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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR review

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Our comprehensive review of the Droid RAZR

What a way to enter the holiday season. Verizon Wireless has suddenly found itself with arguably three of the hottest Android smartphones of the year, just as the holiday shopping season begins. There’s the just-announced HTC Rezound, the “Pure Google” Samsung Galaxy Nexus and what brings us together today -- the Motorola Droid RAZR.

Yes, the RAZR -- the flip phone that became as cliche as it was once iconic -- has been reborn in the smartphone era. And it should surprise no one that Android is at the heart of its reincarnation.

And Motorola, which led the march toward thinner, lighter and bigger smartphones more than a year ago with the Droid X, has changed things up again with the RAZR. But the Droid RAZR’s eccentricities may also be its undoing. Read on to find out why in our complete Droid RAZR review.


It's fast, it's thin, it's got a gorgeous high-resolution display, and it's running the most recent version of Android available (at least for a few more weeks). Motorola has already promised an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. Good camera, and has Verizon 4G LTE data.


May be too large for some; is about the widest phone we've used. Battery can't be removed. Full of preloaded apps that you might or might not actually want.



Yet another "best-of" phone for Verizon. But the Droid RAZR's size could be a bit much for some, and we've got real concerns about not being able to swap out the battery for a fresh one when needed.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR hardware review

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Read our complete Droid RAZR review!


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Don't want to swallow our Motorola Droid RAZR review in one bite? Let's break it up a bit. Here's our official walkthrough of the hardware. Put it this way: It's big. It's thin. It's relatively light.

It's almost too big, though. The Droid RAZR is about the widest phone we've ever used. If you've got smallish hands, it could be a bit much. But, boy, is it ever thin -- 7.11 mm at its thinnest point.

It's also bitterly ironic that the back of the phone is as beautiful as it is, because that solid piece means no removable battery. Time will tell if that's its Achilles' Heel.

Read our full Motorola Droid RAZR review

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2 years ago

Droid RAZR software review

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Read our complete Droid RAZR review!


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Want to stroll through the Motorola Droid RAZR software without being bothered with all those words and things? We gotcha covered. Here's a quick look at a lot of what Motorola's packed into the Droid RAZR. 

You've got the same Philblur UI that's evolved over the past year or so. Five home screens, a customizable dock, and a horizontal scrolling app drawer. That's the bread and butter, but where Motorola's really impressing is with the little things. Automatic reminders for Wifi (and automatically turning it on when you're near a trusted network). A new music app. MOTOACTV. MOTOPRINT. Plus more pre-loaded applications than we know what to do with.

Take a gander at the video above for a walkthrough, then hit the full review for all the dirt details.

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2 years ago

HTC releases Desire Gingerbread kernel source code

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Good news for anyone involved with tinkering around with software for the venerable HTC Desire. In accordance with open source rules, HTC has just released the kernel source code for the device's Gingerbread update, which was offered as an optional RUU for GSM Desires back in August. The move follows the release of a slew of other source code for more recent devices over the weekend, and should help out anyone involved with the lively Desire custom ROM scene.

Remember, as ever, that this code is for developers only, and won't be of much use to the average user (or even the average ROM flasher). If you're after the Gingerbread update itself, you can find out more over here.

Source: HTCDev

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard brings built-in themeing

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Thanks to the talent and hard work of our very own AC Developer Beezy, we've been playing with Ice Cream Sandwich on the Nexus S for a while now.  One of the cool things that caught our eye recently was the native themeing of the stock Android keyboard.  Built into ICS is a keyboard theme engine and six native themes.  Granted, the "stock" themes aren't exactly mind-blowing, but they do offer high contrast options for those of us on that downward spiral past 30.  More importantly, a native theme engine opens up the possibility of third party themes, maybe even downloadable from the Android Market.  We're all waiting for the source and official builds of ICS to roll out, but in the meantime hit the jump and have a look at the themes.  And if you're rocking your Nexus S and need a change, hit Beezy's thread in the forums and give a bit of ICS a try yourself.

More: Android Central forumsThanks, Brett!

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2 years ago

Week of Nov. 21 enters the Galaxy Nexus date grab bag

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It's been a couple dates since the last rumored Galaxy Nexus launch date surfaced. But a couple of things have changed since then. First, we've heard through our sources that Verizon's finally picked a launch date. (Remember that the Nov. 11 memo we saw was a "work in progress.") Secondly, this one makes a little more sense.

Start with the Droid RAZR Nov. 11 date, which is official. (We'll overlook the lowercase branding whoopsie here.) The HTC Rezound (check out our hands-on) has already been made official at Nov. 14 -- also lining up with more unofficial chatter we'd heard. There's the Samsung Illusion -- a phone we've seen around since September -- on Nov. 17, but who knows how the hell a 3G-only Gingerbread device fits into things at this point. (Dilution, much?)

And, finally, we have the Galaxy Nexus, with a date of Nov. 21. That's still unofficial, mind you, and it's not yet known if you'll actually be able to walk out of a store with a phone, or if it'll be direct fulfill (aka ship it to you) instead.

Almost makes you miss the old Best Buy exclusive or Google Phone Store days, no? Anyhoo, we're one day closer to whenever this damn thing's going to launch.

(BTW: Looks like the Xoom 2 and Media Edition are headed to Big Red as well. How's about a 64GB version?)

Update: As TWong1200 points out, w/o probably means "week of." And we're getting more rumbles that the phone will in fact be available in stores, so that's a good thing.

Source: Droid-Life; More: Galaxy Nexus Forums

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2 years ago

The Galaxy Nexus vs the Droid RAZR vs the HTC Rezound -- Verizon's three amigos

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It looks to be a very nice Q4 if you're a Verizon customer and an Android fan.  Three hot new phones are coming out, and if you're due for an upgrade (or finagle things around so you can get a new phone -- I've been there!) you'll have a choice to make.  Do you choose the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its Nexusy goodness, the Motorola Droid RAZR and its industrial design, or the HTC Rezound with Sense and Beats by Dre?

It's a tough call for many reasons.  We can't help you when it comes to your personal preference -- there's great reasons to want a Nexus, the Droid line, or HTC's latest sexy -- and on one level or another every choice is the right one.  But we can offer you up some tech specs, which we've done after the break.  Read the charts, read the news, and read the forums and you'll be better armed to make the right decision when it's time to buy.

Galaxy Nexus forums | Droid RAZR forums | HTC Rezound forums

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2 years ago

AT&T's first LTE Android smartphones available today

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AT&T's first pair of LTE-capable smartphones -- the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid -- are available for purchase today for $249 and $199 $149 and $99 (AT&T apparently lowered the price since the announcement) respectively. While both phones will function fine on AT&T's existing HSPA+ network, the cities where you can actually get LTE data are still pretty limited. As of today, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Athens, Ga.

The Skyrocket pairs alongside the Galaxy S II already in AT&T's stable, but it ups the Super AMOLED Plus display (at 480x800) to 4.5 inches. It's also got a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP rear-facing camer with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording, 16GB of on-board stoarge, and a microSD card slot.

The HTC Vivid has a 4.5-inch qHD display at 540x960 resolution. It's got a 1.2 GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot.

More at AT&T: Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket; HTC Vivid

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2 years ago

Up close and personal with HD SuperAMOLED

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Because we know some in the Android community (and elsewhere) like to get worked up over things like the PenTile matrix used Samsung's new HD SuperAMOLED displays, we decided to snap some close-ups of the tech in all its high-def (1280x800) glory on a shiny new Galaxy Note. If you're a regular around here, you'll know that the same technology is used on the Galaxy Nexus's 720p display too.

Take a look at the pics below -- we think it's safe to say you don't have anything to worry about when it comes to image quality. HD resolutions on a hand-held SuperAMOLED device look just as gorgeous as you'd expect, even when viewed up-close. The extra pixel density more than makes up for the fact that it's PenTile, not RGB.

Hit the jump for a few more photos...

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD (Nozomi) caught on camera

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Everyone is getting into the 720p display game it seems, and Sony Ericsson is no exception.   The Xperia Arc HD (formerly known by it's Nozomi code name) has finally shown up on camera, and it's a stunner.  We don't know the specifications just yet, but the juicy bits have been revealed -- 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, front facing camera, Android 2.3.5, and of course the 4.3-inch 720p HD display @320dpi.  There's a couple more pictures after the break (including a respectable 1800 Quadrant score if you're in to that sort of thing).  SE, please bring this one to the states for us, OK?

Source: Just Another Mobile Blog; via: Android HDblog

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