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Motorola Razr HD video review - a solid Android phone at an odd price


We like the Motorola Razr HD - a solid choice of Android smartphone at a slightly too high price. Watch our Motorola Razr HD video review to find out if it is the phone for you. (Find out more in: Motorola Razr HD review: desirable Android smartphone with odd price point.)

The Motorola Razr HD has been out in the US for a few months but has now arrived in the UK. See also: Group test: What's the best Android smartphone?

Like other Razr smartphones, Motorola has opted for something of an alternative design. The Kevlar rear cover looks great, wrapping right round to the aluminium frame. Sadly, this doesn't make the Razr HD bullet proof but does mean you needn't bother buying a protective case.

With a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM we got the kind of middling results you'd expect in terms of benchmarks. We experienced no major performance problems in general use.

The Razr HD's 4.7in HD is a little smaller than a lot of rival flagship smartphones and doesn't pack the same Full HD resolution which is now top of the range. Even so, the 720p display with a pixel density of 312ppi looks great for tasks like gaming or watching video content.

Storage is reasonable at 16GB plus there's a microSD card slot for expansion.

We've got no complaints when it comes to connectivity which includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, support for 4G LTE networks and a rare micro-HDMI port.

An 8Mp rear facing camera takes consistently good photographs and has an excellent HDR mode. Video footage can be recorded at Full HD 1080p. The 1.3Mp front camera produces a crisp 720p image for video calls.

The Razr HD offers a largely vanilla version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The main difference is that quick settings are found to the left of the main homescreen instead of being squeezed into the notifications bar.

The Smart Actions app is particularly good, allowing you to make the phone do certain things with predefined parameters. For example, you could switch off a selection of settings once the battery drops below a certain level.  

We experienced exceptional battery life from the non-removable 9.4Wh battery. We still had 24 percent remaining after a whopping 56 hours, albeit with light usage during the second day. Most users will get a couple of days usage.

We like the Razr HD but its SIM-free price of around £400 means that it's probably worth paying the extra for a more up-to-date rival or saving some dosh by opting for the under-priced Nexus 4. However, you can find the Razr HD on a good contract then it's a solid choice. We award four stars.

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