The 8-megapixel camera on the back of the RAZR is the same as the Droid Bionic. And just like the Bionic, the RAZR takes reasonably good photos when everything is perfectly in order, but the slow autofocus and relatively poor low-light performance doesn’t make that easy — especially not compared to the newer, faster cameras in phones like the iPhone 4S and HTC Amaze 4G. Similarly, the 1080p video is reasonably fine, but not spectacular, and it generates huge files — perhaps that’s why the RAZR comes preset to 720p out of the box.
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There’s a 1.3-megapixel camera up front for video chatting, which works with the bundled Google Talk client. As with other front-facing cams, that’s really about all you’ll want to use it for.
So is the Droid RAZR worth Motorola’s marketing blitz? Is it the phone to get? Well, probably not. While the hardware engineering required to stuff the internals of the Bionic into the thinnest smartphone design on the market is nothing short of amazing, the compromise on display quality needed to get there simply isn’t worth it. The quality difference between the LCD 4.3-inch qHD panel on the Droid Bionic and the Super AMOLED panel on the RAZR is simply night and day — and while the Bionic isn’t as sexy as the RAZR, I prefer a screen that’s easy on the eyes to a Kevlar back panel. And the RAZR’s over-the-top Android skin makes a bad display look even worse.
“Something better is coming” is usually bad buying advice when it comes to Android phones, but in this case it’s true. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus is nearly as thin, offers a larger 4.65-inch display with higher 720p resolution, and will ship with stock Android 4.0 as a Google-blessed device that’s first to get software updates. I’m concerned that the Galaxy Nexus also has a PenTile Super AMOLED display, but all things being equal the RAZR appears to be just one step behind.
This article originally appeared on theverge.com as Motorola Droid RAZR review
.Nilay Patel is the managing editor of The Verge.
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