Motorola RAZR – the Thinnest Android Yet

Motorola has been making phones longer than anyone else, and while they enjoyed the highlife back in 2005 with their popular RAZR series of ultraslim flip-phones, they have taken a bit of a backseat in the industry since the launch of the iPhone in 2007.

There have been some highly popular Android smartphones released by Motorola, including the Droid/Milestone and the Atrix, but none of these have reached the same stratospheric heights as the earlier RAZR phones.

If you are too young to remember the RAZR phones, they were 2005’s equivalent of the iPhone. The must have technological gadget of the year, that people were willing to spend a long time queuing to get their hands on.

Motorola has now decided to revive this brand in their latest crop of Android smartphones, in a hope that the ultra-slim ethos will propel them back to the forefront of the smartphone market.

The new Motorola Droid RAZR XT910 measures just 7.1mm. That is slimmer than the original RAZR phones, slimmer than the iPhone 4S (9.3mm) and slimmer than the Galaxy S2 (8.5mm).

The Galaxy S2 is perhaps the biggest competitor to the RAZR in the Android world. It has been the biggest selling Android phone of all time and has been chosen by many technology experts as the best gadget of 2011.

The Motorola RAZR is the first serious threat to the S2’s dominance.

Along with being slimmer the RAZR has a screen that is equal in beauty to the Galaxy S2.

The 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display was one of the biggest selling points of the Galaxy S2, and the RAZR easily matches it with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display of its own.

While it does not get the ‘Plus’ treatment it does benefit from a sharper qHD resolution.

Likewise, in the hardware department the RAZR outperforms the Galaxy S2.

Its dual core processor and 1GB RAM perform better than the S2 and are only beaten in this regards by the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus (according to independent benchmark tests).

Motorola have not just brought in their expertise from several years back, but also some of their know-how from producing rugged phones like the Motorola Defy. The Droid RAZR is made from Kevlar, the material used in bullet-proof jackets, and it also has extra splash resistance protecting it from liquids.

Although Motorola has recently been purchased by Google, the RAZR does not gain privileged access to the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

This is reserved for the Galaxy Nexus for the time being, but the RAZR does come with the excellent Gingerbread and Motorola’s own iconic interface.

This features some excellent social networking support and also comes with the usual Android features like Android Market and YouTube.

The only other area of the RAZR that is worth mentioning is the camera. The camera is 8 megapixels and comes with 1080p video – which may sound fairly standard for today’s market.

But the RAZR also supports a much higher frame rate for 480p video – at a staggering 120 frames per second.

The Motorola RAZR performs as well as, if not better, than the Galaxy S2 in all of the areas that made it so popular.

It camera is equal in quality, and perhaps has a little extra on offer. The screen is equally vibrant and responsive, and the RAZR is even more powerful at handling intensive apps and games.

All of this comes in a stronger casing that is slimmer than the Galaxy S2. Although it’s not a competitor of iphone but if there is one phone that has managed to crack the Galaxy S2’s winning formula, it is the Motorola RAZR.

This post is supported by Samsung Galaxy S2 Akku.

This may just prove to be one of the most popular and sought after gadgets this holiday season.

Simon Drew
I write for Best Mobile Contracts - the Best UK mobile phone comparison website.
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