Motorola Droid Razr M pictures and hands-on

The Motorola Droid Razr M is the baby of the new Razr family, and we caught up with it at the Motorola event in New York city for a quick hands-on. 

To say that it is tiny would be an overstatement. It isn't, but what ii is, is a phone that has managed to pack as big a screen as possible into as smaller space as possible thanks to the adoption of a strong casing and the urge by Motorola to rid itself altogether of the large frame around the screen. 

Slightly taller than an iPhone 4S the Motorola Droid Razr M still manages to feature the Motorola Razr HD (from 2011) screen. If you've lost track of what that is, it's a 4.3-inch qHD 540x960 Super AMOLED Advanced. That's .8-inches bigger than the iPhone, but for the same real estate. Clever. The screen is a lot crisper too and very clear to see. 

But it's not just about that screen. The phone features the similar woven Kevlar backing which is soft to touch, although it's not the same wraparound concept as found on the Droid Razr HD. Still the shell does feature a number of screws, giving this perhaps an over-the-top tough man image - especially when it comes to the black model. 

Inside you get a dual-core 1.5Ghz Qualcomm processor, 8-megapixel camera, and all the usual treats. Battery life is promised at 20 hours with mixed usage. We haven't been able to test that yet. 

The build we played with was running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, however Motorola has already promised an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Even so the company has done some tinkering on top of the vanilla Android experience you would get on the Galaxy Nexus. 

First, and a rather helpful one, is the move to let you swipe left to reveal the settings, then there is the top watch, weather and battery widget that gives you the core information you need, as well as a help app that guides you through set tasks as if they were quests in a Dungeons and Dragons game. If that's still failed to impress, the Chrome browser is installed as standard.

The help app is certainly going to appeal to first-time Android users and the guidance it offers will save them having to ring you as tech sport. 

Available on Verizon in the coming weeks, this is mid-tier, but clever nonetheless, offering some nice tricks for what could have been a phone that is easily overlooked. Based on our brief play before we get stuck into a full review, it's worth looking closer if you've been spying up your mate's Razr from last year. 

A Motorola spokesperson at the event in NYC has told Pocket-lint that while the 4G element of the phone won't be coming to the UK, Motorola will launch the phone in Great Britain in the same "form factor" - ie, as a follow-up to the Motorola Razr already on sale. With Motorola holding an event on ƒ18 September we shouldn't have long to wait to find out. 



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