I recently reviewed the Motorola RAZR HD, and have just spent the last week using the HD’s little sibling – the RAZR M.

They say that first impressions can be lasting – I have to say that  “they” are right. The RAZR M screen – although only 4.3” (yes I did say “only”), appears to be bigger due to the clever design by the folk at Motorola. The edge-to-edge screen is complemented by the use of virtual Android buttons, so it takes up almost the entire front of the handset. The clarity of the screen is also stunning. A real “wow factor” when you first turn it on.

Motorola RAZR MLike previous RAZR handsets, the M is tapered in design – slightly thicker at the top. The RAZR M feels good in your hand. The size and weight are right – you know it’s there but it’s not a burden to carry around with you.

Keeping in line with the current RAZR family, Motorola has again used Kevlar on the back of the phone and Corning’s Gorilla Glass on the display. Add to this the aluminium chasis, the RAZR M is a quality build – that will withstand the daily pocket or handbag abuse we tend to subject our phones to. It also has a splash-guard coating that protects your phone.

Maybe the “M” stands for “Minimalist” – when you look at the RAZR M, you see the screen and manufacturer’s logo, and the front facing camera. The only buttons you see are on the side – the left holding the SIM and micro SD cards – behind a panel that is hard to see if you were not looking for it – and the right hand side has the power and volume buttons.

To maintain the smaller size, the RAZR M has a slightly smaller battery than the RAZR HD – rated talk time is up to approx. 14.7 hours (882 minutes) on the 2000mAH internal battery. The RAZR M runs at the same speeds as the RAZR HD, both using the 1.5GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.

Although released with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean will be available early in 2013. I do enjoy setting up different Android devices these days – just answer a few questions (always the same ones!) and your phone downloads your contacts in a few minutes.

SMARTACTIONS are standard with the RAZR M – and as they were part  of my RAZR HD review I won’t repeat them here. Suffice to say they work equally well here.

The 8 megapixel camera handles well in for both still pictures and video. It adjusts well in a range of light sources , but struggled a bit in low lit rooms – and I found playback was quite good in bright sunlight. I also enjoyed using the multi-shot feature that takes 6 pictures in a burst – great to capture the best action shot!

When reviewing devices, I try to do something different each time – to get a feel for how they react in extreme conditions. This week I chose to use the RAZR M as a 4G wireless hotspot. Setting the RAZR M on my desk, connected to power (always a good idea), I was able to set it up as a wireless hotspot in less than a minute. I attached another handset and my tablet to the RAZR M and downloaded a large amount of data. The RAZR M supports up to 8 WiFi enabled devices.  The beauty of being on 4G, with 4 out of 5 bars of coverage, meant that over the ensuing 3.5 hours, I download approximately 2GB of data to completely rebuild a phone from the Cloud. Impressive to say the least. Normally I would use a cable and copy this volume of information directly, but it is good to know the wireless hotspot works if needed. Now the warning – this type of data usage is great in a test environment – but I strongly recommend you check you have a suitable data plan attached to your phone service before you embark on downloads such as this.

In summary, the Motorola RAZR M gets the thumbs up for performance, design (edge-to-edge screen; Kevlar backing and Gorilla Glass with splash guard coating, strong aluminium frame), camera performance and of course, SMARTACTIONS.


Network:        LTE 1800/2600

UMTS 850/900/1900/2100

GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

LTE (4G):       Typical download speeds are 2Mbps – 40Mbps in 4G coverage areas

Dual Channel HSPA+ 3G:  Typical download speeds are 1.1 Mbps – 20 Mbps in DC HSPA+ coverage areas

Dimensions:   60.9 x 122.5 x 8.3mm

Weight:           126 g

Screen:           4.3” qHD 540 x 960, 16m colour, Super AMOLED Advanced Touch Screen

Talk Time:      Up to 14.7 Hours (882 minutes)

Standby:         Up to approximately 250 hours

Memory:         8GB (4.5GB available to user) expandable to 32GB (micro SD) and 1GB RAM onboard

Other:             GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n; NFC, MP3 Player, 3.5mm Stereo Headset Jack

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