Razer Phone 2: The Non-Gamer’s Review

– This is a different sort
of Razer Phone 2 review because for the past month I've
been using it as a standard everyday smartphone more
so than a gaming platform. I've read a few books,
made a lot of voice calls, ad I've watched decades old
television shows in glorious SD and I've played a video game
or two from about the same era. In other words, I've used the
Razer Phone 2 as a non-gamer and with one predictable
exception, it has delivered. (upbeat music) Just to get this out of the
way, yes, I have used the phone for its main purpose and yes, it is an exceptional gaming device.

I don't always notice the
smoothness of the 120 hertz display in a game, but in the
everyday swipes and taps of navigating Android, oh yes,
this glides along as silkily as its predecessor. What I notice a lot more
while gaming, is audio. I did get to try the Hammerhead
ANC earbuds with this phone but the noise canceling
isn't that great on these. Probably my favorite thing
about them is they light up but that's kind of beside the point. If you use earbuds, you're
missing out on these massive speakers and it's not just
that they're big but they're positioned properly. See when I'm playing Alto's
Odyssey on a OnePlus 6T, my palm frequently blocks the
single bottom firing speaker and that's not a problem for
these front firing blasters on the Razer Phone 2 and they're good for much more than games.

I can't overstate how great
the sound is on this thing. When I have it with me on the
road and I wanna rock out in my hotel room, I don't need
to use a Bluetooth speaker or headphones. It's pretty impressive that
Razer managed this kind of sound while also making the speakers waterproof. You don't get something
for nothing though, the cheese graders on those speakers are just as good at sucking up skin bits as on the first
Razer Phone and if you're listening to a lot of podcasts, certain voices make the
speakers rattle at full volume. As to be expected when you
pack in over a hundred decibels into a phone, I find that
keeping the volume set below 75 percent, solves for it.

I do wish calls were louder
on the speakerphone though. Other companies like Samsung
use a custom dialer that gives you a toggle for more volume
but because Razer does very little customization of the software, there's no such option here. That's a small price to pay
for having such a clean Android experience though. The only big changes beyond
Nova Launcher are the Cortex app, that lets you customize
how much power you want the phone to put into rendering
each game, and the Chroma app, which controls the surprisingly
addictive light-up Razer logo on the back. Now, if you've got battery
anxiety, watch out, you'll sacrifice about
three percent per hour if you keep the logo lit all the time. The phone's battery is brawny
buy to buy, and if you leave it in the default settings
with the screen at 90 hertz and conservative use of Chroma,
you can expect many milliamps left at the end of the day.

I never baby this thing and I
seldom worry about going dead before midnight. When I do need to top up,
the inbox wall plug does what a quick charge 4 adapter
should, it gets the phone from empty to 50% in 30 minutes exactly. Thanks to the new glass back,
wireless charging is also a thing and thanks to Chroma
on the Razer charger, that thing is a lot of fun. It has Bluetooth so you
can control the colors and brightness through the Chroma app now, it came in a recent update, it's not a reason to drop
a 100 bucks on this thing, but the way the phone is built might be. See the charging coil is located
way down low on this phone so using another charger
is a crapshoot at best. Given those compromises, it's
an open question as to whether the switch to a glass back was worth it, but if you wanna protect that glass back, lets talk about today's sponsor, dbrand. You know the drill, vinyl
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I've had a dbrand skin on here
since I got my review unit. Hit the link in the description for more. Now as I said in my first
impressions video, I was happy to find that the Razer Phone 2's
screen is much brighter than its dim predecessor but
this is why extended testing is important. The moment I took is outside
for a sunny day of playing Ingress Prime, I knew I
still wanted more nits. Given how much brighter
the direct competition is, that's the Asus ROG phone next to it here, this is still an area where
Razer can and should improve. The biggest shortcoming of
the first Razer Phone though was its camera, and that well, that's the lowest point of this phone too. Now Razer does deserve credit
for upgrading the hardware with optical stabilization on
the back and a selfie camera capable of 60 frames per second video. But that front footage
is still stuck at 30 fps pending a software update
as I make this video. And speaking of software,
this still happens pretty regularly, not sure what's going on here.

In terms of the photos themselves, well, I'll put it to you this way, I was shooting side by
side with the much cheaper OnePlus 6T during my review
process and on the whole, the OnePlus has it beat. Listen, that's not to say I
always prefer OnePlus's photos. In fact, the Razer's
tendency to go darker, sometimes serves it well. Notice how the 6T blows out
the highlights on the white siding in these photos, while
the Razer preserves it better. But try shooting your
appetizer under dim lighting on Restaurant Week, you're
gonna want a camera that can pull those details from the shadows. That gulf gets wider when you factor in OnePlus's Night Mode, which Razer doesn't have and
the picture doesn't get any better when you consider
that Google's Pixel 3, priced exactly the same
as the Razer Phone 2, has the best fire and
forget camera in a phone, in my opinion. But in truth, comparing
this thing to a Pixel, really misses the point. Where the Pixel 3 is trying
to be the Android phone for everyone, Razer built its
Razer Phone 2 for Razer fans. It's almost like Razer's
where Apple was years ago, selling a curated mix of
features and aesthetic to a very loyal and
very specific fan base.

If that's you, or you're just lookin'
for something different, this phone gives you a lot for the money. If that's not you, you'll likely
find it harder to look past that mediocre camera or the
older version of Android, particularly given how fierce
the competition has gotten. The Razer Phone 2 is on sale
now, both unlocked and at AT&T. Razer fans and oblivious
others alike, I wanna hear your thoughts on this phone and
I want you to share those thoughts in the first
annual MrMobile Awards, hit up the link in the
description to vote for this phone or anything else on the ballot in the Viewers' Choice section, and you'll also be entered for
a chance to win a big prize.

Until next time, thanks for watching and stay mobile my friends..

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Razer Phone 2 – First Impressions!

hello good people Eber here with
Hardware Canucks and this is the razer phone 2 now at first glance you're not
going to notice a major difference between this and it's a previous or
predecessor the razer phone because from a design standpoint it's pretty much the
exact same thing except for a few minor increments in terms of features and
let's talk about that right after message from our sponsor the new master
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phone – well let's start off with the design and to be honest it's not that
different from the original razer phone I think we noticeable difference that
you'll see compared to the original phone is that the rear side of the
device has been replaced with Gorilla Glass 5 instead of the traditional matte
black aluminum finish this adds support for wireless charging but given that
this is a glass back you can definitely expect scratches and it being a slippery
eventually over time because it's obviously a surface that picks up grease
and fingerprints quicker than aluminium surfaces so that's again something to
keep note of now given that it's 2018 we had to expect some sort of RGB lighting
on a smart phone of this caliber and that's exactly what's going on here so
the logo hidden underneath the Gorilla Glass 5 back is RGB LED and it's
controlled through Racers chroma app pre-installed on the device there are
three learning effects that you can play around with so there's spectrum cycling
breathing and static effect and you can customize the colors – up to sixteen
point seven million colors which is certainly a nice touch so if you're
looking for a smart phone with RGB lighting this is certainly the one to
get apart from the rate of part from the ROG phone then is that I still have no
idea on availability or launch so yeah RGB where's our phone – they've also
added ip67 water-resistant rating which is a welcoming update from the original
RAZER phone it's certainly on IP 68 certified but
you've got to front-facing speakers razer actually had to redesign the
speaker the system to accommodate that certification so it's certainly and
welcoming and refreshing update from the original RAZR phone but aside from that
from a design standpoint it's again very much identical to the original RAZER
phone all right so spec wise you're getting a
snapdragon 845 processor a gigabytes of RAM 64 gigabytes of storage and a four
thousand milliamp hour battery again the only incremental upgrade internally is
that processor bump you're still getting the same amount of RAM compared to the
original RAZER phone you're also getting the same battery capacity so again not a
significant upgrade on that department as well
but what they have included is a new vapor cooling chamber design internally
so it actually dissipates the heat a lot better so that's again something to be
validated in the full review the next thing to talk about is the display and
just as expected it's not a significant update from the original RAZER phone so
you're getting the same 5.7 inch qHD plus display with the 120 Hertz refresh
rate and my god it looks amazing in person if you're someone who's used to a
traditional smartphone especially like myself who has never actually used the
original RAZER phone I was certainly I just fell in love with
this display right away because the fluidity and the experience that you get
just browsing through the Android operating system and of course gaming
for the most part is just fantastic I didn't get some hands-on time with that
gaming as well and it's again a breathtaking experience you really have
to feel it by yourself in person because the hundred twenty Hertz display is just
quite amazing especially on a mobile device and it's really hard for me to go
back to a smartphone that uses a traditional 60 Hertz display because the
phone feels slower and it just doesn't complete that experience now razer did
increase the brightness of this display by 50 percent so you're looking at 580
nits or just 318 it's on the original RAZER phone so that's certainly again a
incremental upgrade but certainly refreshing to see on the second
generation razer phone software wise this phone is rocking Android 8.1 Oreo
out of the box which is kind of disappointing because I was expecting
Android Pi and you know for phone that's launching at the end of 2018 it just
doesn't make any sense for it to ship with 8.1 but Razer is promising Android
Pi sooner than later not just for the razer phone too but
also for the razer phone one so let's just hope that happens but other than
that you are getting a pretty close to stock Android experience without any
bloatware so that's awesome there are no third-party skins or anything like that
in fact razer gives you full customization options so it is rockin
nova launcher by default but most specifically you do have a theme store
so if you want to play around with different themes that's there but
there's also Razer cortex which is in a dedicated application that makes you
switch between different modes particularly for you know it balanced a
performance mode that lets you just conserve battery life for longer usage
or if you want absolute best performance you can go for the max performance mode
which will give you the highest frame rates but that's definitely gonna take a
little bit of hit on battery life now one of the major drawbacks of the
original razer phone was the camera performance because it just wasn't up to
the standards especially when compared to the flagships from last year and
razer is trying to address that with the razer phone too because they've
implemented dual 12 megapixel cameras you've got a standard lens and a
telephoto lens with a different aperture variants but they do come with optical
image stabilization but most specifically you'd also get you know
extra features like po'trait mode better low-light performance and there's also a
beauty mode integrated on this device so again those are some of the things that
I'll have to validate for the full review so definitely stay tuned for that
but I'm gonna keep my expectations neutral because from my initial testing
or with my initial hands-on with this device I just wasn't impressed with the
camera performance so let's just wait and see I'm just gonna spend some time
with the camera on the razer phone to to give my full thoughts on that and
perhaps I'll be able to compare it to the note 9 and the pixel 2 so again
definitely stay tuned for that so guys that's pretty much a story with the
razer phone 2 and honestly it's an incremental upgrade over the original
razer phone just to quickly run over the updates you're getting a new finish on
the back its now Gorilla Glass 5 with the RGB lat logo and it supports
wireless charging slightly improved cameras it also comes with eyepieces own
water-resistant rating a private display slightly better sounding speakers
and that's about it and of course it's gonna be priced a little bit higher so
the original RAZER phone retailed for $6.99 for the base model the razer phone
2 is gonna be starting at $7.99 for the base model which is certainly an
expensive investment but if you look at the smartphone market in general I think
it's priced competitively especially when you compare to the pixel of 3 the
galaxy note 9 p LG v 40 so again it's a smart phone specifically targeted
towards a certain market if you're a gamer and if you're looking for an
all-in-one entertainment device this is certainly something to look into because
that one in 20 Hertz display is certainly something that I just can't I
can't take my eyes off said I will be spending some time with this device just
like my other devices especially like the note 9 just to see what the
experience is like and if I really like it particularly the cameras those are
some of the things that I really want to test to see if it's actually worth the
$7.99 price tag so certainly stay tuned for the review on eBay with Hydra
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the phone just dropped this is the problem with having phones with glass
backs because they slip

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