Motorola Droid Razr HD review. Is it worthy of the hype?
When it came time to get an upgrade on my Verizon 4G
phone (I've been using theHTC
a year and a half), I read a lot of reviews.
After considering a lot of the options (SamsungGalaxy,MotorolaDroid
Razr M, Razr Maxx HD, Razr HD), I opted for the Razr
HD. Here are my first impressions:
After unpacking I discovered that, unlike what I was
told by a recent customer service call, the SIM
cards are different sizes. So, the simple swapping
out the SIM to quickly and simply activate wasn't
happening. However, after making one call to
activate the phone, it was done. Nice.
Reloading Apps to New Device
Of course one of the biggest hassles when you get a
new phone isreloading
all of your apps. With my Thunderbolt, I had to
either go online and send them all to my phone from
the GooglePlay store or do the same directly from my
handset. With theMotorolaRazr
HD it just happened. At some point while activating
and setting up my phone and accounts, I recall being
asked if I wanted to get my apps from Google. Sure.
I then went about the setup and when I went to start
downloading my apps I discovered they were already
there. Yay! I experienced this with my original
Droid and loved thatMotorolacontinues
to make it this easy. If you cannot do this with
your phone upgrade, click here for instructions on
alternate methods of updating your apps on your new
Aside from having to start the Stupid Zombies game
app from the beginning again (re-live the fun), all
of my apps transferred without a hitch. And setting
them up for my convenience was a breeze.
Many of the reviews I read indicated that the 8
megapixel camera on the Razr HD is subpar. Well, if
that's the case then the Thunderbolt must have
really sucked. I just took a couple of moderate
light photos and they looked decent. And who cares,
really. I have PhotoShop.
The camera also has a panoramic option which works
very well and a time lapse option, which may make it
so that I no longer need the Lapse It app.
Although I primarily use theDolpin
browser, the Razr comes with Google Chrome
pre-loaded. At first glance it seems fast and
efficient, with easy to navigate windows and it even
has the Incognito browser window so you don't have
to worry when you visit those sites that you pretend
you never visit but you really do. A lot. :)
When I went to the Uverse app to check out an
episode of Homeland, it indicated that the video may
not be watchable in high definition. So, I just
said, forget that and lowered the resolution. It
still looked great. I'll look into whether it works
in high def later and let you know. But, all in all,
the 4.7 HD screen (with an HD slot to connect to my
TV or monitor) is very cool indeed.
Note: after the latest upgrade, I can no longer
stream using the Uverse app, but it does still allow
you to download and view some of the shows. They
need to get this fixed. In the meantime, I'm using
Showtime Anytime andHBO
my premium channel series fixes.
One really great improvement over the Thunderbolt is
the video chat. I tested both Skype and Tango with
decent results. On the Thunderbolt (perhaps it was
just on mine) there was a very annoying alien
sounding distortion noise in the audio on both Skype
and Tango. On the Razr, no such issues.
The Tango app loaded and launched much quicker than
Skype. However, Skype had the advantage of being
able to use my bluetooth (Plantronics M50) for the
The Motorla Razr HD is pretty much the same phone as
the the Razr Maxx HD, but with a slightly smaller
battery capacity (2530 mAh as opposed to 3300 mAh).
In either case, most reviews indicate that I will be
astonished. Especially when compared to the battery
inadequacy of the HTC Thunderbolt. I tested it for
two days. The first day in 4G all day, the second
day in 3G.
Day One Battery Log:
I started the day with a full charge at 5:10 a.m. My
usage was moderate to heavy with many application
downloads, internet browsing, email and a little
gaming. The phone was set to 4G for the entire day.
• After six and a half hours of pretty extensive
use, the battery indicates 75% capacity. I have been
downloading apps and surfing the web. No video.
• After eight hours, battery displays 69%.
• After 12 hours the battery indicated 59%
Day Two Battery Log:
I downloaded the LTE OnOff app from GooglePlay and
switched to 3G for the second day test.
• After more than five hours, the battery is still
at 98% capacity. Amazing.
• After eight hours the battery is still at 80%. I
think this test is done.
I think it's pretty clear that if you want long
battery life, just switch off 4G. I only switch on
4G if I am going to watch video or download
something. Otherwise, your battery life is gobbled
up as your Smartphone continually searches for 4G
Note: By the time I am finally submitting this
piece, a couple of weeks have passed. Since then,
the battery life seems to have gotten better. It's
very odd to go an entire day of normal usage and not
worry about the battery.
Voice to Text
I had to add a section on the voice to text feature
because it's truly amazing.
I do a lot of writing (articles, scripts, jokes) and
have gotten into the habit over the past several
years of dictating the content into the body of an
email using voice to text, then editing later. The
way it used to work is you would dictate, dictate,
dictate, STOP. Then hit the microphone again and
dictate, dictate, dictate, STOP. And that was a very
useful tool. But, when I went to dictate for the
first time with theMotorolaDroid
Razr HD, I started to dictate as usual, but my
screen almost instantly showed me what I typed, and
waited for me to dictate more. And then more. And
then more. I didn't have to continually hit that
microphone button. A nice feature and for someone
who uses voice to text, a real time saver.
I've only had this phone less a couple of days as of
this writing, but so far it's a great device. And I
really didn't mean to bad mouth the Thunderbolt. It
was a great phone and the issues that it did have
were manageable. But, I'm not looking back.