Motorola unveiled three devices earlier this month in the Razr range and all of them came with ICS Android 4.0. This of course is a bit odd due to the fact that the company is owned by Google and the devices didn’t come with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However one thing fans noticed was that Motorola had taken a new approach with the handsets with a cleaner Android experience. They also promised to provide the Jelly Bean update very soon. While this statement is normal for manufacturers, Motorola put some money down on it and promised to upgrade all Android handsets currently released and even from earlier this year to Jelly Bean or they’d give you $100 credit towards your next phone.
Motorola DROID RAZR HD review: the best thing since Samsung Galaxy Nexus?
Now back to the latest RAZR devices. The Motorola DROID Razr HD was one of the devices revealed and it was stripped of the user interface customisations of MotoBlur. This has resulted in the phone having a much cleaner operating system. ICS is only very lightly customised, which feels more like stock Android. The device has an app drawer which gives you a section for favourites. It also has the software based buttons, seen on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The customizations of Motorola are just to add functionality. An example of this is quick swipes and you can get to the device settings along with speed dial options. There is also Smart Actions, which were seen on the first Razr.
Now not only does it have a lot of features to tempt Nexus users, it also has the looks. The backing of the Motorola DROID Razr HD is the famous Kevlar of course and this time it’s the whole back of the handset that has been designed in Kevlar and it is great to hold and gives it a premium look. Other manufacturers may want to take a leaf out of Motorola’s books and use it instead of plastic looking materials. We’re talking about Samsung of course.
The device is not as thin as its predecessor at 8.4mm, but the good news is that the hump for the camera has gone. It has a 4.7 inch display and comes with a whopping battery of 2500mAh, which is more than enough to last all day and puts the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and S3 to shame.
Lastly let’s not forget the 8-megapixel rear camera which trumps the 5MP shooter on Samsung Galaxy Nexus. So we’re talking about an Android that has gorgeous styling, serious hardware, reassurance of regular updates, and of course a very clean UI.
Being a Samsung Galaxy Nexus user, I won’t say that I didn’t get tempted by the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S3 when they launched. But I couldn’t get over their clunky UIs (Sense & Touchwiz) as well as the anxiety of possibly not seeing the next update come. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD is the first Android that has me rethinking my allegiance to the Nexus series.