Motorola RAZR torn to bits

Motorola RAZR torn to bitsLast month we saw the iPhone 4S torn to pieces by the guys at iFixit, and now it’s the Motorola RAZR’s turn for dismantlement.

If you’re lusting for the Motorola RAZR, the image to the left might be enough to reduce you to tears, but we’re sure the guys were able to put it back together again. Probably.

Of course, the teardown doesn’t reveal much that we didn’t already know; it merely confirms the presence of a whole bunch of components, such as the 1,750mAh battery – which is reportedly almost as big as the entire backplate.

Other notable internals include a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, and an 8MP camera with 1080p video capture. Noice. The 4.3in Super AMOLED display is currently the biggest offering from Motorola in the UK (we missed out on the Droid Boinic).

Ultimately, the guys gave the Motorola RAZR a repairability score of 4/10 (10 being the easiest to repair).

If you fancy the super-slim Motorola RAZR, you can pick it up from Expansys or Clove for £450 or thereabouts.

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Treab  Nov. 12, 2011 at 18:11

I actually want to cry :( i want that phone... still i have heard some bad things about how its not nice to hold...

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 18:51

*And that that Super AMOLED (not plus), screen is pretty nasty to look at...

Treab  Nov. 12, 2011 at 18:56

parden me??? what you talking about...

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 18:57

I read a review somewhere that the screen isn't v.good on the RAZR...give me a few mins and I'll try and find it :).

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 19:00

Found it:

Have a read (and a look at the pictures).

Treab  Nov. 12, 2011 at 19:05

Tbh i think its a case of 'its not as good' rather than crap... im sure if i zoomed into my heros screen as close as they did it will look rubbish too...

blizzard7  Nov. 12, 2011 at 19:44

Aren't Verge the ex-Engadget (read: Apple fanboy) lot? I think AMOLED (PenTile or not) is great. Didn't hear people complain about the Galaxy S's or Wave's screen and that wasn't qHD.

Any problem is probably software calibration rather than a problem with the hardware.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 19:45

While the RAZR is the first device to ever ship with a 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540 Super AMOLED display, it’s not quite the achievement Motorola made it out to be at launch. First, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a higher-resolution 720p HD Super AMOLED display, and second, the RAZR’s screen looks pretty bad. Super AMOLED panels use the inferior PenTile pixel arrangement, and the RAZR’s 256dpi pixel density doesn’t hide it — in fact, it seems to make it worse. Not only are individual pixels readily apparent, but text looks jaggy, there’s red fringing around vertical lines, and images seem to de-res when scrolling in the browser.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 19:46

Sounds like it's "pretty bad", to me...

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 19:48

Well they were pretty positive about other (non-Apple) displays. PenTile looks pretty bad nowadays, IMO, RGB is undoubtedly the way forwards.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 19:51

And what of that monster 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display? It’s beautiful — seriously one of the most stunning displays I’ve ever seen.

From the Samsung Epic Touch 4G review (a US variant of the S2).

blizzard7  Nov. 12, 2011 at 20:06

If PenTile looks pretty bad, then why is Samsung putting it on the Note?

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 20:12

Ridiculously high resolution maybe...I don't know...Samsung seem to have taken a step backwards in terms of display technology from the SAMOLED+ (RGB), on the S2. AFAIK both the Note & the SG Nexus are PenTile, though I could be wrong about the SGN.

markrobertsbarter  Nov. 12, 2011 at 23:52

The Motorola Atrix, HTC Evo 3D and the HTC Sensation variants all - already - offer qHD panels, although the Atrix has only got the 4.0 inch version. None of these three devices use AMOLED and thus have higher sharpness by avoiding the Pentile thing. I think that consumers will go with the tech that is best for them. If you, like me, want sharpness (I use remote deskop apps) then S-LCD is the way to go. My friend's Galaxy S2 is much nicer for TV watching, with the increased contrast ratio.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 13, 2011 at 00:04

Mark, you do realise the S2 uses the same RGB sub-pixel arrangement as an S-LCD display? It's only SAMOLED that uses PenTile technology, SAMOLED+ uses the far better RGB arrangement.

markrobertsbarter  Nov. 13, 2011 at 00:39

Alright, since you want to be specific: the S2 does NOT use the same arrangement as S-LCD. It uses 12 pixels, as opposed to the 8 pixel groups used in the S-LCD and AMOLED displays. This means that the S2 has higher sharpness, with its SAMOLED, than either the AMOLED or S-LCD displays, at a given resolution. Practically, my point still stands: the S-LCDs use an RGBW arrangement which results in higher sharpness than either the AMOLEDs (which use RGBG) or the SAMOLED+ on the S2, which, despite having superior technology, is running at a lower resolution. Thus, my point is still: the current S-LCDs offer higher sharpness. The S2 has better contrast.

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 13, 2011 at 00:46

My point was just you picked the one AMOLED based devices that doesn't use 'orrible PenTile technology :p. Apart from that I agree with you fully mate :). Personally I can't stand S-LCD, I think it looks cheap but as you said, it depends entirely on what you're intending to use it for.

markrobertsbarter  Nov. 13, 2011 at 01:46

I agree with your comment about the backward step. I'm hoping that the screens on the new devices, like the Note, are a step up. This RAZR has a screen that is worse than the Sensation and the S2, both of which have been knocking around for months. I expected more from Motorola.


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