November 3rd pegged as launch date for Google Nexus Prime; Verizon pumped about DROID RAZR

November 3rd pegged as launch date for Google Nexus Prime; Verizon pumped about DROID RAZR
Last month, we reported about a source for Droid-Life who calls himself the Panda King. The "King" had passed along word that the eagerly awaited debut of the Ice Cream Sandwich Android build would be launched via Verizon on November 3rd with the release of the Google Nexus Prime. Today, a source for Phandroid who is considered to be an Verizon "insider" confirmed that date as well. This means we can expect an introduction of the device to take place fairly soon.

At the same time, this source said that Verizon has high hopes for both the Google Nexus Prime and the Motorola DROID RAZR. Comparing the two, the source says the word he is getting is that the Nexus Prime has an advantage over the Motorola DROID RAZR due to the quality of the screen and the overall user experience which comes from Ice Cream Sandwich. The "insider" claims to have first hand experience using ICS and he vouches for its outstanding performance.

Having said that, this Verizon "insider" adds that according to those who have tested the unit, the DROID RAZR is no slouch. It is smooth, fast and has a very good battery life. The screen on the Motorola DROID RAZR is not up to the one on the Google Nexus Prime, but is better than the one on the Motorola DROID BIONIC and it is the sense of this source that Verizon is extremely pumped about both phones.

One thing that he did say which is going to make a lot of people mad, is that the "insider" believes that Verizon did not have much hope and confidence in the DROID BIONIC and didn't expect it to last very long as a flagship device. He says that the BIONIC was released almost as though Big Red had an obligation to do so and that the carrier is much more excited about the Motorola DROID RAZR.

Earlier today, we told you that Motorola had run a teaser for a phone that was faster, thinner and smarter and one of the graphics used was a razor blade. The teaser showed October 18th as the date when Motorola Mobility would show off its next innovation and this could very well be the Motorola DROID RAZR.

source: Phandroid

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1. daniyo

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

what about the vigor or what ever its called?

25. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

clearly they've never seen it or they're not excited about it. ;P

54. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Maybe it's going through the same battery life trials that pushed the Thunderbolt back a month later than expected. At least it hasn't been officially announced yet. Too bad for HTC, I've moved on to drooling over the Prime.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

question? As sexy as that nexus prime rendering is, why are we still using it? We have straight forward picks of the device from that video from last week.

24. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that's not a rendering, that's the actual Nexus Prime.

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thump3r, he changed it after I said something. It was the original rendering that was the nexus1 all metalliced out. The pic that they are using now is from the video from last week. :) dont worry.. im not that crazy!! lol :)

41. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

XD okay.

3. celtics989 unregistered

Let's go prime!!!! My next phone!!!

4. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Dropping the best

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Should all of the Bionic owners ask for a refund/credit toward the purchase of a RAZR or Nexus Prime?

12. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

verizon knows how to screw its customers well. if you look at your contract you only get 2 weeks to return your phone if that.

14. SprintLocked unregistered

since about a month ago, Sprint has the same policy :-/

39. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

They aren't "screwing their customers", they are protecting themselves. Anyone who is that upset about it should've known this was coming, there have been rumors floating around about this since the Bionic was released. It's why I didn't buy the Bionic...

50. hobble

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

You get 30 days on the phone, 14 days on service.

55. johnfranckiv

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Through Verizon?... No it's 14 days period. Thats 14 days to cancel your newly signed contract, and 14 days to return the phone. At day 15 enjoy your $350 early tem. fee.

26. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'm actually starting to get kind of pissed about the Bionic. they should show some kind of initiative to Bionic owners and at least offer them a trade in.

30. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

well I bought the bionic and returned it because of the nexus prime u should have too

31. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

the Bionic is my dad's and we're both Motorola fans, for him to switch to a Samsung he would have to know a whole lot more about the phone and if it's worth it, he got the Bionic the day it came out, in the 15 day time window after that there was barely enough known about the Prime and when it would come out to make him go back to the BB8830 he was using after he sold his X a few weeks before. you don't really lose with the Bionic anyway. just a little miffed about the treatment to the people that waited and waited for it.

56. Kitty unregistered

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you like the device when you buy it, or dont buy it. there should never be an expectation of upgrades, trade ins, ect. there is nothing wrong with the bionic. it was just late to the party, thats all.

40. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

it should have been scratched. i hope google produces half as many phones now that they have moto mobile. they launch a handfull of phones every quarter, its way too many.

42. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

there should be when a superior device comes in and steals your device's price tier in one month. people are spending $300 for a phone that just became outdated. people are going to be pissed and i'm sure Verizon realizes that.

45. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I agree AND I disagree. While it is unfortunate that this happened, I really have little to no sympathy. Anyone who follows smartphones enough to actually spot the differences between a Bionic and RAZR should've known this was coming... the Bionic was pushed back too far. It sucks but really... I knew this would happen which is EXACTLY why I didn't get the Bionic!!!

46. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

when the Bionic came out nobody thought the RAZR was going to have LTE or a Super AMOLED screen therefore becoming a superior phone to the Bionic, nobody would consider it to have LTE when we first saw it because of how thin it is, most people just thought it was a world phone to be placed in between the Droid 3 and Droid Bionic. most people that bought a Bionic probably don't follow smartphones. all they'll know is they just bought this kick ass new phone for $300 less than a month ago and then Verizon is going to come out and say "lol jk THIS is what we call a $300 phone" dude, don't even, you would have never predicted that Motorola would succeed the Bionic in less than a month, that's absurd.

47. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Look, i'm really not trying to argue with you. But if you look at the history of Android phones, and if you look at marketing in general... it was obvious they were going to release a better phone shortly after. We are coming up on the holiday season, all the carriers are going to have some sort of "flagship" holiday device. The Bionic released in September, that's way too early. As soon as I saw that Motorola was releasing another device the months leading up to the holiday, I KNEW it was going to be better than the Bionic. Partly because the Bionic (specs wise) should've come out six months ago. It just isn't going to stand up to what's being released now (assuming there are not major delays on that). But partly because like I said, the Bionic was clearly not their "flagship" holiday device. You say "you would have never predicted that Motorola would succeed the Bionic in less than a month" but I DID because I did NOT buy the Bionic. I have two upgrades on my VZW account right now and i'm itching to upgrade because i'm bored of my Tbolt and after getting a taste of my GT10.1 speed I want more! I could've very easily bought the Bionic (which I actually did and returned it after a couple days) and still upgraded in a month or two... but by looking at everything I mentioned above, I made the apparently wise decision to wait. I understand your frustration, but if you look at what I said and think about the last six weeks or so... it makes sense.

49. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

history doesn't dictate that a phone will be succeeded in a month. you're trying to argue with me because you're arguing with me. is it? even now the Bionic is still among the very most elite phones in the world. the only phones i say that would beat it are the Sprint & AT&T variants of the Galaxy S II. it didn't matter that it took 6 months to come out because by the time it did it was a brand new phone. oh did you now? you made the lucky decision to wait this time. there's no real logic behind what Motorola did here. why would they decide to work on two high end devices for Verizon at the same time with projected release dates being a mere month apart from each other? all they would have had to do is completely pass on the Targa and market the Spyder as the Droid Bionic. in the time it probably took them to make the Spyder a reality they probably had enough time to pass on the Targa. this whole situation is ludicrous to Bionic owners. the only reason it makes sense now is because we're looking back now and even now the logic is unjust.

51. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

If you say so.

43. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

+1 to you remixfa This is the blessing and curse of Android's great to have many, many handsets to choose from, but it's frustrating when the next "superphone" is coming out in just a few weeks/months. Like you said, make a decision and be happy with it!

6. SprintLocked unregistered

Verizon keeps coming with the good stuff... *sigh*

7. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Droid RAZR will eventually get ICS, so i'd definitely go for it rather than the Nexus Prime.

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