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  • - Motorola Razr, Motorola Razr.

  • It is definitely a phone that folds in half.

  • I just wish that I had other nice things to say about it.

  • (soft music)

  • The Motorola Razr is a $1,500 dollar phone

  • that's available exclusively on Verizon in the US,

  • although available is kind of optimistic.

  • There have been shipping delays

  • and it's not really showing up in stores yet

  • in a consistent way.

  • It's almost like this phone

  • isn't really ready to be sold yet

  • and that's because it isn't.

  • I'm not gonna beat around the bush here.

  • The Razr is bad and even if you think you can deal

  • with its trade-offs,

  • I'm telling you not to really try at all.

  • But the Razr is at least bad in interesting ways

  • because this folding thing, it really is neat.

  • You can see the good phone that's inside this bad one.

  • See, every phone has trade-offs,

  • but the Razrs trade-offs are a little different

  • than what you're used to with most phones.

  • What are you willing to trade

  • in order to get a flip phone with a folding screen?

  • Something that can fit in your pocket

  • and that isn't too thick and that folds completely flat

  • and even has a second display on the outside.

  • Well, first you're gonna have to trade a lot of money,

  • it's $1,500 which is a sky high cost

  • relative to this Razr's capabilities.

  • If this phone didn't fold in half

  • and it cost a penny over say, 250, bucks,

  • I would tell you not to buy it.

  • Even at that price, I don't know if I'd even be sure.

  • Motorola makes the Moto G Power

  • which is much better than this phone and costs $250.

  • That is six times less than this Razr.

  • Next you trade on camera quality.

  • I'm sorry but the 16-megapixel camera on this phone

  • is middling at best.

  • It's kind of camera that you'd expect on a mid-range phone

  • from a couple of years ago.

  • It's passable but it's super hard

  • to justify this camera in 2020

  • and definitely not for how much this phone costs.

  • It's just behind.

  • Too many of the shots have blur,

  • there's terrible low-light results and, you know what?

  • Just getting focused with this thing is kind of a chore.

  • Now, don't get me wrong,

  • I can sometimes get some nice shots with this camera,

  • but you can pretty much say that about any camera.

  • I do like some of the camera features though,

  • it shows this cute little face when you're taking a photo.

  • You can take selfies with the main camera

  • instead of the bad selfie camera which is good.

  • And there are some neat camera effects

  • like there's a cinemagraph effect

  • and there's a spot color effect

  • for making just one part of the photograph

  • have a little pop of color.

  • Basically, the camera is retro in pretty much bad ways

  • but also weirdly sometimes, that's good every now and then.

  • Like, take a look at the shot of Aaron.

  • It's objectively a bad photo but I kind of love it.

  • Another trade-off is the screen.

  • Look, it's a folding screen

  • so it's just not gonna be as nice on the overall merits

  • as a Samsung or Apple screen

  • but I still think it's passable.

  • The crease is actually less visible here

  • than it was on the Galaxy Fold but you can feel the fact

  • that it's a flexible screen.

  • It's got weird gaps behind the hinge.

  • And that doesn't bother me that much

  • but what does bother me is the screen actually feels loose

  • in the bottom left hand corner

  • like you can feel it kind of jostling around

  • every time you hit the back button.

  • The reason the screen does all that weird stuff

  • is because it has to move

  • and it has to have those gaps underneath it

  • so that the thing can fold completely flat,

  • I mean here, look, you can see it moving

  • as I fold it down and the way it closes

  • is actually really clever.

  • It forms this teardrop on the inside

  • that lets it fold completely flat.

  • The trade-off is maybe worth it,

  • but I don't know, just barely.

  • The next trade-off that you're gonna have to make

  • is just overall performance.

  • In order to make everything fit

  • in this teeny tiny little package,

  • Motorola had to go with a slower than usual processor

  • for Android phones but that really

  • shouldn't affect your experience for day-to-day stuff.

  • I was actually fine with it.

  • One of the reasons that Motorola

  • went with that tiny little processor is for battery life

  • and it turns out the battery life is kind of (laughs).

  • I did manage to get a full day a couple of days

  • but I really had to work for it.

  • Most days I was topping off in the late afternoon.

  • It does not support wireless charging

  • but it does support fast charging

  • when you plug it in via the USB-C port.

  • Oh, also this is running Android 9

  • which is another trade-off

  • and since it's a Verizon phone, there is a ton,

  • and I mean, just a ton of Verizon crap around this thing.

  • There were 12 extra apps by my account,

  • they're pushing the user messaging app,

  • their cloud backup app,

  • and there's a bunch of their spammy little games.

  • On the bright side Motorola software enhancements

  • are actually pretty good.

  • I like their gestures for turning on the camera or whatever

  • and this retro Razr Easter egg is pretty neat.

  • And overall, this just feels like basic Android.

  • There's also this peak screen on the front,

  • which mostly just shows you notifications and it's okay.

  • You have to do a lot of weird swiping and holding the icons

  • so it's a little limited.

  • It's not even as good a notification management system

  • as like a smartwatch but it's better than nothing.

  • So those are the four big trade-offs,

  • price, camera, screen, and performance.

  • And maybe you're telling yourself, "Hey you know what?

  • "I'm okay with all those things",

  • because this is a sick, flip phone,

  • and I'm tired of big giant slab sticking out of my pocket,

  • plus, it's just cool and I like cool things.

  • It is so satisfying to open this thing to take calls

  • and slam it close when you wanna hang up on somebody,

  • so cool, all those things are true.

  • The whole point of this phone is how cool it is

  • to have a folding phone and the experience

  • of opening and closing it

  • and the experience of opening and closing it kinda sucks.

  • That creaking that you heard at the top of the video,

  • it is very real and it's only gotten worse every day

  • as I've used this phone.

  • In fact, Motorola even had to issue a statement about it.

  • Here it is, "When folding and unfolding Razr,

  • "you may hear a sound which is intrinsic

  • "to the mechanical movement of the phone.

  • "Razr has undergone rigorous durability testing,

  • "and the reported sounds in no way

  • "affect the quality of the product."

  • Sorry, but it does affect the quality of the product.

  • The sound and the feel of the flip on this phone

  • really do matter.

  • I mean, here's the new Razr can barely do it one handed,

  • but I could do it but it's a little slow

  • and just sort of eh, and then here is the OG Razr

  • and this, way more satisfying.

  • Let's just go back for a second to this folding screen.

  • It is plastic and so it's not gonna be as durable

  • as a regular glass screen,

  • but Motorola says that it will last the life of the phone.

  • I don't know, I'm not so sure.

  • But let's just take them at their word on that.

  • There's still the fact that the experience here isn't great.

  • Motorola says that bumps and lumps are normal

  • and I don't know, but it's so fragile

  • that they even tell you you can't put it in your pocket

  • with the phone open, you've gotta close it first

  • and that doesn't really inspire confidence

  • for the long-term, but the whole thing

  • that's supposed to justify all those trade-offs,

  • the experience of it, it's just not that good

  • and if it's not that good then, well, what's the point?

  • Now, look, the Razr is super cool when it's closed.

  • I think it looks good, it's got this retro aesthetic

  • and the first few times you do it,

  • it is really neat to unfold it.

  • The 6.2 inch screen gives you all the benefits

  • of a huge phone, except for the width, I guess,

  • but it is a tiny little pocketable package

  • and I think I like the idea of this form factor

  • more than I do of phone that folds out into a tablet

  • like the Galaxy Fold.

  • But I can't stop thinking about those trade-offs.

  • How much should you pay extra for the folding part?

  • Like I said, this phone, if it costs $250

  • and didn't fold would be unacceptable.

  • And this thing costs $1,500.

  • How much are you willing to trade for a fold?

  • You know, another word for trade-off is compromise

  • and that's what the Motorola Razr is, a compromised phone.

  • Hey, thank you so much for watching.

  • There is another flip phone that just got announced,

  • it's Samsung's phone, it's the Galaxy Z Flip.

  • We just did a hands on with it

  • so you should click to look at that.

  • Oh, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, take one.

  • Just think of the stuff, end card.

  • Thanks for watching.

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