Motorola Razor 2: Still $ 1,400. Still it will be

Is razor 2 that much money? no at all. Do i still need one? Oh, 100%.

When Motorola brought the razor back last year, it hoped to recapture some of the success of its famous flip phone from 2004 that became America’s best phone of all time (before the iPhone was sold Steals the title years later). The old razor was impossibly thin – yet, even by today’s standards – and had a stunning blue-backlit metal keypad. The original Motorla Razr was lust with an antenna.

Last year’s version was not far from it. Well, looks, anyway. It was crazy thin, and it actually looked like a modern version of the classic razor.

This year, Motorola doubled the look and concept of the folded razor smartphone, but it revealed everything it had about its predecessor. It includes a larger battery, a larger camera lens, an improved processor, 5G connectivity and a few other welcome refinements. It comes in three colors, and the new razor unlock will be available (sold exclusively by Verizon last year). You can read the CNN underscore review here.

The 2019 version of the Motorola Razor (remember 2019 ?!) was a surprising achievement: a modern smartphone that folds into something that is very similar to the original razor phone. It looked great, and the folding system was a piece of engineering genius that made the Razer one of the most moveable smartphones of the past few years.

But the new Motorola razors (last year and this year) are not about engineering wonders or pocketability. They are about making a smartphone similar to the 2004 Razor. They are built to give customers something that would make their friends jealous. They are about taking us back to fond memories of our first cellphone. They achieve

That’s why, for some, it didn’t matter that last year’s razor used the old technology, which was running Android 9, a month after Android 10 came to market. It had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with 6GB of RAM, which was definitely mid-range. It had a 2,510-millimeter-hour battery, which is severely punishable. Its screen was plastic and not nearly as sharp as its competitors. And the camera (Motorola’s never strong) stutter.

The 2020 Razer features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor with 8GB of RAM, which is faster than last year’s phones, but still not top-of-the-line by any stretch. It comes with 256 GB of on-board storage, which is double that of last year’s phone. It has a 2,800 millimeter-hour battery – better, but still you don’t know, great. And the 48-megapixel camera is big, but you’re never going to take the highest quality photos from this slim phone – it’s just physics.

And it runs Android 10, although to be fair to Motorola this time, Android 11 literally came out on Tuesday itself.
Motorola has been trying to replicate its Razor success for the past decade. It brought the brand back in 2011 with the super-thin smartphone Droid Razr, which was expected to return to relevance after Motorola made the leap by Apple and Samsung. The Droid Razr failed to attract any significant attention.
But the folding phones are now all the rage, and Motorola thought the time had come to try again – with a twist. Unlike its growing competition, including the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Microsoft (Msft) The Surface Duo uses its hinge to shrink a Razer 6.2-inch smartphone-sized phone. Others flip open to make a smartphone sort tablet shape.
Only Samsung’s Z Flip phones have a razor-like mirror of positivity, but the Z Flip strangely has a tiny screen on the outside when it’s off – enough for time, weather and maybe half a text message . The second screen of Razor is quite large, very much gives you full access to your phone – neat!

Still, like all flip phones, the new Razor 2 is an under-powered, over-powered crash. Its hinge is awkward, its screen detaches from the phone when you close it, and the screen shrinks when you open and close it. You can get better value in the phone which is actually one third of the price.

But I’ll still pay two iPhone 11s for one.