Cape Town - Motorola has resurrected its popular Razr brand in hopes of taking a larger share of the smartphone market and the super thin device delivers a truly smart experience.
The first thing that hits you about the Razr is its size: It's a big phone and the large 10cm high-definition display is perfect for pictures, video or gaming. One can watch movies on the phone without the tired eyes that usually accompanies long-term viewing on a smaller screen.
The case is noticeably thin at only 7.3mm and even though the outer shell is plastic, it feels solid and evenly weighted in the hand. Micro SIM card and SD memory slots are recessed on the side of the phone and the HDMI and USB slots are hidden on top.
The 8 megapixel camera delivers decent quality pictures and modern smartphones have virtually made the point-and-shoot digital camera obsolete. The Razr also shoots high-definition video and the camera more than copes with low-light conditions.
Google's Android operating system also makes one question the need for additional GPS navigation devices as viewing on the big screen is easy.
Samsung leads the Android market and Motorola has positioned its Razr to compete directly with the premium Galaxy brand from the South Korean manufacturer.
The processor is somewhat underpowered in the stratospheric gigahertz-plus speeds compared to the latest Samsung Galaxy SIII, but the 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM is fast enough, and no slowdowns, even with multiple apps open, could be observed.
Given that the Android market is crowded, manufactures have been working to differentiate themselves to stand out from the crowd.
Motorola has built a neat data saving feature into the Razr where the device queues app downloads, large e-mail attachments, and the uploading of pictures and videos to when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Google confirmed its $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility on Wednesday and some expect that the mobile phone manufacturer will benefit from a closer relationship with the internet giant.
Motorola has a goldmine of patents that should see speedy innovation in new products in the short term.
The Razr is designed to be user friendly and while Motorola has been racing to build its own MotoCast ecosystem along the lines of Apple and Sony, the phone can also be loaded directly with picture and video content via the USB.
There is more than enough built-in memory at 8GB, but the device also supports a micro-SD slot to expand memory, or easily exchange content.
Observed battery life was acceptable despite the big screen and at the end of a busy day playing with the Razr, the battery was still at a respectable 80%.
- Duncan Alfreds, News24