The last few weeks just may have been this year’s most significant when it comes to smartphone announcements. Earlier this month, after much anticipation, Apple fans were finally handed news of the next generation iPhone which turned out to be a smaller change than what all expected but should have known – the iPhone 4S is basically the iPhone 4 running iOS 5, Siri and slight boosts in hardware. In the Android world, two flagship smartphones were announced which had Android lovers waiting with bated breath; these of course were the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the child of the newish Google and Motorola marriage, the Motorola RAZR.
I’ve already shared features and details of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (which I really like) so this will be dedicated to talking about the Motorola RAZR.
Yes, it’s the NEW Motorola RAZR
If you’re thinking the name sounds familiar, you’re right – the new Motorola RAZR comes from a heritage of super thin stylish clamshell smartphones that were first released in 2004. This latest version of course incorporates the styling and functionality contemporary to our times i.e. at 4″ screen and touch screen navigation.
The Motorola RAZR is a lot about style
First up, I’m really digging the design of the Motorola RAZR. At a time when smartphone manufacturers are scrambling for new ways to differentiate and dominate in a very competitive field, Motorola have gone away, done some serious thinking and come back with a beautiful rugged device. Made from super strong but lightweight KEVLAR, Corning Gorilla Glass covering display and measuring a measly 7.1mm at its thinnest point, is a combination that screams”Look at me!”.
The sweet sweet styling of the device is matched by what’s within the Motorola RAZR:
Features of the Motorola RAZR
- Dual-core 1.2GHz
- 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Advanced display
- 1GB RAM
- Android 2.3.5
- 8MP rear facing / 2MP front facing camera
- 16GB storage on board
- 127grams weight
- Dimensions: 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm
- Data networks: 850/900/1900/2100MHz
- Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
The list above definitely puts it in my top 3 choices for Androids for 2011. The only thing that I think that lets it down is that it’s running Android 2.3.5 which is quite old compared to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which is running Android 4.0. Despite this, it’s great to see Motorola back in the game and providing some worthy competition to all smartphone manufacturers.
What do you think about the Motorola RAZR? Will you be getting one?
Motorola RAZR Video
Motorola RAZR Press Release Australia
SYDNEY – Oct. 19, 2011 – Say hello to the jaw-dropping new Motorola RAZR™ brought to you by Motorola Mobility and Optus. Impossibly thin and lightweight, this smartphone is loaded with sexy curves. Its sculpted glass face, diamond-cut aluminium accents and hyper-vibrant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display reflect museum-worthy industrial design, while its KEVLAR® fibre coating (yes, that KEVLAR) and Corning® Gorilla® Glass screen with splash-guard coating, make this work of art a force to be reckoned with. Motorola RAZR will be available in November.
While they’re still dazzled by the outside, hit them with what’s on the inside. A cool 1GB of RAM hooks up with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Android™ 2.3.5 to get you a lightning-fast user interface and the power to multi-task like never before. Rock your playlists while you check your email, breeze through photos – all at the same time, without delay. Motorola RAZR comes preloaded with the Motorola MotoCast™ app1, giving you the power to stream or download content from your PC straight to your device so your personal content is always within reach. Watch movies on a screen that sports a wider range of colours than most LCD HDTVs and when you’re tired of watching (as if), use the front-facing camera for HD video chat and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with even sharper 1080p HD video capture to create your own movies – all with image-stabilization technology to turn your life into art without breaking a sweat.
“The original Motorola RAZR was an iconic phone synonymous with sleek, stylish design and quickly became an object of desire. Now we’ve done it again by creating the next impossibly thin smartphone – a head-turning design with the power to carry your life with you,” says Timo Brouwer, managing director of Motorola Mobility across ANZPI. “We know Optus customers in Australia will be lining up to be the first to have the next generation Motorola RAZR.”
Gavin Williams, Consumer Marketing Director, Optus said, “The Motorola RAZR is a remarkable handset that blends impressive technical advances with a unique set of design features. The striking materials used in this model set it apart from the crowd and we think the Motorola RAZR will really resonate with our Optus customers. The Optus Open Network is the perfect platform for Australians to get the best out the Motorola RAZR and we’re excited to bring the power to Optus customers exclusively.”
Work Smart, Not Hard
Government-grade encryption protects your email, contacts and calendar so you are business ready. Even your strict IT manager will be impressed. Work smart with Smart Actions – a preloaded app on Motorola RAZR that lets you automate everyday tasks and enable better battery life. Smart Actions can turn down the ringer when you step into work, change the Bluetooth and GPS settings when you get home to save battery, or send a text to someone if you miss their call – letting you focus more on what’s actually important.
And Motorola RAZR’s no slouch with physical safety either. It’s armed with Corning® Gorilla® Glass (no surface scratches) and a splash-guard coating, even on the electrical boards inside.
Accessories that bring a whole new universe to life
We’ve got the tools and toys to turn the world’s sexiest smartphone into a mobile cloud computing powerhouse, an HD media hub, and a navigation device (not to mention a killer stereo system).
Motorola RAZR is powerful on its own, no doubt, but when combined with one of Motorola’s incredible accessories, you unleash a world of possibilities. The Motorola RAZR Work and Play Kit gives you the power to edit documents and browse the Web with a full Firefox® browser – all while powering the device. Simply connect to your HDTV, speakers and other peripherals for large-screen entertainment. You can also connect to the Vehicle Navigation dock for GPS and directions, while in the car for safe hands-free driving. Control your content and your calls, play basic games and browse the web from the comfort of your couch with the Smart Controller. You’ll have the brains, brawn and beauty to make the impossible possible.
Motorola RAZR will be available exclusively through Optus for $0 on the $59 Optus Cap plan (total minimum cost over 24 months is $1416) in November.
The Motorola RAZR with bonusWork, Play and Drive Kit is available for $0 on $79 Optus Cap plan (total cost over 24 months is $1896).
For those that can’t wait to get their hands on this jaw-dropping device, it’s available to pre-order from 24th October through Optus at www.optus.com.au/razr.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.