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Old March 1st, 2013, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have owned 3 HTC phones before the RAZR M. I liked them all but have found flaws that really bothered me. However, the RAZR M is the phone that has fewest complaints from me.

HTC Droid Incredible (the original with the AMOLED): poor battery life, noticeably slower compared to Nexus One. Bad outdoor sunlight screen viewing. The RAZR M easily has triple the battery life and outdoor viewing is much better.

The Inc 1's poor battery life drove me to look for a new phone after a year. I then bought the Incredible 2 after reading reviews that it had good battery life. Yes the battery life was a good improvement, but it's speaker (for music) and speaker phone was not loud enough. It was slow when running a Sense rom. It was fast when running an AOSP rom, however the camera was very grainy when on AOSP. The RAZR M definitely has a louder speaker, the camera is on par or better, and battery life is still noticeably better.

When my upgrade discount came, I got the Rezound. What sold me was the High res screen. It was beautiful. However, the S3 cpu was laggy even though it was a dual-core. The camera, although it was it was fast, was poor in low light conditions, and the auto-white balance option never worked well. The battery life was bad, not as bad the Inc1, but worse than the Inc2. I got the extended battery, which made the phone very bulky. I was ok with that for a while, but eventually it started to bother me. With the extended battery I could average 16 hours. The extended battery was rated at 2750mAh. Compare that to the RAZR M's 2000mAh, and the RAZR M can easily average 20 hours. I became very impressed with the RAZR M. The RAZR M has the S4 cpu, and it was much smoother than the S3, and gaming performance was better as well. I tried using an AOSP rom on the Rezound to speed things up, but AOSP roms made the sound volume and quality much lower.

The conclusion, I've had to compromise a lot with all the previous HTC phones that I've had. The RAZR M was the first phone I've had that I didn't have to compromise much. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Motorola will come up with next.

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I have owned 3 HTC phones before the RAZR M. I liked them all but have found flaws that really bothered me. However, the RAZR M is the phone that has fewest complaints from me.

HTC Droid Incredible (the original with the AMOLED): poor battery life, noticeably slower compared to Nexus One. Bad outdoor sunlight screen viewing. The RAZR M easily has triple the battery life and outdoor viewing is much better.

The Inc 1's poor battery life drove me to look for a new phone after a year. I then bought the Incredible 2 after reading reviews that it had good battery life. Yes the battery life was a good improvement, but it's speaker (for music) and speaker phone was not loud enough. It was slow when running a Sense rom. It was fast when running an AOSP rom, however the camera was very grainy when on AOSP. The RAZR M definitely has a louder speaker, the camera is on par or better, and battery life is still noticeably better.

When my upgrade discount came, I got the Rezound. What sold me was the High res screen. It was beautiful. However, the S3 cpu was laggy even though it was a dual-core. The camera, although it was it was fast, was poor in low light conditions, and the auto-white balance option never worked well. The battery life was bad, not as bad the Inc1, but worse than the Inc2. I got the extended battery, which made the phone very bulky. I was ok with that for a while, but eventually it started to bother me. With the extended battery I could average 16 hours. The extended battery was rated at 2750mAh. Compare that to the RAZR M's 2000mAh, and the RAZR M can easily average 20 hours. I became very impressed with the RAZR M. The RAZR M has the S4 cpu, and it was much smoother than the S3, and gaming performance was better as well. I tried using an AOSP rom on the Rezound to speed things up, but AOSP roms made the sound volume and quality much lower.

The conclusion, I've had to compromise a lot with all the previous HTC phones that I've had. The RAZR M was the first phone I've had that I didn't have to compromise much. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Motorola will come up with next.
I'm also coming over from HTC phones and this sounds like I'm going to be very happy with this one. I can hardly wait for monday to get here.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 04:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I went from a Droid Eris (HTC) to the RAZR M and haven't been happier!

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Came from a Motorola Droid X. The transition was very easy. Similar size and functions. It's like a faster Droid X with twice the battery. Very pleased with the phone myself. And the size is about perfect.
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I came from the Blackberry world and while I miss a few BB features, I'm happy with the M.
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Forgot to mention another thing that I liked a lot about the RAZR M. I don't have to mess with the settings much at all. I usually mess with the settings on my previous htc phones to preserve battery life or overclock it to speed things up. This saves me a lot of time and headaches. 99% of the time, the RAZR M just works like you expect it to.

I never felt the need to overclock the RAZR M. It's definitely fast enough for every app and game out there. By the time it no longer isn't, it's probably time to get a new phone.

Sure, the nerd in me sometimes misses futzing with settings, but it's a nice relief to not have to.
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I just got my Razr M two weeks ago after using an iPhone for the last several years. I didn't realize how much I was missing.
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Hate to say this but i-phones are "smart phones for dummies" or for people that just want to turn on their phone and use it and not mess with anything(and there is nothing wrong with that). If you enjoy tinkering, there's a lot to tinker with on an Android but you don't have to if you don't want to. To me an i-phone is "here, take this thing the way it is because we don't you changing anything".
Plus if you need to fix something, you can do it yourself with an Android and not.....call "an approved store", talk to some idiot, talk to another idiot, make an appointment, drive who-know's how far to said place, have someone "fix it", and pay them some crazy sum for doing so.
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Hate to say this but i-phones are "smart phones for dummies" or for people that just want to turn on their phone and use it and not mess with anything(and there is nothing wrong with that). If you enjoy tinkering, there's a lot to tinker with on an Android but you don't have to if you don't want to. To me an i-phone is "here, take this thing the way it is because we don't you changing anything".
Plus if you need to fix something, you can do it yourself with an Android and not.....call "an approved store", talk to some idiot, talk to another idiot, make an appointment, drive who-know's how far to said place, have someone "fix it", and pay them some crazy sum for doing so.
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Hate to say this but i-phones are "smart phones for dummies" or for people that just want to turn on their phone and use it and not mess with anything(and there is nothing wrong with that). If you enjoy tinkering, there's a lot to tinker with on an Android but you don't have to if you don't want to. To me an i-phone is "here, take this thing the way it is because we don't you changing anything".
Plus if you need to fix something, you can do it yourself with an Android and not.....call "an approved store", talk to some idiot, talk to another idiot, make an appointment, drive who-know's how far to said place, have someone "fix it", and pay them some crazy sum for doing so.
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