Motorola RAZR i – “full screen” in the palm of your hand [sponsored post]

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I still remember the first mobile phone I chose myself… it was a Nokia 7110 and I loved it. I loved how you could answer calls by pressing a switch that made the phone extend, just like the ones in The Matrix. I loved how it looked, and how it felt. But now it’s old hat, and I wouldn’t want to go back.

In fact, I can’t help feeling that anything that uses more than a couple of physical buttons or switches is old hat. In my mind, a modern smartphone should be mostly taken up by a touchscreen. It just makes sense. If I’m honest, it’s made sense since I read the Star Trek: The Next Generation technical manual‘s explanation of how the control surfaces on the Enterprise worked (yes, I’m that much of a geek… what did you expect?).

The fact that “big screen, few physical controls” seems to be the ideal smartphone form factor makes me wonder about the recent bout of arguments between Apple and Samsung. Did Samsung copy the iPhone’s design? Well, sure there are similarities… but there’s only so much you can do when your main feature is a screen!

So along comes Motorola (who are now owned by Google, remember), advertising their Razr i as a “full screen” smartphone. That is, the screen goes from edge to edge. And it’s a capably large screen – 4.3 inches across the diagonal… and, yes, it does go pretty much right to the edge of the phone. I can’t help but feel, though, that while a larger screen and less wasted real-estate round the edges is a good thing, it’s not revolutionary. It’s, well, what a smartphone should be like. Don’t get me wrong, the RAZR i is a good looking phone – I’m just not sure about using “full screen” as one of the main marketing points.

So what else is there to this handset?

The RAZR i sports an Intel processor, capable of clock speeds up to 2GHz, an 8 megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel front camera. Average battery life is 20 hours, which will obviously vary depending on how the phone is used. It’s designed to be tough, too, with Gorilla Glass, Kevlar fibre, splash-guard coating and aircraft-grade aluminium all used in its construction. It would be interesting to see how it holds up to being dropped on the doorstep a few times, but it certainly sounds impressive.

Most interestingly, for me, is the choice of operating system: the RAZR i comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This is one version behind the most recent (4.1 Jelly Bean), which will annoy people who always want to have the latest and greatest versions, but it’s still pretty good.

I’m quite impressed with the RAZR i. As I say, I don’t think it’s revolutionary, but it appears to be a respectable device in almost every respect.

For more information about the RAZR i, check out the official website, or watch the advert below.

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