Motorola RAZR i in the test

Chic shell, powerful Interior and this clever software: So the Motorola RAZR repeated i one of the first places on the leaderboard.

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The Motorola RAZR i will share with the iPhone 5 and the ASUS Padfone # 3 on the leaderboard . The main reason for the high ranking: Motorola has joined the virtues of the Razr series convincingly with the latest technology trends. So the Razr is one of the first smartphones based on Intel’s new atom processor for smartphones.

Processing: Metal, Gorilla glass and Kevlar

This cutting-edge Interior packed Motorola in an only 8.3 mm-thin package, which attracts attention by its metal frame fixed with Torx screws and the sporty-looking, reinforced by Kevlarfasern back. So thin and maintaining stable housing but only get the manufacturers, by they live without a removable battery – here Motorola joins up beaten, quite questionable market trend the Apple.

“Nothing but screen in your hand” was the motto, which have issued the Motorola designers for the new Razr line. Them largely succeeded: the 4.3 inch touch screen goes left and right very close up to the edge of the housing. Behind a protective screen made of Gorilla glass, 540 x 960 pixels in rich colors of OLED displays the screen.

A special nano coating of glass successfully repels fingerprints and splash water. 222 cd/m2 screen brightness determined in the laboratory, however, is an average at best value.

Equipment: Ordinary camera

A 8-megapixel camera with LED Flash, which is ready to go after the call directly from the start screen not only in less than one second, but on demand shoots up to 10 frames per second is sitting on the back. From which the user can choose then the most successful snapshot.

The camera has a continuous autofocus, tap on the display the desired image can be easily sharpen. The shutter button slightly recessed in the edge of the housing is protected against inadvertent operation, requires but little flair at the snapping in return.

Image results can be quite see – also noticed in practice that when weaker lighting, the camera tends to slightly distorted colors. A front-facing camera, which dissolves only with VGA (0.3 megapixel) sits on the front for self-portraits and video calls.

Connections: All micro in the bushes

Slots for the micro-SIM and a MicroSD memory card, which can extend the the around 5 GB of internal memory can be found under a plastic flap on the right side of the housing. Recharged the Razr i via a compact power adapter and a micro-USB connector, the cable can be undock from the power supply and use for the direct connection to a computer via USB connection.

A top-mounted 3.5 mm head set Jack, a volume rocker and an on/off button complete the controls accessible from the outside.

Processor: Ample power with Intel chip

But the technical inner workings is much more exciting than the externals: the atom Z2460 developed by Intel specifically for smartphones works with only one processor core, however, is clocked with impressive 2 gigahertz and tired delivers computing power.

The Razr i very liquid responds to all operations, described burst, enables and performs convincingly in the typical Android and browser performance tests: with 4100 points in the quadrant benchmark is single-core atom at the level of the HTC One X powered by four processor cores anyway. However, it is also slightly faster: the Samsung’s own quad-core chip in the Galaxy S3 reach 5500 points and the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip recently introduced newly achieved even 7700 points.

That provided by Motorola/Google Android version 4.0.4 atom is perfectly adapted to the Intel, proves the Web test program Browsermark, the the Razr i fantastic 138_000 certifies points. For comparison: the Samsung Galaxy S3 points come on around 134_000. For a prototype of Snapdragon S4, only 115_000 determined points connect.

Software: Limited use of app

So, the Razr is therefore by no means underpowered with its new Intel chip i. However, the new processor platform has also consequences: while the supplied programs all clean are adapted to the new base, an emulation environment for it must secure third-party apps, that the software designed for ARM processors on the Intel Atom hardware running.

This works but not always; and so are some apps that refuse to serve on the Razr i found in the Google play store. But Motorola and Intel help developers heavily customize their apps on the new platform. This should be completed for the “top 500 apps”; our samples went anyway, without. Still not perfect adaptation by Ruckler or reduced details is evident especially in graphics-intensive games, but that should change soon.

Operation: Successful adaptations

Well managed, Motorola is the adaptation of the ice-cream-sandwich-standard system on the Razr i already. The main screen, the user can add several pages as needed and drop important apps and widgets.

The “Guide Me” app provides a handy quick reference guide. And the utility is very clever “smart actions”, which automate operations can be. So, the Razr remind i desired for example in the evening that it would be connected to the charger. Or it turns off while in the calendar of meetings registered automatically on silent. Where the user depending on can define its own rules by time, GPS location, or other information.

Upgrade to jelly bean (Android 4.1) is promised – and this time, Motorola, asserts this should are also faster available than at the previous Android smartphones of the manufacturer.

All standards available

In the other hardware facilities, the Razr can i miss anything important. The complete current sensors on Board has accelerometer, compass, proximity -, light -, and temperature detection.

Sparked is 11a/b/g/n or NFC per quad-band GSM and 3 G / HSPA (maximum 21/5.76 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WI-FI. A mobile hotspot feature supports the device as well as navigation with A-GPS support. And is also language instruction as a voice-activated Google search, voice commands or voice dialing of contacts from the phone book.

Measuring results: Good performance in the laboratory

All around well tuned. Its high placement on the leaderboard has i but not least to the Razr owes the good performance in our own measuring laboratory.

With its 2000 mAh battery, the unit perseveres over 13 hours continuous talk in GSM mode and always less than six hours in UMTS mode. Also at the time surfing, it offers a typical endurance of just under six hours. Speech intelligibility and transmission and reception are at a high level, with the services in the GSM mode turn out better than in UMTS mode.

Conclusion: A good combination

Motorola has always been reputed to control such disciplines stood as one of the inventors of today’s mobile technology. This combined with the expertise of software from Google and Intel chip experience delivers a convincing performance.