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Moto Needs the RAZR to Burn

6:05 PM -- There's a lot riding on the new RAZR from Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT). (See Photos: Moto Gets Skinny With 4G RAZR.)

First off, it's the first Long Term Evolution (LTE) phone that looks primed to take on the iPhone 4S since the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) phone was launched a couple of weeks ago.

My take is that if you're a, er, speed freak you're going to want the RAZR. Particularly since the Verizon Wireless LTE network is currently less crowded than the 3G networks the iPhone runs on.

If you want slick software, then the Apple is still probably your phone. Although Android phones can often be updated more often than iOS.

Talking of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), the high-end RAZR might be one of the first indications of how Motorola Mobility will develop as Google takes control. Certainly, Motorola could help Google provide some flagship devices for the Android OS in the coming years.

What's your take on the re-emergence of the RAZR?

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:50:56 PM
re: Moto Needs the RAZR to Burn

I don't see how the "new" RAZR can gain any mind or heart share -- how is this thing any different than the other Android phones already out there or soon coming? A little bit thinner and lighter? Woo hoo. That's not a must-have. It's a so-what.


I think people liked the original RAZR because it was slim and the fold-up style fit nice in the pocket or purse without the curse of inadvertant dialing. Why not do a smartphone in old RAZR flip form factor? That would be something different. Instead you just get a thinner Droid... yawn. And, for $300, more than the iPhone 4S? Not happening, Moto.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:50:56 PM
re: Moto Needs the RAZR to Burn

I don't see how the "new" RAZR can gain any mind or heart share -- how is this thing any different than the other Android phones already out there or soon coming? A little bit thinner and lighter? Woo hoo. That's not a must-have. It's a so-what.


I think people liked the original RAZR because it was slim and the fold-up style fit nice in the pocket or purse without the curse of inadvertant dialing. Why not do a smartphone in old RAZR flip form factor? That would be something different. Instead you just get a thinner Droid... yawn. And, for $300, more than the iPhone 4S? Not happening, Moto.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:50:56 PM
re: Moto Needs the RAZR to Burn

Suoer-skinny, long battery life for an LTE phone, and $300 for 1GB onboard (vs $299 32GB iPhone), sure it won't outsell the Appple but that's going to appeal to some people.

alandal 12/5/2012 | 4:50:55 PM
re: Moto Needs the RAZR to Burn

ha, let's face it. Doing better than your self and doing better on one (or a few) parameter(s) against iPhone cannot make major dent on APPL's sales. (I'm not saying APPL is doing a whole lot better in specs as well.) The thinner device carries some apeal, but only to a very limited degree. Poeple would jump if the thickness coming down from 20mm to, say, 15mm. Would they do same when the thickness coming down from 9mm to 7mm?


My question is the battery used on this phone. How long can it carry for a normal user? Any specs on the battery?


I'm always afraid that I could bend the phone in pocket if that thin ....maybe just me lol

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