Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility held an event in New York City to announce three new Android smartphones. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD, the Maxx variant of that device, and the DROID RAZR M. That last one, the M, is now available both on Verizon's website and in their retail stores. If you buy it online, it'll cost you $99 with a new 2-year contract. If you buy it from a physical Verizon shop, then it'll cost you $150. You'll get a $50 mail in rebate of course, but it can take anywhere between now and the end of time to be credited to your account. We wish operators didn't do these sorts of things, because you know they're betting that most people don't bother mailing in the rebate, but unfortunately this is the state of current affairs.
Now let's focus on the device itself. What makes it special? The screen, which measures 4.3 inches diagonal, is what Motorola calls “edge-to-edge”. Translation: The bezels are so damn tiny that you can barely tell they're there. Sadly though, the screen doesn't do 720p, it only does qHD (960 x 540 pixels). Under the hood you've got a 1.5 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4G LTE support, a massive 2,000 mAh battery, NFC, and there's even a microSD card slot.
Should you buy it? That's a hard question to answer. We admit, not everyone is into large screen devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3. Amazon has it on sale right now for $99 with a two year contract, so the only reason to go with the RAZR M is size. That's it. We wish there were smaller flagship devices available, and we're hoping to see some in 2013, but in today's market if you want top of the line specs you're going to have to put up with jumbo devices.
Stefan has been writing about the mobile phone industry since November 2006, and he even worked at Nokia in 2008 and 2009. He's owned every Nexus device to date, which is a fancy way of saying he dislikes skins. Follow him on Twitter (@WhatTheBit), but be prepared, he complains about the weather a lot.
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