Motorola was one of the noted few in 2019 that legitimately made a splash when it finally announced its modern version of its hugely popular mobile entry in the industry – the Motorola Razr 2019. The release of the phone also came at such an advantageous time for the new Razr as Samsung and HUAWEI's respective takes were met with criticisms, most of which centered on the hinge that accompanies their phones' folding mechanisms.
And so the great Motorola Razr 2019 has been released in the wild. As expected, the phone did also receive its fair share of criticisms.
In its recent controlled performance in particular, in which the collapsible handset was put through a folding test, the phone did net some concerns. A tech outlet revealed that the Razr would not completely close after 27,000 folds duly performed by a machine.
The same outlet shared that a resistance materialized on the Motorola Razr 2019 and its hinge became noticeably stiff, even if it was only subjected to the rough equivalent of 73 folds per day for a year. And although it was resolved partially by "flexing" its component, it never returned to its original state.
Subsequently, Motorola responded by putting the Razr 2019 through its own test robot to fold the phone. In a clip titled "The real Razr flip test – flip for years," The handset's performance is noticeably slower and is arguably more representative of the actual human usage.
JerryRigEverything Chimes In
Zack Nelson, of course, didn't dilly-dally and ultimately got his hands on the Motorola Razr.
The JerryRigEverything video starts with a curious yet distinct box which sports a rubber stand that also doubles as a sound amplifier. Now with the phone, the YouTuber noted how the phone's OLED screen lifting above its hinge is a bit unnerving. He then questions the touting of this section "zero-gap hinge" as slightly untrue.
Perhaps the most interesting bit in the durability video came when Nelson placed some gravel over the Motorola Razr 2019 and let it "shift around into every possible surface crack and crevice." While it appears to be an extreme amount of pocket sand from the get-go, the collated sand is almost comparable to a lifetime of usage.
Once the gravel interacted with compressed air, there is one notable piece of sand that is wedged on the phone's side, where the gap was initially exposed. Additionally, Nelson noted how the phone's hinge was already physically and audibly not capable of closing smoothly as it should be, right when it was taken out of the box.
Motorola countered previously that these "bumps and lumps" are typical. The clip, however, stated otherwise, relative to the ensuing reflection that is already forming some evidence.
Another blow to the Motorola Razr 2019's screen came when Nelson scratched the display with just the use of his nails. It was also noted during this segment how Motorola opted for a plastic material on the phone's "bottom bulge," where its fingerprint sensor is placed.
Easily the highlight of Nelson's video, which is a nightmare for Motorola, is when the Razr phone was bent. If you're looking to leave this phone casually on a sofa all wildly opened, with a potentially clumsy person sitting on it in the process, think twice as the phone could easily break and damage some pixels in its already delicate display.
In the end, the Motorola Razr 2019's hinge is undoubtedly debatable, with more of it leaning towards the dismal. For now, if you're such a purist on how your foldable phone should thrive on its daily wear and tear, this sleek and attractive device isn't for you.
Motorola Razr 2019 Durability Test Full Video
Motorola Razr 2019 Key Specs
|Display Size||6.2 inches (main), 2.7 inches (external)|
|Resolution||Main: pOLED, HD 2142 x 876 pixels External: gOLED, 600 x 800 pixels|
|OS ver||Android 9.0 Pie|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710|
|CPU Speed||2.2 GHz|
|Battery||Non-removable 2510mAh 15W TurboPower|
|Dimensions||Unfolded: 72 x 172 x 6.9 mm Folded: 72 x 94 x 14 mm|
- Images from motorola.com