Razer Phone Review: Telephony, Loudspeaker, Other Apps

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One of Razer's arguably better decisions, regarding their first smartphone was to opt for a very light software package. For the most part, the phone relies on Google's own application package, running on top of what we already determined to be a nearly vanilla Android ROM.

Still, there are a few custom apps to note, one of them being the Phone app. Since it lends itself to skinning as part of Razer's extensive Theme system, we can be certain it is not an AOSP solution. However, besides the theme support, you would be hard-pressed to find anything else really custom within the app.

Phone app

It shares a common interface with the Contacts directory, placed in its own separate tab, as well as the call hitale log. There are some call settings to explore as well, but again, nothing out of the ordinary.

Call settings

Messaging and text input

The Messages app is another custom Razer creation that is more than loosely based on Google's AOSP solution. Communication is separated out into threads, you acquire MMS and group chat support. The standard drill.

Messages app

As you can probably guess, GBoard is the default pre-loaded input solution. Google's keyboard has come a long way since its early days in terms of customizability. Plus, you still acquire the benefit of the search giant's remarkable prediction algorithms, as well as in-place online searching and GIF support.


Loudspeaker test

If there is one thing the Razer Phone has no shortage of, it has to be loudspeakers. Like we already mentioned, the large top and bottom chins of the phone have been put to fine use, housing large speakers. So large, Razer apparently felt the need to include two AMPs - one for each speaker.

The result is two seriously loud front-firing speakers that almost create up for the dust-excited speaker grills, they are covered with.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Sony Xperia XZ Premium 62.9 65.2 71.6 Below Average

Sony Xperia XZ1 (ClearAudio+) 64.5 67.6 67.7 Below Average

Sony Xperia XZ1 65.4 68.0 69.1 Average

Samsung Galaxy Note8 67.8 69.5 71.5 Good

Samsung Galaxy S8+ 68.5 69.4 71.6 Good

LG G6 66.8 68.8 74.5 Good

Google Pixel 2 XL 66.2 70.4 78.2 Good

Xiaomi Mi 6 66.1 69.0 84.1 Very Good

OnePlus 5 69.2 72.9 77.5 Very Good

HTC U11 (Theater) 69.2 72.7 78.4 Very Good

HTC U11 (Music) 68.7 73.0 79.1 Very Good

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 67.6 71.0 82.7 Very Good

LG V30 66.9 72.3 84.5 Very Good

Lenovo Moto Z2 Force 68.2 70.2 86.1 Very Good

Google Pixel 2 70.0 77.0 81.1 Excellent

Razer Phone 69.3 75.0 90.5 Excellent

Nokia 8 88.0 77.1 81.4 Excellent

But loudness alone is only half the victory. Razer appears to agree, since they acquired a THX certification and also included DOLBY ATMOS technology and equalizers. The result is amazingly crisp and clear audio. The only real issue is finding the correct content to enjoy.

Other apps

Not much else to cover here, since most everything is handled by Google apps.

Pre-loaded Google apps

Besides that, Razer did put in the effort to write a calculator and a clock app. Both are very straight-forward and probably exist for the sole purpose of filling gaps in Google's current app package.

Still, they work as intended and as an added bonus, are subject to color changes via themes. A file manager would have been a nice touch, as well. But, then again, its absence is nothing to realistically lose sleep over.



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