Conclusion: Let’s face it, the Droid RAZR M isn’t a powerhouse, especially when compared to the DROID RAZR HD and HD MAXX. It’s camera isn’t the best and it might not compare to devices like the iPhone 5 when it comes to raw power. What you do get is a great everyday performer that feels great in your hands. There isn’t much bloatware and you get a near-stock version of Android 4.0. You also get microSD for expansion, features like NFC and a reasonably good battery life.
Excerpt: The Motorola Droid RAZR M is everything that the Motorola Droid RAZR was, but less. It's smaller and much less expensive than the RAZR was at launch. Despite the price, you get most everything that was captivating about the Droid RAZR: a slim design with a Kevlar back, Gorilla Glass and a water resistant nano-coating. It is as daring and sexy looking as the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX ? Not to our eyes.
Pros: Relatively clean Android OS, very hand and pocket friendly.
Cons: qHD display and plastics won't impress those looking for highest end stuff (we're not complaining for the price).
Summary: Normally we would lament the fact that the Droid RAZR M’s display is PenTile, but at this price point, it’s still quite a good display. As a matter of fact, for $99 on contract , the Motorola Droid RAZR M offers a lot more quality than your typical $99 on contract phone. And it can be found for as low as $79 on Amazon .
Pros: Nice compact form-factor, great performance, LTE support, NFC, now available in white too, good battery life, good pricing.
Cons: Camera performs poorly in lowlight and display is PenTile.
Conclusion: It’s sometimes hard to get excited about the mid-range smartphones, that legion of under-appreciated workhorses keeping the cost-conscious buyers afloat, one two-year contract at a time. Too often, the devices filling this segment of the landscape reek of compromise, with last year’s components stuffed inside an unremarkable casing bearing the unmistakable stench of mediocrity.
Pros: Durable, robust hardware, Very good battery life, Close-to-stock Android experience, Great data speeds and voice clarity, Improved camera over other Motorola offerings
Cons: It’s sometimes hard to get excited about the mid-range smartphones, that legion of under-appreciated workhorses keeping the cost-conscious buyers afloat, one two-year contract at a time. Too often, the devices filling this segment of the landscape reek of compromise, with last year’s components stuffed inside an unremarkable casing bearing the unmistakable stench of mediocrity.
Conclusion: The Motorola DROID RAZR M is a phenomenal smartphone at its price point. With many huge-screen, LTE-enabled Android phones selling for $200 - $300 on-contract, having this one hit the shelves at $99 is very refreshing. It's been quite some time since we've been this impressed with an mid-range phone, and with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, NFC and an 8MP rear camera, there's plenty to like on the hardware side.
Pros: Nice display, Fantastic fit and finish, Fast overall performance, Inbuilt NFC, LTE support in a $99 phone
Cons: MicroUSB port is positioned oddly, Only 8GB of inbuilt storage, Ships with dated Android 4.0 build
Verizon Motorola DROID RAZR M Written Review by Taylor
4 October 2012
Summary: Overall, the DROID RAZR M for Verizon is a great entry from Motorola, particularly for a new style of device where display takes precedence over bezel. It is built quite well and the chassis is as solid as you could possibly want. That said, it isn't a knockout device. The camera is a bit disappointing and the display – at 256ppi – isn't of the same caliber of many other hero devices, which tout 300ppi and beyond.
Pros: Small frame with a relatively large display; decent battery life; affordable subsidized pricing; solid design and build quality; fast wireless speeds; near stock Android experience.
Cons: Display is visibly pixelated; poor camera; paint on the outer rim quickly shows signs of wear.