Nov 11 AT 11:35 AM Anthony Domanico 18 Comments

First Impressions: Motorola Droid RAZR

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The Motorola Droid RAZR is all set to release on Verizon Wireless at 11:11 a.m. The RAZR is the latest Motorola flagship device to launch on Verizon’s network, delivering 4G LTE speeds in an amazingly thin package. I’ve spent the last few days with the Droid RAZR, and what follows are my initial impressions of Verizon’s latest superphone.

Though the RAZR is slightly wider and taller than the DROID X2 and DROID Bionic, the device is incredibly thin and feels great in the hand. In an effort to keep most of the device thin, the microUSB, microHDMI and 3.5mm headphone jacks are at the top of the device, leaving the power button and volume rocker on the right hand side.

The RAZR is running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with Motorola’s “Don’t call me BLUR” UI. Though BLUR has not exactly been welcomed in the Android community, the Gingerbread version of Motorola’s UI is much improved and less annoying than the previous version, and you can avoid it by removing the few widgets that come pre-installed on the device.

Over the past few days, I’ve only taken a few pictures with the RAZR, but the pictures I did take were pretty good, even in low-light situations. Cell phone cameras still aren’t quite good enough to replace standard point and shoot cameras, but we’re getting ever closer

Overall, my experience with the RAZR has been a positive one thus far. The 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display is gorgeous, with colors that are much more vivid than those on my Photon 4G. The RAZR is snappy and was easily able to handle any task I threw its way. The battery appears to be able to withstand a full day of moderate usage, especially with the built in battery-saving Smart Actions functions.

The one drawback I’ve seen thus far is that the RAZR doesn’t allow you to pull off the backplate to remove the battery, a feature that has almost been necessary for troubleshooting on all Android devices. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve pulled the battery in order to reset my device to get something to work properly. We’re assuming Motorola needed to do this in order to keep the device thin and solid, and we can only hope that holding down the power button in a pinch will allow the device to power down if it freezes up.

We’ll have a full review of the Droid RAZR up as we have more time to test the device, probably at the beginning of next week. The RAZR will be available for sale at 11:11 a.m. for $299 with a new two-year contract. Of course, you can find it for $111.11 (new customers) or $249 (upgrades) on Amazon, though you may have to wait a week or two before you actually get your hands on the device.

Anyone out there planning to pick up the RAZR today? Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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