Gadget Review: Motorolla RAZR i

By Rusell Bamford

The Motorolla Razr i
The Motorolla Razr i

A collaboration between Motorola and Intel, the new RAZRTM i is an impressive addition to the mid range smartphone market. The RAZR i comes with a superfast Intel processor, as well as a large screen and a long life battery. While the RAZR i doesn’t quite pack the same punch as a top of the range Samsung or an iPhone, it does offer significant power for its size, as well as some useful extra features that push it into the top tier for the middle section of the market for 2012 and 2013. How, then, does the RAZR i stand out?

The first thing you notice about the Motorola RAZR i is the screen – at 4.3 inches, it’s up there with the largest current screens (without going into the ‘phablet’ scale of the Samsung Galaxy Note II). The screen is made more distinctive by being edge to edge, which leaves very little room on either side of the screen; a Super AMOLED display particularly enhances this approach on a 960 x 540 screen, as does Gorilla Glass for protection. Further durability is provided by a water resistant coating. In this way, the RAZR i screen is ideal for immersing yourself in HD videos.

In terms of performance, the RAZR i’s crowning achievement is perhaps its 2 GHz Intel Atom chip, which comes with 1 GB of RAM. Despite being a single core processor, the Intel Atom challenges the quad core processors typically used by Samsung for power – the result is a RAZR i phone that can handle films, video calls, browsing, and other functions without experiencing significant lag. This performance level pushes the RAZR i ahead of similarly priced smartphones like the Sony Experia P. Moreover, the RAZR i comes with 8 GB of memory, and options for expanding this capacity through a micro SD card – the 2,000 aH battery also means that you can use your phone for about a day and a half for basic tasks.

The RAZR i also comes with an 8 megapixel camera – while not providing quite the same quality of images as a top of the range phone, the results benefit from autofocus and multi-shot features. Motorola’s decision to limit the amount of bloat-ware on the RAZR i similarly means that you’re not paying more for a phone loaded down with unnecessary apps – native apps include a battery monitoring program, while the RAZR i comes with fast scanning WiFi and Bluetooth.

Ultimately, then, the RAZR i is a phone that can be used straight out of the box without having to worry about getting used to a complex interface. The large screen is impressive, considering the relative lightness of the smartphone, while the Intel Atom processor means that you get a lot of power from a phone that is comparably less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S III, or the iPhone 5. Motorola and Intel’s partnership consequently works insofar as it’s delivered a handset that can stand up to heavy duty use without experiencing any lag, while giving you a lot of room to play around with your preferences.

Russell Bamford
Russell Bamford

 

Author Bio: Russell is a mobile and gadget fanatic.  He loves to check out the latest mobile phones and apps.  Russell can be found blogging about his favourite phones and rumours of up and coming mobile releases.