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Motorola Droid Razr HD, Razr HD Maxx & Razr M: Hands On

We spent a few minutes with all three Droid handsets launched by Motorola and Verizon Wireless at an event earlier today.

The trio share common DNA strands, which is fairly obvious strategy aimed at maximizing economies of scale (by using the same components) and distinguishing themselves from the other Android smartphones on the market.

There’s something mechanical, almost steely about the way the Droids have been design (and that’s a common theme across the Razr range). For example the Razr M uses no less than SIX visible screws to secure the backplate into place.

Unlike the Nokia Lumia 920 or the 820, the trio doesn’t try to “hide” anything behind a unibody design. The Razr HD and HD Maxx are massive but do not weigh as much as one would expect because of the use of the Kevlar for the backplate.

Also, the deliberate use of a very thin bezel means that these two smartphones manage to cram a massive viewing area into a relatively handy form factor.

On the whole, the three devices are extremely fast and responsive. Screen animations are fluid, the displays are sharp especially on the big HD screens although not as bright as one would expect. The ports are well located on all three phones and the buttons are intuitively placed.

All in all, a very solid, if a tad uninspired attempt by Motorola to consolidate its status as the dark horse of the Android market. An evolution rather than a revolution.


Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.