaining a 5.25\” x 2.75\” x .33\” frame that\’s practically identical to its predecessor, the RAZR HD manages to pack a 1280 x 720 resolution, Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass display that\’s a full .4\” bigger (4.7\” in total) than the original RAZR\’s. It runs Android OS 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (with a promised upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean at the time of review), and sports an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, near-field communication compatibility, a 50% larger battery than the RAZR, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor as well.

But it\’s in merely holding and looking at the RAZR HD where users will likely be most impressed. In its review of the device, Brighthand says that the RAZR HD \”has great usability, but more than that, it\’s a phone you genuinely enjoy using.\” Its Kevlar-infused casing feels smooth to the touch —¬†although the Kevlar doesn\’t add all that much as far as durability is concerned — and, at 5.2 ounces, it manages to feel light despite its hefty battery and large touchscreen.

That large touchscreen, by the way? It\’s fantastic, as the high-contrast, colorful AMOLED display works wonders at a pixel density of 312 ppi. Considering that, as Brighthand reminds us, the human retina can no longer perceive improvements in image quality at around 300 ppi, the RAZR HD\’s screen certainly has the chops to be mentioned in the same discussion as the likes of Samsung\’s Galaxy S III and Apple\’s iPhone 5.

While the lack of Android\’s Jelly Bean OS at the time of launch may disappoint some, the fact of the matter is that the RAZR HD still packs performance that\’s plenty quick and capable in today\’s smartphone market. It scored an average of 4948 in Brighthand\’s Quadrant benchmark tests, putting it right in line with other zippy devices like the Droid RAZR M and the aforementioned Galaxy S III. There\’s even a noticeable lack of shovelware in the RAZR HD, meaning that users will actually be able to get the most out of the RAZR HD\’s 16GB of storage.

Even though the RAZR HD packs all the bells and whistles users have come to expect from a modern smartphone, it still hasn\’t forgotten that it\’s still, y\’know, a cell phone. That is to say, the call quality here is spectacular as well. Brighthand declares that \”the RAZR HD connects to and holds even a marginal 4G signal as well as just about any other phone that [they\’ve] seen, and better than most, with fewer drop-outs and the ability to find coverage in more places.\” The fact that full international roaming support is also included here only sweetens the whole package.

All in all, there\’s not much to dislike about the Motorola Droid RAZR HD. Sure, there are a few gripes, such as its non-removable battery and odd microSD card placement — which requires you to eject the SIM card first — but the looks, performance, call quality, and robust battery life (with a rated 16 hours of talk time) make the RAZR HD a winner. It\’s a little on the pricey side — $199.99 with a two-year contract from Verizon at the time of review — but those who can afford the RAZR HD look to be in for a treat.


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