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Motorola RAZR i - How Does The Droid RAZR M Fare With A 2Ghz Intel Processor? (Part 2)

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How Motorola has introduced Android 4.0 on its Europe-bound RAZR is another big surprise: it hasn't gone so far from the Android designs seen on Google's Nexus devices. The phone manufacturer (now part of Google itself) has, however, added some new extras. Swiping to the right from the main home screen will bring you to a quick settings menu, this is an alternative to the WiFi and GPS shortcuts found in the drop down menu on normal Android devices.

Home screen window is decorated in the form of Circles, including the widgets that show some necessary information such as weather, time and battery. Motorola also keeps the Smart Actions, bringing on some degree of automation to your phone, whether it involves uninterrupted sleep or efforts to maintain the battery life a bit longer. This feature still requires some efforts from the users, but this is only dependent on how the users want to customize their devices. If you are willing to recreate your own style, you will be rewarded yourself with better battery performance and less interruptions.

Performance and battery life

When we benchmarked the RAZR i recently, we ran it through the same battery tests, in case any firmware updates brought any performance improvements. Motorola claims the Intel Atom Z2480 processor inside is capable of "up to 2GHz".

Motorola RAZR i

·         Quadrant: 4,226

·         Vellamo: 1,928

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,077

·         AnTuTu: 6,175

·         GLBenchmark Egypt Offscreen (fps): 41

·         CF-Bench: 3,115

Motorola Droid RAZR M

·         Quadrant: 4,944

·         Vellamo: 2,442

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,951

·         AnTuTu: 6,364

·         GLBenchmark Egypt Offscreen (fps): 56

·         CF-Bench: 9,392

ZTE Grand X IN

·         Quadrant: 2,710

·         Vellamo: 1,550

·         SunSpider 0.9.1 (ms): 1,355

·         AnTuTu: N/A

·         GLBenchmark Egypt Offscreen (fps): N/A

·         CF-Bench: 873

The results remain generally unchanged, but after spending a week with the device, we'd like to admit that the web browser still gives an unbelievable performance. The phone made a decent effort on more processor-intensive tasks, including a brief game of Max Payne. Due to that Intel chip, however, the RAZR i doesn't support all the apps on Google Play. Two notable examples are Adobe AIR, which underpins several media streaming apps, and Adobe Flash. Having said that, the compatibility has improved since six months ago; this can be proved by noting that two popular apps, Netflix and Temple Run, are now installable on RAZR i. Also, just a few days ago, too, Google updated its Chrome app, which now can be ran perfectly fine on any Intel-powered devices running Android 4.0.

Dead Trigger on RAZR i

Dead Trigger on RAZR i

We had a chance to make a comparison between RAZR i wand Droid RAZR M. Beside the tests stated above, model Medfield gives faster reaction to any motions detected. Opening the two phones, RAZR i reached its home screen 12 seconds faster than its brother, the Snapdragon. The web browser Chrome and the camera on the two phones took similar periods to open and run. It is welcome to see that the color balance is now much better than that on the Verizon version; this result satisfied the entire camera tests provided.

Aside from the wonderful performance, we also want to see how the battery works – will it be better than the RAZR M, which has almost everything the same as the RAZR i. In the battery test – we kept playing some videos continuously with 50% of brightness, turn on WIFI and 3G, open up emails and social network applications. It ended up working for 9 hours non-stop, which is 1 hour better than RAZR M. That's a marginal victory, but as with the LTE version, we were more impressed with how the phone managed to go the distance on typical or mildly intensive use. In other words, we never had to look for the power point throughout the whole day.

Conclusion

Intel keeps providing a series of high quality phones – RAZR i is a better, more luxury than San Diego, although we are still waiting for Intel to stand up and make a big breakthrough to the smartphone’s market. Perhaps, once they can deal with the LTE technology, they would introduce to the world some more powerful phones (and obviously more expensive as well). The Medfield 2Ghz processor brings up the performance that you can hardly separate it with the Snapdragon dual-core. RAZR i has taken down many average-rate smartphones on the market such as Xperia P by having a stable hardware, fast UI and surprising high quality camera. If you are hoping for the widest screen or the strongest performance, you might be a bit disappointed here, however, with a good price, and even free if you sign for a contract in England – RAZR i is not a bad choice at all.

Gorgeous RAZR i

Gorgeous RAZR i

Advantages

·         Good battery life

·         Stable design

·         High quality camera

Disadvantages

·         Does not support some Android’s applications

·         PenTile screen cannot display as smooth as expected

Verdicts

·         RAZR i is very joyful to use, it is more than enough to do many different tasks. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to improve the phone, making its Intel Medfield core compatible for every Android’s applications.

 

RAZR i is very joyful to use, it is more than enough to do many different tasks.

RAZR i is very joyful to use, it is more than enough to do many different tasks.

Specifications

·         Device type: Smart phone

·         OS: Android (4.1.2, 4.1, 4.0.4)

·         Dimensions: 4.82 x 2.40 x 0.33 inches (122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3 mm)

·         Weight: 126 g

·         Body material: Kevlar

·         Rugged: Water proof (Splash)

·         Battery capacity: 2,000 mAh

·         System chip: Intel Atom Z2460

·         Processor: Single core, 2,000 MHz, Saltwell

·         Graphics processor: PowerVR SGX540 @ 400 MHz

·         System memory: 1024 MB RAM / 8192 MB ROM

·         Maximum User Storage: 5 GB

·         Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

·         Bluetooth: 2.1, EDR

·         Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz

·         Mobile hotspot: Yes

·         USB: USB 2.0

·         Connector: microUSB

·         Features: Mass storage device, USB charging

·         Other: NFC, DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync

 

 

 

 

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