The wallpapers from the DROID RAZR M (our unboxing) have been packaged up and released as an app to the Play Store for your downloading pleasure. I must say, that the wallpapers included with this phone are some of the more beautifully designed that we have seen in some time. It’s pretty obvious that they were created in order to show off the vibrant Super AMOLED display of the device, something they do a great job of. If rainbows and ladybugs aren’t your thing, you do have 3 or 4 DROID-inspired walls as well.
Motorola announced the DROID RAZR M on Wednesday in a press event that took place in NYC. We all watched the event live and then talked about it throughout a number of posts. But today, a unit arrived for me to dive into in a more intimate setting. So since we are out of the hustle and bustle of a press event, we thought we should do a brief unboxing and then a quick look at Blur, the outside, and all of that jazz.
I’m not sure if you’ll be able to tell from the video or not, but so far, I’m actually liking this lil’ guy. The screen is definitely edge-to-edge for the most part, colors are popping off the display (even if it is qHD), it’s fast thanks to the Snapdragon S4 processor, and this new Blur is as close to stock as we’ve seen from any OEM skin. It has some quirks that I’m interested to watch play out. I’m also interested to see what battery life is like. It shouldn’t take long it figure most of that out.
Pre-orders are live now, with devices arriving in stores on September 13. Enjoy.
I hate to admit this, but one of the first things I noticed on the DROID RAZR M that just showed up at my door, was the fact that it did not have that annoying ongoing WiFi notification reminder that we made a big stink over on the Galaxy S3 and Incredible 4G LTE. The device will continue to remind you that WiFi networks are near if you have WiFi turned on, but aren’t connected, however, if you turn WiFi off – no ongoing notification. Hallelujah!
We aren’t sure who to give props to on this one, but I’m leaning towards Motorola. Since Samsung and HTC both caved in to what we are assuming were Verizon’s demands, we’ll give the thumbs up to the folks behind the RAZR line. Nice work, Moto.
Unboxing and first look at the device from my perspective will be up shortly.
On Wednesday, Motorola announced developer editions for the RAZR M and RAZR HD on Verizon. Those devices, are now officially a part of Moto’s Bootloader Unlock program. Previously, only the Photon Q on Sprint was listed as a “supported device,” but moments ago, these two RAZRs joined the party.
If you plan on picking up a developer edition of either of these devices, be sure to check out our guide on how to use the Bootloader Unlock to unlock your phone. We walked through the entire process with a Photon Q a few weeks ago. It’s simple, but there are some quirks that you may run into which we address.
The RAZR M Developer Edition is available for pre-order today at $549 – the RAZR HD will be a month or so.
Today may have been all about
forked Android new Kindle Fires, but for whatever reason, I’m still thinking about the event that went down yesterday, from Motorola. There were all sorts of interesting story lines to pay attention to. We had the first ever product announcement by new CEO Dennis Woodside, some of us hoping for a surprise or two, and then a mention that this was a “new Motorola” that would return to caring about customers. It was a lot to process, but I came away with some opinions and wanted to share.
When the Motorola throws another event later this month in London, they will unveil a version of the RAZR M, only without the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor inside, according to Pocket-Lint. Instead, this will be Moto’s first Intel-powered device.
Let me just say, that this should surprise no one. In fact, if you were in our live blog earlier or any of the early RAZR M posts, I mentioned this to be the case several times. After all, when Motorola announced its partnership with Intel, they told us to expect phones before the end of 2012. Also, the invite for the London event not only includes Intel’s logo, but mentions that they want to “take you to the edge.” Since the RAZR M is Moto’s “edge-to-edge” device, something we brought to light over the weekend, it would make sense that they would simply swap out chipsets while keeping the same form factor.
Earlier today, Motorola released a couple over overview-type videos for both the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD. This afternoon, they kicked it up a notch for the RAZR M by releasing an additional 21 videos that will take you from novice to expert in minutes. Through these videos, you’ll find out all of the intricacies of the newest MotoBlur as you learn how to navigation your home screens, use widgets, setup folders, take HD video, utilize SmartActions, and browse with Google Chrome. You’ll also notice a new “Flip Stand” that Motorola plans to release as a simple option for both smartphone and tablet owners in need of a desktop dock.
It’s live, the DROID RAZR M, if you want one. It will only run you $99 on a new 2-year contract or $549 at full retail. Described as having an “edge-to-edge” display, this is one of the more impressive devices at that price, at least on paper. It rocks out with a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Advanced display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE, NFC, 8MP camera, and runs Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean soon). Not a bad effort from Moto.