I am a diehard Samsung person, however the brand new Moto Razr+ has me questioning my allegiance

I am a Samsung fan. I’ve written sufficient Samsung-centric content material in my time right here for that assertion to not shock anybody, however I’ve grown to appreciate within the final yr that I am additionally a Motorola fan. I beloved their telephones within the early 2010s, and lately, I rediscovered that love with the 2023 Moto Razr+, or the Razr 40 Extremely because it’s known as right here in Europe.

Certain, there are some large questions regarding software program updates, however once I in contrast the Razr+ to Samsung’s Z Flip 5, I most well-liked it. Actually, over the previous few months, I’ve discovered myself pulled between the Razr+ (2023) and my Galaxy S24 Extremely, usually swapping sims into the previous every weekend. Now, the 2024 Razr+ is right here, and its enhancements is likely to be sufficient to make me use it long-term over my Extremely.


Our Samsung household cannot resolve between the Moto Razr+ and Galaxy Z Flip 5

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Hinge and build-quality

No extra wobbles

The Moto Razr+ 2024's cover display.

The hinge is without doubt one of the most vital elements of any foldable, and the one discovered on final yr’s Razr+ wasn’t nice. It could not maintain many angles, and the hinge motion felt, for need of a greater phrase, lumpy. If you opened or closed it, it felt just like the hinge would momentarily catch onto one thing, so that you’d have to push it more durable. When closed, the 2 halves wobble, making it really feel low-cost, though the remainder of the telephone felt costly.

Based mostly on what I’ve heard from colleagues who’ve used the brand new Razr+, the brand new hinge fixes all of this. Moto centered on making it simpler to open one-handed and made the hinge smaller. It is sturdier than earlier than.

Good cowl display screen

Now fingerprint-free


The 2023 Razr+ has a bigger display screen than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5, however there was much less usable house. The Razr’s show was technically bigger as a result of it drops between the cameras, however the true usable house above these cameras was smaller than the Flip 5 because of the bigger hinge.

As beforehand talked about, the brand new hinge on the 2024 Razr+ is smaller, that means the display screen has been pushed into that house. It is onerous to imagine this cowl display screen now measures 4 inches, the identical measurement because the iPhone 5, simply in a special type issue.

My different greatest concern was how reflective the duvet display screen on the outdated Razr+ was. It attracted fingerprints like nothing else and had an virtually mirror end. The 2024 Razr+ rectifies this, too, so it fights reflections and fingerprints higher and will get brighter, too. Actually, the duvet display screen is nearly as vibrant as my S24 Extremely, and the inside display screen is even brighter.

Amazingly, this sq. 1080p show is now 165Hz to match the interior display screen, which is certainly overkill, however I can not wait to attempt it.

Moto has additionally added, in the end, a real always-on show. The “peek show” the outdated Razr has, an evolution of what was launched on the Moto X, is implausible, however it lacked always-on performance, and now it is right here.

On prime of that, Moto additionally added one thing known as desk show — place the telephone down barely unfolded in “tent” mode, and it will use that new always-on show to change into a desk clock, very like the standby function iOS adopted final yr.

Lights, digital camera, respectable photographs?

(Hopefully) much less low-light blur

Motorola Razr+ (2024)

Supply: Motorola

As somebody who has used each Galaxy S Extremely telephone, I am no stranger to shutter lag and blurry photographs indoors or in low mild. The 2023 Razr+ took that to the acute, although, rendering the cameras virtually solely unusable in something however good lighting. The brand new Razr+ has stepped up with twin 50MP shooters, a large lens, and a 2X telephoto.

In fact, we’ll want extra time with the telephone to actually decide the standard, however based mostly on what I’ve seen within the handful of YouTube movies that exist already, and the arrogance Moto had when speaking about them, I am anticipating large issues this yr. I do not want the cameras to be good, since I nonetheless have my S24 Extremely for the instances I wish to get inventive, however I would just like the Razr to be not less than able to capturing recollections.

The wait begins

Time goes by so slowly

All Moto Razr 2024 units on a white table.

It’s going to be a couple of month earlier than I lastly get my arms on the 2024 Moto Razr+, and I am wanting ahead to it much more than I anticipated. Motorola has addressed virtually all of my issues this yr, and I feel I am going to use this factor rather a lot.

I clearly love my S24 Extremely; a flip foldable is not going to do all the things the S24 can, and it definitely will not have an S Pen, however it’ll be extra comfy to carry, slot in my pockets, and be extra versatile. All that is left is for Motorola to repair its software program replace practices, and I hope that is one thing it does sooner reasonably than later.

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