Hands on: Motorola RAZR review

The Motorola RAZR foldable flip phone is a flashback to 2004, but could be the big comeback for the clamshell

Motorola RAZR review
(Image: © Basil Kronfli/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

The Motorola RAZR may not be the most striking foldable we’ve ever seen, but it serves up the most promising form factor for an average user, and after a short time with it, we have more confidence in its design than in that of the competition. How it fares with real world use remains to be seen, and at $1500, there probably won’t be too many people picking one up until the price drops, but irrespective, the launch of this nostalgic flip phone bodes well for the future of foldables.


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    Fantastically nostalgic design

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    Feels robust on first impression


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    Middling specs

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    Luxury price

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The Motorola RAZR V3 was an icon when it launched in 2004 nuzzled in the hands of celebrities and across glossy spreads around the world. Whether you were a celebrity or not, there’s a good chance you or one of your friends had a RAZR, given the fact it was the best-selling flip-phone of all time, shifting more than 130m units. 

With the rise of the smartphone, though, Motorola lost its footing for a few years, was bought and sold by Google and now lives as part of Lenovo, the Chinese tech giant, who has resurrected the brand as a midrange champ. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.