First Look: The Motorola Droid Razr

Key features of Motorola's latest phone

It's thin, powerful, and has LTE

It's thin, powerful, and has LTE

As iPhone 4S sales numbers show, it's become very hard to beat Apple. Motorola has apparently decided that the best way to cut through Apple's stranglehold on media attention is to pull out all the stops and deliver a smartphone that has just about everything a tech obsessive could want.  Here we'll walk you through the Motorola Droid Razr's key features and see how it stacks up against the iPhone 4S.

Display screen and dimensions

Display screen and dimensions

While both the original Motorola Droid and the Droid X were both strong devices, they were also pretty thick compared with Apple's notoriously slender iPhone. The Droid Razr more than makes up the difference, however, as the device measures in at a mere 7.1 mm thick, or more than 2 mm thinner than the iPhone 4S. And yes, since you asked, the Razr's 4.3-inch display screen is larger than the newest iPhone's 3.5-inch display and it even weighs less than the iPhone 4S, checking in at a mere 127 grams.

Kevlar fiber, Gorilla Glass and an 8MP camera

Kevlar fiber, Gorilla Glass and an 8MP camera

Motorola also went out of its way to ensure the Droid Razr's thin frame was built using very strong materials that could hold up under pressure, including a Corning Gorilla Glass display screen and laser-cut Kevlar fiber. The device also includes an 8MP camera that can film HD video at 1080p, putting it on par with the iPhone 4S.

Processing power, memory and battery power

Processing power, memory and battery power

Although the Droid Razr's external specifications are impressive, it's got powerful internal specs as well.  The device has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, meaning it will be very fast when it comes to loading websites and multitasking. The device also boasts a 1780 mAh battery that Motorola says will provide up to 12.5 hours of talk time, 8.5 days of standby time and nearly nine hours of video viewing.

LTE connectivity

LTE connectivity

Verizon's LTE network is fast, averaging around 6.5Mbps download speeds in many tests . If the Droid Razr's battery life is as strong as advertised, it will make for a powerful combination of fast hardware and fast network connectivity that can more than stand up to the iPhone, which still relies on 3G technologies such as HSPA and EV-DO Rev. A.

Motocast, Webtop and Smart Action

Motocast, Webtop and Smart Action

The Droid Razr, which runs on Android 2.3 ("Gingerbread"), comes preloaded with three applications that Motorola thinks will make a big difference to users. The most notable is MotoCast, an application that creates a private cloud for data stored on your personal computer and makes it available for use on your smartphone. So if you want to access your favorite workout playlist without wasting storage space, you can simply stream it from your personal cloud right to your device. The other key apps are Smart Action, which provides multiple ways to conserve battery power, such as automatically shutting down your GPS and Bluetooth connections once it's connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and the Webtop application that integrates your device into your laptop dock and makes the phone essentially serve as a mini PC.

Pricing and availability

Pricing and availability

The Droid Razr is more costly than most of today's high-end smartphones at $300. Motorola is banking that the device's first-class tech specs and frame materials will make it such an attractive buy for high-end customers that they won't be able to resist shelling out a little extra to buy it. The phone will be go on sale next month.

We want to hear from you! Does this new Droid device look like a worth iPhone competitor? Or is it just the latest in a long line of failed iPhone "killers?"  Let us know in the comments!

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