Motorola RAZR i, review of relatively inexpensive smartphone

By Posted 22 Feb 2013, 16:54

Launched last year, the Motorola RAZR i is a worthy addition to the growing amount of mid range handsets available to UK phone users. As well as Motorola’s success with its DROID phones in the United States, the manufacturer are also working on a new high end Android handset for Summer 2013. At present, though, the RAZR i is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive smartphone – deals can be found for under £16 – that still want power and the latest Android OS.

Motorola RAZR i, review of relatively inexpensive smartphone

The RAZR i benefits from an Intel processor, in this case the Atom Medfield Z2460, which can deliver 2 GHz of power. The processor provides significant speed for a phone of the RAZR i’s size and cost, and is one of only a few Intel processors to feature in a smartphone. 2 GHz means that you can browse apps, go online, and multi task without lag, and puts the RAZR i straight into the front runners for top phones for the year. A 2,000 mAh battery also means that the RAZR i’s processor isn’t going to produce drainage issues.

Another distinctive feature of the RAZR is its Super AMOLED 4.3 inch screen; with the phone only being 61mm wide, the screen is extended to virtually the edges of the phone, meaning that you get a full screen experience that rivals the Samsung Galaxy S III. Although the RAZR i’s 540 x 960 pixel resolution means that it’s not quite as high definition as rivals, it’s still enough to impress for a screen that’s protected by Gorilla Glass and DuPont Kevlar. At 8.3mm thick, the RAZR i also comfortably fits into your packet, and comes in neutral black and silver. An additional micro SD slot is available for extra storage on the side of the phone.

While the RAZR i was launched with Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s recently been updated to Jelly Bean, the latest Android OS – this means that the phone runs smoothly, and allows for all the benefits of free and paid apps available via Android. Motorola Smart Actions features also enables you to create a personalised interface, whereby the RAZR i remembers to connect to your Wi-Fi when you arrive home, and puts itself into power saving mode. Circles Widgets also make it easy to navigate different apps.

Other features that come with the RAZR i include an 8 megapixel camera, which comes with multi shot and burst technology; although the colour levels are slightly down on rival phones, the RAZR i makes up for it with a High Dynamic Range option. There’s also a 0.3 megapixel camera at the front of the smartphone for video calls. In this context, it’s worth considering the RAZR i as a sound choice if you want to save on a handset and SIM free deal, and if you want to take advantage of its current low monthly contracts.

This might be a slightly older phone, but it’s well worth considering if you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive option. If you’re looking for something a little newer, then keep connected to PR’s social channels for the latest smartphone reviews as they release in 2013.

You can also see a video review of the Motorola RAZR i below for a visual look at the hardware and software.

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