Motorola Droid Razr XT912


A very slim phone

Motorola Razr made its debut 7 years ago and was, back then, one of the slimmest phones available. Because it was so successful, the company kept the slim formula and made a very good marketing move for its recent model, a powerful Droid smartphone sporting all the best of today’s technology in terms of processor, features, speed and other important factors. The price is not quite affordable, but the performance of this device makes up for that. Experts at even put this product on their Editor’s Choice list for November 2011. Is the smartphone as efficient as advertised? We tested it and offer you this review.

Scratch-resistant display

As usual, we’ll kick it off by saying something about the design of the Motorola Droid Razr XT912. Motorola describes the device as being the thinnest one ever made; maybe, but it remains to be seen what gadgets the future will hold. What is certain is that the 5.14″ x 2.71″ x 0.28″ make this smartphone a very slim one, not to mention light, since it weighs 4.5 ounces. Inserting it into our pockets during tests was very easy, because it fit them like a charm.

Our only reason of complaint is the fact that the Droid Razr XT912 has some really squared edges which make it uncomfortable to hold. According to the manufacturer, this device is made of diamond-cut aluminum; the front comes with a thin sheet of glass. The rear is coated in a soft-textured Kevlar, but a consequence of that is the impossibility to remove the battery. To protect the smartphone against damage caused by drops of water, Motorola included a nanotechnology coating which did a good job; the Droid Razr is also scratch-resistant thanks to its Corning Gorilla Glass technology.

4.3″ Super AMOLED screen

We’ll now proceed to the screen, a more than exquisite 4.3″ Super AMOLED Advanced one sporting a qHD 960 x 540-pixel resolution. Images were gorgeous and displayed great sharpness, rich and natural-looking colors and plenty of details. On the other hand, text looked somewhat grainy and not very smooth; that’s because the Motorola Droid Razr XT912 uses a Pentile matrix display. This slight flaw was quickly forgotten when we saw, during our tests, how responsive and snappy the screen and navigation were. Why: thanks to the presence of a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor that presented no lags when using the smartphone.

Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread

If you’re wondering what type of OS and interface this smartphone uses, we’ll tell you: Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread and MotoBlur. Navigation worked seamlessly and there were 2 keyboards to choose from: Swype and the default multitouch Android one.

The Droid Razr is packed with all the usual features and specs, like camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and so on. The number of pre-installed apps is generous: Google services, Webtop (for portable PC functionality), MotoCast (allowing users to stream documents with their work PC or home network), Amazon Kindle, Netflix and Let’s Golf 2 are only some of them. A great one was the Smart Actions app, because it let us control how the battery life was used; we could arrange it so that the device automatically turned off Bluetooth, for example, when we connected it to our home Wi-Fi network.

Good battery life

All in all it was a very good tool with which to conserve battery life. The 8-megapixel camera took nice photos, but they sometimes suffered from too much noise; videos looked decent.

Download speeds averaged 30.5Mbps and upload speeds reached 13.2Mbps. A full Internet page loaded in around 11 seconds and mobile pages took 8 seconds to load.
We are happy to report at the end of this review that call quality was good, with only minor flaws. Voices were clear and sounded natural. People who called us said the same about the way we sounded to them. Talk time was about 10 hours and standby time was 8 days.

Review conclusion

At the end of this review is very clear that the Motorola Droid Razr XT912, while not perfect, has some pros – good looks, power and speed – which make it a good buy.

Technical specifications

Oficial anuonunced2011, October
Device statusAvailable. Release date: November 2011
General specifications2G NetworkGSM 850 MHZ / 900 MHZ / 1800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ
HSDPA 850 MHz / 900 MHz / 1900 MHz / 2100 MHz
CDMA 800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ
3G Network
FeaturesOSAndroid OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
PROCESSOR1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 PROCESSOR, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, TI OMAP 4430 chipset
DimensionsExternal dimensions130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm
ScreenTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours
Dimensions540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)
Gorilla Glass Screen
Accelerometer Light sensor for UI auto-rotate
Proximity Light sensor for auto shut down
Multi-touch input method
SoundAlert characteristicsVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackIncluded
MemoryPhone bookPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Internal16 GB Data storage, 1GB RAM
Call recordsPractically unlimited
Memory card slotmicroSD card, up to 32GB, 16GB card included,
DataWLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
3GRev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, LTE, HSDPA, HSUPA
EDGEClass 12
GPRSClass 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
BluetoothIncluded, v4.0 with LE+EDR
USBIncluded, microUSB v2.0
Infrared portNot included
Camera specificationsPrimary camera8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
VideoIncluded, 1980×1080 pixel, [email protected], [email protected]
SecondaryIncluded, 2MP, 1080×720 pixel, 720p videos
FeaturesTouch-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization
MessagingInternet BrowserHTML
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSIncluded, with A-GPS support
Splash resistant
JavaIncluded, via Java MIDP emulator
SNS included
Google Search, Maps, Gmail
HDMI port
YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa included
MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player
Document viewer/editor
Predictive text input
Time management organizer
Voice memo/dial/commands
Digital compass
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion 1780 mAh
Estimated talk timeUp to 12 h 30 min
Stand-by timeUp to 204 h
Available ColoursBlack
Total weight127 g