Motorola Razr Foldable Phone Review

The Motorola Razr folds, but at a high price

TECHRADAR: OUR VERDICT

The Motorola Razr is an inspired effort to liberate the world from the boredom of the dominant glass rectangle phone design.

While it does offer a foldable form factor that minimizes its footprint and allows it to fit in smaller pockets, and pulls off some awesome selfies, the phone cuts corners to achieve its diminutive size, with less power, onboard storage, and battery capacity. All told, this would be a serious challenger for the budget flagship crowd; however, it costs 50% more than the leading flagships, putting it beyond all but the most deep-pocketed early adopters.

FOR

  • Working, eye-catching foldable design
  • Neat front mini screen
  • Disappears in pockets

AGAINST

  • Far too expensive
  • Poor battery and storage
  • Middling camera setup

The Motorola Razr is a great design concept, but its execution leaves several things to be desired.


By David Lumb 

The ambition and potential are there – and perhaps it will be realized in a successor device – but for now, it’s tough to recommend the Razr at its current high price.

You can say this for the phone: both its perks and its drawbacks are extreme. On the plus side, it’s the first clamshell foldable to market, with an unprecedented format that halves the smartphone’s footprint and cashes in on nostalgia with a design that evokes the legendary original Razr V3, while unfolding to reveal a display the size of a modern smartphone’s.

But the drawbacks are equally apparent, with underwhelming specs and cameras, an older operating system (Android 9) out of the box, and questionable design choices that make the phone somewhat cumbersome to use. 

Ergo, this Razr feels like a serious leap forward in phone design, but it treads water in terms of user experience – which would be fine if the phone was priced for the latter, but with a price tag that’s half as much again as that of a flagship phone ($1,500!), its cost is pegged to its novelty, and given the arrival of the slightly cheaper Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, that’s something it no longer has a monopoly on. More

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