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Last month, the partnership between Motorola and Lenovo seemed to crystalize when the combined company stepped out with its first co-branded smartphone products that will ship here in the United States. Lenovo acquired Motorola's Mobility division from Google a couple of years back, but has rightfully lead with the iconic Moto brand for new smartphone (and smartwatch) product introductions since the acquisition. It wasn't until we saw Lenovo's Product Engineer/Spokesman, Ashton Kutcher take the stage last month at Lenovo Tech World to launch the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force, that it became apparent the assimilation of Moto within Lenovo was complete. The Lenovo-Motorola Moto Z Droid, Moto... Read more...
Not long ago, we kicked the tires on Motorola’s well-received Moto X Pure Edition. The smartphone impressed us with its Quad HD display and overall build quality, as well as its $399 price tag, which places it more reasonably below the lofty prices of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6S lines. Today, we’re taking a look at two new smartphones from the Lenovo-owned Motorola - the Droid Turbo 2 and the Droid Maxx 2, which bring their own unique value proposition. Whereas the Moto X Pure Edition isn’t carrier-specific, the Turbo 2 and Maxx 2 are part of the Verizon Droid line. The Turbo 2, which starts at $624, has higher-end hardware than the Maxx 2 and features Motorola’s new ShatterShield... Read more...
When considering the physical design of a smartphone, there’s one key dimension that often matters most to the majority of users: thickness. No one wants to carry around a thick, clunky smartphone. Manufacturers realize thin devices sell, which is why it seems every time we turn around they’re constantly fighting for the title of thinnest device. The current title-holder is the Motorola Droid Ultra, which is billed as the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. It measures just 0.28 inches thick and is available exclusively through Verizon Wireless. Motorola Droid Ultra Review: Ultra Thin LTE Smartphone... Read more...
When considering the physical design of a smartphone, there’s one key dimension that often matters most to the majority of users: thickness. No one wants to carry around a thick, clunky smartphone. Manufacturers realize thin devices sell, which is why it seems every time we turn around they’re constantly fighting for the title of thinnest device. The current title-holder is the Motorola Droid Ultra, which is billed as the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. It measures just 0.28 inches thick and is available exclusively through Verizon Wireless. The Droid Ultra was announced alongside the Droid Maxx and the Droid Mini. Falling in the middle of this trio, the Droid Ultra has a lot to... Read more...
The Droid name (and that eerie sound whenever you get a notification) has grown quite tightly into Verizon Wireless' entire image. The initial Droid phone was initially billed as the anti-iPhone -- the Android-based smartphone that could do everything your Apple phone couldn't. The Droid legacy has grown and expanded quite a bit since then, and now it's Motorola's turn to issue the latest phones in the series. Some might say that these are the final Motorola smartphones to launch pre-Moto X. Up first is the 4.3" Motorola Droid Mini. Following the footsteps of Samsung and HTC, the company has seen that there's still demand for new phones at the 4.3" form factor. Calling a 4.3" phone a "miniature"... Read more...
Over the years, U.S. carriers have begun grasping for straws when it comes to "exclusives." In more recent days, coloring has been the in-thing. AT&T just announced that it would be the exclusive home to a red version of the Galaxy S4, and now Verizon is going to be home to a blue version of the Droid RAZR HD and RAZR M. Both handsets are certainly nice, and we enjoyed our own time with them in review. And honestly, we kind of dig the blue. That said, it's a bit unusual for AT&T to get a red phone and Verizon to get a blue phone -- you would've thought that the two may have switched that up given their branding schemes. That said, the phone doesn't look to differ beyond the hue, with... Read more...
On October 18, Verizon Wireless will launch two additional DROID RAZR smartphones: the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD by Motorola. Both new phones are exclusive to Verizon Wireless.   Verizon Wireless touts the new DROID RAZR HD as the most compact 4.7-inch smartphone. This phone features Corning Gorilla Glass and DuPont KEVLAR fiber for durability as well as a protective layer of water-repellant nanocoating. Key specifications of the DROID RAZR HD include the4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display, 4G LTE connectivity, 16GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera, and 40 percent greater battery capacity than the original DROID RAZR. The DROID RAZR MAXX HD comes with the same features... Read more...
Who says Motorola has lost its edge? After coming out with one of the planet's slimmest smartphones in the DROID RAZR, the company has revealed its next phone: the Atrix HD. The original Atrix was quite the hit (the keyboard peripheral, perhaps not so much), and this new one is pushing the limits of how large a phone screen can be. Up there with the Optimus Vu from LG and the Galaxy Note from Samsung, this unit has a 4.5" Colorboost HD (1280x720) display. It actually looks a lot like the new DROID RAZR, but the internals are souped right up. There's a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and a Kevlar exterior. Naturally, it'll have some of Moto's software tweaks on top... Read more...
Verizon's "DROID" branding has worked out well for them. And the DROID RAZR Maxx is the latest in a long line of potent devices that rely on Google's Android operating system. The RAZR Maxx, up until this point, was barely official. But now, there's an entire product portfolio page on Motorola's website, including a snippet that mentions a January 26th launch date. The biggest point here is the longest battery life of any 4G smartphone, with up to seven straight hours of Web usage, 21 hours of talking or 15 hours of movie watching. Android 4.0 is supported, and at 8.99mm thick, it's easily one of the slimmest phones on the market. Verizon LTE, support for Office docks, an 8MP rear-facing camera,... Read more...
We've discussed the fragmentation of Android and the shoddy update services of the various carriers before, but the Droid 3's situation is raising these issues again. According to pre-CES reports, Verizon is poised to end-of-life (EOL) the Droid 3 along with its entire current lineup of MiFi hotspots. The BlackBerry Curve 3G and Palm Pre 2 are also reportedly on the chopping block, but the former is low-end device that's several years old, while the latter is a bit of an anachronism. The Droid 3, in contrast, is barely six months old. It's the only Motorola phone with a physical keyboard that Verizon carries, and it's already become a poster child for the problems with the Android ecosystem.... Read more...
We've already heard about the upcoming Droid 4 smartphone, though we're still waiting on an official announcement from Motorola or Verizon Wireless. We have also heard rumblings around the web about various Xoom tablet successors. Here again, we're still waiting on an official announcement. The lack of any announcements hasn't stopped Verizon Wireless from showing off some of its upcoming goods, however. Recently, Verizon Wireless showed the Motorola Droid 4 and two Xoom tablet successors to CNET. The rumored specs and details seem to line up nicely with what was revealed to CNET. As expected, the Droid 4 will be essentially the same phone as the Droid Razr but with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.... Read more...
The Droid Bionic by Motorola made one of its first public appearances at CES in January. Months have passed, and though there were rumors of a summer release, the phone didn't become available through Verizon Wireless until fall. The Droid Bionic is the first smartphone from Verizon Wireless to offer 4G LTE connectivity paired with a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. This smartphone is currently the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless at 10.99mm as well, though other phones in the pipeline will steal this title soon. With its dual-core processor, plenty of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a preinstalled 16 GB microSD card, and a 4.3-inch qHD screen, this smartphone certainly... Read more...
The Droid Bionic by Motorola made one of its first public appearances at CES in January. Months have passed, and though there were rumors of a summer release, the phone didn't become available through Verizon Wireless until fall. The Droid Bionic is the first smartphone from Verizon Wireless to offer 4G LTE connectivity paired with a powerful dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. This smartphone is currently the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless at 10.99mm as well, though other phones in the pipeline will steal this title soon. With its dual-core processor, plenty of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a preinstalled 16 GB microSD card, and a 4.3-inch qHD screen, this smartphone... Read more...
Google and Samsung have a play date later this evening, but Motorola's the one kicking the Android action into high gear this week with the introduction of... another RAZR? That's right, the phone that redefined what a flip phone could be is back, at least, in name + spirit. The Droid RAZR is the latest in the Droid line, with Motorola (whom Google purchased, remember that?) dishing out an insanely thin new phone with drool-worthy specifications. It's easily the world's thinnest LTE smartphone at just 7.1mm, which is even slimmer than the Galaxy S II that the Android world has raved about for months. Not surprisingly, it will be available exclusively on Verizon Wireless, and being that it's thin... Read more...
Motorola and Verizon Wireless jointly announced today that the Droid Bionic will be made available on September 8th, and it will be the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 4.3" qHD high-res display. The phone is also introducing ZumoCast, an application that lets customers bring their digital world of videos, music, pictures and documents stored on their computers to their handset via remote access. Furthermore, it'll support a Webtop laptop-dock accessory ($300!), much like the Atrix on AT&T. The Bionic will ship with a Mobile Hotspot feature, Android 2.3.4, Gorilla Glass, a front-facing chat camera, HDMI out, support for wireless... Read more...
Last Friday, AT&T gave notice that it would henceforth take steps to block unauthorized tethering. For those who aren't familiar with the term, "tethering" is the practice of using a cell phone's data link to provide wireless service to a desktop or laptop. Now, Verizon is evidently following suit. Customers who have previously had no trouble using tethering on jailbroken devices are reportedly being redirected to Verizon's advertising page for tethered data plans. AT&T and Verizon have both justified their moves by noting that they don't prevent customers from tethering--they simply charge for the privilege. Verizon, however, has come under particular scrutiny thanks to a clause in the... Read more...
Prior to its launch, Motorola's Xoom tablet was touted as the first of the iPad killers, with features and capabilities the iPad lacked as well as a brand-new version of Android codenamed Honeycomb. Once the tablet hit shelves, it was clear that Motorola had rushed production in a bid to beat the iPad 2 to market. At launch, the Xoom's Wi-Fi variant was nowhere in sight, Flash support (a much-touted feature) was absent, the advertised 4G upgrade capability wasn't scheduled to appear before September, and the microSD slot didn't actually work. Google later came out and admitted that it had rushed Android 3.0 specifically for the Xoom's launch and that as a result, Honeycomb's source code... Read more...
In April, we learned that Motorola's hot new Droid Bionic smartphone for Verizon Wireless might not be available as early as initially hoped. At that time, all estimates pointed to a summer launch. Now, summer is in full swing and sure enough, Verizon Wireless has launched a special sign-up page for the Droid Bionic. Although we still don’t know when the phone will actually make its debut, the fact that Verizon Wireless is starting to promote the phone is a good sign that the phone should be launching soon. By entering your email address on the Droid Bionic sign-up page, Verizon Wireless says you'll be among the first to know about the details and launch dates surrounding the phone. If... Read more...
Verizon Wireless is continuing to expand the Droid smartphone lineup. Today, the wireless carrier introduced the DROID 3 by Motorola. This smartphone claims to be the world’s thinnest full QWERTY smartphone. In addition to its keyboard, the DROID 3 features a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera, Android 2.3, 4-inch qHD display, and Mobile Hotspot capabilities. The DROID 3 by Motorola is currently available online and will be available in Verizon Wireless stores by July 14 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES THE NEXT GENERATION DROID DELIVERING POWER AND PERFORMANCE: THE DROID 3 BY MOTOROLA Full Keyboard, No Compromises; DROID 3 by Motorola... Read more...
The Droid Bionic has been off the radar for some, pulled for what were cited as undisclosed "enhancements." While that sounded like some changes in the internal hardware specs and software, it appears that the Bionic is getting some exterior changes, too. The latest reports indicate that the Droid Bionic will be getting a 4.5-inch (up from 4.3-inch) qHD screen. It will come with an 8MP rear-facing camera + an undisclosed resolution front-facing camera, support 1080P HD video, and have a 1750mAh battery. In addition, the images show off a laptop dock. Motorola has said for some time that it was aiming to have laptop docks for other phones besides the Atrix 4G, coming later in the year. Additionally,... Read more...
A few days ago, we told you the Droid Charge was still unavailable for purchase due to unknown delays. We just got word from Verizon Wireless and Samsung that the Droid Charge will go on sale in Verizon Wireless stores tomorrow, and online at www.verizonwireless.com at midnight Eastern. As expected, the phone will be available for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. You'll also need to subscribe to a compatible voice and data plan. Verizon wireless UNLEASHes DROID CHARGE BY SAMSUNG DROID Charge Joins Verizon Wireless’ Android Family BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the DROID Charge by Samsung... Read more...
At the end of last month, Verizon Wireless experienced an outage with its 4G LTE network that caused the wireless carrier to postpone the launch of the latest member of the Droid family, the Droid Charge by Samsung. The Droid Charge is slated to be the second LTE smartphone in the Verizon Wireless lineup. Although Verizon Wireless fixed the issues with its LTE service, the Droid Charge is still unavailable. Currently, users can sign up to receive email updates about the availability and price of the Droid Charge. After signing up, Verizon Wireless says the phone is "coming soon." On May 3, Samsung Mobile posted a tweet saying the Droid Charge is "almost here." It's likely that Verizon Wireless... Read more...
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