The history of mobile phones has been led by one real innovator over the years, some of the most popular phones throughout history came from Motorola. The Motorola DynaTAC introduced in 1982 started the cell phone craze and if you think that the no contract price of today’s phones is high…imagine paying nearly $4000 for a 2 pound (yes 32 ounce) behemoth that only made phone calls…no smart features and it looked more like a WWII field radio!
As mobile technology took its foot hold Motorola was an innovator in shrinking first and fastest. I remember the fevered pitch of the 90’s when we moved from Bag Phone to Flip phone to the revolutionary Motorola StarTAC. In just 14 years the 2 pound monster DynaTAC had been replaced by the diminutive 3.1 ounce StarTAC. Now we are still in a time period before SmartPhones and even hardcore texting but I remember being one of the first to get the StarTAC and it was as much the status symbol that the DynaTAC was or the iPhone is today.
As we entered into a new Century we saw a transformation that brought back some of the “Retro” and added sleek new lines and added functionality with the release of the Motorola RAZR in 2004. I know more than a few people that are still holding onto these rock solid devices after nearly a decade of use. In looking back through some data that I dug up the RAZR was so popular that even 3 years after its release it was still topping the charts with 3 out of the top 4 spots with its various versions.
Gone are the days of keeping a cell phone through the entire contract period. The need for the latest and the greatest along with what can only be called a lack of care and quality controls has most of us lucky to keep a new phone for even a full year. I have been a longtime Motorola fan and over the years I have owned 6 different Motorola models (a solid testament as I have had a Cellphone pretty consistently since October 1992).
Today marks the announcement of the rebirth of the Motorola RAZR though. It is not a flip phone anymore but a sleek and sexy new Android touch screen. As the first released phone since the Google takeover of Motorola it will be interesting to see if the new RAZR can achieve the dominance that its parents had in the last decade.
As for some of the stats on the new RAZR:
|Size||Dimensions||130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm|
|Display||Type||Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)|
|– Gorilla Glass display|
|– Multi-touch input method|
|– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate|
|– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off|
|Memory||Internal||16 GB storage, 1GB RAM|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 32GB, 16GB card included|
|Data||3G||Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, LTE, HSDPA, HSUPA|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with LE+EDR|
|Camera||Primary||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Touch-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization|
|Secondary||Yes, 2MP, 720p videos|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)|
|CPU||1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, TI OMAP 4460 chipset|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|– Splash resistant|
|– HDMI port|
|– SNS integration|
|– Digital compass|
|– Google Search, Maps, Gmail|
|– YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration|
|– MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player|
|– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player|
|– Document viewer/editor|
|– Voice memo/dial/commands|
|– Predictive text input|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1780 mAh|
|Stand-by||Up to 204 h|
|Talk time||Up to 12 h 30 min|
Will the new iteration will be as popular as the original RAZR…considering the attention span of each of us…I would say no. With every new smart phone that comes out we all seem to act like dogs when Squirrels go running by us so I don’t think that we can resist what is new and shiny. But for now…in looking at the stats and some of the early reviews…the new RAZR is the phone to beat on the market…but wait a day or two…a new one will come along.
Chris J Powell