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