Motorola DROID RAZR HD Review: Closest Thing To Nexus?

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Motorola unveiled three RAZR devices last month – the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, MAXX HD and RAZR M. These were believed to be done under the wing of Google which acquired Motorola sometime back.

One new thing that fans noticed, though, was that the phones gave a cleaner and smoother Android experience. Let’s take a closer look at the Motorola DROID RAZR HD which is likely to be the hottest seller of the batch.

Motorola DROID RAZR HD review: closest thing to Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has been stripped of almost all the MotoBlur UI customisations, which makes it a much better and smoother experience. ICS is only slightly customised, so it feels more like the device is running stock Android. The phone also has a Holo UI style app drawer in which you can store your favourite apps. It also has onscreen buttons and not physical ones, matching that of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This makes me think that Motorola wants to keep the DROID RAZR HD future-proof since its daddy (Google) may not want to hear anymore excuses from now on.

Motorola’s customisations add functionality rather than whistles and bells. A good example is the quick swipes, and the speed dial functions that get you to device settings. The phones also have Smart Actions, seen on the first RAZR.

So there’s lots of features to attract Nexus users, as well as the looks. The Motorola Droid RAZR HD has that uber-cool Kevlar backing that looks great and feels even better. There are some other manufacturers (naming no names) that could do with having a look at this and ditching the plastic! Ahem….

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD is a bit thicker than its predecessor, at 8.4mm, but the bump for the camera is now no more. It has a 4.7” display and a huge 2,500mAh which will last for at least a day, putting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to shame which has been criticized for its battery life.

We mustn’t forget the 8MP rear camera that’s way better than the 5MP one on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This is an Android phone with amazing styling, more than decent hardware, and a clean UI.

I’m a Samsung Galaxy Nexus user, but was tempted by the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3 when they came out. However, their stilted UIs (Sense remind me of MUIU and TouchWiz with its green overtones can easily be mistaken for Gingerbread) put me off. The Motorola Droid RAZR HD is actually more of a draw and may just tempt me away from the Nexus stable.

Cecelia has the patience of a praying mantis. She spends the day sifting through press releases from all the major brand’s PR reps. From the most ridiculous announcements to those you really want to know more about, Cecelia makes it a point to skim through as many daily as possible so you won’t have to.