A month with Motorola Razr 5G: what we liked and what we hated | Review

Those who have never experienced the end of the 90s and the beginning of the 2000s, a golden age for the world of mobile telephony, will hardly be able to appreciate in a spontaneous, immediate and intimate way, the sensation of opening and using a Motorola Razr. Why yes, i children of the new millennium will surely be fascinated by the technology that hides behind the winged company's folding opening and closing mechanism, but in every technology enthusiast who really lived that era (and loved the 2005 Motorola Razr), whenever talk about the mobile devices they have - now - over 20 years that little nostalgia is born, which then inevitably leads to a smile.

An emotion. Real. Quite different from what we live today (because, let's face it, we are now invaded by smartphones of all sizes, types and prices), and that - personally - I found myself in the new Motorola Razr 5G since its first version.

It is one of those few devices that really excited me, despite all its technical limitations and shortcomings from a hardware point of view. But will an emotion be enough to really sell Motorola's new foldout? Of course, the Razr 5G 2020 it has improved a lot compared to the first generation, but continues to bring with it compromises that in a certain sense limit the target audience to which it can be addressed. And that's why I thought I'd write a review later 1 month of use as one of my main smartphones: to understand who it is suitable for, and for whom it is not. IS - spoiler - I liked it, but I'm the perfect mix for this smartphone: I lived through the golden age of mobile, bought an early Motorola Razr at the time, and then, I'm nerdy enough to be drawn to foldable devices.

Motorola Razr 5G 2020 review

The design is finished with care: when you hold it a strange alchemy arises

After using it assiduously with a month, I am convinced that with the new Motorola Razr 5G has taken a step forward compared to the first model. And it is an evolution that has been highlighted by the company itself and by the massive marketing campaign that is still underway today. The reality of the facts is that it has gone from a first version that it had that I don't know what experiment, to a well-studied and optimized model, at least as regards the design and construction process.

Aesthetically, it is a much more mature device, which gives its best especially when closed. With its 91.7 x 72.6 x 16 mm and a weight of less than 200 grams, one of the most pleasant qualities of the Motorola Razr 5G it is just the handling and the convenience when you keep it in your pocket. When closed it is small, compact, solid, and the touch and feel is very pleasant, and the external display - definitely bigger - as well as being beautiful, in fact it is very convenient to use: actually, with this device I realized the hundreds of useless notifications I receive every day, precisely because looking at them on the external display, I began to notice how much and when I really would have needed to open the smartphone to do things that really I needed. And the answer is: few.

The whole body of the device is made aluminum, and Motorola has well thought out not to change the hinge technology, which has remained essentially the same as the previous model. And the internal display has also remained very similar, in which thehuge notch continues to be in good (or ugly?) view and the two most annoying things about folding displays continue to be present: the oleophobic treatment is practically absent, and therefore fingerprints remain on the screen which is a beauty, also with the display off you can see the folds, which there are three and precisely in conjunction with the closing mechanism.

Mechanism that, in my opinion, continues to be very exposed to dust and humidity, but that throughout the month in which I have used it (opening and closing it for about 60 times a day), I did not find any structural failure, both in the mechanism and in the panel, nor have I had problems related to dust. However, the typical Razr creak continues to be present, which is heard if the ear is brought closer to the closing mechanism.

Display: slides over the locking mechanism

The internal display of the Motorcycle Razr 5G is a P6.2 inch hourly lastic-OLED, with a resolution of 2142 × 876 and a ratio of 22: 9. The first thing that catches the eye when you open the device is that the panel does not adhere perfectly to the structure: a feature desired by the company itself and which makes it physically possible to close the screen, but which tends to make it more difficult to manage the dust.

Qualitatively it is a great display, slightly lower quality than the typical Samsung Z Flip, but well made. Colors and blacks are very deep, the balance of whites and saturation is good, and playing or watching streaming TV series, but also doing some healthy web browsing, is really enjoyable.

My least favorite part of the solution foldable from Motorola is that, since the screen folds on three points (and hence, the reason why you notice three folds with the screen off), it is not possible to manage the opening of the screen in intermediate steps, as happens with the Z Samsung Flip.

Motorola Razr 5G data sheet

  • Processor: Snapdragon 765G
  • GPU: Adreno 620
  • Foldable display: 6,2 inches pOLED 21: 9 FHD + (2142 x 876 pixels),
  • External display: 2,7 inch gOLED 800 x 600 pixels
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Internal Memory: 256GB of storage
  • Rear camera: Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 48MP Quad Pixel f / 1.7 sensor
  • Front camera: 20MP f / 2.2
  • Videos: 4K at 30fps in 16: 9 and 21: 9, FHD at 60 / 30fps, slow motion FHD at 120fps
  • Battery: 2.800 mAh, support 15W charging
  • Connettività: 1x nano SIM + 1x eSIM, BT 5.0, LTE, 5G sub-6Ghz NR (Snapdragon X52), WiFi ac (2,4 GHz + 5 GHz), GPS, Glonass, Galileo, USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Dimensions and weight: 169,2 × 72,6 × 7,9mm, 192 grams
  • Operating System: Android 10

Hardware and performance: here is one of the biggest compromises

I admit that, since it is a second generation of the smartphone, I would have liked to have seen the Motorcycle Razr 5G from the top-of-the-range version of Qualcomm's SoC, just like in its Korean antagonist. In reality, however, those of Motorola have clearly focused on the exclusivity of the design and less on performance, focusing on the usual (and solid) Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which is flanked by 8 GB of RAM memory and 256 GB of internal memory, expandable.

Now, this is clearly not a smartphone designed to perform complex tasks or latest generation games, and this is not just for the performance that - in fact - are slightly lower than those of the Snap 865, but above all as regards thermal management: as soon as you ask them for an extra effort, the smartphone it immediately tends to overheat, even if the thermal trhotteling is not the worst that I have noticed with such a configuration, it is still present.

So also from the point of view of connectivity. The Motorola Razr 5G on the one hand it has corrected the lack of support for traditional sims, introducing a trolley in which to insert one nanoSIM (hallelujah!), on the other hand, however, continues to have some problems in reception of WiFi networks: the reason will most likely be due to the positioning of the antennas, but I happened to lose the WiFi network signal in areas of the house where other smartphones continued to be connected .

The reality of the facts is that the Motorola Razr 5G it is not even one of the most suitable devices for multimedia playback. And the reasons are two: first of all the ratio of the display dimensions, more "long" than the standard, and then the only one mono speaker positioned in the lower area of ​​the device is of average quality. Furthermore, you risk covering it with your hand, if you don't pay attention to when you hold your smartphone, and if you add these factors to a little more than enough audio in capsules, probably from this point of view you could expect more for one. smartphone from 1600 euros.

But, again, the Motorcycle Razr 5G it is not a smartphone that will appeal to those people who value these things.

Camera: good the second

The camera is the thing I have used the least in this month of use. And I did it mainly because I have always had a more performing device available from this point of view. But don't get me wrong: in the Motorola Razr 5G worked on a rather important update as regards the photographic sector.

And even if, basically, the new folding is only equipped with a rear and a front camera (no, no wide-angle camera or optical zoom), the new sensor from 48 megapixel f / 1.7 optically stabilized, does his duty. And it does so also thanks to the presence of a system autofocus laser very precise and fast, but it does so with all the limitations of a mid-range sensor, little or no optimized by the camera software.

In any case, in conditions of good light the photos taken with the Motorcycle Razr 5G they are more than good, the dynamic range is good and colors and saturation are well balanced. There is also automatic HDR which, however, on some occasions may tend to "force" the image too much, making the colors unnatural.

But when darkness falls, things change a lot. Although there is a night mode, the shots taken with the Razr 5G they begin to be perhaps a little too rich in noise and pastel colors. Portrait mode is fine as long as, again, there is enough light, good there front 20 megapixel camera who does his duty without too many frills.

Compared to the previous generation, many steps forward have also been made in the video sector, also thanks to the presence of a good stabilization system. The maximum resolution is 4K is 30 fps or FullHD at 60 fps.

Motorola's software is among the best around

There are two schools of thought: there are those who love extreme customizations and those who hate them, like me. For this reason, I have been a supporter of Motorola's philosophy for years now, which is a kind of "Less is more" which makes the company's software almost a stock Android experience, enriched only by the customizations that are really needed.

And it is this very light, but excellent, Motorola's customization that made sense of the G-OLED display (with a resolution of 800 x 600) Motorola Razr 5G. Because on the small front display, not only will you have access to all notifications, you can start applications and you can respond to messages without having to open the device, but in the settings you also have the option to choose what happens when closing the clamshell smartphone: for example, if you were watching a video, you could decide to continue watching it from the external display, or you can use it as a vCamera Viewfinder, which can be activated - among other things - with a simple "shake" of the device and without having to open it. In short, paradoxically, the flexibility in using the external display is so wide that it can be almost chaotic due to the number of options available.

Except for this particular, from the point of view of the software in fact there are many new features compared to the other devices of the company. There are Moto Action, which in this case are 8, and all the additional features have not been integrated into the operating system, but into an application called “Moto”: and this is a solution that I love.

Battery

La battery from 2800 mAh integrated into Motorola Razr 5G it is slightly larger than that of the previous generation. And yes, I am convinced that one of the factors that "forced" the company to use a Snap 765G, is precisely the fact that - physically - the space to devote to the battery has always been rather limited: this version of Qualcomm's SoC is definitely less greedy for energy compared to the 865, and a smaller battery requires less noticeable consumption.

And the results are evident: with an average use, I managed to overcome the 7 display hours on, and although to most it may not seem like a miraculous result, in reality, evaluating the capacity of the battery used, my opinion is that the result brought home by Motorola is not bad at all: performance also highlighted by the battery test I performed with PC Mark (which you see above). Also good charging, from 15w, which is only possible using a cable: the Motorola Razr 5G it is not equipped with wireless charging. And this is a pity.

Price and conclusions: the Razr 5G is for those who love style and pay little attention to the data sheet

Let's get straight to the point. The price of the Motorola Razr 5G 2020 is 1599 euros, let's do 1600 for friends. Which makes the smartphone a device not suitable for everyone, and not only because it is a folding one or for the hardware compromises that characterize it, but for the simple fact that who should ever decide to spend this amount for a smartphone with these characteristics , should do it with awareness to buy a folding smartphone with a touch of retro and nostalgic that can overshadow the obvious hardware gaps that characterize it.

Of course, there is still a lot to fix in the Motorola's Razr, but the road is the right one and the message is clear: the Razr 5G is a smartphone for those who want to get noticed, because (believe me) when you use such a device you are inevitably noticed, like it or not. Do you think it is superficial to want to be noticed for a smartphone, a car or the clothes you wear? I totally agree with you, but that's another story.

 

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Last updated the 27 / 10 / 2020 17: 19
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