The Motorola RAZR, or Droid RAZR as it is known stateside, is a return to form for Motorola, a company that once dominated the mobile phone industry but which took a bit of a tumble after the launch of the first iPhone in 2007. The RAZR blends the best of Motorola’s current Android knowhow with some design ideas that served the company well several years ago.

Those who are old enough will remember the original RAZR phones that flooded the market at the start of this century. These flip-phones were enormously successful thanks to their extremely thin designs and stylish looks. They were also the first mobile phones do develop a ‘must-have’ status, predating the iPhone by a few years. In fact one model, the RAZR V3, has sold more than double the amount of the iPhone 4.

In more recent times it has been the iPhone that has prided itself on its slimness, but Motorola is taking this glory back with the new RAZR. AT just 7.1mm thick, the RAZR is a very thin smartphone (even more than the slim 9.3mm iPhone 4). But one of the problems with the iPhone, and many other slim smartphones, is that they break easily.

This is not the case for the RAZR has it has been fashioned from Kevlar, the same material used in ballistic body armour. This, along with the extra splash resistance, is a trick that Motorola has learnt from producing rugged phones like the Motorola Defy. Not only is the RAZR the thinnest touchscreen phone, it is also the strongest and most durable.

But this is not all that it has to offer. The RAZR has a 4.3 inch multitouch screen that uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology, the same screen technology found in the Galaxy S. This screen has a sharp qHD resolution, making it one of the finest screens on any smartphone and ideally suited for things like YouTube and games.

The RAZR is also a high powered phone, easily competing against the illustrious Galaxy S2. It runs on a dual core 1.2GHz chip with 1GB RAM, and has 16GB storage space with another 32GB available with microSD.

Also, for all things web related, the phone has some of the best 3G and Wi-Fi connections on a phone, with dual band DLNA Wi-Fi ensuring a stronger wireless signal. The RAZR has already proven itself to be one of the fastest smartphones for web browsing in benchmark tests.

The RAZR uses Google Android Gingerbread with Motorola’s own modifications, that include excellent social networking support and access to Android Market where you can download many apps and games, none of which really struggle to perform on the RAZR.

The RAZR is certainly the finest phone that Motorola have produced in a long time and is one of the best Android contracts currently on the market. It has enough features and aesthetic appeal to compete against the likes of the Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S and should prove to be a big hit this Christmas.