Good things can come in small packages.
Price: From $60 per month on contract | From: Telstra
If you want the latest and greatest in Android, it’s usually tied to a very large-screen phone. Be it the Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II or Motorola’s RAZR HD, the best processors, batteries and connectivity options are usually slapped behind a large chunk of glass. That means if you do want a smaller phone, it’s usually a huge compromise: older processors, ordinary batteries, fewer features overall.
The RAZR M bucks this trend as it is, in essence, a RAZR HD that’s been given a bit of a hot wash and shrunk down into a 4.3-inch form factor. The Super AMOLED screen is crisp and somewhat overperforms given its rather meagre 540 x 960-pixel resolution. It’s a Telstra exclusive on its 4G LTE network — in our tests it held its own amply against the RAZR HD and an iPhone 5 in download and upload terms, although mobile data speeds can vary widely, of course, depending on location and time. The RAZR M’s dual-core 1.5GHz processor managed Geekbench 2 and Quadrant scores of 1,511 and 5,013, respectively, which is slightly faster than the RAZR HD itself. On LTE data, the smaller screen of the RAZR M handles a full day’s worth of work with ease — not something that can be said of too many LTE phones.
There are some downsides to the smaller frame, though. There’s no HDMI out and the 8MP camera delivers fairly ordinary shots. As with the RAZR HD, while the default UI doesn’t add much to stock Android beyond the handy Smart Actions app, it’s also rather ugly; thankfully, this is Android and that’s rather easily rectified.
Fans of phones you can easily hold in one hand (no matter the size of your digits) should get a lot of value out of the excellent RAZR M.
Pros : Solid industrial design, 4G, great battery life.
Cons : Heavy smartphone, ugly UI.
Rating : 9 out of 10. Editor's choice!