Motorola Droid Razr review: Superskinny powerhouse

With its razor-thin design, jam-packed features, and blazing speed, the Motorola Droid Razr is easily one of the year's top Android smartphones.

The Motorola Droid Razr has a large footprint but a superskinny profile.
The Motorola Droid Razr has a large footprint but a superskinny profile. Josh Miller/CNET

The Motorola Droid Razr is a marriage of Razr beauty and Droid brawn.

Like the original Razr, the superslim and ultralight Droid Razr has an undeniable wow factor the second you pick it up. It also has a wonderfully vivid 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, and is remarkably durable with its scratch-resistant, water-resistant, and Kevlar-coated exterior. The Droid Razr has impressive specs, like a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor (Correction: we were misinformed that it was a Qualcomm processor), support for Verizon's blazing fast 4G/LTE network, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, Webtop functionality, and more.

But, the phone isn't perfect. Its large footprint and squared edges might scare off those with smaller hands, and the battery is sadly not removable. Picture quality was also not quite as smooth and vibrant as we wanted. However, we think the Droid Razr more than makes up for these deficiencies with its remarkable speed, power, and good looks. Its $299.99 price is very steep, yes, but for those who covet cutting-edge smartphone tech in a slender package, this top-of-the-line phone might be worth it. That is, until the next hot Android comes along (read: the Galaxy Nexus )

The good
The Motorola Droid Razr has an attractive, slim, and lightweight design that is also water repellent and scratch resistant. It has a fantastic 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Verizon's 4G/LTE speeds, plenty of multimedia features, corporate and government grade security, Webtop functionality, and decent battery life.

The bad
The Motorola Droid Razr's large size might feel awkward in small hands, we expected better picture quality from its 8-megapixel camera, and the battery is not removable.

The bottom line
With its razor-thin design, jam-packed features, and blazing speed, the Motorola Droid Razr is easily one of the year's top Android smartphones.

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