Motorola RAZR XT910 review. Part One

I remember very well the distant times, when the question "Have you seen the new clamshell from Motorola?" (It is from Motorola, with two liters. I don’t know what this pronunciation is connected with for many) could be heard everywhere. A phone with a thickness of about 14 mm now, perhaps, no one will call thin, but then it was really a breakthrough. It is enough to look at the devices of those years - they all look like bricks. My heart was captured by the RAZR V3xx, which in appearance was indistinguishable from the original V3. In 2008, I still bought it for the collection, so that it would be. By that time, the phone had completely depreciated and did not carry any image charge that was at the start of sales.

In mid-October of this year, Motorola and Verizon introduced a new model - the Motorola Droid RAZR, which will be sold without the Droid in Europe.


The name chosen, as you understand, is far from accidental - the new phone running the Android operating system is just as thin - only 7.1 mm, except for the thickening at the top, which was unavoidable due to the camera and connectors. From the point of view of the hardware stuffing, the novelty cannot boast of anything special. According to information from Eldar (if anyone does not know, this is our editor-in-chief), the Droid RAZR was ready for release a year ago, but it was only launched on the market now (in fact, they gave other manufacturers a head start of 12 months). Personally, I willingly believe in this, since Motorola has already thrown out such numbers more than once. As an example, we can recall the ROKR E8 model, which was also released a year later. On board dual-core processor TI 4430, 1.2 GHz, 1 gigabyte of RAM, 16 internal (of which 11 GB is available to the user). 4.3-inch display with SuperAMOLED Advanced (PenTile) technology. But the technical characteristics are not the main thing here.

Design

When the first information about the Android phone appeared in 2008, I was very skeptical about it. The slider with the QWERTY keyboard of the HTC Dream didn't look like my dream phone at all, rather the opposite. Black plastic case, incomprehensible shapes, dubious opening mechanism. He did not live up to his name. You can think of all phones based on this OS, but you will not find one that would claim to be fashion device both in terms of design and materials used.Since then, both have been gradually improving, but 3 years have passed, and no one has grown to the level of the iPhone. Another example - in 2007 they showed the first phone from Apple, and there the situation with the design is completely different. The device quickly became fashionable for the mass consumer. In my opinion, such a deplorable situation with design is caused by the lack of ambition in this direction by Google itself. Let's take a look at the phones under this brand in sequence.

Imagine the situation that the HTC Dream is beautiful as hell. In this case, each manufacturer would try to do better. Now the top players in this field can be called the Samsung Galaxy S2, whose body is completely plastic, and HTC Sensation, in which there is also enough plastic, in addition, many users have a backlash in the cover.

Motorola's phone is fundamentally different from what you can now see on the Android device market. The frame and front side are made of stainless steel, the back side is made of Kevlar fiber, and the display is covered with Gorilla Glass. The battery is non-removable, and therefore there are no backlashes and squeaks and cannot be.

It's especially nice that the Motorola metal nameplate flaunts on the top of the front side. Absolutely useless thing in terms of functionality, but how much it gives in appearance. Imagine the device without it, and you will feel the difference. This design is now practically not found in any manufacturer.

Without a doubt, Motorola Droid RAZR is an attempt to create a fashion phone on Android, and, in my opinion, it was a success. But along with the appearance and materials, the interface is also important, and there is a small nuance here. Since ancient times, Motorola has been haunted by the myth that the interface of its phones is inconvenient, incomprehensible, and confusing. Of course, this is nothing more than a myth, and taking into account recent years, exactly the opposite can be said. The Blur skin that comes preinstalled on Android devices is one of the best. We are talking about its latest version, of course, which first appeared on the Droid 3 (not to be confused with the first Droid). I will tell about all its advantages in the second part of the review, and this text will be devoted to the technical side.

First Impressions

It's no secret that often equipment in photographs looks worse than in real life, or vice versa. In the case of the RAZR, the picture does not convey all the beauty of the device. Even before buying, after looking at a bunch of photos and videos on the Internet, I could not understand what it would be like in life. In practice, the "razor" looks and feels much better. At one time, using the iPhone 4, I wrote the following.

Sometimes, when browsing the Internet, or watching another video on the Internet, you catch yourself looking not at the screen, but at the phone itself. He's really fucking handsome, attractive, sexy and all that. It is pleasant to hold it in your hand, it is thin, comfortable.

In the case of the RAZR, the feeling is the same. That is, it is pleasant just to look at the device. The bevel on the edges of the display almost always gives a glare from the light source. The nameplate in the upper part, the sheen of the metal, the chrome trim of the miniJack audio output - all this adds up to a feeling of an expensive and high-quality thing that is pleasant to use. By the way, other Android devices do not evoke so many emotions, and they cannot, because there are simply no competitors in terms of build quality and materials.

Dimensions and materials

Regarding this phone, many people have a question about the large frame around the display. Indeed, it is large, and in terms of dimensions, the RAZR can be compared with the HTC Sensation XL, whose screen diagonal is 4.7 inches. Speculation immediately appeared on the Internet that a display with a larger diagonal and resolution was originally planned for the RAZR. In one of the videos on the Internet, a 4.65-inch rectangle cut out of white paper is applied to the phone - it fits perfectly into the dimensions of the device. Motorola itself did not make us wait long - several models built on the same platform were announced for the Chinese market: Motorola MT917. The display of this device is 4.5 inches and displays a picture in HD quality (1280 * 720) . I think in the future we will see a RAZR 2 with similar characteristics and possibly a quad-core processor.

The front side is almost completely covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, with characteristic bevels on the sides. At the bottom are four touch keys and a microphone hole. And at the top, under a large nameplate, a speaker is hidden behind a fabric mesh. You can also see the front camera for video calls and an LED informing about various events. The glass is framed by a lacquered metal frame. On the ends, top and bottom of the device is a strip of black matte plastic. According to user reviews, traces of careless handling easily remain on it, but I did not check this.

The back side is covered by a plate made of Kevlar fiber, but along the edges there is again a plastic frame that is easily scratched.

Kevlar fiber coating is perceived by many as an overkill, and partly it is true. This is not the first time in Motorola's history that the company has experimented with materials, but every such experiment can be called a success, and competitors are adopting this experience.

Kevlar fiber feels like a cross between a soft-touch coating and rubber. It is not slippery, but the coefficient of friction is lower than that of a soft touch. To see fingerprints on it, you need to turn the phone at a certain angle to the light source, otherwise they are practically invisible. In other words, the practical benefits of such a solution are noticeable, and therefore viable.


The ledge in the upper part is covered with glass (or plastic), where the speaker, camera, flash are located.

Connectors for connection, micro HDMI, microUSB, miniJack, are concentrated at the top of the device. On the right side, under a plastic flap, you can find compartments for microSIM and microSD. Hot swap is fully supported, even in the case of a SIM card. That is, even if you insert a SIM card when the device is turned on, the phone will find the network - a reboot or transfer to “flight mode” is not required.

On the left side you can find the power button / screen lock, as well as the volume rocker. They are noticeably higher than the level of the body, it is not difficult to find them.

The Splash Guard technology mentioned in the advertisement raises a separate question. Roughly speaking, this is a special water-repellent coating, and to understand the principle of operation, just watch this video.

By the way, the protective glass of the display is treated with the same coating, and I can assure you that there are fewer fingerprints on it than on the HTC Sensation, although I have no complaints about it either.

Comparison of Motorola RAZR and HTC Sensation:

Ergonomics

Given the dimensions of the device, many will have a question, is it convenient to use it? In this case, the degree of comfort will primarily be determined by the size of your brush. I do not experience big problems, although the same HTC Sensation lies better in the hand, largely due to the thickness of the case and the rounded edges of the back side. On the other hand, it is difficult to assess the degree of comfort of working with one or another device. Carrying your phone in your shirt and jeans pocket is possible if you have previously carried similar-sized devices in your pockets. The protrusion at the top of the device plays almost no role. Another thing is that during a telephone conversation it is convenient to rest your index finger on it, but this cannot be called a significant plus in the ergonomics of the phone.

The location of the screen lock button on the right side is not accidental. The classic layout of the controls is not possible in this case, as this would have a negative impact on ergonomics. The dimensions of the device are such that it is very difficult to get the index finger to the top. On the other hand, many manufacturers (Samsung in particular) have been using a similar arrangement of the main button for a long time. In the end, it's just a force of habit, and nothing more.

Display

The display performance is average today. Used PenTile matrix (RGBG), diagonal 4.3 inches. All the pros and cons of this solution have been known for a long time, and I see no reason to talk about it again. Let me just say that compared to the Motorola Atrix matrix (RGBW pixel arrangement), the picture does not look so loose, but still it cannot be compared with the S-LCD in terms of the “slenderness” of horizontal lines. In order to make it clear, I have prepared several photos and a short video on this matter.

HTC Sensation Motorola RAZR XT910

The protective Gorilla Glass effectively repels grease from the cheek and dirt from the fingers. When you carry your phone in your pants or shirt pocket, the display will always be clean.

The minimum brightness is such that it is enough for using the phone indoors or on a cloudy day. In the dark, it is redundant, so you will have to use third-party programs in order to reduce it. The maximum brightness level makes a good impression, but I cannot evaluate the behavior of the display on a bright sunny day, because in Moscow there is slush, snow, rain, clouds, and the sun is not visible.

Comparison of the visibility of Motorola RAZR and HTC Sensation displays:

Music

The device will also work as a music player. The sound quality is at a good level and is quite comparable with mid-range players. In other words, for most this is a good solution, because, above all, there are no problems with either memory or battery, but more on that below.

I'll tell you more about the player's interface and software features in the second part of the review.

Camera

This phone is a great example of how having good hardware (a camera module in particular) can ruin a product. The main disadvantages are the autofocus performance and the paleness of the colors of the photographs and the suboptimal work with the exposure, which is characterized by a simple rule of “no flare”. That is, the automation sets the exposure in such a way that there is a minimum of “highlighted” areas in the picture. In conditions of a rather limited dynamic range of the sensor, this means that the pictures will often be dark. On the other hand, different scenes are rendered differently, and compared to HTC Sensation, RAZR wins both in terms of brightness and colors, while outdoor shooting in bright sunlight showed opposite results.

In the history of Motorola, there was only one product worthy of attention in terms of photography - ZN5. This device was created in collaboration with Kodak and at one time could well be called the leader in the photo flagship market. “Why is the company not working in this direction?” - a rhetorical question.

Photo resolution can be six or eight megapixels. Burst and panorama shooting modes are also available. The first allows you to take 6 photos in 1-1.5 seconds (the exact time could not be determined). The work of gluing photos into a panorama can be rated as a four on a five-point scale. There will be no problems if the scene is relatively simple. In other cases, incorrect merging of images is possible.

I see no point in talking about various effects - they are simple and of little use in life. Therefore, I recommend using specialized programs from the application store.

Below are examples of photographs that you can evaluate yourself. Unfortunately, there are not many of them, because the weather conditions do not allow shooting a sufficient amount of material, and shooting under artificial lighting is not so interesting. In the second part, I will definitely prepare a significant number of photos.

Comparison with HTC Sensation.

Motorola RAZR XT910 HTC Sensation

Video

In video mode, these shortcomings are not so pronounced, and the final result can be assessed as “good”. Don't be fooled by the presence of the image stabilization function - its work is barely noticeable. The picture is recorded in FullHD (HD 1280*720, DVD 720*480, VGA 640*480, QVGA 320*240) quality and looks pretty good.

As for the sound in the video, mono and stereo modes, wind noise compensation mode, as well as Balanced and Concert modes are available here. During shooting, the Mute button appears on the display, with which you can turn off and turn on sound recording with one touch.

Also in this mode, the flash can work as a flashlight.

The sample videos had to be filmed at home, because the weather outside is such that the picture becomes completely boring.

Sample video with image stabilization:

Example video without image stabilization:

Sample video from HTC Sensation (for comparison). Please turn down the volume, because something went wrong during the recording:

Performance

I don't know where the fashion came from to evaluate performance by parrots, which show various benchmarks. In my opinion, the user's assessment will be the most correct, despite all its subjectivity. In the end, what difference does it make how many points the phone scored if the interface is fast and the toys go without problems?

When it comes to chasing gigahertz and all, it's no secret that software developers are targeting reference designs, that is, Google's signature phones, the latest of which is called the Galaxy Nexus. And this phone uses the same processor as the RAZR, and therefore, everything (or almost everything) will go to Motorola.

In the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Standard Applications article, you can find these images. They are a good illustration of the speed of the browser, and I can assure you that the overall impression of the performance of the device is about the same.

Memory

The amount of RAM and user experience is very closely related to how the device is used. Using HTC Sensation, I often observed the following picture - several pages are open in the browser. By minimizing the browser to the background and accessing it after a few hours, you can only find the last loaded page, provided that task killer programs are not installed on the phone. The RAZR has 1 gigabyte of RAM, which is quite enough for a wide range of tasks. And I did not observe the situation when the phone itself closed web pages. The amount of permanent memory is 16 gigabytes, of which 3.5 are allocated for installing programs, 8 is available for user information. The rest of the volume is also allocated for WebTop mode. You can install a 32 GB microSD memory card.

In other words, memory is not a problem here.

Opening hours

In the reviews of foreign colleagues, you can find polar estimates of working time from - “good” to “bad”. The same can be observed in the reviews of the owners. There are no secrets here - it all comes down to what applications you install and what they do in the process. The disadvantage of the Android system is that not every third-party developer makes an optimized version of their product for your phone, and therefore power consumption can vary significantly.

The manufacturer claims that the device works 25 hours in music playback mode and 9 hours in video playback mode. These numbers are real. In addition, under certain conditions, you can achieve large values. As a result, if compared with other devices on this operating system, RAZR is one of the best.

In my case, the phone confidently survives until late at night with a few calls and SMS, constant synchronization of two mailboxes, several RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, about an hour and a half of web surfing, an hour of listening to music, occasional communication in Skype and 30 minutes for games. In my opinion, this is a very good result.

According to the reviews of other users, in economy mode the device works up to 4 days or more. I can only confirm this - with a small number of calls, sms and mms, plus, if you occasionally use mail and twitter, the phone survives until the evening with 70-80% battery charge.

Solving localization issues

Since the device is not intended for sale in Russia, you will not find the Russian language in the menu either. Although the Russian language is present on some Asian firmware, the localization leaves much to be desired. I won’t guess whether the phone will be completely localized or not, but there is already hope. And even if this does not happen, then there will definitely be craftsmen who will offer their solution to this problem. I do not experience any difficulties, because I have been using phones with menus in English for a long time, and there is a reason for this. In all localized devices, the list of applications looks like this: first there are applications with English names in alphabetical order, and after them with Russian names. I don't find this kind of sorting convenient.

As for entering text in Russian, there are also no problems - there are many different keyboards and dictionaries for them in the application store. I use Smart Keyboard Pro, and in my opinion, this is the best solution there is.

It is likely that you will encounter the fact that the sms you send will arrive empty to the recipients. In order to correct this situation, you need to select SMS Encoding Method in the SMS settings and set the value to 16-bit character set.

It should also be mentioned that some phone owners have encountered a problem when text messages do not reach the phone or are not sent from it. So, for example, the problem is relevant for some of the subscribers of the Moscow region of MTS, while everything works without problems in the Megafon and Beeline networks. What is the reason for this behavior, it was not possible to install.

Conclusions

The reception quality of the cellular network signal is not satisfactory - it is, as always, on top. But the level of Wi-Fi signal reception is somewhat lower than that of HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S2. This feature is also characteristic of the Motorola Atrix, which was released almost a year ago, and we see it again in the RAZR. Both speakers of the device are quite loud. In most cases, 2/3 of the maximum volume is enough. In the conversational dynamics, there are not enough high frequencies, which again is compensated by the volume control.

For a long time, Motorola could not build its lineup in such a way that the user clearly understands which device can be called top-end. After the Motorola Droid was released in 2009, the X, Droid 2, X2, Bionic, Atrix, Droid 3, Atrix 2, Photon and so on models appeared. With the release of Atrix 2, it became clear that this line represents the middle price segment - the price for the device in the States is $100 with a contract. The recent announcement of Motorola Milestone X2, which, following the logic, is a GSM version of the American CDMA device Droid X2, is not entirely clear, especially in light of the RAZR sales that have already started. Nevertheless, the latter can be considered one of the best Android devices in terms of many parameters (design, assembly, materials, speed), in particular, in terms of functionality, which differs significantly from what other manufacturers can offer. Moreover, next year there will be an official update to Android 4.0. This, in turn, means that the device will be relevant for at least a year. In my opinion, this is one of the most successful purchases in the next couple of months. Now the phone can be purchased through online stores for about 20 thousand rubles. In the future, the cost will decrease.

According to information from Eldar Murtazin, the next model is ready - Motorola RAZR R3, which promises to be unique in terms of materials, carry the fourth version of Android, as well as some additional functionality from Motorola.

Motorola RAZR XT910 review. Part One

I remember very well the distant times, when the question "Have you seen the new clamshell from Motorola?" (It is from Motorola, with two liters. I don’t know what this pronunciation is connected with for many) could be heard everywhere. A phone with a thickness of about 14 mm now, perhaps, no one will call thin, but then it was really a breakthrough. It is enough to look at the devices of those years - they all look like bricks. My heart was captured by the RAZR V3xx, which in appearance was indistinguishable from the original V3. In 2008, I still bought it for the collection, so that it would be. By that time, the phone had completely depreciated and did not carry any image charge that was at the start of sales.

In mid-October of this year, Motorola and Verizon introduced a new model - the Motorola Droid RAZR, which will be sold without the Droid in Europe.


The name chosen, as you understand, is far from accidental - the new phone running the Android operating system is just as thin - only 7.1 mm, except for the thickening at the top, which was unavoidable due to the camera and connectors. From the point of view of the hardware stuffing, the novelty cannot boast of anything special. According to information from Eldar (if anyone does not know, this is our editor-in-chief), the Droid RAZR was ready for release a year ago, but it was only launched on the market now (in fact, they gave other manufacturers a head start of 12 months). Personally, I willingly believe in this, since Motorola has already thrown out such numbers more than once. As an example, we can recall the ROKR E8 model, which was also released a year later. On board dual-core processor TI 4430, 1.2 GHz, 1 gigabyte of RAM, 16 internal (of which 11 GB is available to the user). 4.3-inch display with SuperAMOLED Advanced (PenTile) technology. But the technical characteristics are not the main thing here.

Design

When the first information about the Android phone appeared in 2008, I was very skeptical about it. The slider with the QWERTY keyboard of the HTC Dream didn't look like my dream phone at all, rather the opposite. Black plastic case, incomprehensible shapes, dubious opening mechanism. He did not live up to his name. You can think of all phones based on this OS, but you will not find one that would claim to be fashion device both in terms of design and materials used. Since then, both have been gradually improving, but 3 years have passed, and no one has grown to the level of the iPhone. Another example - in 2007 they showed the first phone from Apple, and there the situation with the design is completely different. The device quickly became fashionable for the mass consumer. In my opinion, such a deplorable situation with design is caused by the lack of ambition in this direction by Google itself. Let's take a look at the phones under this brand in sequence.

Without a doubt, Motorola Droid RAZR is an attempt to create a fashion phone on Android, and, in my opinion, it was a success. But along with the appearance and materials, the interface is also important, and there is a small nuance here. Since ancient times, Motorola has been haunted by the myth that the interface of its phones is inconvenient, incomprehensible, and confusing. Of course, this is nothing more than a myth, and taking into account recent years, exactly the opposite can be said. The Blur skin that comes preinstalled on Android devices is one of the best. We are talking about its latest version, of course, which first appeared on the Droid 3 (not to be confused with the first Droid). I will tell about all its advantages in the second part of the review, and this text will be devoted to the technical side.

Dimensions and materials

Regarding this phone, many people have a question about the large frame around the display. Indeed, it is large, and in terms of dimensions, the RAZR can be compared with the HTC Sensation XL, whose screen diagonal is 4.7 inches. Speculation immediately appeared on the Internet that a display with a larger diagonal and resolution was originally planned for the RAZR. In one of the videos on the Internet, a 4.65-inch rectangle cut out of white paper is applied to the phone - it fits perfectly into the dimensions of the device. Motorola itself did not make us wait long - several models built on the same platform were announced for the Chinese market: Motorola MT917. The display of this device is 4.5 inches and displays a picture in HD quality (1280 * 720) . I think in the future we will see a RAZR 2 with similar characteristics and possibly a quad-core processor.

The front side is almost completely covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, with characteristic bevels on the sides. Below are four touch keys and a microphone hole. And at the top, under a large nameplate, a speaker is hidden behind a fabric mesh. You can also see the front camera for video calls and an LED informing about various events. The glass is framed by a lacquered metal frame. On the ends, top and bottom of the device is a strip of black matte plastic. According to user reviews, traces of careless handling easily remain on it, but I did not check this.

The back side is covered by a plate made of Kevlar fiber, but along the edges there is again a plastic frame that is easily scratched.

Kevlar fiber coating is perceived by many as an overkill, and partly it is true. This is not the first time in Motorola's history that the company has experimented with materials, but every such experiment can be called a success, and competitors are adopting this experience.

Kevlar fiber feels like a cross between a soft-touch coating and rubber. It is not slippery, but the coefficient of friction is lower than that of a soft touch. To see fingerprints on it, you need to turn the phone at a certain angle to the light source, otherwise they are practically invisible. In other words, the practical benefits of such a solution are noticeable, and therefore viable.


The ledge in the upper part is covered with glass (or plastic), where the speaker, camera, flash are located.

Connectors for connection, micro HDMI, microUSB, miniJack, are concentrated at the top of the device. On the right side, under a plastic flap, you can find compartments for microSIM and microSD. Hot swap is fully supported, even in the case of a SIM card. That is, even if you insert a SIM card when the device is turned on, the phone will find the network - a reboot or transfer to “flight mode” is not required.

On the left side you can find the power button / screen lock, as well as the volume rocker. They are noticeably higher than the level of the body, it is not difficult to find them.

The Splash Guard technology mentioned in the advertisement raises a separate question. Roughly speaking, this is a special water-repellent coating, and to understand the principle of operation, just watch this video.

By the way, the protective glass of the display is treated with the same coating, and I can assure you that there are fewer fingerprints on it than on the HTC Sensation, although I have no complaints about it either.

Comparison of Motorola RAZR and HTC Sensation:

In the history of Motorola, there was only one product worthy of attention in terms of photography - ZN5. This device was created in collaboration with Kodak and at one time could well be called the leader in the photo flagship market. “Why is the company not working in this direction?” - a rhetorical question.

Photo resolution can be six or eight megapixels. Burst and panorama shooting modes are also available. The first allows you to take 6 photos in 1-1.5 seconds (the exact time could not be determined). The work of gluing photos into a panorama can be rated as a four on a five-point scale. There will be no problems if the scene is relatively simple. In other cases, incorrect merging of images is possible.

I see no point in talking about various effects - they are simple and of little use in life. Therefore, I recommend using specialized programs from the application store.

Below are examples of photographs that you can evaluate yourself. Unfortunately, there are not many of them, because the weather conditions do not allow shooting a sufficient amount of material, and shooting under artificial lighting is not so interesting. In the second part, I will definitely prepare a significant number of photos.

Comparison with HTC Sensation.

Motorola RAZR XT910 HTC Sensation

Video

In video mode, these shortcomings are not so pronounced, and the final result can be assessed as “good”. Don't be fooled by the presence of the image stabilization function - its work is barely noticeable. The picture is recorded in FullHD (HD 1280*720, DVD 720*480, VGA 640*480, QVGA 320*240) quality and looks pretty good.

When it comes to chasing gigahertz and all, it's no secret that software developers are targeting reference designs, i.e. Google's signature phones, the latest of which is called the Galaxy Nexus. And this phone uses the same processor as the RAZR, and therefore, everything (or almost everything) will go to Motorola.

In the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Standard Applications article, you can find these images. They are a good illustration of the speed of work in the browser, and I can assure you that the overall impression of the performance of the device is about the same.

Memory

The amount of RAM and user experience is very closely related to how the device is used. Using HTC Sensation, I often observed the following picture - several pages are open in the browser. By minimizing the browser to the background and accessing it after a few hours, you can only find the last loaded page, provided that task killer programs are not installed on the phone. The RAZR has 1 gigabyte of RAM, which is quite enough for a wide range of tasks. And I did not observe the situation when the phone itself closed web pages. The amount of permanent memory is 16 gigabytes, of which 3.5 are allocated for installing programs, 8 is available for user information. The rest of the volume is also allocated for WebTop mode. You can install a 32 GB microSD memory card.

In other words, memory is not a problem here.

Opening hours

In the reviews of foreign colleagues, you can find polar estimates of working time from - “good” to “bad”. The same can be observed in the reviews of the owners. There are no secrets here - it all comes down to what applications you install and what they do in the process. The disadvantage of the Android system is that not every third-party developer makes an optimized version of their product for your phone, and therefore power consumption can vary significantly.

The manufacturer claims that the device works 25 hours in music playback mode and 9 hours in video playback mode. These numbers are real. In addition, under certain conditions, you can achieve large values. As a result, if compared with other devices on this operating system, RAZR is one of the best.

In my case, the phone confidently survives until late at night with a few calls and SMS, constant synchronization of two mailboxes, several RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, about an hour and a half of web surfing, an hour of listening to music, occasional communication in Skype and 30 minutes for games. In my opinion, this is a very good result.

According to the reviews of other users, in economy mode the device works up to 4 days or more. I can only confirm this - with a small number of calls, sms and mms, plus, if you occasionally use mail and twitter, the phone survives until the evening with 70-80% battery charge.

Solving localization issues

Since the device is not intended for sale in Russia, you will not find the Russian language in the menu either. Although the Russian language is present on some Asian firmware, the localization leaves much to be desired. I won’t guess whether the phone will be completely localized or not, but there is already hope. And even if this does not happen, then there will definitely be craftsmen who will offer their solution to this problem. I do not experience any difficulties, because I have been using phones with menus in English for a long time, and there is a reason for this. In all localized devices, the list of applications looks like this: first there are applications with English names in alphabetical order, and after them with Russian names. I don't find this kind of sorting convenient.

As for entering text in Russian, there are also no problems - there are many different keyboards and dictionaries for them in the application store. I use Smart Keyboard Pro, and in my opinion, this is the best solution there is.

It is likely that you will encounter the fact that the sms you send will arrive empty to the recipients. In order to correct this situation, you need to select SMS Encoding Method in the SMS settings and set the value to 16-bit character set.

It should also be mentioned that some phone owners have encountered a problem when text messages do not reach the phone or are not sent from it. So, for example, the problem is relevant for some of the subscribers of the Moscow region of MTS, while everything works without problems in the Megafon and Beeline networks. What is the reason for this behavior, it was not possible to install.

Conclusions

The reception quality of the cellular network signal is not satisfactory - it is, as always, on top. But the level of Wi-Fi signal reception is somewhat lower than that of HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S2. This feature is also characteristic of the Motorola Atrix, which was released almost a year ago, and we see it again in the RAZR. Both speakers of the device are quite loud. In most cases, 2/3 of the maximum volume is enough. In the conversational dynamics, there are not enough high frequencies, which again is compensated by the volume control.

For a long time, Motorola could not build its lineup in such a way that the user clearly understands which device can be called top-end. After the Motorola Droid was released in 2009, the X, Droid 2, X2, Bionic, Atrix, Droid 3, Atrix 2, Photon and so on models appeared. With the release of Atrix 2, it became clear that this line represents the middle price segment - the price for the device in the States is $100 with a contract. The recent announcement of Motorola Milestone X2, which, following the logic, is a GSM version of the American CDMA device Droid X2, is not entirely clear, especially in light of the RAZR sales that have already started. Nevertheless, the latter can be considered one of the best Android devices in terms of many parameters (design, assembly, materials, speed), in particular, in terms of functionality, which differs significantly from what other manufacturers can offer. Moreover, next year there will be an official update to Android 4.0. This, in turn, means that the device will be relevant for at least a year. In my opinion, this is one of the most successful purchases in the next couple of months. Now the phone can be purchased through online stores for about 20 thousand rubles. In the future, the cost will decrease.

According to information from Eldar Murtazin, the next model is ready - Motorola RAZR R3, which promises to be unique in terms of materials, carry the fourth version of Android, as well as some additional functionality from Motorola.

Motorola RAZR XT910 review. Part One

I remember very well the distant times, when the question "Have you seen the new clamshell from Motorola?" (It is from Motorola, with two liters. I don’t know what this pronunciation is connected with for many) could be heard everywhere. A phone with a thickness of about 14 mm now, perhaps, no one will call thin, but then it was really a breakthrough. It is enough to look at the devices of those years - they all look like bricks. My heart was captured by the RAZR V3xx, which in appearance was indistinguishable from the original V3. In 2008, I still bought it for the collection, so that it would be. By that time, the phone had completely depreciated and did not carry any image charge that was at the start of sales.

In mid-October of this year, Motorola and Verizon introduced a new model - the Motorola Droid RAZR, which will be sold without the Droid in Europe.


The name chosen, as you understand, is far from accidental - the new phone running the Android operating system is just as thin - only 7.1 mm, except for the thickening at the top, which was unavoidable due to the camera and connectors. From the point of view of the hardware stuffing, the novelty cannot boast of anything special. According to information from Eldar (if anyone does not know, this is our editor-in-chief), the Droid RAZR was ready for release a year ago, but it was only launched on the market now (in fact, they gave other manufacturers a head start of 12 months). Personally, I willingly believe in this, since Motorola has already thrown out such numbers more than once. As an example, we can recall the ROKR E8 model, which was also released a year later. On board dual-core processor TI 4430, 1.2 GHz, 1 gigabyte of RAM, 16 internal (of which 11 GB is available to the user). 4.3-inch display with SuperAMOLED Advanced (PenTile) technology. But the technical characteristics are not the main thing here.

Imagine the situation that the HTC Dream is beautiful as hell. In this case, each manufacturer would try to do better. Now the top players in this field can be called the Samsung Galaxy S2, whose body is completely plastic, and HTC Sensation, in which there is also enough plastic, in addition, many users have a backlash in the cover.

Motorola's phone is fundamentally different from what you can now see on the Android device market. The frame and front side are made of stainless steel, the back side is made of Kevlar fiber, and the display is covered with Gorilla Glass. The battery is non-removable, and therefore there are no backlashes and squeaks and cannot be.

It's especially nice that the Motorola metal nameplate flaunts on the top of the front side. Absolutely useless thing in terms of functionality, but how much it gives in appearance. Imagine the device without it, and you will feel the difference. This design is now practically not found in any manufacturer.

First Impressions

It's no secret that often equipment in photographs looks worse than in real life, or vice versa. In the case of the RAZR, the picture does not convey all the beauty of the device. Even before buying, after looking at a bunch of photos and videos on the Internet, I could not understand what it would be like in life. In practice, the "razor" looks and feels much better. At one time, using the iPhone 4, I wrote the following.

Sometimes, when browsing the Internet, or watching another video on the Internet, you catch yourself looking not at the screen, but at the phone itself. He's really fucking handsome, attractive, sexy and all that. It is pleasant to hold it in your hand, it is thin, comfortable.

In the case of the RAZR, the feeling is the same. That is, it is pleasant just to look at the device. The bevel on the edges of the display almost always gives a glare from the light source. The nameplate in the upper part, the sheen of the metal, the chrome trim of the miniJack audio output - all this adds up to a feeling of an expensive and high-quality thing that is pleasant to use. By the way, other Android devices do not evoke so many emotions, and they cannot, because there are simply no competitors in terms of build quality and materials.

Dimensions and materials

Regarding this phone, many people have a question about the large frame around the display. Indeed, it is large, and in terms of dimensions, the RAZR can be compared with the HTC Sensation XL, whose screen diagonal is 4.7 inches. Speculation immediately appeared on the Internet that a display with a larger diagonal and resolution was originally planned for the RAZR. In one of the videos on the Internet, a 4.65-inch rectangle cut out of white paper is applied to the phone - it fits perfectly into the dimensions of the device. Motorola itself did not make us wait long - several models built on the same platform were announced for the Chinese market: Motorola MT917. The display of this device is 4.5 inches and displays a picture in HD quality (1280 * 720) . I think in the future we will see a RAZR 2 with similar characteristics and possibly a quad-core processor.

The front side is almost completely covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, with characteristic bevels on the sides. Below are four touch keys and a microphone hole. And at the top, under a large nameplate, a speaker is hidden behind a fabric mesh. You can also see the front camera for video calls and an LED informing about various events. The glass is framed by a lacquered metal frame. On the ends, top and bottom of the device is a strip of black matte plastic. According to user reviews, traces of careless handling easily remain on it, but I did not check this.

The back side is covered by a plate made of Kevlar fiber, but along the edges there is again a plastic frame that is easily scratched.

Kevlar fiber coating is perceived by many as an overkill, and partly it is true. This is not the first time in Motorola's history that the company has experimented with materials, but every such experiment can be called a success, and competitors are adopting this experience.

Kevlar fiber feels like a cross between a soft-touch coating and rubber. It is not slippery, but the coefficient of friction is lower than that of a soft touch. To see fingerprints on it, you need to turn the phone at a certain angle to the light source, otherwise they are practically invisible. In other words, the practical benefits of such a solution are noticeable, and therefore viable.


The protrusion in the upper part is covered with glass (or plastic), where the speaker, camera, flash are located.

Connectors for connection, micro HDMI, microUSB, miniJack, are concentrated at the top of the device. On the right side, under a plastic cover, you can find compartments for microSIM and microSD. Hot swap is fully supported, even in the case of a SIM card. That is, even if you insert a SIM card when the device is turned on, the phone will find the network - a reboot or transfer to “flight mode” is not required.

On the left side you can find the power button / screen lock, as well as the volume rocker. They are noticeably higher than the level of the body, it is not difficult to find them.

The Splash Guard technology mentioned in the advertisement raises a separate question. Roughly speaking, this is a special water-repellent coating, and to understand the principle of operation, just watch this video.

By the way, the protective glass of the display is treated with the same coating, and I can assure you that there are fewer fingerprints on it than on HTC Sensation, although I have no complaints about it either.

Comparison of Motorola RAZR and HTC Sensation:

Ergonomics

Given the dimensions of the device, many will have a question, is it convenient to use it? In this case, the degree of comfort will primarily be determined by the size of your brush. I do not experience big problems, although the same HTC Sensation lies better in the hand, largely due to the thickness of the case and the rounded edges of the back side. On the other hand, it is difficult to assess the degree of comfort of working with one or another device. Carrying your phone in your shirt and jeans pocket is possible if you have previously carried similar-sized devices in your pockets. The protrusion at the top of the device plays almost no role. Another thing is that during a telephone conversation it is convenient to rest your index finger on it, but this cannot be called a significant plus in the ergonomics of the phone.

The location of the screen lock button on the right side is not accidental. The classic layout of the controls is not possible in this case, as this would have a negative impact on ergonomics. The dimensions of the device are such that it is very difficult to get the index finger to the top. On the other hand, many manufacturers (Samsung in particular) have been using a similar arrangement of the main button for a long time. In the end, it's just a force of habit, and nothing more.

Display

The display performance is average to date. Used PenTile matrix (RGBG), diagonal 4.3 inches. All the pros and cons of this solution have been known for a long time, and I see no reason to talk about it again. Let me just say that compared to the Motorola Atrix matrix (RGBW pixel arrangement), the picture does not look so loose, but still it cannot be compared with S-LCD in terms of the “slenderness” of horizontal lines. In order to make it clear, I have prepared several photos and a short video on this matter.

HTC Sensation Motorola RAZR XT910

The protective Gorilla Glass effectively repels grease from the cheek and dirt from the fingers. When you carry your phone in your pants or shirt pocket, the display will always be clean.

The minimum brightness is such that it is enough for using the phone indoors or on a cloudy day. In the dark, it is redundant, so you will have to use third-party programs in order to reduce it. The maximum brightness level makes a good impression, but I cannot evaluate the behavior of the display on a bright sunny day, because in Moscow there is slush, snow, rain, clouds, and the sun is not visible.

Comparison of the visibility of Motorola RAZR and HTC Sensation displays:

Music

The device will also work as a music player. The sound quality is at a good level and is quite comparable with mid-range players. In other words, for most this is a good solution, because, above all, there are no problems with either memory or battery, but more on that below.

I'll tell you more about the player's interface and software features in the second part of the review.

Camera

This phone is a great example of how having good hardware (a camera module in particular) can ruin a product. The main disadvantages are the autofocus performance and the paleness of the colors of the photographs and the suboptimal work with the exposure, which is characterized by a simple rule of “no flare”. That is, the automation sets the exposure in such a way that there is a minimum of “highlighted” areas in the picture. In conditions of a rather limited dynamic range of the sensor, this means that the pictures will often be dark. On the other hand, different scenes are rendered differently, and compared to HTC Sensation, RAZR wins both in terms of brightness and colors, while outdoor shooting in bright sunlight showed opposite results.

In the history of Motorola, there was only one product worthy of attention in terms of photography - ZN5. This device was created in collaboration with Kodak and at one time could well be called the leader in the photo flagship market. “Why is the company not working in this direction?” - a rhetorical question.

Photo resolution can be six or eight megapixels. Burst and panorama shooting modes are also available. The first allows you to take 6 photos in 1-1.5 seconds (the exact time could not be determined). The work of gluing photos into a panorama can be rated as a four on a five-point scale. There will be no problems if the scene is relatively simple. In other cases, incorrect merging of images is possible.

I see no point in talking about various effects - they are simple and of little use in life. Therefore, I recommend using specialized programs from the application store.

Below are examples of photographs that you can evaluate yourself. Unfortunately, there are not many of them, because the weather conditions do not allow shooting a sufficient amount of material, and shooting under artificial lighting is not so interesting. In the second part, I will definitely prepare a significant number of photos.

Comparison with HTC Sensation.

Motorola RAZR XT910 HTC Sensation

Video

In video mode, these shortcomings are not so pronounced, and the final result can be assessed as “good”. Don't be fooled by the presence of the image stabilization function - its work is barely noticeable. The picture is recorded in FullHD (HD 1280*720, DVD 720*480, VGA 640*480, QVGA 320*240) quality and looks pretty good.

As for the sound in the video, mono and stereo modes, wind noise compensation mode, as well as Balanced and Concert modes are available here. During shooting, the Mute button appears on the display, with which you can turn off and turn on sound recording with one touch.

Also in this mode, the flash can work as a flashlight.

The sample videos had to be filmed at home, because the weather outside is such that the picture becomes completely boring.

An example video with image stabilization:

An example video without image stabilization:

Sample video from HTC Sensation (for comparison). Please turn down the volume, because something went wrong with him during the recording:

Performance

I don't know where the fashion came from to evaluate performance by parrots, which show various benchmarks. In my opinion, the user's assessment will be the most correct, despite all its subjectivity. In the end, what difference does it make how many points the phone scored if the interface is fast and the toys go without problems?

When it comes to chasing gigahertz and all, it's no secret that software developers are targeting reference designs, i.e. Google's signature phones, the latest of which is called the Galaxy Nexus. And this phone uses the same processor as the RAZR, and therefore, everything (or almost everything) will go to Motorola.

In the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Standard Applications article, you can find these images. They are a good illustration of the speed of work in the browser, and I can assure you that the overall impression of the performance of the device is about the same.

Memory

The amount of RAM and user experience is very closely related to how the device is used. Using HTC Sensation, I often observed the following picture - several pages are open in the browser. By minimizing the browser to the background and accessing it after a few hours, you can only find the last loaded page, provided that task killer programs are not installed on the phone. The RAZR has 1 gigabyte of RAM, which is quite enough for a wide range of tasks. And I did not observe the situation when the phone itself closed web pages. The amount of permanent memory is 16 gigabytes, of which 3.5 are allocated for installing programs, 8 is available for user information. The rest of the volume is also allocated for WebTop mode. You can install a 32 GB microSD memory card.

In other words, memory is not a problem here.

Opening hours

In the reviews of foreign colleagues, you can find polar estimates of working time from - “good” to “bad”. The same can be observed in the reviews of the owners. There are no secrets here - it all comes down to what applications you install and what they do in the process. The disadvantage of the Android system is that not every third-party developer makes an optimized version of their product for your phone, and therefore power consumption can vary significantly.

The manufacturer claims that the device works 25 hours in music playback mode and 9 hours in video playback mode. These numbers are real. In addition, under certain conditions, you can achieve large values. As a result, if compared with other devices on this operating system, RAZR is one of the best.

In my case, the phone confidently survives until late at night with a few calls and SMS, constant synchronization of two mailboxes, several RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, about an hour and a half of web surfing, an hour of listening to music, occasional communication in Skype and 30 minutes for games. In my opinion, this is a very good result.

According to the reviews of other users, in economy mode, the device works up to 4 days or more. I can only confirm this - with a small number of calls, sms and mms, plus, if you occasionally use mail and twitter, the phone survives until the evening with 70-80% battery charge.

Solving localization issues

Since the device is not intended for sale in Russia, you will not find the Russian language in the menu either. Although the Russian language is present on some Asian firmware, while the localization leaves much to be desired. I will not guess whether the phone will be completely localized or not, but there is already hope. And even if this does not happen, then there will definitely be craftsmen who will offer their solution to this problem. I do not experience any difficulties, because I have been using phones with menus in English for a long time, and there is a reason for this. In all localized devices, the list of applications looks like this: first there are applications with English names in alphabetical order, and after them with Russian names. I don't find this kind of sorting convenient.

As for entering text in Russian, there are also no problems - there are many different keyboards and dictionaries for them in the application store. I use Smart Keyboard Pro, and in my opinion, this is the best solution there is.

It is likely that you will encounter the fact that the sms you send will arrive empty to the recipients. In order to correct this situation, you need to select SMS Encoding Method in the SMS settings and set the value to 16-bit character set.

It should also be mentioned that some phone owners have encountered a problem when text messages do not reach the phone or are not sent from it. So, for example, the problem is relevant for some of the subscribers of the Moscow region of MTS, while everything works without problems in the Megafon and Beeline networks. What is the reason for this behavior, it was not possible to install.

Conclusions

The reception quality of the cellular network signal is not satisfactory - it is, as always, on top. But the level of Wi-Fi signal reception is somewhat lower than that of HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S2. This feature is also characteristic of the Motorola Atrix, which was released almost a year ago, and we see it again in the RAZR. Both speakers of the device are quite loud. In most cases, 2/3 of the maximum volume is enough. In the conversational dynamics, there are not enough high frequencies, which again is compensated by the volume control.

According to information from Eldar Murtazin, the next model is ready - Motorola RAZR R3, which promises to be unique in terms of materials, carry the fourth version of Android, as well as some additional functionality from Motorola.

Motorola RAZR XT910 review. Part One

I remember very well the distant times, when the question "Have you seen the new clamshell from Motorola?" (It is from Motorola, with two liters. I don’t know what this pronunciation is connected with for many) could be heard everywhere. A phone with a thickness of about 14 mm now, perhaps, no one will call thin, but then it was really a breakthrough. It is enough to look at the devices of those years - they all look like bricks. My heart was captured by the RAZR V3xx, which in appearance was indistinguishable from the original V3. In 2008, I still bought it for the collection, so that it would be. By that time, the phone had completely depreciated and did not carry any image charge that was at the start of sales.

In mid-October of this year, Motorola and Verizon introduced a new model - the Motorola Droid RAZR, which will be sold without the Droid in Europe.


The name chosen, as you understand, is far from accidental - the new phone running the Android operating system is just as thin - only 7.1 mm, except for the thickening at the top, which was unavoidable due to the camera and connectors. From the point of view of the hardware stuffing, the novelty cannot boast of anything special. According to information from Eldar (if anyone does not know, this is our editor-in-chief), the Droid RAZR was ready for release a year ago, but it was only launched on the market now (in fact, they gave other manufacturers a head start of 12 months). Personally, I willingly believe in this, since Motorola has already thrown out such numbers more than once. As an example, we can recall the ROKR E8 model, which was also released a year later. On board dual-core processor TI 4430, 1.2 GHz, 1 gigabyte of RAM, 16 internal (of which 11 GB is available to the user). 4.3-inch display with SuperAMOLED Advanced (PenTile) technology. But the technical characteristics are not the main thing here.

Design

When the first information about the Android phone appeared in 2008, I was very skeptical about it. The slider with the QWERTY keyboard of the HTC Dream didn't look like my dream phone at all, rather the opposite. Black plastic case, incomprehensible shapes, dubious opening mechanism. He did not live up to his name. You can remember all the phones based on this OS, but you will not find a single one that would claim to be a fashion device, both in terms of design and materials used. Since then, both have been gradually improving, but 3 years have passed, and no one has grown to the level of the iPhone. Another example - in 2007 they showed the first phone from Apple, and there the situation with the design is completely different. The device quickly became fashionable for the mass consumer. In my opinion, such a deplorable situation with design is caused by the lack of ambition in this direction by Google itself. Let's take a look at the phones under this brand in sequence.

When the first information about an Android phone appeared in 2008, I was very skeptical about it. The slider with the QWERTY keyboard of the HTC Dream didn't look like my dream phone at all, rather the opposite. Black plastic case, incomprehensible shapes, dubious opening mechanism. He did not live up to his name. You can remember all the phones based on this OS, but you will not find a single one , which would claim to be a fashion device both in terms of design and materials used. Since then, both have been gradually improving, but 3 years have passed, and no one has grown to the level of the iPhone. Another example - in 2007 they showed the first phone from Apple, and there the situation with the design is completely different. The device quickly became fashionable for the mass consumer. In my opinion, such a deplorable situation with design is caused by the lack of ambition in this direction by Google itself. Let's take a look at the phones under this brand in sequence.

Imagine the situation that the HTC Dream is beautiful as hell. In this case, each manufacturer would try to do better. Now the top players in this field can be called the Samsung Galaxy S2, whose body is completely plastic, and HTC Sensation, in which there is also enough plastic, in addition, many users have a backlash in the cover.

Motorola's phone is fundamentally different from what you can now see on the Android device market. The frame and front side are made of stainless steel, the back side is made of Kevlar fiber, and the display is covered with Gorilla Glass. The battery is non-removable, and therefore there are no backlashes and squeaks and cannot be.

It's especially nice that the Motorola metal nameplate flaunts on the top of the front side. Absolutely useless thing in terms of functionality, but how much it gives in appearance. Imagine the device without it, and you will feel the difference. This design is now practically not found in any manufacturer.

Without a doubt, Motorola Droid RAZR is an attempt to create a fashion phone on Android, and, in my opinion, it was a success. But along with the appearance and materials, the interface is also important, and there is a small nuance here. Since ancient times, Motorola has been haunted by the myth that the interface of its phones is inconvenient, incomprehensible, and confusing. Of course, this is nothing more than a myth, and taking into account recent years, exactly the opposite can be said. The Blur skin that comes preinstalled on Android devices is one of the best. We are talking about its latest version, of course, which first appeared on the Droid 3 (not to be confused with the first Droid). I will tell about all its advantages in the second part of the review, and this text will be devoted to the technical side.

First Impressions

It's no secret that often equipment in photographs looks worse than in real life, or vice versa. In the case of the RAZR, the picture does not convey all the beauty of the device. Even before buying, after looking at a bunch of photos and videos on the Internet, I could not understand what it would be like in life. In practice, the "razor" looks and feels much better. At one time, using the iPhone 4, I wrote the following.

Sometimes, when browsing the Internet, or watching another video on the Internet, you catch yourself looking not at the screen, but at the phone itself. He's really fucking handsome, attractive, sexy and all that. It is pleasant to hold it in your hand, it is thin, comfortable.

In the case of the RAZR, the feeling is the same. That is, it is pleasant just to look at the device. The bevel at the edges of the display almost always gives a glare from the light source. The nameplate in the upper part, the sheen of the metal, the chrome trim of the miniJack audio output - all this adds up to a feeling of an expensive and high-quality thing that is pleasant to use. By the way, other Android devices do not evoke so many emotions, and they cannot, because there are simply no competitors in terms of build quality and materials.

Dimensions and materials

Regarding this phone, many people have a question about the large frame around the display. Indeed, it is large, and in terms of dimensions, the RAZR can be compared with the HTC Sensation XL, whose screen diagonal is 4.7 inches. Speculation immediately appeared on the Internet that a display with a larger diagonal and resolution was originally planned for the RAZR. In one of the videos on the Internet, a 4.65-inch rectangle cut out of white paper is applied to the phone - it fits perfectly into the dimensions of the device. Motorola itself did not make us wait long - several models built on the same platform were announced for the Chinese market: Motorola MT917. The display of this device is 4.5 inches and displays a picture in HD quality (1280 * 720) . I think in the future we will see a RAZR 2 with similar characteristics and possibly a quad-core processor.

The front side is almost completely covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass, with characteristic bevels on the sides. Below are four touch keys and a microphone hole. And at the top, under a large nameplate, a speaker is hidden behind a fabric mesh. You can also see the front camera for video calls and an LED informing about various events. The glass is framed by a lacquered metal frame. On the ends, top and bottom of the device is a strip of black matte plastic. According to user reviews, traces of careless handling easily remain on it, but I did not check this.

The back side is covered by a plate made of Kevlar fiber, but along the edges there is again a plastic frame that is easily scratched.

Kevlar fiber coating is perceived by many as an overkill, and partly it is true. This is not the first time in Motorola's history that the company has experimented with materials, but every such experiment can be called a success, and competitors are adopting this experience.

Kevlar fiber feels like a cross between a soft-touch coating and rubber. It is not slippery, but the coefficient of friction is lower than that of a soft touch. To see fingerprints on it, you need to turn the phone at a certain angle to the light source, otherwise they are practically invisible. In other words, the practical benefits of such a solution are noticeable, and therefore viable.


The protrusion in the upper part is covered with glass (or plastic), where the speaker, camera, flash are located.

Connectors for connection, micro HDMI, microUSB, miniJack, are concentrated at the top of the device. On the right side, under a plastic cover, you can find compartments for microSIM and microSD. Hot swap is fully supported, even in the case of a SIM card. That is, even if you insert a SIM card when the device is turned on, the phone will find the network - a reboot or transfer to “flight mode” is not required.

On the left side you can find the power button / screen lock, as well as the volume rocker. They are noticeably higher than the level of the body, it is not difficult to find them.

The Splash Guard technology mentioned in the advertisement raises a separate question. Roughly speaking, this is a special water-repellent coating, and to understand the principle of operation, just watch this video.

By the way, the protective glass of the display is treated with the same coating, and I can assure you that there are fewer fingerprints on it than on the HTC Sensation, although I have no complaints about it either.

Comparison of Motorola RAZR and HTC Sensation:

Ergonomics

Given the dimensions of the device, many will have a question, is it convenient to use it? In this case, the degree of comfort will primarily be determined by the size of your brush. I do not experience big problems, although the same HTC Sensation lies better in the hand, largely due to the thickness of the case and the rounded edges of the back side. On the other hand, it is difficult to assess the degree of comfort of working with one or another device. Carrying your phone in your shirt and jeans pocket is possible if you have previously carried similar-sized devices in your pockets. The protrusion at the top of the device plays almost no role. Another thing is that during a telephone conversation it is convenient to rest your index finger on it, but this cannot be called a significant plus in the ergonomics of the phone.

The location of the screen lock button on the right side is not accidental. The classic layout of the controls is not possible in this case, as this would have a negative impact on ergonomics. The dimensions of the device are such that it is very difficult to get the index finger to the top. On the other hand, many manufacturers (Samsung in particular) have been using a similar arrangement of the main button for a long time. In the end, it's just a force of habit, and nothing more.

Display

The display performance is average today. Used PenTile matrix (RGBG), diagonal 4.3 inches. All the pros and cons of this solution have been known for a long time, and I see no reason to talk about it again. Let me just say that compared to the Motorola Atrix matrix (RGBW pixel arrangement), the picture does not look so loose, but still it cannot be compared with the S-LCD in terms of the “slenderness” of horizontal lines. In order to make it clear, I have prepared several photos and a short video on this matter.

HTC Sensation Motorola RAZR XT910

The protective Gorilla Glass effectively repels grease from the cheek and dirt from the fingers. When you carry your phone in your pants or shirt pocket, the display will always be clean.

The minimum brightness is such that it is enough for using the phone indoors or on a cloudy day. In the dark, it is redundant, so you will have to use third-party programs in order to reduce it. The maximum brightness level makes a good impression, but I cannot evaluate the behavior of the display on a bright sunny day, because in Moscow there is slush, snow, rain, clouds, and the sun is not visible.

Comparison of the visibility of Motorola RAZR and HTC Sensation displays:

Music

The device will also work as a music player. The sound quality is at a good level and is quite comparable with mid-range players. In other words, for most this is a good solution, because, above all, there are no problems with either memory or battery, but more on that below.

I'll tell you more about the player's interface and software features in the second part of the review.

Camera

This phone is a great example of how having good hardware (a camera module in particular) can ruin a product. The main disadvantages are the autofocus performance and the paleness of the colors of the photographs and the suboptimal work with the exposure, which is characterized by a simple rule of “no flare”. That is, the automation sets the exposure in such a way that there is a minimum of “highlighted” areas in the picture. In conditions of a rather limited dynamic range of the sensor, this means that the pictures will often be dark. On the other hand, different scenes are rendered differently, and compared to HTC Sensation, RAZR wins both in terms of brightness and colors, while outdoor shooting in bright sunlight showed opposite results.

In the history of Motorola, there was only one product worthy of attention in terms of photography - ZN5. This device was created in collaboration with Kodak and at one time could well be called the leader in the photo flagship market. “Why is the company not working in this direction?” - a rhetorical question.

Photo resolution can be six or eight megapixels. Burst and panorama shooting modes are also available. The first allows you to take 6 photos in 1-1.5 seconds (the exact time could not be determined). The work of gluing photos into a panorama can be rated as a four on a five-point scale. There will be no problems if the scene is relatively simple. In other cases, incorrect merging of images is possible.

I see no point in talking about various effects - they are simple and of little use in life. Therefore, I recommend using specialized programs from the app store.

Below are examples of photographs that you can evaluate yourself. Unfortunately, there are not many of them, because the weather conditions do not allow shooting a sufficient amount of material, and shooting under artificial lighting is not so interesting. In the second part, I will definitely prepare a significant number of photos.

Comparison with HTC Sensation.

Motorola RAZR XT910 HTC Sensation

Video

In video mode, these shortcomings are not so pronounced, and the final result can be assessed as “good”. Don't be fooled by the presence of the image stabilization function - its work is barely noticeable. The picture is recorded in FullHD (HD 1280*720, DVD 720*480, VGA 640*480, QVGA 320*240) quality and looks pretty good.

As for the sound in the video, mono and stereo modes, wind noise compensation mode, as well as Balanced and Concert modes are available here. During shooting, the Mute button appears on the display, with which you can turn off and turn on sound recording with one touch.

Also in this mode, the flash can work as a flashlight.

The sample videos had to be filmed at home, because the weather outside is such that the picture becomes completely boring.

Sample video with image stabilization:

Example video without image stabilization:

Sample video from HTC Sensation (for comparison). Please turn down the volume, because something went wrong during the recording:

Performance

I don't know where the fashion came from to evaluate performance by parrots, which show various benchmarks. In my opinion, the user's assessment will be the most correct, despite all its subjectivity. In the end, what difference does it make how many points the phone scored if the interface is fast and the toys go without problems?

When it comes to chasing gigahertz and all, it's no secret that software developers are targeting reference designs, i.e. Google's signature phones, the latest of which is called the Galaxy Nexus. And this phone uses the same processor as the RAZR, and therefore, everything (or almost everything) will go to Motorola.

In the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - Standard Applications article, you can find these images. They are a good illustration of the speed of work in the browser, and I can assure you that the overall impression of the performance of the device is about the same.

Memory

The amount of RAM and user experience is very closely related to how the device is used. Using HTC Sensation, I often observed the following picture - several pages are open in the browser. By minimizing the browser to the background and accessing it after a few hours, you can only find the last loaded page, provided that task killer programs are not installed on the phone. The RAZR has 1 gigabyte of RAM, which is quite enough for a wide range of tasks. And I did not observe the situation when the phone itself closed web pages. The amount of permanent memory is 16 gigabytes, of which 3.5 are allocated for installing programs, 8 is available for user information. The rest of the volume is also allocated for WebTop mode. You can install a 32 GB microSD memory card.

In other words, memory is not a problem here.

Opening hours

In the reviews of foreign colleagues, you can find polar estimates of working time from - “good” to “bad”. The same can be observed in the reviews of the owners. There are no secrets here - it all comes down to what applications you install and what they do in the process. The disadvantage of the Android system is that not every third-party developer makes an optimized version of their product for your phone, and therefore power consumption can vary significantly.

The manufacturer claims that the device works 25 hours in music playback mode and 9 hours in video playback mode. These numbers are real. In addition, under certain conditions, you can achieve large values. As a result, if compared with other devices on this operating system, RAZR is one of the best.

In my case, the phone confidently survives until late at night with a few calls and SMS, constant synchronization of two mailboxes, several RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, about an hour and a half of web surfing, an hour of listening to music, occasional communication in Skype and 30 minutes for games. In my opinion, this is a very good result.

According to the reviews of other users, in economy mode the device works up to 4 days or more. I can only confirm this - with a small number of calls, sms and mms, plus, if you occasionally use mail and twitter, the phone survives until the evening with 70-80% battery charge.

Solving localization issues

Since the device is not intended for sale in Russia, you will not find the Russian language in the menu either. Although the Russian language is present on some Asian firmware, the localization leaves much to be desired. I won’t guess whether the phone will be completely localized or not, but there is already hope. And even if this does not happen, then there will definitely be craftsmen who will offer their solution to this problem. I do not experience any difficulties, because I have been using phones with menus in English for a long time, and there is a reason for this. In all localized devices, the list of applications looks like this: first there are applications with English names in alphabetical order, and after them with Russian names. I don't find this kind of sorting convenient.

As for entering text in Russian, there are also no problems - there are many different keyboards and dictionaries for them in the application store. I use Smart Keyboard Pro, and in my opinion, this is the best solution there is.

It is likely that you will encounter the fact that the sms you send will arrive empty to the recipients. In order to correct this situation, you need to select SMS Encoding Method in the SMS settings and set the value to 16-bit character set.

It should also be mentioned that some phone owners have encountered a problem when text messages do not reach the phone or are not sent from it. So, for example, the problem is relevant for some of the subscribers of the Moscow region of MTS, while everything works without problems in the Megafon and Beeline networks. What is the reason for this behavior, it was not possible to install.

Conclusions

The reception quality of the cellular network signal is not satisfactory - it is, as always, on top. But the level of Wi-Fi signal reception is somewhat lower than that of HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S2. This feature is also characteristic of the Motorola Atrix, which was released almost a year ago, and we see it again in the RAZR. Both speakers of the device are quite loud. In most cases, 2/3 of the maximum volume is enough. In the conversational dynamics, there are not enough high frequencies, which again is compensated by the volume control.

For a long time, Motorola could not build its lineup in such a way that the user clearly understands which device can be called top-end. After the Motorola Droid was released in 2009, the X, Droid 2, X2, Bionic, Atrix, Droid 3, Atrix 2, Photon and so on models appeared. With the release of Atrix 2, it became clear that this line represents the middle price segment - the price for the device in the States is $100 with a contract. The recent announcement of Motorola Milestone X2, which, following the logic, is a GSM version of the American CDMA device Droid X2, is not entirely clear, especially in light of the RAZR sales that have already started. Nevertheless, the latter can be considered one of the best Android devices in terms of many parameters (design, assembly, materials, speed), in particular, in terms of functionality, which differs significantly from what other manufacturers can offer. Moreover, next year there will be an official update to Android 4.0. This, in turn, means that the device will be relevant for at least a year. In my opinion, this is one of the most successful purchases in the next couple of months. Now the phone can be purchased through online stores for about 20 thousand rubles. In the future, the cost will decrease.

According to information from Eldar Murtazin, the next model is ready - Motorola RAZR R3, which promises to be unique in terms of materials, carry the fourth version of Android, as well as some additional functionality from Motorola.