Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Razr phone is cutting edge

2/14/2012


The Motorola Razr turns the same trick Motorola pulled back in 2004 when it released the original Razr flip phone and set a new standard for cell phone design. The 2012 version might force other companies to put their phones on a diet.

The Razr is little more than a display screen and slight bump for its digital camera. But that doesn't mean it's fragile. The screen sits behind a sliver of scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with an aluminum housing and a back panel covered with Kevlar -- that stuff they use to make bullet-proof vests. The result is a phone that feels solid and comfortable when you would expect it to be light and slippery.

Inside, Motorola uses the latest smartphone technology. It has a dual-core processor, Android's 2.3 operating system, Verizon's 4G network, and a battery that Verizon says will last longer than the Droid Bionic or iPhone 4S. One caveat is the Razr's battery can't be removed, so heavy talkers won't be able to rely in a spare.

The software side of the Razer is pretty much what you get with any new Android smartphone: customizable home, GPS, Wi-Fi, Verizon's Mobile Hotspot option and the full complement of Google apps and Verizon extras. But people won't be switching to this phone because it has Google Talk or Verizon Video. They'll want it because it's a great fit in their jeans pocket.


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