Compare that to the smartphones of the past decade; iPhone or Android. Alright, to be fair, there is no comparison. Any iPhone is better than the Razr of yesteryear, and my iPhone 11 Pro is the best yet.
What’s missing in today’s crop of iPhones is exactly what many of us loved about the Motorola RAZR of the past. Thin, light, durable (never bought a screen cover, didn’t need a case, didn’t come with insurance), small, blah blah.
No, RAZR had nothing else to compare with a modern iPhone which takes photos as well as a $7,500 DSLR, video as well as broadcast news cameras, and handles texts, email, browsing, calendar, contacts, games, Skype and FaceTime, and, well, blah blah.
You know the story.
Remember Motorola? Google bought Motorola in a vain attempt to be like Apple. That explains the recent Fitbit purchase, too. Motorola was scavenged and sold off as a brand of Android smartphones. The latest is RAZR; an Android-based throwback to yesteryear– circa 2004– that looks and feels like the past, but comes with all the accouterments of modern technology.
What does RAZR do differently? It folds. It’s clamshell design that smacks of 2004, but less expensive than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. This RAZR is bigger, features a dual-hinge, folds into an almost square footprint, but is the same thinness as the original RAZR.
This Motorola is so modern it comes with a speaker grill, a USB-C port, and no headphone jack. From everything I viewed from videos, photos, and details, RAZR folds flat to a near zero-gap which even Galaxy Fold cannot do.
That means the display shows off a 21:9 aspect ratio, but instead of a Notch it has an industry-standard chin. That’s OK. Unfortunately, RAZR suffers from a version of the Androidism Disease which means new phones don’t get the newest Android version.
What’s with that, Google?
I don’t need a second phone, and I could be enticed to buy a RAZR throwback if it was priced at about $199, but not $1,499. For that kind of money, I would expect more than a 5MP front-face camera, a bigger battery, and the fastest CPU Android money could buy. 128GB storage looks good, though.
As for looking to the memories of yesteryear for my next iPhone, I’m willing to wait a while for Apple’s iPhone SE replacement.