We are here today to talk about the Razer Phone. This phone is a literal beast! It comes with the highest specs, an amazing high-end display, powerful speakers, and a gigantic battery! The Razer Phone performed insanely well and offered one of the best experiences I have ever had on a mobile device. But despite all of this, I think that I will be selling it here soon. Don’t get me wrong. I like my Razer Phone. I like it a lot! So why am I getting rid of it? Let’s dive in and see.
The aptly named Razer Phone comes to us from the company Razer. Razer is a company better known for making gaming systems, peripherals, and accessories. In January of this year, they acquired the company NextBit. NextBit was the company behind the cloud-based smartphone, the NextBit Robin. The gaming community blew up with excitement. Everyone was hoping that Razer was going to use their NextBit acquisition to enter the mobile world. It’s now a little less than a year later, and we have the Razer Phone.
The Razer Phone is a nearly solid brick of aluminum, it has an original blocky shape and unabashed sharp edges. And honestly, it’s kind of refreshing. I’m tired of everybody copying everybody else, and it’s nice to see someone trying something new. Yes, the NextBit Robin came with almost the exact same shape, but Razer perfected it.
The phone features dual front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. They are literally the loudest speakers I have ever used on a mobile device. And not only are they loud, but they sound good too!
The display is a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1440×2560. What really causes the display to shine is the 120Hz refresh rate. It makes the device seem much snappier and more fluid than other devices with similar specs.
the Razer Phone comes with the same octa-core Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 as the Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2. It also features 8GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Powering it all is a massive 4,000 mAh battery.
There are a lot of things to love about the Razer Phone and if I had to pick my top three, it would have to be the display, the speakers and the body of the phone. The phone is comfortable in the hand and has become my favorite mobile device for watching videos and listening to music.
My only real complaints about the phone are the placement of the power button, the fingerprint scanner, and the weight of the phone. The problem with the power button is that it sits in the middle of the phone and it is difficult to hold the phone when turning it on with my right hand. It is worth noting that I have no problems with it when I use my left hand. The other issue with the power button is that it doubles as the fingerprint scanner, and it only works when the screen is on. You have to power the screen on to use it.
Now those aren’t really a big deal, and none of them are deal breakers. The other features of the phone far outweigh any annoyances. So why am I getting rid of my Razer Phone? It’s not because of any problem with the phone but more that there really isn’t anything out there that can take advantage of the power of the phone. You could almost say that it is too much phone.
Razer has been very careful to say that the phone is “made for gamers” not that the phone is “made for gaming”. Yes, it could be made for gaming, but there are no Android games that even come close to using the resources the Razer Phone provides. The phone could be advertised as being made for gaming, but there need to be a lot more games out there before they start advertising it that way. I’m not a big mobile gamer, and since there aren’t apps out there that take real advantage of the phone, I’m going to sell my phone so that somebody who has more of a need for it can take advantage of it.
I have a four-year-old NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet that manages to play games like Witcher 3, Doom 3, Half-Life 2, Abzu, Borderlands, Trine 3, every Tomb Raider game, and a lot of other resource intensive games. And it does it only 2GB of RAM! I would like to see more titles like this on the Razer Phone!
So do I recommend the Razer Phone? If you’re a gamer who needs a high-end phone or a power-user who needs the absolute best in specs, absolutely. Get it while it’s hot! If you’re just an average user, I would suggest holding off and getting something that is a bit cheaper, or waiting for the price to go down on the Razer Phone.
Roy likes to dabble in all things Android and contributes everywhere he can. He owns the site rwilco12.com and its accompanying forum, he develops his own apps and ROM’s, is a Moderator and Recognized Developer on XDA-Developers.com and is the VP of Public Relations for AndroidFileHost.com.