In a world of super-big Android phones, Motorola Droid Razr M finds a niche

The beautiful thing about the Android smartphone market is that customers have a choice. If you want a 5.5-inch Samsung behemoth or a 4.8-inch Samsung behemoth, well, there’s an Android for you.

Want a phone that feels — and let’s just say it — iPhone 5 sized? Well the Motorola Droid Razr M is for you. It’s 4.3 inches long, a little longer than the new Apple phone. It feels light enough and durable enough and features an edge-to-edge screen. It’s also running the super strong — at least for us — Verizon LTE network.

Is that a winning combination?

Mostly, yes.

We’ve never been big fans of the Super big phones, so the size here feels familiar, from back when you could easily hold a phone in one hand and touch all portions of the screen. And this is one of the best-looking phones out there. It’s 8.3 millimeters thick. It’s thicker than the new iPhone 5 but not by much, and the rounded edges make it a little more comfortable to hold.

People get about as fussy about their phone’s operating system as they do the hardware. We like Android and this rocks Android 4.0. It’s smooth, polished and does about everything you could possibly want to do. The learning curve is steeper than on Apple’s iOS or on Windows but Motorola smartly didn’t overlay the software here with a heavy dose of its own MotoBlur software. And one thing we liked is that if you swipe from left to right on the home screen, you get a “Quick Settings” screen where you adjust ringtones, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.

You don’t have to press the home button and go into the Menu.

Stuff like that make this phone easy to use.

The screen isn’t as good as the Samsung or the Apple and it displays white as a tad yellow but it’s more than sharp enough to get the job done. Unless you’re holding the phones with the better screens beside it and constantly going back and forth to notice the difference — and who does that? — this screen is going to be fine.

We’d seen some reviews that took the camera to task, but for our uses, the camera was fine. Again, there are better cameras on smartphones, but the photos you take with this aren’t going to make you frown.

All in all, this is a very nice package if what you want is a smart-sized Android phone that fits comfortably in your hand. Good news, again, in Android land, is that you have choices.

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