The first of 3 super phones in Verizon's holiday lineup, the Droid RAZR is also the thinnest. Just a few months ago Verizon and Moto were bragging that the Droid Bionic was the thinnest 4G LTE phone, and now they've gone and make it look chubby with the 7.1mm RAZR. To be fair, the RAZR is fatter at the camera hump, but that's only a small section of the phone.
The RAZR faces still competition from the LTE dual core HTC Rezound with Beats audio and the ICS-toting Samsung Galaxy Nexus, due out later this month on Verizon Wireless. Those two phones will have higher resolution 1280 x 720 displays, but we find the qHD 960 x 540 Super AMOLED display on the RAZR extremely pleasing.
The RAZR has a 1.2GHz dual core TI OMAP CPU, 1 gig of RAM, 16 gigs of internal storage plus a 16 gig card pre-loaded in the microSD card slot. It has a 1.3MP video chat camera, 8MP rear camera, HDMI out and it has Webtop for you Lapdock fans. This Android OS 2.3.5 smartphone will be available November 11, at 11:11am (will they really turn you away if you show up at 10am?). It's $299 with a 2 year contract and $649 without contract extension. Verizon has a sweet data promo going on right now, so you'll get double the data allowance: pay for the 2 gig plan and you'll get 4 gigs/month.
And there's Motorola's usual excellent call quality to win you over, along with very good reception. And we're happy to report that the RAZR handles 3G-4G flip flopping better than the Bionic so far, with no loss of data connectivity. Download speeds are the usual good Verizon stuff, and with just a 3 bar signal we averaged 15Mbps down and 4.5Mbps up.
The Droid RAZR has an ample 1780 mAh battery, but the bad news is that it's sealed inside. That's a scary proposition for an LTE phone since 4G eats batteries. If you're in a dependable LTE coverage area, the Droid RAZR behaves well and it lasted us until the early evening. But if you're in a marginal coverage area the battery drains much more quickly. Our 4G LTE Verizon coverage became marginal near our office a month ago, so the phone switches between 3G and 4G frequently, and that killed a nearly full battery overnight. Moral of the story? Turn off 4G if you're in a marginal coverage area, because you can't get an extended battery or swap in a fresh one as you would with the Droid Bionic or any other Verizon LTE phone.