By Harry McCracken | Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 11:52 am
The first thing I noticed about Motorola and Verizon Wireless’s new Android phone was the name. The Droid RAZR is a neat nod to one of the most iconic phones of the pre-iPhone era. (What’s next–the Droid Star-Tac?)’
The second notable thing about the phone is how thin it is: 7.1mm, compared to 9.3mm for the iPhone 4S (and 14mm for the old original 2003 RAZR). There’s nothing inherently world-changing about that. But the RAZR is an LTE phone, and the fact that Motorola can squeeze the technology into a case so thin is a good sign that LTE designs are maturing.
I’m also curious about the phone’s battery life, a notoriously problematic area for early LTE phones. (Motorola apparently says it can deliver up to 12.5 hours of talk time, but I don’t know how real-world that figure is, or how long it’ll run for data-intensive tasks.)
Most of the RAZR’s other specs are typical fair for a high-end Android phone: It’s got a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor and a 4.3″ display. It’s $299.99 on contract and will be available on Verizon in early November.
Oh, and one other thing: This is an Android Gingerbread phone, Google still not having announced Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Google. I’m reserving any real excitement I might muster for new Android phones for the first Ice Cream Sandwich models, which should ship real http://thisismynext.com/2011/10/18/motorola-droid-razr-verizon-announced/ now…