Motorola's New Droid Razr M Is a Smaller, Cheaper Phone With a Giant Screen

In addition to the Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx, Motorola today at its New York event also introduced the little brother to the Verizon-exclusive—the mid-range Droid Razr M.

It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED and an almost edge-to-edge display. The 4G LTE device is packed with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside claimed they'll be upgraded to Jelly Bean by the end of the year, but it's still a bit disappointing. The phone has an 8MP camera on the back with 1080p video capture and a 3MP lens on the front for the sake of taking better selfies. On top of that, it's got plenty of power with a 2,000 mAh battery. The phone is also pre-loaded with Chrome, equipped with NFC, 8GB internal storage, microSD support, and a Gorilla Glass 2 screen. It isn't quite as powerful as its big brother the Razr Maxx HD, but of course this is more of a budget phone. Although, to be honest it doesn't really look like a bargain device. The ginormous screen definitely sets it apart form other comparable Android phones like the Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. Even though there's a slight plastic edge on the bottom, though most of the real estate on the front is occupied by the display.


It hits shelves next week for $99 with a two-year Verizon contract, and pre-orders start this evening.

With the same slick kevlar back as the original Droid Razr, it's a handsome gadget. For now it comes in white and dark grey, though we're told there are more colors planned for later this year. Motorola really made a good looking device, and most importantly, it packed a lot of phone into a petite package—4.3 inches is a really fantastic size. If you prefer smaller phones or you have littler hands, you would like the feel of it. And the impressively large screen makes photos and videos look really beautiful.

It's fast, too. As promised, the Chrome browser is super speedy, and runs much more quickly than it does on the iPhone 4S. Brand new widgets on the home screen called circles give you easy access to weather, settings, and battery life. The phone is sleek and the price is right, but we'll have a full review once we've had more hang time with it.

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I DON'T have small hands, but I think any phone over 4.3" looks fucking dumb. Yes, iPhones have been too small for years. No, making your phone ever bigger and bigger isn't the way to differentiate yourself.