5 years ago

Droid RAZR HD hands-on


After weeks of speculation, Motorola finally introduced its latest flagship device today, the Droid RAZR HD, a worthy successor to the phone that has kept the company competitive in the increasingly dense Android market. The RAZR HD is a worthy step-up from its predecessor, boasting a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution that gives just about every phone on the market a run for its money. It's big, it's beautiful, and it will simply blow you away if you're stepping up from a regular ole RAZR. It's just about as good as it gets.

The new RAZR line is incredibly powerful, with a Snapdragon S4 underneath the hood pushing along Ice Cream Sandwich and just the slightest hint of Motorola tweaking. About that ICS-- Motorola had a mixture of demo units today with both ICS and Jelly Bean, and told reporters that Jelly Bean will be available for the entire line by the end of the year. Something tells me that they're rushing to get it onboard before the RAZR HD and RAZR HD Maxx launch, but don't hold your breath. Regardless, even with ICS, this thing flies, and earns its spot in the upper-tier of premium Android superphones.

Compared to the original RAZR, there are certainly noticeable differences but there are also many similarities. You've got Kevlar back for another round, though this time it wraps around the device, instead of being limited to the back panel only. It's got a 2,530 mAH battery that doesn't match the MAXX's 3,300 mAH but will almost surely match Samsung, LG and HTC's competitors. The new RAZR also has a metallic perimeter, ala the iPhone 4S, that adds a certain sense of luxury to the device. It also adds a solid feel, something that's sorely missing from its major competitor, the plastic GS3. Motorola has always focused on quality hardware, but this iteration of the RAZR takes the company to a whole new level. The RAZR line just may be the most premium-feeling smartphones on the market today.

Motorola was tight-lipped on release date and pricing, though we can expect the RAZR HD sometime before holidays in both a black model and an all-white model as seen below in comparisons with the M. Until then, some hands-on photos of the RAZR HD-- along with comparisons with the Maxx and M-- are below.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Rogers bringing the Motorola RAZR HD LTE to Canada


Something not mentioned during the Motorola and Verizon event understandably, was the fact Motorola also has a GSM version of the Droid RAZR HD that will be available soon. While U.S. carriers may not see it, Rogers in Canada has now confirmed they'll be carrying the Motorola RAZR HD LTE exclusively:

“Our customers want fast devices and we are thrilled to exclusively offer them the new Motorola RAZR HD LTE,” says John Boynton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Rogers Communications. “The Motorola RAZR HD LTE further extends our leadership as the carrier with the largest LTE superphone selection in Canada.”

Much like the Verizon announcement, no pricing or exact launch dates have been announced but Rogers set the expectation of 'this fall'. You can check out the full press release below if you need the finer details.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Droid RAZR Maxx HD hands-on


We're here in New York where Google and Motorola just introduced the first fruits of its collaboration, the brand new RAZR line. The RAZR Maxx HD is the successor to the wildly popular RAZR Maxx, and a worthy one it is: underneath the hood you've got a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, the same chip powering the GS3 and HTC One X. You've also got the Maxx's famous 3,300 mAh battery, which Moto says will get you through 32 hours of normal usage. Motorola's battery technology is unmatched at this point, and it's not about to let you forget it.

But the true upgrade here is the RAZR line's display-- the HD and Maxx HD both have a stunning 4.7 inch Super-AMOLED display at 720p resolition that is right up there with Samsung and HTC in terms of clarity and vividness. I might even go on record and say it bests the GS3 in terms of color saturation, though my opinion may change after extended usage. it's simply stunning, and I don't have enough nice things to say about it.

Compared to the original Maxx, the second generation is a step up in terms of build quality-- the metal border, the slim bezel, the Kevlar coating, and the Gorilla Glass display all add up to one of the sturdiest smartphones on the market. And compared to the RAZR HD, the Maxx's size is nearly identical. While the Maxx feels just a few hairs heavier than the RAZR HD, thickness and dimensions will only be noticed by the most trained of eyes.

The RAZR Maxx HD (right) is negligibly thicker than the RAZR HD.

The models on-hand at today's launch were packing Jelly Bean, though Motorola says the new RAZR line might launch with ICS, with a 4.1 upgrade "before the end of the year." We hope that's not the case, but we'll take it if we have too-- a small price to pay for some of the best hardware Motorola has ever released. Check out some hands-on shots below.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

All three new RAZRs will also be offered in a developer edition


One of the (almost) overlooked things from today's Motorola presentation in New York was news that Motorola will be offering a developer edition of all three of the new RAZR models announced today. This is great news for tinkerers interested in the RAZR M, the RAZR HD, or the RAZR Maxx HD.

We've heard this from Motorola before, and we're still waiting to see it develop, but there's one major change since the last big Motorola announcement -- Google. Google was very much on hand today, with Eric Schmidt opening the show, and he spent a good bit of time talking about how the two companies were going to mesh together. Hopefully, some of the DIY spirit Google fosters will spill over into Motorola Mobility and we'll see these soon.

For now, there's no word of availability or pricing, but we'll keep our ears on.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Motorola promises $100 credit towards a new phone if yours doesn't get Jelly Bean


Motorola and Verizon's joint event today in New York kicked off with an awesome announcement: if your phone doesn't get a Jelly Bean update, they'll knock off $100 on your upgrade to one of the new Motorola devices. The details are still a bit sketchy, but it's great news, especially combined with their new developer initiative. Motorola said that they're aiming to roll out Jelly Bean to as many of their devices as possible. Apparently most of the ones launched since 2011 will be upgradeable, while all of the new devices announced today will either be launching with Jelly Bean or will have an upgrade in short order.

Being owned by Google is starting to have some perks, eh Moto? So, would you guys side with Motorola or any other device manufacturer that had a deal like this going on? It certainly eases the pain of staying up to date. 

Check out the Motorola site for more details

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Motorola and Verizon announce the Droid RAZR Maxx HD


Along with the new RAZR HD and RAZR M, Moto showed off the RAZR Maxx HD today in New York. It has the same great internals of the RAZR HD -- 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, NFC, 4.7-inch Super AMOLED under Gorilla Glass -- but has one pretty major change with the addition of a high-capacity battery that allows for 32 hours of "normal use".

We've got some sweet hands-on time with all the new Motorola devices coming shortly, stay tuned! In the meantime, the full press release is after the break.

More: RAZR.com

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Motorola and Verizon announce the Droid RAZR HD


And just like that, the Droid RAZR HD has gone official. Getting a little bit of an overhaul from previous generations the Droid RAZR HD will come with a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display along with a 2500mAh battery and Android 4.0.4 preloaded. That's all in addition to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage and NFC with the obvious LTE connectivity. If you're concerned about the camera, that's an 8MP shooter.

Motorola was quick to note though that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be rolled out soon and even brought devices running Jelly Bean to the event for all to see first hand. Customers will also have the choice between white and black options at launch but Motorola nor Verizon confirmed when launch would be but instead settled on saying 'before the holidays'. Other devices announced today include the Droid RAZR M and the Droid RAZR MAXX HD. You can jump below to see the Droid RAZR HD in action as well as read the full press release.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Droid RAZR M announced for Verizon, shipping next week for $99



Today in New York, Motorola and Verizon jointly announced the RAZR M. It's shipping next week, with preorders starting today at $99 on contract. This little number has 1 GB of RAM, a 2,000 mAh battery, LTE connectivity, 8 megapixel camera, an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch 960 x 540 display, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor backed up with 1 GB of RAM. Jelly Bean is apparently coming by the end of the year. 

Check out Verizon's product page here for a closer look. 

Three are a few video demos after the jump. Doesn't look too shabby, does it?

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Google reaches 1.3 million device activations per day, install base at 480 million


Eric Schmidt has made his presence known at the Motorola-Verizon event in New York City by appearing on stage first and as such, he decided to go ahead and share some of the latest numbers for Android activations and installs. The number has grown significantly over the years and has now moved past the 1 million mark and is now tracking 1.3 million device activations per day. To go along with that, Schmidt also noted Android now has an install base of 480 million users and the Google Motorola relationship will only help that to continue to grow from here on out.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Quora review - the biggest name in social Q&A comes to Android


Quora launched its Android app today, extending the mobile presence of its social question and answer network. Though they’ve been on iOS for a little while now, Quora on Android is highly polished and built with Google’s design practices in mind. Location is tied in to provide you with relevant topic suggestions, plus there are push notifications to let users know about a variety of activity, and voice search integration.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Google shares new video extolling the virtues of Google Maps


Over the past little while now, we've some cool new videos come from Google. Most notably, the new Nexus 7 videos received quite a bit of attention but the Google Maps team must have wanted to have some fun as well. A new video has popped up on the Google Maps YouTube page and it's a pretty fun look at the many uses of Google Maps. Saskatoon, Kowloon, Cameroon, Brigadoon, to the moon. Let's go everywhere man!

Source: YouTube

Read more and comment

5 years ago

You can't have this awesomely two-toned HTC One X


Pop quiz: What's black and white and too cool for you? If you answered the two-toned Cushnie Et Ochs version of the HTC One X, you'd be right. It's part of Fashion Week here in New York, and we got a quick look at it at HTC's Frequencies II event.

There's not a lot to it that you don't see here. It's half black, half white, with a barely (but still) visible seam down the middle. 

Nope, you can't buy one. It's special-made for folks, well, for folks more special than us.

But we do have some more pics for you after the break. Enjoy.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Sprint's Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G may be in line for Jelly Bean this week


A quick heads up for you folks on Sprint: We've gotten word from a reliable source that the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G are slated to get their Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates this week. On Thursday, to be exact. And it'll be build FH05 for the Galaxy Nexus, and JRO03R for the Nexus S, to be even more exact.

Here's the e-mail that we've been told is going out:

To Sprint Business Sales

September 5, 2012

Software updates for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (L700) and Nexus S 4G will be available beginning Thursday, 9.6.12. Galaxy Nexus Software Version: FH05 Nexus S Software Version: JRO03R Software updates will be pushed to all handsets via Google. Customers cannot initiate a download on their own.


Upgrades Device Operating System to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Fastest and smoothest version of Android released Better search experience Expandable, actionable notifications A smarter keyboard And more!

We're digging around for confirmation, but we can all agree that the update can't come soon enough, especially since Nexus S 4G owners have been able to compile their own official Jelly Bean builds for a month now.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Live from the Motorola-Verizon event in New York City!


We're live from New York City this afternoon for the Motorola/Verizon event, where we're very much expecting some RAZR HD action. Maybe. Or maybe something else. Who knows. Only one way to find out, actually, and that's why we're liveblogging this thing up. Plus, if you want, you can watch along, we've got live, streaming video after the break. In living color, even. 

So click that link below, and let's get to it! The event starts at 2 p.m. EDT, or 11 a.m. on the West Coast, and 7 p.m. BST.

Read more and comment

5 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets bunch of official video demos


The Sony Xperia Tablet S didn't make a huge splash when it was announced last week at IFA, seeing as it looked like not much more than a marginally souped-up version of its predecessor, but this batch of video demos may change your mind. They go over a lot of the new software features that Sony is launching in their latest tablet, including guest mode, small apps, the universal remote, a Walkman app, and the custom multimedia album. 

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a decent step up from the original Sony tablet. Here's a quick run-down of the specs. A closer look is available over here in our hands-on video.

  • Slim new aluminium body and splash-proof design
  • 9.4” HD display (1,280 x 800 IPS) with OptiContrast Panel with low-friction coating
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.0.3 operating system
  • Weight: 1.31 lb
  • Various experiences with original applications and Sony’s network services
  • 1-megapixel HD front camera
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • SD Card slot
  • 16GB internal storage

The videos were uploaded around the same time as the announcement, but was tucked away in a separate YouTube channel for Canadian Sony Trainer reps. Are you guys finding any particularly interesting features in the videos below? 

Via: PhoneArena

Read more and comment

Show More Headlines