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How much of a RAZR is the Motorola DROID RAZR

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How much of a RAZR is the Motorola DROID RAZR

Motorola just unveiled the thinnest smartphone ever created - the 7.1mm thin DROID RAZR. Named after the iconic Motorola clamshell, we can't help but wonder - how much of a RAZR could this new DROID RAZR turn out to be? By the looks of it, Motorola has made all the right moves when it comes to crafting a capable and industry-leading phone, but whether this would be enough to warrant such a bold name remains to be seen.


First of all, we should note that the original RAZR was all the rage because of its premium design. Not only did the handset look really cool (to the point that it still looks great today), but it was also made of high-quality materials, mainly metal. With the DROID RAZR, Motorola is trying to get some of that sexiness from the past and marry it with the tough DROIDs of the present. What this means is it has set out on a journey to deliver a contemporary Android smartphone that actually looks good. And looking at the current landscape of Android handsets, this might be just the thing to differentiate Moto's new phone.


In a smartphone world dominated by 4" slabs, it appears that crafting such a captivating handset is not an easy task. However, Motorola knows how to build premium products, and the way it has approached the DROID RAZR seems pretty appropriate. Thinking about it, the handset will be quite different from the rest of the Android crop, as in addition to a top-notch specs sheet, it will also have a good-looking body, made of high-end materials such as stainless steel, Kevlar and Gorilla Glass. Moreover, it will also feature some diamond-cut aluminum accents for a further boost in the appearance department.


So, by the looks of it, the DROID RAZR encompasses what a true RAZR device should - sharp looks, coupled with high-quality construction and materials. Right now, the strongest point of the new handset seems to be its unbelievable thickness of 7.1 millimeters! That's indeed a spectacular achievement, especially when you have in mind that the other thinnest phones on the market like the Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S clock in at 8.5mm and 9.3mm respectively. So the DROID RAZR leads by quite a margin.


But there's so much more to market success than thickness. With a uber-premium price tag of $299, many a user will have to think twice before picking up the Motorola DROID RAZR, even if its the thinnest LTE smartphone around (and thinnest 3G smartphone, for that matter). What do you, guys and gals, think? Armed with a top-notch specs sheet and a beautiful body, could the DROID RAZR repeat the success of the iconic Motorola clamshell?


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How much of a RAZR is the Motorola DROID RAZR?
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(861 votes) It has what it takes to repeat the RAZR's success!
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(273 votes) I doubt this will turn out to be such a signature device.

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posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:34 5

1. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I'm actually a bit excited to see this in person. Having such a thin profile is going to be awesome and hopefully will drive other manufacturers to do the same. I think it also offsets some of the size issues people have. I wouldn't care much about a large screen if the phone itself was thin...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:21 1

16. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


It could've done better with body design, like get rid of that stupid ass Droid X hump.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:33 2

17. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I doubt they could have made it 7 mm without the camera hump.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:48 2

2. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Yeah im also excited to see this phone in person! love how thin it is and also the design,!! lol the specs are also pretty great and the material is seems of good quality.
the samsung galaxy s2 is a very thin phone as well but it seems that the quality build of the RAZR will be much more convincing and to me 4.3" display is perfect!
(hoping to see it in gsm)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:54 1

3. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


This is going to be a beast of a phone. It has amazing specs, amazing style and a super amoled! The fact that it's a qhd panel means that the pentile might not be abig drawback. Also the fact that it'll run 4G, and have an amazing battery life. Imagine how long it'll last with 3G. The only drawback will be the fact that if ice-cream sandwich is button less, then the screen gets eaten up. I hope they think of a way to by pass that. But this is a beast of a phone. Even if it isn't the best in benchmarks, it already has it all

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:55 1

5. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


As far as I know this phone won't have a Pentile display in the same way the previous Motorola phones this year have had.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:36 3

19. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I predict it will have a PenTile display like the Galaxy S line. Making it qHD will help, but it will still have PenTile's flaws.

Still, PenTile (RGBG) AMOLED is much better than PenTile (RGBW) LCD.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:54

4. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The Droid RAZR is obviously a great phone by every right. As far as sales go, it'll depend. The original Razr was 400 bucks on contract when it was released in 2004, and as its price dropped the series became the best selling phone ever made, a record which wasn't beaten until the iPhone 3G (or was it the 3GS?). While it won't beat the iPhone in sales, I don't think, this phone will definitely attract customers, especially if its performance in the real world is great and it has great internal memory and such.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:08

9. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


If the Battery can last as long as it says it can, I think it will have the upper hand on all smartphones present. Battery life is one of those things that has not really seen much improvement, and I hope this phone lives up to its specs.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:10 1

12. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Snapdude told us that he had tested the Droid RAZR, and he got slightly better battery life on LTE than he did on the Bionic. For the thinnest smartphone in the world with a Super AMOLED display, I'll take it.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:13 2

14. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Snapdude really sniggly?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:43

22. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


What's wrong with him? He seems pretty knowledgeable. From what I can gather he must work for Verizon Wireless.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:50 1

25. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


you dont have to work directly for corporate to test phones :)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 15:13 2

30. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Fair enough. :P But in order to test a phone a week before it's even announced you must have a special position of some sort.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 15:41 1

34. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


i pretty much get an hour write up an evaluation and the have to give them back

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:58 4

6. McLTE (Posts: 689; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


seriously PA.. do you have to throw in the "uber premium price.." followed by "think twice about purchasing.." when it's WELL ESTABLISHED that ALL LTE phones on Verizon start at $299? Seriously.. it's getting old.

As for the Razr.. it looks to be a fantastic phone! Will definitely compare to the PRIME. Only thing I am disappointed about with the Razr is it's not supporting the 1280x720 resolution. :(

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:01

7. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


it will sell, but honestly being announced so soon after iphone launch will hurt initial sales

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:12

13. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


But it's being announced about the holiday season, which is a great time for phone sales. Better they get this in now before Apple has a chance to maximize iPhone sales.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:39 2

21. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'd argue this announcement, combined with Google/Samsung's later today, is exactly what Verizon needs. Anyone disappointed by the lack of a redesigned iPhone 5 has something new to look at.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:21

38. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Not only that but places like AmazonWireless will sell this MUCH cheaper after a while.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:07 3

8. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Its been a good google day so far now cant wait for ics

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:08

10. evo-ninja (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 May 2011)


when get to put this thing in our hands ever-one gonna fall in love , it should be there best seller price doesn't matter

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:09

11. SPcamert (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Feb 2010)


I have no use for a smartphone, nor the money to put into a $300+ smartphone...but I'm up for upgrade in February and so far this is the most intriguing device I've seen Googarola put forth. I figure by 3+ months later all the bugs should be well known and worked out. Can't wait!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:18 1

15. blkpacdrums (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


does this new razr have a status indicator light?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:36

18. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Status indicator light is important, my phone is on silent alot of the times with vibrate off. I really like this device and the direction it pushes smartphones towards (thinner, elegant, and durable). I can upgrade next summer, hopefully Sprint's LTE smartphones have this appeal to em. side note - excited for the ICS source code to be released, fully unleash the power of my Evo 3d

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:38

20. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


And again, where is the thinnest being measured???????? the phone is not the same thickness end to end!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:45

23. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


i guess they didnt measure the thickest part, i've noticed theres a hump on the bottom part.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:48

24. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The top hump doesn't look that much thicker than the rest of the phone. I'm guessing that even at the hump the phone is pretty thin.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:53

26. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


approx 1mm difference from humo to rest of phone thickness... which still effectively makes it the thinnest

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 14:53

27. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


hump* ... damn keyboard

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 15:02 1

28. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


HUMO=Highest Unoccupied Molecular Orbital? I know LTE is fast, but that's really high-energy.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 00:33

39. gemmabba (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 May 2011)


i love your avatar.... is it The Resistance cover album? Muse is one of my fav band of all time...

again back to topic... seriously even with the hump Razr looks insanely thin.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 15:06

29. Motosurf (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


People, dont forget that the original Razar series is what brought Motorola to near death~

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 15:19 2

32. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Not true. Not true at all. Motorola sold 50 million Razr phones eventually. FOCUSING on Razr successors and not coming out with anything new, compelling, or competitive with the newest trends for about 4 years after the Razr's launch is what nearly killed them. Prior to the explosion in iPhone popularity, phones with full keyboards (and sometimes touchscreens) became all the rage because of the increased popularity of texting. Then, as the iPhone dug in and eventually beat all other sales records to death with a spiked baseball bat, everyone tried to come out with something that could compete on its level. And yet Motorola still came out with flip phones and Qs. It took until 2009 for them to come out with a full keyboard phone on Verizon, the Rival, and it was, quite frankly, a piece of s**t. Meanwhile, their flips were pretty good but boring as hell, and the Krave, which was their high end smartphone fun time phone, had a really cool design that ended up being awkward to use (and easy to break).

THAT'S what almost killed Motorola. Complacency. But the Razr helped them dominate for a couple of years.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 15:44

35. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


i had a krave, still works .... that phone is rediculously awesome

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 16:22 1

37. Sniggly (Posts: 6942; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It was a sweet ass design, just too many people found it awkward to type on with the flip screen getting in the way. I thought it was incredibly innovative, probably way ahead of its time.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 15:13

31. ZealotOnAStick (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Is that 7.1mm thickness the size of the thickest part of the phone (the camera/flash hump) or the thickness of the rest of the thinner portion of the phone?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 15:36

33. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The thinner portion. The hump is probably closer to 10 mm.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 16:07

36. henrickrw (Posts: 404; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Mi Galaxy S2 is in full command

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 01:11

40. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 382; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


This or Galaxy Nexus... D':

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 11:16

41. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I want to see it working in-hand.

Period.

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