Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review: You’d Think It’s A Nexus

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Motorola released three RAZR devices in September – the Motorola Droid RAZR HD, the MAXX HD and the RAZR M. These phones were made under the auspices of Google, which bought Motorola way back when.

Fans immediately noticed that these phones gave good, smooth Android that isn’t as BLUR-ry as its predecessors, so let’s take a closer look at the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, which is likely to be the best seller of the trio.

Motorola DROID RAZR HD review: No Nexus but close

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has lost a big dose of its MotoBlur UI customisations, making a much better experience. ICS is only a wee bit customised, so feels more like stock Android. The RAZR HD has a Holo-inspired UI app drawer for your favourite apps.

There are onscreen buttons just like on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which makes you wonder if Motorola wants to make sure the RAZR HD has to be future-proof to please Big Daddy Google.

Whatever BLUR customisations that do remain add towards functional rather than fancy features. You’ve got the quick swipes, and the speed dial style functions that take you to device settings. These phones have the Smart Actions seen on the first RAZR.

Basically there’s lots there to attract the Nexus fans, in both looks and features. The RAZR HD has the ice-cool Kevlar back that everyone loves. Some manufacturers (naming no names) could learn by this example and lay off the plastic.

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD is a little stouter than its predecessor – 8.4mm, but that annoying bump for the camera has gone. There’s a 4.7” display and a massive 2,500mAh battery that’ll last a day at least. This phone shames the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which has been slammed for its wispy battery.

The camera is way better than the Nexus’ as well – 8MP compared to 5MP. This is an Android with bags of style, strong hardware and a fuss-free UI.

As a Galaxy Nexus owner myself, I was briefly tempted by the Samsung Galaxy and the HTC One X when they first came out. Their heavy UIs put me off, though – Sense looks like MUIU and TouchWiz looks like greenish (and stale) Gingerbread. This RAZR HD might be the handset that moves me from my Nexus. That or maybe the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD if I have another $100 to spare.

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