Motorola RAZR i review: Intel inside
The Motorola RAZR i's qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display is a pretty familiar sight. Debuting on the Motorola RAZR XT910 last year, the 4.3" display uses a PenTile matrix, as opposed to the conventional RGB arrangement.
This means that even though its pixel density stands at the pleasing 256 ppi, the perceivable sharpness is far lower on many occasions. This leads to the familiar dottiness, which can be unpleasant when trying to read fine text.
Contrast on the other hand is perfect, as it has always been on AMOLED screens, while the viewing angles and sunlight legibility are pretty good too.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Sony Xperia S||-||-||-||0.48||495||1038|
|HTC One S||0||177||∞||0||386||∞|
|Motorola RAZR XT910||0||215||∞||0||361||∞|
|Motorola RAZR i||0||169||∞||0||370||∞|
|Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II||0||231||∞||0||362||∞|
|Nokia 808 PureView||-||-||-||0||455||∞|
Nokia 808 PureView
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
Samsung Omnia W
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy Note
HTC One S
Samsung Galaxy S II
Huawei Ascend P1
Nokia Lumia 900
Motorola RAZR i
Apple iPhone 4S
HTC One X
Apple iPhone 4
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
Sony Xperia U
LG Optimus 4X HD
HTC One V
LG Optimus Vu
HTC Desire V
LG Optimus 3D
Nokia Asha 302
Nokia Lumia 610
Gigabyte GSmart G1355
HTC Desire C
LG Optimus L7
Samsung Galaxy Pocket
Sony Xperia tipo
Samsung Galaxy mini 2
You can find more information on our display test here.
Overall, the Motorola RAZR i screen is pretty good, but 720p screens flying left and right these days, put the smartphone squarely in the mid-range category. qHD might not be bad, but it's no longer associated with high-end devices.
Handling the Motorola RAZR i is a pleasure. The compact body allows for easy one-handed operation, while the grippy Kevlar-covered back makes accidental drops unlikely. You will find nothing to frown at here.
Overall, the Motorola RAZR i receives nothing but high marks for design and finish, and while its build quality could be better, the impressions it makes are extremely positive. It certainly feels more expensive than it actually is but that's not an end in itself - the RAZR i aslo very comfortable to handle.
Coming up next is a look at the software talents of the RAZR i.