AmazonWireless Hosts Deal on Top Verizon Devices, RAZR MAXX and RAZR M Only $0.01

I love the holidays. It seems that all of my favorite things go on sale, including smartphones. For a limited time, naturally, AmazonWireless is hosting a deal on select Verizon devices that should make for some happy buyers.

The original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX are both on sale for only a penny, while upgrading and new customers can get the Galaxy S3 16GB for just $79.99. If you’re looking for one of Verizon’s new phones, you can grab the RAZR M for one cent as well, or grab the slightly aged HTC Rezound for the same price.  (more…)

Rumor Mentions Existence of Motorola RAZR X, Moto Nexus, and Key Lime Pie Update Schedule?

If you caught the first episode of The Droid Life Show last week, then you would have heard the first mention of a rumored Motorola phone called the RAZR X. We first dropped this name on the world in our show, and sure enough, it has appeared again today in a leak of what is being reported as an Android update timeline for Moto engineers. While this purported leak doesn’t talk specs or any of the goodies that we were told, it does bring up a couple of other things that may pique your interest. Before we dive into it though, take it lightly, as there is no proof whatsoever that this is real. Take this as nothing more than a conversation starter.

There is a mention of a Motorola Nexus. After that, the leak goes into potential time frames for Android 4.2.2 (“Key Lime Pie“) updates to rollout to a variety of devices. See, I told you this would be interesting.

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DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD Review

When Motorola first introduced the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD, they coupled the announcement with the idea that this was a “new Motorola.” In the front office, it most certainly is new, however, any industry player knows that these phones are the last to be inspired by the old guard. But before we start looking to the future for what’s next, we can’t look past the new RAZR family, as these are Moto’s final works of 2012. Bigger and better displays, long battery lives, and closer-than-ever-to-stock MotoBlur are all a part of the theme. Are they worth your dollar?  (more…)

Motorola Posts List of Phones Not Receiving Jelly Bean, Confirms Which Phones Will Get the Update

When Motorola first unveiled the new RAZR family at the beginning of September, they told us that they wouldn’t be able to update all of their previously released devices to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). Since they had too large of a portfolio and would need to leave some out of the fun, they mentioned that owners of these devices would be able to buy a new Motorola phone and then trade in their old phone for $100. They posted the list of devices, this afternoon, which we have below.  (more…)

When is My Android Phone Getting Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)? [Verizon]

The Jelly Bean update situation on Verizon is a tricky one. I say that because most Android phone manufacturers have yet to even update most of their phones to Ice Cream Sandwich. So how can we start talking about Jelly Bean updates? Well, we know that many of you are always looking for the most current information on this subject and thought we may as well create the official page for it just like we did with Android 4.0. Once word starts trickling out from Motorola, Samsung and the rest of the major players, we will update this post. I’d say that this is definitely one that you should bookmark. You will also find a shortcut to it in the sidebar.  (more…)

Dear Apple, the iPhone 5 is Not the “World’s Thinnest Smartphone”

At 7.6mm thin, the iPhone 5 comes in as Apple’s thinnest iPhone offering to date. Interestingly enough, today Apple’s Phil Schiller made the claim that it is the world’s thinnest smartphone, but it looks Apple didn’t even bother to take a look at what the competitors have put out in the past year or so. In fact, there is one device in particular that is much thinner than the iPhone 5.

The original DROID RAZR for Verizon by Motorola comes in at a 7.1mm, which is a quite noticeable difference. So, is this Apple just not fact checking or are they trying to tell me the RAZR wasn’t a smartphone? Either way, case solved.

Update:  Since there are a few in the building who would like to point out that the RAZR’s hump makes it thicker, we may as well toss the Huawei P1 Ascend (6.7mm), ZTE Athena (6.2mm), and the Oppo Finder (6.65mm) into the conversation.

Cheers Kyle and Chris! 

Motorola Included a Root Check in the RAZR, RAZR MAXX, and DROID4 With Ice Cream Sandwich

See that little “qe 1/1” listed on the screenshot above of my DROID RAZR booted into recovery? According to @P3Droid and a variety of testers, this is a root checker of sorts that Motorola has built into the boot and recovery .img files of their current crop of devices, including the RAZR, RAZR MAXX and DROID 4. If you see “qe 0/0” you are running a device that has never been rooted. If you see “qe 0/1” you are running a device that was at one time rooted, but currently is not. If you see “qe 1/1” like in the picture above, you are running a device that is currently rooted.  (more…)