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Lenovo video teases return of Motorola’s iconic RAZR flip phone

ILY5M Motorola’s RAZR surely stands as one of the most recognizable phones of yesteryear (although myself I preferred the Samsung Trace) — and while the brand has been desultorily maintained by Verizon, a new video from Lenovo suggests a more serious throwback device is nearly at hand, so to speak. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 20th

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What happens when an iPhone addict is forced to use an ancient Razr V3 for a month?

Why Smartphones Are Good

It's easy to forget just how awesome our smartphones are. Over the past 10 years, our mobile phones have morphed from being our primary tools for talking and texting to being our primary all-purpose computers that let us do things that we never imagined we could do with a device that fits into our pockets. Gizmodo writer Ashley Feinberg now has a unique appreciation for the greatness of smartphones after she decided to deprive herself of her iPhone for a full month and instead use the ancient Motorola RAZR V3, which just happened to be the hottest smartphone released in 2004.

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Brad Reed

July 3rd

Mobile

Razr Burn: My Month With 2004’s Most Exciting Phone

Razr Burn: My Month With 2004's Most Exciting Phone

In July of 2004, Motorola debuted the Razr V3, one of the most iconic cellphones of all time. Exactly 10 years later, I shed my iPhone for a month to experience the world where apps don't exist and T9 reigns king. Maybe I did it for the nostalgia. Maybe I did it because I hate myself just a little bit. Either way, one thing is certain: Using 2004's hottest phone in 2014 is hell.

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Ashley Feinberg

July 2nd

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You Can Test Drive New Motorola Software Ahead of Official Releases Soon

You know how it takes OMG like foreverz to get the newest version of Android on your phone? Motorola has a new plan that'll get you its latest and greatest software long before you normally would. It's called Test Drive. More »


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brent rose

November 13th

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Motorola Officially Outs The RAZR i, Its First Intel-Powered Smartphone

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Intel’s mobile chipsets have popped up in a handful of devices over the past few months, but Motorola — arguably the biggest of Intel’s smartphone partners — has been content to keep quiet about the fruits of its efforts longer than others.

Well, that wait is finally over. Motorola officially revealed the Intel-powered RAZR i at a (relatively brief) press event in London today, and as early rumors foretold it looks nearly identical to the recently-released RAZR M.

Seriously, not even Motorola could tell them apart — the two phones look so similar that Motorola Europe erroneously used an image of the Verizon phone in its announcement photo on Facebook. Way to go, guys.

That said, it should come as no surprise that both Ice Cream Sandwich-powered devices sport the same 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen (swathed in Corning’s Gorilla Glass, naturally), 2,000mAh battery, Circle-laden UI, and the now-standard Kevlar trim around the back. The only physical difference here is the inclusion of a dedicated camera button, something that the M certainly could’ve used too.

Of course, the real star here can’t easily be discerned just by poking around the outside. Intel’s single-core Medfield chipset (specifically the Atom Z2480) runs the show here and its clock speed tops out at a whopping 2GHz, though what that actually means in terms of performance remains to be seen. Motorola was also quick to play up what the processor means for the device’s camera — specifically, the handset maker noted that the Camera app fire up and be ready to snap a shot in under a second.

Pricing has yet to be revealed (as usual), but the RAZR i is slated to touch down in the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico in October. Sadly, there’s no word on if/when the device will officially make its way Stateside, but if any Intel-powered smartphone to date had a shot of making it in the U.S. market, it’s this one.


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Chris Velazco

September 18th

Gadgets

Mobile

Motorola Droid RAZR M Review: The Best Non-Giant Android Phone [Lightning Review]

Android phones have been getting bigger and bigger, and that's not everyone's cup of tea. As Motorola said at unveiling of the Droid RAZR M, "Some people just want a smaller phone." Does this phone, designed to fill that niche, still deliver on performance? More »


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brent rose

September 10th

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Motorola Droid RAZR M Review: The Best Non-Giant Android Phone [Lightning Review]

Android phones have been getting bigger and bigger, and that's not everyone's cup of tea. As Motorola said at unveiling of the Droid RAZR M, "Some people just want a smaller phone." Does this phone, designed to fill that niche, still deliver on performance? More »


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brent rose

September 10th

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Do smartphone buyers lie about what they want?

Smartphone buyers, bigger batteries on RAZR

In the beginning of 2012, Motorola won praise from tech pundits for launching smartphones with superior battery life. Models like DROID RAZR MAXX clearly outperformed rival phones from Apple and Samsung. Gartner polling shows that more than 50% of smartphone buyers want better battery life in their next device. Seems like Motorola has latched onto a winning theme. Except that the latest comScore data shows Motorola’s market share crashing in America, even competing against aging iPhone 4S. Motorola lost a stunning 1.3 percentage points in just three months, underperforming the ailing LG. In the company’s Wednesday major product roll-out event, Motorola once again focused on battery performance with relentless zeal. A 2,500 mAh battery! 21 hour continuous talk time! 10 hours of video streaming over LTE!

These may sound like compelling themes. Except we know that this is already the strategy pursued by Motorola, and it’s not working. The Samsung Galaxy model family, even saddled with atrocious battery performance, is beating Motorola like a drum. The design, display tech, camera performance and software of the new Motorola phones offer very little new. It looks like the company has chosen to keep battery performance as its guiding light. This may be a decision Motorola and Google will come to regret bitterly. The handset industry has known since the mid-nineties that consumers do not really know what they want until they see it in the shop. Better battery life plays well in polling, it has very rarely actually shaped purchasing decisions.

And Motorola should know this — its biggest recent hit was the RAZR, notorious for requiring a lunch hour recharge.

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Tero Kuittinen

September 5th

Mobile

Do smartphone buyers lie about what they want?

Smartphone buyers, bigger batteries on RAZR

In the beginning of 2012, Motorola won praise from tech pundits for launching smartphones with superior battery life. Models like DROID RAZR MAXX clearly outperformed rival phones from Apple and Samsung. Gartner polling shows that more than 50% of smartphone buyers want better battery life in their next device. Seems like Motorola has latched onto a winning theme. Except that the latest comScore data shows Motorola’s market share crashing in America, even competing against aging iPhone 4S. Motorola lost a stunning 1.3 percentage points in just three months, underperforming the ailing LG. In the company’s Wednesday major product roll-out event, Motorola once again focused on battery performance with relentless zeal. A 2,500 mAh battery! 21 hour continuous talk time! 10 hours of video streaming over LTE!

These may sound like compelling themes. Except we know that this is already the strategy pursued by Motorola, and it’s not working. The Samsung Galaxy model family, even saddled with atrocious battery performance, is beating Motorola like a drum. The design, display tech, camera performance and software of the new Motorola phones offer very little new. It looks like the company has chosen to keep battery performance as its guiding light. This may be a decision Motorola and Google will come to regret bitterly. The handset industry has known since the mid-nineties that consumers do not really know what they want until they see it in the shop. Better battery life plays well in polling, it has very rarely actually shaped purchasing decisions.

And Motorola should know this — its biggest recent hit was the RAZR, notorious for requiring a lunch hour recharge.

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Tero Kuittinen

September 5th

Mobile

Motorola Droid RAZR HD: Beauty in a Kevlar Coat [Video]

We haven't seen a flagship device from Verizon and Motorola since the last Droid RAZR was announced nearly a year ago. A case could be made for the RAZR MAXX, announced at CES, but Moto needed something new and splashy to compete with the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S III. More »


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brent rose

September 5th

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