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Last Updated: September 15th, 2012

"The new Motorola starts today." That was new CEO Dennis Woodside's proclamation during the unveiling of the new RAZRs, and I think that statement gives away a little more than intended. Smartphone development takes the good part of a year, so they're implicitly admitting that these phones were made by someone else. That "someone else" being the old Motorola.

Yes, Google's deal to buy Motorola was announced a little over a year ago, but, thanks to all the regulatory bodies around the world that had to approve the deal, Google has only been in charge of Motorola for about three months. In that time they've fired 20% of the workforce, 40% of the VPs and closed a third of Motorola's offices worldwide. The whole company is being renovated, and for an entire year it was basically in a holding pattern waiting for Google to take over. This is not an ideal environment for building great products.

This is not the world changing, revolutionary Googlerola phone that is hopefully coming. There just hasn't been any time for that. The RAZR M, HD, and HD MAXX are orphaned leftovers from the old Motorola. Google had almost nothing to do with this phone, and it shows. MotoBlur is still here, there is so much crapware that it almost outnumbers the useful application count, and, oh yeah, it only runs Ice Cream Sandwich. The old Motorola created the RAZR M, and now it's Google's job to sell it.

When judged on its own merits, it's not a bad little phone, though, and it's only $100 on contract. The build quality is fantastic, it's fast, and the skin, while ugly, doesn't totally suck. That makes it one of the best budget phones you can buy.

Specifications

  • 4.3 inch, 960 x 540 Pentile AMOLED Display
  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB ROM (Unified Storage, 4GB free) with microSDHC slot
  • 2000 mAh Battery (Non-Removable)
  • 8MP Rear Camera, 0.3MP Front Camera
  • Wi-Fi A/B/G/N
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • Dimensions: 122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 126 g
  • Android 4.0.4 with MotoBlur

The Good

  • Rock solid build quality and awesome materials. The textured aluminum ring around the screen feels great, so does the rubbery Kevlar back. You can feel the quality construction the second this thing hits your hands. The textured rim, screw heads, and power button really show attention to detail. This budget phone is built better than some other companies' flagship phones.
  • The best reception money can buy. If you don't currently have a Motorola phone, you'll get more bars, faster speeds, and better sounding calls with this.
  • Crazy-fast performance. A fast processor combined with a really low res screen means everything runs extremely well. It has the best frame rate on Google Earth I've ever seen.
  • The rear speaker is so loud, sometimes it hurts my ears. It's clear, too.

The Bad

  • The screen. It's Pentile. It's grainy. It's really, really oversaturated.
  • The skin is ugly and pointlessly change things, usually for the worse. It doesn't break anything though.

Hardware

Design & Build Quality

The design of this is out there. It's definitely evocative of the hyper-aggressive, explosion-laden DROID commercials Verizon loves so much. I can just imagine this thing back flipping off a motorcycle and stabbing someone in the face, and then that person's face exploding.

The exposed screws and matte, black trim make this thing look like it was assembled by blacksmiths with big dirty hammers. It's got a "grungy" look to it that some people will love.

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At the top we have the ugliest design feature of the phone, the silver "Motorola" rectangle trapezoid. Moto is really taking branding to a whole new level here: the most eye catching part of the phone is their word mark.

To the left of the logo is the sensor cluster, which has a really interesting window cut out - apply enough light and you can actually see the green circuit board. The circle in the left corner is the notification LED, and my wild guess is that the pill-shaped cutout houses the light and proximity sensors. The right circle is the 0.3MP front facing camera.

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The body extends up past the glass to form a protective little rim around the screen. The rim is actually aluminum (I tested it, it's conductive!) and has a cool ridge pattern engraved in it, and the same goes for the Motorola box. You can't necessarily see it with the naked eye, but it gives the rim a nice, textured feel.

Motorola should win an award for "the stealthiest earpiece ever made" - the cut out for the speaker is actually in their logo. The "T", three quarters of the "O" and half of the "R" hide the speaker. That's crazy - Moto definitely gets points for creativity. There is a downside to this approach, however - the logo always looks unevenly colored. Don't believe me? Scroll up and look. It's one of those things you can never un-see. You're welcome.

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The back has the Razr's now-signature Kevlar weave. In the right lighting, the Kevlar has just the slightest tinge of yellow, which is a bit odd looking on an all-black phone. The back is covered in a great-feeling rubbery finish that really helps you grip the phone. The camera and speaker section is done up to look like the screen: a clear glossy surface on top of a black background. That's cute. The really cool thing about the back is that there is a protective rim here, too. The back is slightly sunk into the plastic rim, meaning that it never touches the table when you put it down.

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There's not much going on on the top and bottom, just a microphone hole and headphone port.

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OK, let's get our materials straight here. See the seam in the middle of the phone? Above that is the aluminum ring that goes around the screen. Below that seam is a hard, matte plastic body. Both parts just feel awesome; even the plastic is slightly grippy.

You can see the aggressively exposed screws and the Micro USB port, which is in a terrible position. I often use my phones while plugged in, and that is right where a few fingers would normally rest. The rectangle shape isn't the volume rocker; it's a port cover for the SIM and MicroSD slots.

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On the other side we see the actual volume rocker and a power button that was lovingly engraved with a concentric circle pattern. This also gives you a good look at the wedge-shaped profile.

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At times I think this phone is trying to be ugly. The seams and screws are really in your face. The little things make all the difference, though. The concentric circle pattern on the screws really show the attention to detail Motorola has put into this.

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Moto was also nice enough to throw in a multi-color notification LED. The system itself has no way of making use of all these colors; it's strictly a power-user perk. Grab yourself a copy of Lightflow and go crazy!

Screen & Bezel

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The dreaded, low-res Pentile is back. This screen is a grainy, checkerboard mess. It you've played with any other low-res Pentile Motorola phones like the original RAZR, you know what to expect. This time though, they've bumped AMOLED's already high saturation up even higher. So now it's a hyper-saturated, grainy, checkerboard mess. Progress!

I lived with a screen like this for a few months and, while yes, it looks horrible the first few weeks, eventually you get used to it.

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I don't think Motorola understand the whole "hyper-saturated = bad" concept, just look at these packed-in wallpapers. Not only is the screen saturation off the charts; they exaggerate the problem with backgrounds like this. Dear Motorola: accurate color reproduction is a thing that people want, especially when you will be evaluating pictures and picture lighting conditions on the screen. Converting every color to its most intense form is not a good thing.

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Motorola claims this has an "edge-to-edge" screen, and, apparently, this is the phone that Bloomberg claimed would have "no bezel." Both of these claims are pure, 100% marketing hype. Check out the to-scale picture above, and tell me if that looks significant to you. Motorola has shrunk the bezel by, maybe, 25% and now they're suddenly acting like the bezel is gone. That doesn't even count the miles of bezel above and below the screen.

In reality, the bezel is nothing special. It's a modern-looking, thin design, but it doesn't jump out at you as anything significant. The black part of the glass is smaller, but the body is way thicker, so not much was accomplished here, and they still did nothing about the top and bottom. How disappointing.

Performance

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The performance all around is great. Everything is fast and smooth, even though it's only running Ice Cream Sandwich. It's shockingly fast for a budget phone. It runs Google Earth faster than anything else I've tested. Probably a combination of the fast processor and crap resolution.

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The real head-turner in the performance department is the reception. As usual, Motorola does it right. Everywhere I take it, it gets an extra bar and a faster speed test than my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Motorola just knows what they are doing. Next time I need to tether I'll be popping my SIM in this thing.

Camera

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The camera software got a thorough skinning. Everything has even more of a "Tron" aesthetic now. The most notable change is that "Panorama" is no longer a mode next to "Camera" and "Camcorder," but a shooting mode within the Camera. That makes more sense.

I have to point out that the image thumbnail in the top right hand corner doesn't work. It doesn't display your last picture - it displays an older picture sometimes, but not the last one. Clicking on it screws up the gallery too, here the highlighted thumbnail doesn't match the main image.

Now, on to the pictures:

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Eh, not spectacular. Colors are just a huge mess. In the picture of my dog, everything has a red tint for some reason. In the leaf picture, the leaves aren't anywhere near that green. It's even worse on the actual phone screen, once the super-saturated AMOLED gets ahold of it. The pink cactus and the Yoshi picture are pretty accurate, though, so I don't know what's going on with the camera. It's just inconsistent.

MotoBlur

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Yes, the marketing department (the old, fired marketing department?) would probably prefer if I didn't refer to the skin as MotoBlur, but I'm not going to listen. I'll make you a deal Motorola, I'll stop calling it "Blur" when you do. You guys need to update your file names, or, you know, just stop skinning Android.

Functionally, MotorBlur is fine. They haven't really horribly broken anything, and they haven't killed performance - the skin is actually very light. Aesthetically, however, MotoBlur is a disaster. They arbitrarily changed everything for no reason, and every change they made was bad. It's almost like they went on a concerted effort to wipe out any trace of beauty from Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Do I even need to label these icons? The ugly ones are MotoBlur, the ones that look like they were done by a professional designer are stock Android. Moto's "People" icon (top row, center) is a particularly amazing mess. My guess is that, originally, it was just a blue square with the silhouette of a person on it. Then someone said "Hey! I've got a great idea! Let's make the blue square a folder!" and pasted on the folder page edges. No one ever bothered to recenter the person. I mean, for god's sake, his shoulder is cut off! Does anyone double check this stuff?

The camera is now a weird, deformed square with brown leather on it. The email envelope is inexplicably transparent, and it's holding a stamp, and Phone and Messaging went for the bubbly Playskool look.

Home Screen

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The home screen is all kinds of different. This is the actual layout of it when you first turn on the phone. There's the main screen, and swiping the left will reveal a "Quick settings" toggle page. This page is laid-out well enough, and tapping the text for the setting will take you to the actual settings page, which is super handy for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This is clearly inferior to notification toggles, but I guess it's better than nothing.

The one problem I have with these toggles is that they work differently than all the other toggles in Android. Sure, you tap them and they turn on and off, but everywhere else, they are also slidable. Normally, the switches will follow your finger, and you can flick them from "on" to "off." These toggles, though, are on a home screen, so, when you try to slide a toggle, the whole screen moves. It's confusing, inconsistent, and unexpected.

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The circle widget on the home screen is really fun. Each of the circles is flippable, just a swipe up or down will flip them. The digital clock flips between an analog clock and any unread texts, missed calls, or voicemails; the weather flips between cities; and the battery flips over to reveal a settings button for this widget. They're all tappable too, the clock takes you to alarms, the weather circle goes to Moto's weather app, and the battery goes to the battery usage graph in settings.

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Swiping to the right end of your home screens brings up the "Add a page" screen, which is pretty weird. There is also a button to manage pages, which will let you delete whole pages and rearrange stuff.

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The App Drawer now has some extra tabs. There's favorites, on the left side, which you can add stuff to by hitting "Add/Remove" and picking apps from a list. "Favorites," "Apps," and "Widgets" is one big continuous list, but the Play Store icon now also looks like a tab. Motorola fails a basic tenant of UI design: Things that look the same should work the same. The Play Store looks like a tab, but isn't, you expect to scroll over to it at the end of the widget list.

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Dragging an icon out of the app drawer bring up a "More options" bucket at the top of the screen. Dragging to it reveals the usual Uninstall and App Info buttons, and Share will let you send a Play Store link to someone.

Lock Screen

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The lock screen has a handy vibrate/sound switch in the top right, and they added Phone and Text to the lock screen ring. I hope you like these shortcuts, because you can't change them. The one part that makes me sad is that the center icon doesn't follow your finger around anymore - it just lifelessly stays in the middle. Everything else works and looks like you'd expect, and, thankfully, "None" is still an option.

Skinned Apps

Motorola just had to mess with the built-in apps, so here's a look at them.

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For some reason they felt Calendar need a dark header instead of a grey one. This actually looks good, but I really don't understand the rationale behind making changes like this.

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Email (not Gmail) is a hideous all-black monstrosity that looks like it was designed by a 13-year-old XDA themer. Yes, theoretically, the black on black on black means the AMOLED screen is using less power. It's not worth it.

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For some reason, the text messaging app was also darkened, but in a totally different way. The email is flat black, but this has a gradient. Messages in email are black with bold or non-bold text, for read and unread, but here they are a very dark blue and a less dark blue. Both are ugly, but I wish they would have been ugly in the same way.

In the second picture, you can see the untouched ICS keyboard and the crazy, neon text cursor.

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The same goes for people and the dialer: all black everything. Why does the dialer have a permanent over scroll glow at the bottom of it?

Crapware

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Here's the full app drawer. Just look at all that! The crapware almost outnumbers the regular-ware. You've got all the Amazon apps, all the Verizon apps, all the Motorola apps, and some other junk thrown in for good measure.

You can't uninstall any of these, but many of them are disableable. However, the Verizon App store, Emergency Alerts, Mobile Hotspot, and Setup Wizard are permanent. Disabling them is disabled.

The one non-standard app here that probably escapes the "crapware" designation is "Smart Actions." Imagine Tasker, but more user-friendly, and you've got a pretty good idea of what it is. It will pop up once in a while and suggest new smart action rules for you to enable. For instance, if it's night time and you turn down the volume - Smart Actions will offer to do that for you automatically. It's handy.

Battery Life

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Awesome battery life. The first picture is light usage. It shows a crazy standby mode it occasionally drops into; it uses almost no power when it decides to do this. Whether it does this or not seems to be totally random.

The second is ridiculously heavy usage, with something like 7 hours of screen-on time. It still managed to last 10+ hours. The battery is not removable, so you had better be happy with this much battery life.

Conclusion

It's not the revolutionary Google-Motorola mashup we've all been waiting for, but, when judged on its own merits, this phone is awesome. The build quality is better than many flagship devices. It's fast, and the reception and speaker are amazing. The hardware is an entirely new class of budget phone, and, while it won't get the press, I feel that this is just as game-changing as the Nexus 7 was. All other budget phones should be compared to this. This is how you do "cheap."

The software is pointlessly different and ugly, but it isn't broken. Everything works, it's fast, and, for the most part, it makes sense. This is all mostly a side effect of how little they've actually changed. This is the lightest skin out there, and probably the second best thing to stock Android.

The screen sucks, but you get used to it. It's a budget phone anyway. That's one of the first things you give up.

How is this only $100? Sure, it's small, but it's feels more premium than phones that cost twice that much. Motorola has its component cost percentages right: Spend some money on the materials. Other manufactures should take note.

If you need a budget phone, or a small phone, buy this.

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    So about that bootloader...

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

    I think the Motorola people icon is supposed to be a turning page, and that is why the silhouette is not centered.

    • jammer

      Can u explain how that makes sense. The turning page should make the silhouette appear smaller horizontally, not make it slide to the edge of the page.

      • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

        I am not defending heir artistry by any means, it is a step back from ICS. But if you look at the top of the icon, it curls a little as if the top page were turning a little to expose the pages underneath. In this scenario, the letter on the from would be offset. It's not impossible that not everyone sees what they are doing, but I do. Not a big deal either way.

      • Tim Harper

        I saw it as a paperback with the page bending back, in which case it would cut off the shoulder

      • ssj4Gogeta

        It's turned up at a steep angle near the edge. The rest of the page is still flat so it doesn't distort the image.

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      Either way the author's point stands, those look horrid. They could have saved money by not hiring whoever designed those in the first place and stuck with the ones in Android.

      • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

        Yep. I think those are the same icons that were on the Droid X.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    That clock widget was TOTALLY stolen from OMC Widget! I think it's nearly identical with the circles' design! (or did OMC steal it first?)

    • BrianLipp

      there was a leak before Moto updated/released anything with ICS that showed the homescreen with the clock widget. A few days after that leak OMC WIdget updated with that clock. As far as i know, OMC is just the same look. The Moto one has the function of swiping up/down on each circle and it changes what it shows. ie the small circle shows a settings toggle, but swipe it and it shows your storage space, etc

      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

        Cool, thanks for the clarification!

    • DrewNusser

      I wonder if there was some sort of deal in place, because yeah, it looks identical.

  • jnt

    For what it's worth, I've had my M for about 4 hours now, testing the camera quite a bit, and never once had the problem you referred to with the thumbnail / gallery.

    • ChavaM

      Ron could have reviewed a test unit with prerelease software. The Anandtech preview mentioned that their unit had prerelease software and that it had minor bugs as a result.

  • NotMrMoneyBags

    $550 off contract is considered budget?

    Wow....

    • Freak4Dell

      The contract price is budget, so that's where all the bloggers are basing that claim. However, this isn't really even a budget phone. Sure, the contract price is low, but this thing has the specs to be considered high-end. The only two things that possibly make this mid-range are the Pentile screen and the low storage.

      • MooseCat

        If this phone didn't have the Pentile screen and Blur, I'd buy it off contract in a heartbeat =(

        • Manuel

          Well...technically, that ain't Blur. (But we all know it is)

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    I have an upgrade to burn now and one in November I might have to get me one of these and if push comes to shove throw it on swappa or give it to my dad since he goes through a phone about once every 4 years only.

  • GraveUypo

    not sure about the "accurate color reproduction is a thing that people want". people actually prefer more vibrant colors as long as it's not too exaggerated. i tested it (showed a color-accurate picture and a more vibrant one later, every single person picked the more vibrant one as "better"), the the galaxy s3 screen proves that too with it's huge vibrancy.

    • http://blog.firstdove.com Christian M. Z.

      Not only that, even Apple is hopping on board with the saturation thing. In the keynote, enhanced saturation was one of the "features" touted!

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      Concur. 99% of users aren't analyzing pictures on the thing. They want the bright colors because bright = better.

    • DCMAKER

      I have over saturated colors....i need accurate colors and want them. Hence why i have a U2412m so much better...though i would prefer a u2410m but whatever

  • ari_free

    It's funny we had a poll "would you give up a front facing camera to have a bezel-less phone?" in expectation of this new phone. If only Motorola was that close.

  • Freak4Dell

    This is probably the most critical review I've seen so far for this phone. I agree with some of it, but even if the skin is ugly, it's still a huge step in the right direction. This skin is the closest one to stock Android, so I have no problem with it.

    For the contacts icon, I think you're looking at it wrong. The person's shoulder isn't cut off...it's just not visible because the edge of the cover is rolled up. I think they were trying to go for the effect of you opening a phonebook or something, which makes sense. When the book is laid flat, you see the entire cover, but when you're beginning to open it, you roll up the edge a tad and the view of the edge of the cover is obscured.

    Anyway, I want this phone...badly. Unfortunately, I'm not on Verizon, so I'll either need a band unlock, or an international version (hopefully with the S4, or maybe they made the Intel processor useable). I really wanted a Nexus, but I don't see Google coming out with something this compact. They'll probably go with a giant screen and a giant overall phone like they did with the Galaxy Nexus.

    I don't think this is how you do cheap. I think this is how you do phones. While completely bezel-less is absurd, there's no reason a phone needs 6 inches of bezel. Manufacturers either need to stick with normal sized screens, or they need to start building stuff like this and cramming big screens into small frames.

    • jammer

      What's rolled up? Looks like a sharp edge to me

      • Freak4Dell

        The top right corner looks like it's on a different level than the rest of the icon, making it look like the right edge is lifted and rolled.

        • jammer

          Lifted, sure. rolled, no. And that's the corner, not the entire right edge. I'm not convinced.

          • Freak4Dell

            It's not like I can force you to see what I see, so I really don't care if you're convinced or not.

          • jammer

            Oh actually, if I squint my eyes a bit and hold the image really close like I just jumped into my phone screen then I kind of see what you are saying.

    • rocket

      Not a budget phone. This thing is one of the best phones ever made.
      For $500.00 it has everything the overpriced s4 has, plus more.
      Great resolution, battery life and blazing fast 4g.
      The body is Very nice and. The cases are plentiful.

      If you want a budget phone, get a cricket flip phone.
      If you want a quality smart phone, get the eazr m.
      Very, very nice, reasonably priced , upper class phone.

  • Knlegend1

    At first I was ready to right this device off as a waste of time. Like why Moto when you have the big boys coming out TBA. Actually I'm still saying that but I understand. What I don't understand is why have two versions of the same phone again.....another story. I went to the store today for the soul purpose of using this phone and I must say I walked away impressed. Yes no bezel is a gimmick but it sure as hell looks good maintaining a 4.3 in screen. For power users having an 8 gb internal memory may be a turn off, but for someone looking for a large/small phone (kicks iphone 5 out of the way) than this is it. This phone is snappy quick, even the photo's were quick, washed out but quick. I would recommend this device to anyone.

    • MooseCat

      I went into the store as well yesterday night to take a look at the phone and I too came away fairly impressed. The biggest thing that stuck in my mind when I walked away were the dimensions of the phone compared to that of my Thunderbolt. They have similarly sized screens but the Droid Razr M is a quarter inch narrower which make it that much easier to hold.

      On the downside though, the screen looked grain =(

  • BrianLipp

    God, the black RAZR M looks SO much better than that white mess other outlets are reviewing. It wouldnt be too bad if they made the kevlar part white too. I dont know why anyone would get a white version of any RAZR.

    Anyway, i would kill for the stock google apps to give a dark and/or black theme option. Yes, i would save on battery (especially on the GNex) but i also just like the look of dark holo themed apps

    • Freak4Dell

      Yeah, I've never liked white phones, but the white M is a complete mess. The black one looks great, though, even though I'm not a fan of the Kevlar back.

  • hot_spare

    This is a review?? 95% of all so-called-review sites are full crap -- this one included

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      I'd love to address any specific complaints.

    • Mental_Moose

      Your comment is bad and you should feel bad.

  • TinmanTinman

    Awesome!! this is how you are supposed to do review . I like the fact than Ron always goes into tiniest details . And i think the phone looks awesome too.

  • skyping

    Is anyone else having a problem with Skype in the video calling with this phone? I can't get it to work

  • carlisimo

    This is the most detail I've read about the new Blur anywhere. Thanks.

    Is it really a budget phone though? It isn't that cheap. I hope you're not saying that just because of the size. I'm willing to pay through the nose for a top-notch smaller phone (no wider than 2.5" for one-handed use). Most people like me probably end up getting an iPhone, and I would if Android manufacturers only made good large phones and mediocre small phones.

    • Freak4Dell

      Yup, I would pay full retail for this device, since it's actually small and still has top of the line specs. I won't be doing that, because I know it the price will fall a bit and I don't need a new phone until December, but I wouldn't have a problem paying that price if I needed to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/konopisky Denis Konopiský

    when it comes to icons, i think it's a personal thing.. i like the motorola ones much more than the stock ICS.. for instance i find the stock phone icon hideous.

  • C Brown

    This review just made my night... part review, part comedy. Thank you.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    does this phone has GSM bands?

  • Stephane Boisvert

    Love the review style: personal and detailed.

    This thing is better constructed than my Atrix 4G.

    Quick comment about the multi-color LED: It works fine on my Moto.
    Green is email, blue is instant messaging, yellow is text messaging. It worked with Froyo, Gingerbread, and now with a custom ROM I'm using (Nottachtrix).

  • Dan

    "It's one of those things you can never un-see. You're welcome."

    Made me LOL. I was happy. Then I kept scrolling... and scrolling... and scrolling. Freakin' GREAT review!

  • LewisSD

    Honestly, who gives a fuck about icons or the launcher. If you dont like them download nova launcher, or apex launcher and get an ics theme.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    If this is what Motorola can do without Google then imagine what is possible with them...and on a budget phone?

  • mgamerz

    The white one is way better than the black one. The black one is pretty damn ugly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    "
    Motorola claims this has an "edge-to-edge" screen, and, apparently, this is the phone thatBloomberg claimed would have "no bezel.""

    Isn't Motorola going to announce THAT phone on the 18th?

    • Freak4Dell

      It's believed that the phone announced on the 18th will be the same as the Razr M, but with an Intel processor.

  • http://twitter.com/simp1istic simp1istic

    Just again want to thank you for calling out BS and doing a great review.

  • AgustinRodriguez

    I want that stuffed yoshi.

  • djaquette

    I have this phone and it just started having issues with the clock and date in the circles widget. It randomly switches and is a few hours and days behind. Not good if you use for an alarm or as your watch. I've posted this issue on one of the droid boards. Others are having this issue as well, but still no resolution.

  • Farah

    Great review. Exactly what I am experiencing with my phone. Hate the email and text tab, its a depressing dark background. I was trying to mess around with the phone to change that but I guess it is not an option

  • suneyes3

    Can the dark screen behind the dialer a)nd message screen be lightened with an app? if so, which one? (forgive me....is this what you refer to as the skin?

  • Laurelindoren

    Am I the only one that this phone doesn't run for? I just got a replacement sent to me. I've had the replacement for maybe a month and I have to restart the phone every 3 hours. It's unusable after that amount of time.