All rooting info, Cyanogenmod installation instructions and other development info, can be found at xda developers. I looked all over for instructions, and used XDA and other google findings for how to root and install CM. I thought I would do it easily and in 1 hour, but I had to spend a few hours to be able to do it. So be patient and take your time.
I am now curious if the new Sony E5, with a 4.6" screen, can be a worthy replacement for this phone. It all depends on how long the battery will last I guess. If similar or better to the Razr i, I might give it a go. I've tried all the Samsung Galaxy S3-S6's to find a replacement, but always go back to the Razr i. S7 looks promising, battery is ok, but unit is a little too big and not robust like the Razr i unfortunately. But the Razr i's lifetime is coming to and end either I like it or not. It's been with me since 2012. What a great handset!
Thanks for the advice, but can you specify where to look for relevant tutorials and files when having to re-install android (for those of us that are newbies)?
thila, 02 Jan 2016how about battery life of mototrola razer i xt890Nearly full day of moderate usage (internet browsing & social networks) on stock ROM
Motorola Razr I. The absolutely best phone that has come out the last few years. i still use mine like it was 2012 still, but we are in 2016, 4 years later. I just wish something similar came out from Moto, since after testing loads of high end Samsungs, and later Motorola phones, they just aren't as good as the Razr i. Now battery life is starting to be same or even better on the newest flagships, like the Galaxy S7, but you still have to struggle with a larger phone. And you have to pay 10 times as much for these phones compared to a NEW Razr i. It will not last forever with todays usage of apps and internet, since Android version is getting older, but I can have whatever new phone I want from work, but still stick with this one. My 50 cents. Motorola, listen, we want a updated razr i, maximum 4.5" screen, same kevlar design, Amoled screen, faster processor, and even better battery life than the old one. I'd pay Galaxy S7 money for that.
iggypop37, 13 Feb 2016had this for nearly 3 years now. tough and sturdy phone and in its day very fast. increasingly... moreIf no updates or resets were done in 3 years, you should try this first. Then possibly get Cyanogenmod, have someone install it for you unless you are a technical person. And then try not to install too many resource hungry apps. I also installed a new battery in mine, and it keeps going for up to two days with normal usage. This was quite simple to do myself.
It could last up to 2.5 days when it was new almost 4 years ago, so only slightly better, but that was Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Anonymous, 08 Feb 2016i have a question. Is there any Costom ROM based on android Lollipop? Lika CyanogenMod or any... moreI have had Cyanogenmod installed on my phone a few months now. It brought it back to the initial snappiness it had 3 years ago. Its based on Android 4.4, Cyanogenmod 11. Its not as stable as factory ROM, but works for me in daily use, and I am picky how my phone handles. So for now it looks like I can use it at least another year, for a total usage time of close to 5 years! Thats incredible in todays market. Pick a new one up for 100 USD today on Ebay, why spend 1000 USD on a S7??
had this for nearly 3 years now. tough and sturdy phone and in its day very fast. increasingly laggy however and i use google sheets on it a lot which it is struggling with now.
i have a question.
Is there any Costom ROM based on android Lollipop? Lika CyanogenMod or anything like that? Really want to have android L on this Phone
Dolle, 30 Nov 2015Have used this now for 3 years, its a great phone. But even this phone gets slow if you instal... moreI agree had mine just as long and wish for the same I'm a painter and decorator and I give this phone some proper abuse and it still works like new all other phones I've had I've either broke or they develop faults I'm sticking with Motorola for good now only annoying thing I can think of is the camera button is really sensitive and that's about it! Hello moto :)
traded a moto e & got a superb example of a razr i - 12 months old ...however the keypad is pants compared to the moto e , appears same (is the same layout) but screen so much less tolerant of text imput !!! dreadful comes to mind really, am soooo disappointed, using google dictation now as easier than punching the letters , which ends up , as eg.
yhankd fir lidtbimg ti ny post argh ! ....... one for sale here soon - immaculate
Any similar experiences?
For everyone having issues with the bootloader (bootloop or sth like that):
Press and hold Volume down and Power button. This will cause a restart. When you hear the double vibration, release the Power button but hold Vol. down. You'll see the Red M logo for a few secs but then you'll get to the "fastboot-mode". you can navigate through the menu with Volume Buttons. Select "Reset" and press Power Button to confirm. This is a TOTAL reset and will delete ALL of your data! It will also delete your Android-system. You'll need to flash the device and "reinstall" Android. There's a 4.3 build for Razr I available on the Internet. Flash the device with RSD Lite and start it. Then you can update the Razr I to 4.4.2 KitKat over the Air (via WLAN).
Hope i could help.
Gotta few questions that I'm hoping someone will be able to answer
First up,is there any way of silencing incoming txt alerts,I know you can silence incoming call tones with the power keys but can't find a way to cut off text alerts.
Also,even though I've set the camera launch to press and hold,it still launches camera with a quick press and lastly,has anyone had any success with 'multipicture',as I can't seem to to load different pictures for each homescreen
Thanks in advance
Have used this now for 3 years, its a great phone. But even this phone gets slow if you install facebook and messenger, so better don't. I do not see any great phone to take over from my razr i, I've tried a few and got disappointed, the galaxy s4-s6 series etc. Sony Z5 Compact maybe? But for 100-150 USD, there is still no better phone to be had. I wish Lenovo/Motorola came up with a XT891, same design, screen, construction, updated hardware and even better battery. Would be a winner.