Motorola Razr i: ‘Intel inside’ promises to take you to the edge
16 December 2012
Conclusion: The Motorola Razr i is looking like a quality mid-range phone with impressive performance, intuitive user interface, a handful nice additional features and a hardy design – this is a phone we can get excited about. If Intel’s claim that its processor can provide decent battery life as well as top-notch performance rings true, and networks agree a suitably competitive price with Motorola, the Razr i could well be on to a winner.
Conclusion: So it's pretty much all good with the Motorola RAZR i, especially if you can stomach the macho design. The screen has great viewing angles, the UI is innovative being more user friendly than other Android phones and the camera delivers decent, albeit slightly noisy pictures. Add solid performance and class-leading battery life into the mix and you can consider us impressed.
Pros: Great battery life, Fast camera capture, Intuitive UI
Cons: Masculine design, Occasional UI stutter, Pricey on launch
Conclusion: Intel’s removed any lingering concerns we had about letting it power our phone, and the Motorola RAZR i is the most enjoyable smartphone the company has released in the UK for several years. Is that enough to tempt you away from surefire mid-range wins like the HTC One S? Not quite: HTC’s build quality and guaranteed app and software update support makes it the preferable option if you want a medium-sized phone that’s not made by Apple.
Pros: Motorola isn’t exactly known for its exciting designs and up to date software, especially in Europe, which seems to play second fiddle in its affections to North America. But Moto’s done a great job squeezing such a large screen into a really small space on the RAZR i: calling it “edge to edge” is a but much, but the front face of the phone is virtually all pixels, and that’s a very good thing. On board, you’ll find a barely touched version of Android 4.0. You won’t f...
Cons: Did you hear? Android 4.0 isn’t the newest version of Google’s operating system anymore: it’s been replaced by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it’s already available on rival phones. So why Motorola hasn’t managed to get it onboard the RAZR i despite the fact that it’s now owned by Google is a bit of a mystery to us. The company says a Jelly Bean update is coming, but won’t say when - and has left UK owners hanging before, so don’t assume you’ll get it anytime soon. The 4...
Conclusion: The previous RAZR was let down by its large bezel and slightly choppy browsing experience, and Motorola has done a superb job at addressing both issues with an impeccably built easily-pocketable handset whose 2GHz single-core Intel processor keeps up with the demands of multi-tasking.
Excerpt: Motorola Android smartphone launches seem like a dime a dozen recently , but their latest offering is a cut above and, unfortunately, beyond (as in, beyond U.S. shores). The RAZR i is the new buff uncle in Razr family tree, thanks to its powerful 2Ghz Intel Atom processor, and is the first Moto device to feature Intel’s “Medfield” mobile chips.
Conclusion: The first gen of Intel-powered smartphones didn't exactly make a big splash but, given the low standing of their manufacturers and the limited availability, that's hardly a surprise. Back then, it was all about slapping a logo and selling it on your networks. Things are pretty different with the Motorola RAZR i, which turned out to be a pretty stand-up droid. Motorola has done a great job of the hardware and used materials every flagship would be proud of.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and 3G support, 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 4.3" 16M-color Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive touchscreen of qHD resolution (960 x 540 pixels); Gorilla Glass, Kevlar coated, splash resistant body, Great ergonomics and size, frameless display design, Lightly customized Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, 2 GHz Atom CPU, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Intel Medfield chipset, 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of storage; microSD card slot, 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; f...
Cons: Screen has PenTile matrix, Chipset less powerful than Qualcomm version in all but browsing, Incompatible with apps compiled with the Android NDK, Battery is not user-replaceable, Shutter key has no half press, Disappointing audio output, Poor camera quality
Summary: The Motorola Razr i is a great all-rounder smartphone. It offers a great combination of design and performance for a reasonable price. It's worth a look for its price and worthy of our recommended award.
Excerpt: The Motorola RAZR i XT890 runs on the Android operating system (tested with Ice Cream Sandwich, v4.0.4) and features an 8 megapixel camera and a VGA front facing camera, powered by a 2Ghz Intel Atom processor. It can be purchased contract free for around £270.
Pros: Compact phone with good screen size, Splash proof nano coating, Good value for money, MicroSD slot, Rubberised rear texture for grip, High speed shooting (14fps)
Cons: Lacks ISO / WB settings, Small internal memory (around 5GB), LED flash, Noise visible in shots