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Motorola Can Do Big Things With the DROID RAZR HD [Opinion]

I know what you are thinking, “What kind of crack are you smoking? You really think another locked down Motorola RAZR variant can help them crawl out of the Android gutter?” Yep, I actually do believe that, but only if some very specific things happen at launch. One of which we haven’t seen in a long, long time from this company, but maybe will now that Google is in charge.

Motorola has had a rough year and a half, but with the DROID RAZR HD, they have a chance to do some big things. Sure, the Galaxy SIII may be out before it and will gobble up all sorts of market share, however, this phone has a chance to be Moto’s best in years if done right. Here are my thoughts. 

Bootloader – Unlock It Already

We have probably talked more about unlocking bootloaders than any publication on the planet, but we are going deeper with our reasoning this time than just the regular fanboy, techie garbage. We actually believe that with this phone, if Moto decides to unlock it, that the world will care. You see, for 2 years now, we have talked nothing but negatively about Motorola phones because of Moto’s incessant need to appeal to Verizon’s “security” policies. However, with one little change, the world will have a field day talking about it, bringing their shiny new RAZR HD to the front of the field in a positive manner for the first time in a while. You see, everyone in the tech industry cares about bootloaders (or at least has to write about them), so if Moto (or Google) does the right thing this time around, it will be praised up and down. “The phone that finally brought about a change.”

And after that, the fanboys come in and buy it in waves. (If you do not believe that the dev community will flock to a Motorola device that is unlocked and on Verizon, then you don’t read Droid Life enough.) The importance of this crowd, is that through them and then through sites like us, this phone lives beyond a simple release week. Rather than a brief mention about the day it becomes available and then here or there until it sees an update, it instead gets featured when it’s rooted, when the first ROM is developed for it, when the first AOSP ROM is developed for it, when CyanogenMod is released for it, and so on and so forth. It continues to live in the spotlight for months, if not years just like the original Droid did and now phones like the Galaxy Nexus do.

There are those out there that like to discount the dev community, rooting and ROMs, but their importance is as great as anyone’s. It’s time that everyone starts to realize it.

Battery – Better Toss in the 3300mAh Beast

This seems like a no-brainer, but if this phone doesn’t come with the RAZR MAXX’s 3300mAh battery, Motorola is making the biggest mistake of the last few years. The RAZR HD could essentially be a complete device as long as this battery is inside it. It will have an HD screen, a top-of-the-line processor, high-end camera, on-screen navigation keys, enough RAM, Ice Cream Sandwich, and 4G LTE. Unlock the bootloader and include a battery that lasts for days and you’ve sold me and who knows how many others on it. What else could you ask for?

HD – Sell That Non-PenTile Screen Like You Mean It

We took a look at the HD screens that Motorola is putting in their Chinese phones back at CES, and from what we can tell they are non-PenTile and gorgeous. With Samsung still using a PenTile display in the new S3, we want Motorola to tell people about it. Tell people that your screen is as clear, crisp, and natural as they come. It may seem like a silly spec to sell, but look at the selling power of a display in the iPhone and new iPad. People to this day cannot stop talking about the “retina” this and that.

Old – Be Your Old Self, People Want You Back

From what we can tell, people want more than anything to have the old Motorola back. And when we say “old” we are talking about the original DROID days – the glory days. Still to this day, people look back to that device as the one that got them started in this Android game and kept them in it. Motorola did everything right there. They pushed specs to their limits, left the device open to developers, and supported it like it was their first born child. Please Motorola, do that with the RAZR HD and you will have another winner. We want to love your products again, but we need you give us some love in return. Why is it so difficult to go with the formula that brought you out of the grave the first time?

So I ask you DL Community, are you with me? If Motorola brings us back to the days of old, are you ready for it? Would you drop your current device for the RAZR HD?

  • nitephlight

    oh God, im Motorola 4 life but i compromise on the boot loader because let’s be honest: vzw 4g unlimited plan with a rock solid moto radio is a luxury i refuse to give up. i also own a gnex.. this things com hw sucks nuts. nuts like 4g hangs on for dear life where my bionic hits -70dbm faster than Comcast cable internet.

    if Google doesn’t step in and handle Verizon they will flush 12bill $ worth of the brand that INVENTED COMMUNICATION TECH AS WE KNOW IT.

  • moose8988

    I have a razr maxx and love it but if Motorola does this I will pay full retail for this phone when it comes out because I don’t have an upgrade

  • I want to switch from an iPhone 3GS, this sounds like a dream phone

  • Scienist

    Hell yeah!

  • I’m only with you if they release it before unlimited data plans run out. Otherwise, what’s the point. I may have to settle for the Galaxy SIII at this point.

  • Sam Bithoney

    I’d drop my RAZR for it, but it will need the 3300mAh battery and removable storage. I really don’t like the way high-end Android phones are trending toward fixed storage. It was always my favorite thing about them as opposed to the iDevices. :c

  • Dave

    I don’t even care about full retail price. I’d drop whatever it takes for it.

  • mj

    If I wait ten years for my next phone, I’d have exactly what I’m looking for.

    Or maybe not…..

  • iTpHo3NiX

    I’m one of those id10ts that bought a Droid RAZR right before they released the MAXX at the same price I paid for the original. Anyways I will not be buying a new motorola phone unless specs like these are released with it.

    1. Unlock the bootloader
    2. QuadCore
    3. Large Battery!! You KNOW that the 4G modem in phones kills battery.

    The only thing left to say is that if moto messes this one up they’re just going to bury themselves deeper then they already have.

  • BAoxymoron

    I’d happily pay full retail for that…

  • Chuck Hansen

    The “Be Your Old Self” paragraph PERFECTLY describes my feelings. I loved and adored everything about my OG Droid, but when it came around to buying a new phone, I had to go with the Galaxy Nexus to get a similar vanilla/open experience. I would have preferred to stick with Moto if only they had continued down the road they started on…

  • would drop my Razr if they will use 4″ display. I’m tired of this 4,5-5″ displays. its uncomfortable. Though current razr is too wide, though the display is not so big. To me 4,3 is maximum

  • cb2000a

    Nailed it! Make us believe again Moto! DROP THE BOOTLOADER!

  • Tom Snyder

    I WANT THIS NOW im paying full price IDC


  • Bootloader – Unlock It Already,but this is the first….

  • Waiting for it…SAMOLED A HD VS IPS HD, which one is your like?

  • Yeah, that’s still not enough to make me want it. Ever. The Droid was a great product. It had a lot of heart, but heart doesn’t get the job done. As for everything afterwards? Motoblur was enough to make me never, ever look back. I’ll wait for the Nexus phones. If I’m on a 2 year contract, I don’t want to stop getting updates after the first update.

  • Azuric

    Sitting on the fence as hard as I can that all this comes true before Big Red forces my hand with the shared data plans

  • Taglogical

    Oh hey sweet this article’s comments turned into another Gnex Fanboi Frenzy… again… yay.

    Some of you are doing it wrong though… When a Gnex Fanboi feels buyers remorse, the proper response is to post endlessly in non-Nexus threads flaming Motorola because Verizon delays updates.

    Bringing us back, YES, DL I would pay full retail to be part of such a tasty phone’s inevitable developer community.

  • Prickee

    It’s soo funny reading people going back and forth Nexus vs Razr and so on…Get what ever phone you like and leave it at that. Just stupid to me. I love my Nexus and wife loves her Razr and sister will never leave her !phone 4s. So am I gonna say my Nexus/Razr/!phone 4s is better that the others…..NO!

  • Motorola’s problems for last year’s results have less to do with locked bootloaders, and more to do with being painfully late on the Bionic when other carriers were getting their LTE phones out the door first. That was really important to Motorola for the second big reason, which is that most of their phones (60%, according to latest financials) are sold in North America. They are really dependent on the North American carriers. Samsung for one has done a much better job picking up the pieces left behind by Nokia in Europe.

    A solid Razr HD launch can help Motorola, but they also need to increase their non NA market share.

  • I would go and pay full retail price on release morning to get this phone. Jack it up to $900 and I’d still buy it. If Moto makes a phone that is as revolutionary as you’ve described, then no manufacturer in the world can compete.

  • sporttster

    I’ll tell ya…I really like my Razr and am for the most part glad I chose it. The biggest thing that irks me is what was said….locked BL and small battery. Fix just those two things and you’ve got a beast on your hands. Add in the HD Razr’s better screen and camera and man….it would be unbeatable. I just don’t think they’re smart enough or wise enough to do it. Maybe Google wll change that but probably not immediately, hence the reason I think this is still screwed up and won’t be a change from what they’ve put out.

  • coolhand

    I had the original Droid and I loved it. I have the Nexus now and I love it with one exception, the phone signal is terrible. I ‘ve tried numerous roms and have the latest radio and nothing seems to help. In my opinion Motorola has always had the best signal. With that said, yes I would give the Razor HD a go.

  • InyRules

    I’d definitely consider this. I remember the MOTO phones of my youth fondly. I had a flip phone that was essentially unbreakable, and I have nothing but good memories for my SLVR.

  • Unlocked bootloader? Not going to happen — the phone was designed before Google took over, and a whole bunch of Motorola bureaucrats are still there. I hope I am wrong, but the best we can wish for is for Moto to release an unlock tool after the launch.

    MAXX size battery — they would be stupid not to do it, but who knows. Remember, the phone was designed before Google took over. Motorola may have a plan to “SURPRISE” us with a Droid RAZR HD Maxx 1 months after the Droid RAZR HD is released. I just wish Dennis Woodside won’t “accidentally” get his hands on a prototype of the RAZR that a engineer is toying with a “New Idea” and says, “It’s a genius idea, let’s bring it to the market.”

  • Everything about this phone, if the rumors hold, will be beastly. 720p LCD screen (no pentile or burn-in problems), S4 proc and LTE, and potentially ridiculous battery life if it pairs the MAXX battery with the more-efficient S4 modem.

    But if it doesn’t have a microSD slot, and Verizon forces me off of unlimited, it’s no sale. I’ll need lots of storage for Google Music, to compensate for losing the ability to stream music without worrying about data caps.

  • Liquidretro

    I agree that this would be a big seller, I would strongly consider it for my next phone despite not having the more efficient LTE modems we are all waiting for. Why? Motorola has great build quality. Their phones just feel well built. They are not some plastic Samsung phone, Motorola phones also work as phones. Call quality is great. Unlocked would be amazing so it gets some developer support. Void my warranty, that’s fine its a risk I am willing to take. I trust the devs. Lets hope the camera is on par or better then the iPhone 4s. Lets face it the P&S Camera is nearly dead. I don’t care about MP, I care about speed and quality.

  • I had an OG Droid, then got all exited and got the DROID3. Thankfully on the Gnex now. After the fiasco that was the DROID3, I don’t think I would go back to Moto. No ICS on a dual core phone. Camera lag like nobodies business. Other major, MAJOR issues. I just wouldn’t be able to trust Moto at this point. Any of their phones could turn out to be the next DROID3. Or God forbid a DROIDX2.

  • Do this, and then unlock the bootloader on the D4, and I’d snap one up in a heartbeat.

  • Love my MAXX, but I’ll be damned if I don’t jump all over this, provided they get the battery and display right. Bootloader I don’t care to much about, but I understand why many do, and the camera is just a bonus. TAKE MY MONEY!!!

    • Yes, a locked-bootloader means nothing to me; likely also to the vast phone-wielding public as well. I have the MAXX too, since January, and it’s proven to be an invaluable aid. A significantly improved version of the MAXX, as the RAZR HD hints to be, would be the phone to see me well into 2013.

  • azndan4

    It is going to take a lot for me to consider buying another Motorola phone, even if it is unlocked. Motorola has a well deserved reputation for not listening to their customers desires and repeatedly lying and breaking promises.

  • Dave Maillet

    Here’s the problem….Motorola will have to prove to their potential customers that they won’t leave their phone behind in the dust as soon as the next best thing comes out. Take a look at the last year’s worth of releases: Droid X2 (5/19/11), Droid 3 (7/7/11), Droid Bionic (9/8/11), Droid RAZR (11/11/11), Droid RAZR Maxx (1/26/2012), Droid 4 (2/10/2012).
    Every two months Moto releases a new phone that makes the previous one obsolete….why should I buy Moto when I know 2 months later, it’ll be forgotten about?

    • I don’t think you know the definition of the word “obsolete”.

      • InyRules

        It would kinda be “obsolete” in the eyes of the average customer. They have just purchased a phone for $300 (the default Verizon price for new, high spec phones), committed to a 2 year contract, and within 2 months, their phone is no longer the “latest and greatest.” I get what you’re saying about the obsolete definition, but that’s the way average consumers will see it as. “My phone isn’t the best anymore? Oh man, this thing sucks, I want the newest one with the better battery!” And that release date from from the RAZR to the RAZR MAXX was really a kick to the teeth.

        • Yes for RAZR to RAZR Maxx, but it certainly doesn’t apply to RAZR Maxx until now, and it definitely doesn’t apply to the Droid 4 or X2, neither of which were ever the “latest and greatest” $300 phone.

          The RAZR to RAZR Maxx issue simply shows the problem with non-replaceable batteries. They’re the same phone. If it were a regular phone, they would have simply sold it as a replacement extended battery.

          Would you have rather that they never come out with a longer battery version? Would you rather that they have delayed the RAZR release (even though they’d miss Christmas.)

          Having the RAZR Maxx released on 11/11/11 was *never* an option. The alternative, to avoid the short product cycles, was no initial RAZR at all, and people from 11/11/11 until the end of January 2012 being stuck with the Bionic or other phones or else having to wait two months.

          • InyRules

            If they were just going to release the MAXX 2 months later, what was the point of releasing the RAZR? I say the RAZR MAXX should have been the only RAZR to be released. It’s not like they made a split second decision to release the MAXX. And why couldn’t the MAXX be released on 11/11? I do agree with you on the issue of non-replaceable batteries, though.

    • Doesn’t the fact that it’s already been five months since the last flagship phone with no release data already prove something?

      The Droid 4 didn’t make any of the RAZRs obsolete, it’s the slide out keyboard replacement for the Droid 3, 6 months later. The sliders/physical keyboard phones are a completely different competing form factor.

      The DroidX2 is a non-LTE phone, and doesn’t compete with the flagship phones. It was never promoted nor priced as a top-tier flagship.

      The other complaints are legitimate, and are chalked up to the Bionic being delayed and re-engineered (pushing its date later, towards the RAZR release), and then the RAZR probably being rushed out before the Christmas season combined with lots of people complaining about the battery life on all LTE phones.

      Even so, I really don’t worry all that much about phones constantly getting better. Do you really find it a problem that the pace of innovation is too quick?

  • CORYK333

    Dope op-ed Kellen, shame i just had to scroll through 60 “my gnex rules/my gnex sucks” comments before i got to something relevant

    • Greyhame

      @coryk333 – my sentiments exactly.

  • aaCharley

    If this is configured as a MAXX HD Unlocked, why would it get more Droid Life fan followwing than the HTC Rezound? Sure, it would be a great phone. But I don’t understand why it would have such immediate Droid Life love and mention when the excellent phone HTC Rezound was noted and then little mentioned.

  • Motorola Razr V MT887 release in China. Link http://imageshack.us/f/853/motorolarazrvmt887.jpg/

  • Knlegend1

    Wow this article sounds like a comment from the fanboys lol. With that being said I agree with the battery thing and that’s about it.

  • LordStickMax

    i just got a galaxy nexus and i would upgrade in a second if it met these requirements. hell i almost got a razr maxx but the nexus won for those reasons.

  • Gremlin Flasher

    Sure, if Droid Life decides to buy me the phone off contract, yeah, I might consider switching to it. But in the end I still wouldn’t personally choose a phone that doesn’t have a removable battery, no matter how high of a capacity it is. I’m doing fine with my current phone, and seeing how Whorerizon keeps trying to get rid of features and add on new charges. Well, I don’t see myself upgrading anytime soon, if ever. I’ll most likely just downgrade to either my Droid or my Droid X. Or buy an older phone on Ebay or Amazon.

  • It would take a lot for me to seriously consider a Motorola phone, but a 4.5″ 720P screen with that gigantic battery would make me at least check it out.

    Hopefully they’ll do something about that design aesthetic as well.

  • MentatYP

    Interesting point about unlocked bootloader providing continuing publicity as ROMs are released for the phone. Never thought about that, but I think it’s a good point.

    For me if the Razr HD is 720p with a non-Pentile screen and includes the 3300 MAXX battery I’m on board for sure. I’m not a big ROM enthusiast so I can live with a locked bootloader but I’d be happy to see it unlocked. Not a deal breaker for me personally though.

  • TrojanFan

    For those complaining about their “crappy” Galaxy Nexus I highly recommend you root and throw on the AOKP rom. I was pretty sick of my non-rooted Nexus, but finally got tired of waiting for Verizon to push out the next ICS update, and decided to root over the weekend. Wow! AOKP is a breath of fresh air. It is seriously like having a different phone. Battery issues are a thing of the past — no more random reboots. I couldn’t be happier, and wish I had done this months ago. So take the plunge — I promise you won’t be disappointed.

    • InyRules

      While I would agree with you, this post isn’t about the Nexus…

      • TrojanFan

        True… and my apologies for straying off topic. I just thought I would offer some friendly advice to the hoards in the comments section who seem fed up with their Galaxy Nexus and Verizon. After all, that’s what these online communities are for — helping one another out.

  • Faber

    Hate moto, but if they did it right: id buy one.

  • jbo

    Verizon just doesn’t get good reception at my work (Tampa????).. getting dropped even if the phone were free, with a genie and three wishes. Worthless

    • But if you had a gene with three wishes you could wish for better Verizon service #problemsolved

  • Auustin

    So far i love everything about the phone, its designed to compete with the nexus a gs3, but they need the bigger batter to have the adge. They REALLY and i mean really need a huge marketing campaign, make it so i cant turn on a tv for more then 30 min without seeing a commerical about, and finnally push the screen like you never have before ; pentile is getting old

  • BlueLetter

    None of those Chinese models looked like they were packing the Maxx’s battery, and I hope they don’t go with some plain jane HD display. There’s no point in HD if your viewing angles are crap, it washes out in sunlight like some devices whose names I won’t mention.
    I’d rather they just go with another AMOLED screen, but try to do something about that damn green tinge this time.

  • Only if its a Droid 4 HD. I gotta have the keyboard, just like the OG Droid did.

  • trumpet444

    Seems like this comment section has been hijacked by complaining GNex owners. I get it, some of you have problems. Replace it or find a solution on some forums. Just shut up about it already

    • MKader17

      More like GNex haters. It’s too bad because this was a good article and brings up valid points

  • N8shon

    I love my Razr Maxx. If the Razr HD ends up being as much of an improvement as it looks to be, I’ll be selling my Maxx and buying on of these. I’m glad to see Motorola stepping it up yet again on the hardware side.

  • adam

    I JUST upgraded to the Maxx -____-

  • Raven

    If they make a Droid 5 keyboard slider version of it then yes, definitely. I know they are down in popularity, but there is still a core group of people that need a physical keyboard or they won’t even look at a phone, no matter how good the specs are.

    • MyStroPro

      I know this sounds utterly silly, but I’m practically as fast as I was with the new keys on the latest Swype betas. Honestly, Swype features have come a long way (even if you are using third party swype styled keyboards). I’d say give it a try for a week and see what you think after.

      I used to be one of the “must have keyboard” types, but I left that with my Razr and haven’t missed a step.

  • jdbarn

    I love my GNex and have had no issues with it but everyone knows Moto makes the best phones at lease when they don’t have their head stuck where the sun don’t shine. If the Razr HD lived up to these high expectations I would definitely get one.

  • Ahku Droid

    Hell to the yes. Unlocked HD version of the MAXX would be incredible. Double the RAM too for some future proofing.

  • cooksta32676

    Don’t give it a huge bezel, keep the device usable with one hand with a 4.6-4.7″ screen. We don’t need Zac’s phone from saved by the bell. A tad bigger than the DX would be perfect.

  • Steve Douglas

    If they unlocked their bootloader, and had the specs noted. I would love to have this in my hands. No bootloader, no interest.

  • r0lct

    I agree, as a former DX owner I would go back to Moto in a heartbeat for a Nexus device or at least an unlocked bootloader if it was better than the rest. I’m not a fan or Samsung or any oem, just of Nexus or unlocked bootloaders. Whomever has the best device out unlocked I’m ready to buy.

  • Great point on the battery, but I have come to really enjoy the ability to swap to a full battery on the run. I can get OEM batteries for $5 on eBay and switch them out without having to sit and wait for my phone to charge. All this is made easier with a separate battery charger that came with my Costco bundle.

  • fbrn

    I completely agree with everything you have said. Have refused to buy Motorola since they locked down the bootloader. And I have convinced everyone that I can to stay away from Motorola for this reason. Which granted I am only one person but I know for a fact that over 15 people have chosen other phones because of me telling them about the locked bootloader and how little you can do to customize beyond what it is shipped with.

  • hfd1113


  • I don’t know if I trust motorola being I have a long forgotten Droid 3 sitting here that was outdated and replaced about 2 months after I bought it. It’s junk, can’t even keep the navigation working on it and have had 3 or 4 replacements by now.

    • LionStone

      What were you thinking bro? 4G phones were out already and you chose a 3G phone that you MUST have known was gonna be outdated and left behind. Don’t blame Moto for a choice you made…sorry 🙁

  • PaulSchroeder

    Great points, Kellex. Someone send this to Moto Mobility

  • I still don’t quite understand the “unlock bootloader to make the device an instant hit” thing. Are there any statistics on the percentage of people who run custom ROMs on, say, a Rezound, or have it rooted? That is, compared to the entire user base. I know a lot of people who never ever bothered rooting their Android device, let alone installing a custom ROM.


    Anyone know if this will have NFC?

    • LionStone

      Good question…I’m presuming yes.

  • KleenDroid

    I agree with this article. Motorola has the opportunity to turn things around. Unlock the bootloader and I will come.

  • Mauro Youknowwho

    I would pay retail off contract for this phone unlocked with the large battery. FOR SURE.

  • I really hope this comes out before they get rid of the unlimited data crap….

  • If this happens, it may just be my next phone….assuming that Big Red doesn’t piss me off so badly that I completely change carriers.

  • Detonation

    The dev community and tech industry is just a small percentage of the total consumer base. Most people do not care, let alone know, about an unlocked bootloader. I don’t think unlocking the bootloader is going to make huge waves like you expect, at least not from a business/marketing point of view.

    • MooleyBooleyTroll

      I think you miss the point here. Unlocking the bootloader won’t make people flock to the phone, the news generated because if it will.

      • SEJ

        The news of an unlocked bootloader would be limited to tech-related sites and blogs. It won’t be picked up by the mainstream news media so, to Detonation’s point, the majority of consumers/Android users who don’t frequent tech blogs won’t know and/or care about an unlocked bootloader. So the extra sales would still be limited to the dev community base, in my opinion, which is still a fraction of the overall Android userbase.

      • LionStone

        Well again like Detonation mentioned, even with the news generated, only a small % will be interested in an unlocked bootloader.

      • MooleyBooleyTroll

        I still think you all miss the point here.

      • Chronon7364

        Indeed, it will provoke positive discourse about a product. Even if most people don’t take advantage of an unlocked bootloader, continuously seeing articles with a positive bent pop up on various websites works to enhance the products overall reputation. That’s always a good thing.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Yes.!!!! Build it Moto and we will come.

  • I’m currently using a droid bionic when I get an upgrade next year around may 8th I’m going to get this phone

  • Chad

    What you say would be beautiful!

  • amosk

    The OG Droid was so popular. It was sold as a geeky and open device that could do more. Moto is the cute girl in school that let it all go to her head, and now nobody really wants to get in her pants.

  • King of Nynex

    Hardware increasingly means less and less to me. As long as the screen is great, the processor is at least dual core, and at least a gig of RAM, it’s going to do everything I need it to do. I don’t even care about locked bootloaders as long as the phone has VANILLA ICS. I can’t even describe how amazing ICS is. It is the most powerful mobile OS ever created. Yet phone makers continue to cripple it with their own skins.

    Why not just have Motorola or Samsung-specific apps that you can download? Leave the software alone!

  • omgitzjose

    Please please please get rid of Motoblur!!!

    • Blurthis

      bitchin’ about Motoblur is so 2011.

      • omgitzjose

        yea im sure im the only one who still cant stand it…yea didnt think so

  • paul_cus

    Really looking forward to what the RAZR HD has to offer. And I’m probably in for full price, so I can keep my unlimited data. It just has to come correct with the specs. Non-pentile HD would be awesome.

  • MooseCat

    Who wants to guess that they’ll release this phone with the Droid Razr battery and then a month down the road release a Droid Razr HD Maxx as a big ‘ol f- you?

  • BrianLipp

    if the RAZR had a 720p screen and the 3300 mAh battery when it launched, i would have seriously considered it over the GNex.Sure, the Gnex has ICS, but i cant stand Sammys build quality and design. I always liked Motos metal quality and the “Droid” design of their devices (i know some people are tired of it, but i still like it). Im still hoping that theres a Moto Nexus at some point

  • Sounds interesting but is this a pipe dream

  • Megatron

    So what this is saying is …IF….this was not a Motorola….it would be a great phone. Moto sucks period…their phones are gimmicks ….they have yet to produce anything but a big battery. The Razr is the ugliest phone ever made….

  • Alix8821

    I “rented” the RAZR until i got my G-Nex on release day… I LOVED the build quality. The steel, “kevlar” everything. Only thing was it was too wide, and screen sucked. BUT, it this “RAZR HD” is not as wide, HD NON-Pentile, and unlocked… OMG… The build quality is ONLY thing I’d change about Nexus… An unlocked RAZR HD… HELLO!

  • Now before I get flamed for this response, I want to first say that my first Droid was the X and I loved that phone! Once I bypassed the bootloader and installed my own custom ROMs (first ApeX then Cyanogen), it was beyond godlike. So don’t burn me at the stake as a “sammie fanboy” or anti-Motorola. But… Why are people giving the Nexus so much grief? It was designed to be a developer’s phone. That’s why it’s a Nexus. If you wanted a phone you can use from the get-go without modding or tweaking, why buy a Nexus in the first place?! I flashed the 4.0.4 radios and it is running CM9’s nightlies (which I update as soon as updates are released). It has WidgetLocker and NovaLauncher. I have no random reboots, no signal dropouts, my videos are crystal clear, and my data/processes are blazing fast. It takes patience and LOTS of trial and error to get just the RIGHT combination of firmware and software to make a Nexus AMAZING. If you don’t have the patience or the time… DON’T GET A NEXUS! */end rant*

    • paul_cus

      That’s why I didn’t get a Nexus. You make some solid points.

    • EDNYLaw

      That is an excellent argument for Nexus phones. I’ve had the OG Droid, Droid X, Droid Bionic and Droid Razr (even a Xoom), clearly I was a fan of Moto but when I got the Bionic that was plagued with data drop I got Moto to switch me to a Razr, but in the end the locked bootloader killed it for me. I switched to the Nexus and I’ve never been happier. I love flashing kernels and ROMs and yes it can be a pain to find the right combination but I will say 4.0.4 plus Franco Kernels plus Droid Th3ory’s AOKP based Patient Zero ROM is killer. It beats the hell out of anything I’ve run on Moto, I never get reboots (unless I get a little too aggressive in my tweaking), no data drops, I gave my Razr to my mom and I held them next to each other and after updating to 4.0.4 I can say the signal is the EXACT same on both phones, I’ve never dropped a call, the thing runs amazing clocked at 1.3 Ghz with the conservative governor. I get well over a day of average use with 4+ hours of screen on time all while on 4G or WIFI (data off). By the way, the screen on the Nexus is gorgeous when you apply Franco’s color tweaks with OMAP4 Gamma control, nobody can touch how amazing the screen looks. The Nexus is simply the best phone for people who don’t mind (or like me absolutely love) tweaking and modding the hell out of the phone. If you don’t want to tweak and mod, by all means get a Moto, they’re locked down like hell but they will work for the most part without tweaking, though I did root and debloat my mom’s Razr but anyone who’s afraid to do that and had the nerve to complain needs to get an iphone.

      • To be honest, and I know I’m going to get so much s**t for this but, the way Moto has locked down their phones, it is literally one step away from iFail’s closed source policy. I agree, even rooting to de-bloat is a risky task that could brick or bootloop your device. How can people bash the Nexus, a truly open source device living up to the mission of Google’s AOSP, and instead praise a phone that might as well be the iFail Android edition? If anything, the only thing that I agree upon is the build quality, because Moto’s RAZRs feel solid. But on top of that, hardware, software, UI, responsiveness, and stability (after finding the right combination of ROMs and Firmware) on the Nexus is without comparison.

  • RW-1

    It’s too late, I made my move, and will be with my GNex until the next upgrade cycle… I’ll wait in the wings, watching … but it will take a lot go reel me back in to moto. Jha gone is one step in the right direction though.

  • Don’t think I would jump to this. My family has been stricken by POS Motorola products over the last year and a half. We went through 5 Droid 2’s with faulty keyboards and 3 Droid X’s for faulty cameras. Truthfully it should be 4 Droid X’s b/c mine needs to be replaced due to the Wifi not working.

    So no, I don’t think my next phone will be a Motorola even if they did return to the glory days.

  • f0r71fy

    I’m still clinging to my Motorola phones, I’ve had the DROID 1-4 currently on the 4. I really do love their devices but as you said there’s going to come a point where if they don’t change their ways I’ll have to move on. So yes, I agree and I am with you. Come on Motorola bring your old self back.

  • andrew rivera

    This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for since 2009. I’m still with the og and when I go on forums suck as Droid life there are a ton of customers with the original because of its reputation. This is the complete package I’ve been wanting to get to switch devices. Now all I would have to do is pray Motorola makes the HD that way and see how I’m going to deal with Verizon stupid tier data plan

  • We went March, April, May, and most likely all of June before any Verizon 4G devices…I know we were complaining about too many phones being released but:

    The Bionic was a terrible release, after being pushed back for so long so they replaced it with the RAZR…most likely another hurry release since no one was thrilled about the previous phone…now the RAZR was cool, but with the battery being so bad (and news about the successor hitting this site literally a week later), smart people shouldn’t have bought the RAZR right away…whats the purpose of rushing to buy something asap in the droid world?

    So then the Nexus hit with the Rezound (probably the most underrated phone and all HTC’s fault for marketing this as Beats and not 720p)…But the Nexus had 1) poor reception issues, and 2) a speaker that was pretty weak and 3) 6 months of no updates. The Rezound was bulky and looked like a Thunderbolt/Inc2.

    When the RAZR Maxx hit it had the same terrible screen that almost every site said was weaker than the Nexus…for $300 that’s unacceptable.

    So really we had 3 phones released around January (the Nexus, Maxx, Rezound)…then we went Jan, Feb, March, April, May, and will be at least halfway through June…us buyers waiting for that amazing phone still really havent seen it…720p, S4 processor, big battery, etc is NOT a big request.

    ATT’s One X is fantastic…if that was out now…done deal
    Sprint’s Evo 4glte is amazing (even though they dont have 4g) would be my pick instantly
    US Cellular….sucks…lol

    Come on Verizon…release a phone BEFORE the data changes that I actually thing is worthy of replacing my rooted Incredible with 4.0 Android on it that manages to still be awesome.

    • Droidzilla

      The RAZR was a killer handset. The battery, according to some sites, lasted longer than the stocker on the Rezound and the GNex (or at least as long), so I don’t know where people get the idea that battery life was horrible on it. My wife leaves hers in 3G mode and gets a day and a half (granted, she’s not a power user; but that’s still damned good).

  • Motorola is a pipe dream.

    • LiterofCola

      So’s your life.

  • The unicorn that you describe here, I would possibly trade my GNex for. Mainly, if I can get a dedicated HDMI out, a long lasting battery and the ability to root and get AOKP on it. The screen is going to be great (hopefully) and I know I can get rid of whatever bloat crap that Moto puts on there, I will be happy. I think I can get over the design. I was impressed with the Droid Razr, just that screen and bezel KILLED it for me.

  • o1dm0n

    Why is anyone interested in a Locked Down moto phone? I haven’t seen a good moto phone since my OG Droid. Too much crap on them and no options. I’d take a Sammy or HTC phone any day over a moto lockdown. They don’t follow through with their promises.

    I had such high hopes for Moto after the OG Droid…. alas… crap since then.

    • LiterofCola

      Troll harder.

  • PMAgent2013

    I really want this phone but i have two questions.

    1. Will there be a quad core motorola super phone 2 months later. I can be fine if it comes out 6+ months later but if comes out right after i will be very annoyed.
    2. When is it coming out, if it comes before shared data plans ill be first in line, but if it comes after i would have a very tough choice to make because that means we are even closer to new technology.
    or and a quick thought. Does it have NFC?
    Kellen, can you answer any of these?

    • Droidzilla

      No one but Moto knows the answer to these questions, yet. It’s a safe bet that it’ll be either a quad core A9 or a dual core A15, but even that’s speculation. Ditto on release date, though the fact that it’s in Verizon’s computers means it’s a little closer to release than it was.

      That said, who gives a crap what comes out after? I got my RAZR in November, and I’m very happy with it. I knew exactly what I was buying then, and nothing has degraded the device since. How does Moto coming out with a better phone make your current phone any worse? I don’t get the whole phone-envy thing; your device won’t be cutting edge in a few months no matter what (even if Moto didn’t come out with a better version, HTC/Samsung/Sony/LG/etc. will). It’s like people loving on their iPhone for not being outdated because there isn’t a newer iPhone out; stupid, since it’s still a 3G, 3.5″, dual core 800MHz device and that’s been passed up for a bit (I hear Nexus owners say the same thing; makes zero sense).

  • all this would make the razr the dream machine, i’d gladly run over my nexus with my truck and never look back, of course im about to run over it anyway,but still

    • will bartlett

      you are the worst type of android owner.

  • Droidfan

    “crawled out of the Android gutter”….DL should demand your resignation….IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

    • LiterofCola

      That is an outrageous statement in my opinion. Just because a manufacture doesn’t make a device that you want doesn’t mean that it’s in the gutter.

  • Hey Kellen, this post definitely gave me goosebumps. 🙁


    (I still remember that this website used to be made for Motorola DROID)
    A Droid-life reader from Singapore since 2009. 🙂

  • root4life

    with you big time

  • Hmm….

    Bravo, Kellex!

  • Greg Morgan

    I’m with you Kellex!…If Moto does all of the above, that is…but it’s still Moto. Until I see it, things are still the same.

  • Guest

    > What else could you ask for?

    How about a descent screen-size? An EXTREMELY important piece of the puzzle that droid-life seems to always ignore.

    A 4.3″ screen… made to only 4.1″ because of foolishly moving the buttons onto the screen… makes a phone useless to me.

    With a reduced bezel, this phone could easily have a 4.7″ screen… without making the overall size ANY bigger.

    I’m never going to “upgrade” my current/old 4.3″ screen to another 4.3″ screen (or in this case, LESS usable screen space.)

    • joshua weissman

      The Razr HD is rumored to have a 4.7 inch screen so moto already has you taken care of there.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      eventually you wouldn’t have a choice man…it’s really not that big of a deal since 99% of what you’re doing on the screen, the software buttons disappear. Or are you that excited to have more realestate on the homescreen?

  • They also need to release this thing BEFORE the family shared data plans…

    But I’m willing to bet verizon is making HTC (the incredible 4G has been ready for a long ass time), the S3 (the phone will be ready before the end of june, but the whole “Olympic” release thing is bs), and now this phone that we first heard would be out in April…wait until they switch over and force people who have been with verizon for years out of their plans.

    • they can’t force people out til next year at the minimum. der der derp

      • Sorry, but they can. If you upgrade your phone through Verizon (or, likely, one its resellers or partners as well), you will need to sign a new contract. Starting the day that the shared plans are established in their system, the only plans Verizon will contract for smart phones are the new shared data plans. Therefore, you are welcome to upgrade without a subsidy (pay full retail), but if you want a cheap(er) phone, you will have to switch your plan.
        EDIT: Come to think of it, there’s a good chance that Verizon is gearing up to launch their pretty new plans with some enticing hardware to go with it, to encourage jaded users to upgrade sooner rather than later. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they offered current unlimited users an early upgrade option as well.

  • Joey

    Hell yeah! In a minute.

  • chris125

    I agree 100% go back to the original DROID days and you will gain a ton of customers.

  • ranlil

    I’m sold!

  • Butters619

    And release the damn phone to other US carriers!!!

    (and to international carriers immediately and not 3 months later)

    • Droidzilla

      Moto seems to be a very Verizon-centric manufacturer. It’s too bad, because I think they could be Samsung-like in their clout if they really pushed their international/multi-carrier approach. The Atrix was the best thing going on AT&T for a while. Maybe Google can cut the cord between Moto and Verizon.

      • It’s only “Verizon-centric” in the US. The majority of Motorola’s sales aren’t VZW, it’s the Chinese market.

        • About 55% of Motorola’s sales revenue for mobile devices is North America, according to their 1Q 2012 financial results. http://investors.motorola.com/results.cfm See slide 6 in their “Presentation Material” or elsewhere in their financial filings. Latin America is about 20%, followed by China at 15%. Their European presence is tiny.

  • JJ69Chev

    would drop my POS nexus in a heartbeat for this phone

    • why is ur nexus a POS?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Guess he’s having the problems many others like myself are having including random reboots even after the leaked update. OR the crappy camera.

        • Flash AOKP. It’s a nexus so mess around with it. Pay extra care to the camera and the results will be decent. A subpar camera doesn’t make the Nexus a POS.

          • JJ69Chev

            i havent root THIS one because im sick of unlocking/ rooting just to have to lock and unroot so i can get one that works.. I got the nexus more for the “updates first”(lol yeah right) and the stock android and for rooting anyway

          • well ur on ICS. what do you have to update to?

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            The non buggy version that Verizon hasn’t released for folks to don’t feel like going through the hassle of rooting.

          • is rooting really that big of a hassle?

            people beg for unlocked bootloaders yet they are too lazy to root a phone? I just don’t get it.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            The people begging for unlocked bootloaders are the same people that must have root. Not everyone is begging for unlocked bootlaoders or root, some just got a nexus for timely updates, not everyone with an Android phone on android blogs fall into the same category.

          • u have ICS though i mean i guess you could get 4.0.4 a minor update its not a major update. with Android 5 you don’t think nexus will be updated first?

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            That doesn’t mean anything. The fact that Gingerbread phones haven’t been updated yet has nothing to do with Nexus owners. The point is that there is an update that’s been out that fixes a lot of the issue taht hasn’t come to verizon handsets yet. The fact that we have ICS Before other phones is completely irrelevant.

          • i think having ICS before everyone else is absolutely relevant.

            do you honestly think the phone should be blamed for not having an update? clearly google would push the update if it had the power to. something is holding them back.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            “do you honestly think the phone should be blamed for not having an update?” <— Lol are you serious? The phone doesn't have the update leaving it buggy, making it a bad experience overall making the phone not as good as it should be. And no one is blaming google for anything, Verizon is the one with the update in a holding pattern.

          • will bartlett

            i have had a wonderful experience. nexus haters just like to cry and cry often because they are lazy.

          • OreoMan

            Agreed. Sprint delivered their GNex with the 4.0.4 and then promptly updated the phone for network issues. I believe VZW is holding up the update for their GNex line……just not sure why.

          • true also, my problems is too ,that why should i pay 300 dollars for a phone that is supposed to be the wonder phone, then I have to find a way to make it work like it is supposed to work right out of the box

          • Taglogical

            No no you’re doing it wrong, a proper Gnex Fanboi blames Motorola when Verizon delays Updates.

          • Taglogical

            No no you’re doing it wrong, a proper Gnex Fanboi blames Motorola when Verizon delays Updates.

          • Taglogical

            No no you’re doing it wrong, a proper Gnex Fanboi blames Motorola when Verizon delays Updates.

          • MKader17

            I swear this is all in Verizon’s scheme of treating the Nexus like a stepchild and giving the Razr the spot light. From day 1 this phone has been treated like crap, given crappy commercials, not advertised, etc…

          • cb2000a

            I don’t necessarily need a custom rom, but rooting is very important to me as I can get all the crapware that the phone companies put on that make my phone run slower and chew through my battery.

          • cb2000a

            I don’t necessarily need a custom rom, but rooting is very important to me as I can get all the crapware that the phone companies put on that make my phone run slower and chew through my battery.

          • cb2000a

            I don’t necessarily need a custom rom, but rooting is very important to me as I can get all the crapware that the phone companies put on that make my phone run slower and chew through my battery.

          • cb2000a

            I don’t necessarily need a custom rom, but rooting is very important to me as I can get all the crapware that the phone companies put on that make my phone run slower and chew through my battery.

          • JJ69Chev

            how about a version that works

          • well clearly ICS works. no matter what version you’re on

          • MKader17

            please stop with the “This Nexus is never updated” The Nexus is the ONLY phone on Verizon that even has ICS and there are only a few phones that are on a higher version number of ICS. All of these phones do not have LTE and are not on Verizon. The Nexus will be getting its update within the week.

            I’m sorry you’ve had problems with your phone. I ended up rooting because of the customization. Before I rooted I never had a single problem with my phone and I bought it on release day.

          • sc4fpse

            I have AOKP running on my Nexus. I love AOKP. It just can’t change the fact that hardware-wise, the Nexus is an awful device.

        • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

          I actually liked the Nexus camera. I’ve had 5 smart phones: Droid, Droid X, GNex, Razr Maxx and iPhone 4S. And the G Nex camera quality was by far better than any of the others.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            You can’t be serious. You’re the only person that thinks that.

          • MKader17

            I don’t know about by far the best, but if you told everyone that all those cameras were an arbitrary megapixel number I bet you would see a lot of people not caring one way or the other. Compared to my OG Droid, I can take pictures 10x faster and much better quality.

      • JJ69Chev

        well i’m on my 4th one so there are many reasons, mainly the radios suck, it randomly reboots, my mic cuts out after being on the phone for 2 mins, the mic doesn’t work on speaker

        • its funny cuz i have none of those issues.

          • CoCoCalypso


          • JJ69Chev

            thats great for you but its well documented these problems exist. I am not alone in them

          • i guess but 4 phones?

          • i guess you dont read here much.because if you did you would see that most of the people with it feel that way

          • i see a lot of nexus bashers and its annoying. coming from an OG D1 i have zero complaints. name any other phone i should have gotten with my upgrade

          • id pick anything over a nexus, my wifes company gives her a phone but she wants a personal phone,i told her get the maxx or wait till the iphone 5 comes out,then compare the two and pick the one you want,

          • iphone 5? ok i think i know where this is going.

          • not really, told her to compare it to the maxx and get the one she likes the best, the iphone 5 will have to be very good to beat the maxx

          • nexus is barely good as a toy,with all the problems like the mic cutting out, you just cant depend on a nexus for a professional phone

          • oh my….

          • GuidZilla

            Odd… I travel between 3 offices, use my nexus all day for calls, contacts, exchange, calendar, and random personal stuff and guess what. Reliable as can be, save for the not amazing battery life. So I CAN depend on my Nexus as a professional phone. Can everyone? perhaps not, but making blanket statements like that just makes you look like a tool.

          • MTI

            Got news for you, buddy: “most” Nexus owners do not feel thay way. After many months of reading about this topic, it is clear to me that the people experiencing these problems represent a minority of Nexus users…an understandably vocal minority. However, the reality is that most of us have not experienced any issues; I have had a Nexus for a good long while, and so have 3 of my closest friends. None of us have any real complaints. Quite the opposite, in that we are all very pleased with our devices. The Nexus has been a great phone for most users, as much as it sucks that some of you haven’t had the same experience.

          • next you are going to tell me how loud your speaker is too I guess

          • MTI

            The phone works wonderfully, and has continued to on almost all levels. I’d give it a better camera if I could, but even there, it is just not as awful as some make it out to be.

            But I won’t try to reason with you. Thing is, guys like you are interested in bitching, nothing more. You are angry, and you want to rant for awhile. Go ahead. We’ll listen. The fact is that many of us are pleased enough with our Nexuses to not be effected by little tyraids like yours. At the end of the day, think what you want. We will do the same.

          • Tweekex

            Same here

          • Marc

            It’s funny cuz he does.

          • it is.

          • was on the beach this weekend, people all around were on their phones from time to time, here I sit with a nexus and its says no signal,I mean…really?

          • Jon


        • mustbepbs

          I think you’re one of those people that exaggerates problems and is constantly in the Verizon stores complaining that issues exist. You being on your 4th phone proves that.

          • JJ69Chev

            noit proves the phone doesnt work. trust me i would like nothing more then to not have to go get a phone that functions

          • Dain Laguna

            Vzw should have given you a different model by now my wife had one buggy fascinate, not four, before they upgraded her to something diffetent.

          • they told me they there was nothing comparable to trade it to

          • will bartlett

            i was offered any other phone when i traded in mine for “mic issues” shhhhh it had a scratch.

          • he is telling the truth, i’m on my 5th nexus,same problems in all of them, it is a pos as he stated,i bought my first one on dec 16,had 3 refurbished and this last one is brand new, all suck

          • mustbepbs

            Don’t you think that by your FIFTH phone that the problems you experience plague them all? Not just the ones you’ve had? Shouldn’t you demand something different if you’re on the 5th one and hate it so much?

          • r0lct

            That’s because he either full of crap or an idiot. Especially since they have a policy that after 3 replacements for the same problem they allow you to get another device of equal value.

          • MKader17

            wrong post**

          • Droidzilla

            Why don’t you just get them to trade it for a RAZR Maxx? If you’re not into Root/ROM, I see no reason to get the GNex (but if you are into Root/ROM, I see no good reason to not get the GNex).

          • hey.before the nexus came out, i read all about it and believed … and hoped it would be an amazing phone,but that just isnt so, and some of its problems are just plain stupid, how do you release a phone that when you try and use the speaker phone,you have to hold it up to your ear ? just seems to be thrown together, you would think someone would have quality checked it

          • Apostrafee

            Sounds like user error

        • Emad

          2 of them and i have had the same damn issues, tried different roms and gave it the benefit of the doubt, but just terrible data signal and dropping mic connection after 2 mins a lot, (both phones), it eventually made me go back to my razr maxxx. besides the screen, i can live with it over the nexus (although patiently waiting official ICS release)

    • me too in a heart beat

    • emad

      my gsm nexus was a hell of a lot better than when i switched to verizon…. i’m switched back to my razr maxx and patiently waiting for this phone to come out, as long as it has the same battery as the maxx.

    • PhillipCun

      Not sure whats wrong with everyone’s CDMA Nexus on Verizon. Mine works flawlessly from day 1, all my friends who also have it never had one problem. Must be an user error or manufacturer defect.

      • On 4.0.2. 🙁

        • r0lct

          But every other phone is on 2.x. It’s annoying Verizon is holding up the updates, but much better off than being on a phone running Gingerbread.

        • T4rd

          If you were on here last week, you’d see you can update it yourself without rooting.

    • kaos2flo

      You’ve said it brother!!!

      • TROLOLOL

        hey, hulk hogan it’s not a rent-a-center commercial!

    • r0lct

      Why don’t you exchange it for a non-POS one? That’s the whole point of a warranty.

      • sc4fpse

        The parts of the Nexus that make it a POS are not something that a warranty replacement can remedy.

        • r0lct

          Then make Verizon swap it out, it’s quite easy. Why be miserable when you can be a happy RAZR/Rezound owner without even using an upgrade or spending a dime? Certainly having the phone you want would be more enjoyable than trolling the DL forums.

    • sc4fpse

      I’m a big Nexus fanboy — I’ll be the first to admit it. But I would be lying through my teeth if I claimed that reading this article and dreaming of the device described my pants didn’t become just a little bit tighter and a little bit wetter. I too would drop my Nexus like it was hot if this phone came out with the big-arse battery, beautiful screen, and an unlocked bootloader. I do believe it would truly be a renaissance for the developer community, and I would pay full price for this device to be a part of it. With Sanjay gone and Google in a major influential position over Motorola’s operations, I have faith that this could all become a reality.

  • Better yet, just tell me the release date, so I can know when I’ll be able to purchase this.

    • balthuszar

      unless it’s an official release date, it’s just smoke and mirrors anyways…

  • If this happens, Ill trash my Nexus and get this beast. I traded my Nexus for the Maxx and I loved the battery it offered, and the device was very nice. Even with ICS, though, the phone just wasnt as good. The camera sucked and the phone was just stuttery. After 2 weeks, I wanted my Nexus back. I missed being able to customize my kernel and cpu settings, I missed my beautiful AMOLED and I missed my stock ice cream sandwich. If I had a great battery, beautiful screen and unlock bootloader, I might could deal with ics blur until aosp roms arrived.

    Edit: I traded back for the Nexus lmao. Its far superior-battery isnt that important but if there was a Moto phone that didnt lack so many good things and packed good battery, I would run to it.

  • elliot323

    I don’t think anything Motorola, Samsung or any other manufacturer comes up with will be as good as the original Droid.

    • LiterofCola

      The OG Droid was a good phone, but it certainly wasn’t perfect. I hated the horrible keyboard which was awkward to the touch.

      • Liderc

        zomg we agree on something.

        Keyboard was laughable to use.

        • Raven

          I disagree. Although they certainly have improved it by adding the dedicated number row on the Droid 4, I loved the keyboard on my OG Droid with the large 4-way rocker and I am still using my Droid 2 today. They are very easy to type on and I can type way faster than on any silly onscreen keyboard

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      -_- step into the future my son.

  • htowngtr

    I agree… if they can even just include that battery with the S4’s on-chip LTE that will be fantastic.

  • terry

    I was trying to wait it out for this phone, bought the galaxy nexus in late march, returned it for a phone that would work as a phone, swapped it for the razr maxx, yes, a great phone. And nice that I installed the leaked ice cream from verizon. I hope the hd isnt much better of a phone, lol.

    • Hocky

      No offense (and I may just be reiteration what the article is about) but I sure hope to god it’s far better than the Maxx. Not just for personal reasons but really for Razr and Razr Maxx owners too. Because this phone, if done correctly, as stated above, could bring Moto out of a rut and position themselves better for the next generation of phone releases and more importantly, for the next generation of 2 year contracts buyers. Moto needs to keep topping themselves and others in order to keep people buying Moto, not to mention people who are on the fence of jumping ship to other carries like AT&T who also getting/has the SGS3 HTC One X, ect. Moto is a BIG part of BigRed and they need to do the utmost to be the reason people stay and love what Verizon offers. The Droid name has come with some snarks and eye rolling as of late but this device could (and I really hope) turn that around.

  • JSK

    Im open to the idea, if it is unlocked.

    There isn’t enough in the SGIII that seems like a must have over my GNex to upgrade. Plus I hate the physical button on the front and think it is a step backwards.

    A non-pentile HD screen, the maxx battery (my sole complaint about the GNex), unlocked and no hard buttons and I would consider using another upgrade for it.

  • Here here – rah rah! Jolly Good Points there, mah man!

    Motorola’s ONE selling point has ALWAYS been their hardware. Good radios and solid builds. Regardless of smartphones – Moto has had dependable equipment. PLEASE stick to those principles along with all the others above!

    • John

      Jolly good? heh

  • Droidzilla

    Whereas I agree with this article, I have to say my Droid RAZR is the best Android device I’ve ever owned; locked bootloader and pen-tile screen notwithstanding. I don’t think Motorola is losing with their heretofore strategy (the OG, of course, was a better strategy), but I think they make great devices despite their stupid decisions rather than because of them. Implementing the changes Kellex calls for here would be like slipping the brakes and flooring the throttle!