Motorola's Razr I, the result of its partnership with Intel, would be a solid phone even without its unique, lightning-fast processor. In fact, it'd be the Razr M, since they're essentially the same phone with different processors.
If you loathe lag and disdain delay, the Razr I is for you. It adds a world-class 2-gigahertz Intel chip -- but only single-core. Why? Intel's engineers wanted speed and power efficiency, and say single-core gives the best of both worlds. Think of it like a souped-up dual-core, with battery management thrown into the mix -- you won't have any complaints in speed.
Like the M, the I is attractive and sturdy-looking, with a textured Kevlar back and an elegant aluminum body. It's much easier to wrap your hand around the I than its bulkier brethren, the Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD, making it closer to the size of the iPhone.
The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touch screen looks larger than it really is, thanks to "edge-to-edge" technology that makes the most of its space. The quality of imaging isn't amazing, like on the Galaxy or iPhone, and the 960-by-540 resolution suffers from blurriness around the edges, due to PenTile display technology -- interestingly, the same as the S3. But for most, it shouldn't be a problem.
Meanwhile, the 8-megapixel camera is a thoroughly top-notch lens. Photo quality isn't as great as other 8-megapixel rivals -- images are vibrant and clear, but not noticeably better or worse than similar phones, like the Razr HD -- but the I makes its mark due to truly impressive speeds. The camera starts up in a matter of seconds, and the shutter is lightning fast, so you'll be able to capture spontaneous moments without a problem. In addition, 1080p high-definition video recording is smooth as well.
Motorola should have unfettered access to Google after the acquisition, but like the M, the I ships with Android's older Ice Cream Sandwich software rather than newer Jelly Bean. Regardless, Google promises an upgrade in the near future. Until then, if you want a cutting-edge device, this isn't it. Motorola added "SmartActions," an app that helps you customize the software experience, for a nice touch. And NFC is added for mobile payments, though you'll be hard pressed to find stores that accept it.
If massive battery life is more important to you than up-to-date software, you're in luck, because the I packs a 2,000 mAh monster. Yes, the Razr Maxx's even larger battery outshines it, but the I will keep you browsing and streaming away for well over a full workday. Leave the charger at home.
The Razr I is nearly identical to the M -- the only difference being the processor and an HSPA-plus for GSM networks. It's slated for launch in Europe, South America and Mexico and for now, no word on if it'll hit the States. If you like the sound of this phone, can buy it overseas and bring it over, or just grab a Razr M from Verizon. Overall, if you're in the right country and you want a phone with a fast processor and solid specs, the I is unlikely to do you wrong. ♦
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