"The best phone on the market, hands down!"4.5 starson by Caldrumr2010
Pros: Ridiculous battery life, solid build quality, fast and powerful, large screen, great call quality.
Cons: Lack of Android 4.0, less-than-stellar screen, mediocre camera, low resolution.
Summary: This is a really great phone. I had the original Droid, and have had nothing but problems with it for over two years. So, needless to say, I was very excited to upgrade. I am not a big fan of the small, underwhelming iPhone, so it was either this or the Nexus. The battery and build quality sold me on this one.
First off, this is exactly the same as the Droid Razr, except for a (much) larger battery, and a slightly different shape, due to that larger battery. So does the larger battery rationalize the fifty-dollar price increase. In two words, oh yeah! The battery is amazing. With over double the capacity of phones like the iPhone, you won't need to charge this baby often. You would have to put this phone through the ringer all day long to drain its battery, and if you use it more moderately, you could easily get two or three days out of a charger. I haven't reached 70% since I got it.
This is a nice-looking phone. It's sharp, it feels great, and it is sure to make your iPhone-using friends squirm with envy. It's slim, light, and large. Just note that if you have small hands and you like to do one-handed texting or browsing, you may have issues due to the large screen size.
The gorilla glass screen is great, it's water resistant, and the overall build quality just seems solid. The Kevlar backing is more of a gimmick than anything else, but it looks neat, and it has a nice feel to it. Just don't expect to stop any bullets with this one!
This has a nice, large Super Amoled+ screen. It is fairly bright, and images look really nice and sharp. However, if you compare it side by side with a phone like the Galaxy Nexus, you will notice the difference. The screen is less bright and colorful. So, while it's nice, it's not the best. And at this point in technology, for a top-of-the-line device, I expected 720p. It's a shame, but the screen really isn't bad, and you are sure to enjoy it. Movies and games look nice and sharp.
This is where the phone really stumbles a bit. Again, for a flagship device, I can't believe this doesn't have Android 4.0. And from the looks of things, we won't be getting it this year at all. Very sad. You shouldn't have to root your device to get the best software. This isn't an old phone. Motorola, update your gear!
The Motoblur version of Android is okay. It's not so intrusive as it has been in the past. But you will probably want to replace most of it with custom apps from the marketplace. The smart settings are very nice, however. For instance, I set my phone to go silent at night, only if I am home and my phone has been inactive for a few minutes. However, calls from certain individuals will still go through. Very nice!
This thing has a great speaker! The speakerphone is surely the best I have ever heard, and even music sounds clean and crisp. This tops the sound quality list for any phone I have ever seen. Even if you set the phone down on its back (speaker down), the sound is clear and loud. Very nice.
I'm not a big talker when it comes to the phone. However, I have had some serious issues with other phones in the past regarding call quality. That is definitely not an issue here. Calls are crisp and clear, and both parties can hear each other well. The speaker has nice volume, and I have yet to have a dropped call. No issues here at all. Calls sound much cleaner than on my old phone.
First off, the 1080p video on this phone is very nice. You won't want to be ditching your camcorder anytime soon, but for a mobile device, the video is very nice.
However, the camera is a bit blah. While 8 megapixels is nice to have, it doesn't matter too much if the camera isn't great, and other phones have better cameras. If the camera is a primary feature for you, you may want to look elsewhere. The pictures are mediocre: a bit washed out, and not very clear. It does not perform well in low light, though this is a problem with many phones out there.
This phone is fast! It has a dual-core processor that will keep you zipping along. Things open quickly, transitions are smooth, and apps perform very well. Multitasking is a breeze, and I don't get constant force closes. It has the processing power, memory and overall juice to do what you need, when you want, all the time.
This phone comes with 16 GB internal memory, about 8 GB of which is set aside for storage. It also comes with a 16 GB SD card, upgradeable to 32. While I would have liked the option to have a 32/32 combination, it's not a big deal, and this will work for most people. If you have a lot of music files, Google Music comes pre-installed, and works like a charm!
In the end, this phone makes me happy, and not just because of have been waiting two years to replace my old piece of junk. This is a slick, slender piece of powerful hardware that will make just about anyone happy. It makes my Droid look like a doorstop, and makes the iPhone look like somebody's chubby misfit cousin who showed up to the party uninvited.
I would take off a star for the software, the camera, or the lack of 720p resolution, but really, these things are just nitpicking, and each of them does the job well, if not perfectly. Since I don't think there is another phone on the market that outshines this one, I give it 4.5/5. However, if it had Android 4.0, and brighter 720p screen, and the iPhone camera, I think it would be smartphone perfection!
Bottom line: if you want a top-of-the-line, powerful smartphone, this is the one to get.