Sharp­en­ing the RAZR

Mo­torola is at­tempt­ing to re­claim lost mar­ket share with its new model RAZR M, writes

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The 126g phone mea­sures 6cm tall and 8.3mm thick.

The phone feels good in your hand, with the power but­ton and the vol­ume con­trols eas­ily reached on the top right-hand side.

The left side of this 4G phone has a USB charg­ing port and Mi­croSD slot with the head­phone jack on the top.

The case is an alu­minium frame with the Kevlar panel on the back. Mo­torola says the phone has a splash-guard coat­ing, al­though it’s a spec­i­fi­ca­tion you never re­ally want to test.

Inside is a 1.5GHz dual-core Snap­dragon S4 pro­ces­sor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory. It has a 2000mAh bat­tery which means it will last all day with heavy use — a rar­ity.

The de­sign of the back of the phone is not go­ing to win over ev­ery user. It has a dec­o­rated panel for most of the back but the top strip is given over to the 8-megapixel cam­era.

Touch the phone’s screen and sud­denly you’re in a world of colour. A Mo­torola wid­get dom­i­nat­ing the home­screen has a linked set of cir­cles of­fer­ing in­for­ma­tion on time, weather and bat­tery life.

Think of these but­tons as be­ing like coins you can flip over with a swipe, with the rear of the but­tons giv­ing you call in­for­ma­tion, the abil­ity to add cities to your weather dis­play and set­tings.

Slide the screen to the right and you are straight into the phone’s quick set­tings menu.

The RAZR M comes with Google Maps (take that, iPhone 5 users), Chrome, Gmail and YouTube and a whole lot of apps you may or may not use.

This could be a first phone for some peo­ple. Time will tell what they think of it when they look back nos­tal­gi­cally.

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