(July 26, 2006)
The instant the superthin Motorola Razr V3 swept into the mobile world almost two years ago, it sparked a cell phone design revolution that created millions of fans, several successors, and a host of imitators. So if you write about cell phones as much as we do, you might be getting a bit tired of talking about the Razr. It's not that it's a bad phone, we're just amazed that Motorola has managed to ride the wave of hype for so long. And now to our further surprise, that wave shows no sign of cresting. Just yesterday Motorola announced four new phones that follow in the Razr's thin footsteps and one handset styled after the candy bar Motorola Slvr.
First identified as the Canary earlier this year, the Motorola Krzr will come in two versions, the GSM Krzr K1 and the CDMA/EV-DO Krzr K1m. Though both handsets have a premium assortment of features, including Bluetooth, high-resolution cameras, MicroSD card slots, and digital music players, the real story, as was the case with the Razr, is with their designs. Rather than wearing a boring coat of flimsy plastic, the Krzrs are finished in polished chrome and a plate of hardened glass. The Motorola Rizr resembles the Slvr at first glance, but a closer look reveals that it has a slider form factor. Features include world phone support, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a digital music player. Finally, there's the Motorola Razr Maxx. As an HSDPA version of the original Razr, it also promises a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and a digital music player.
|Model||Network||Availability||What's cool about it|
|Motorola Krzr K1 ||GSM 850/900/1800/1900; GPRS; EDGE||Second half of 2006||Ultraslim flip phone with polished chrome and glass cover; 2-megapixel camera with 8X digital zoom; video recording/playback in MPEG-4; records up to 25 minutes of video on embedded memory; 1.9-inch 176x220-pixel TFT display with 262K colors; MicroSD card slot; support for J2ME games; music player with MP3, AAC, AAC+ support; voice recording; MotoSync that syncs your contacts and calendars; wireless browser; Stereo Bluetooth|
|Motorola Krzr K1m ||CDMA 800/1900; CDMA 1X/EV-DO||Second half of 2006||Sleek flip phone with polished look and glass cover; touch-sensitive music controls; 1.3-megapixel camera; video recording/playback in H.263 and MPEG-4 formats; 1.9-inch 176x220-pixel TFT display with 65K colors; music player with MP3, AAC, AAC+ support; MicroSD card slot; text and multimedia messaging; enhanced messaging; instant messaging; wireless browser; GPS; over-the-air syncing; Bluetooth|
|Motorola Rizr ||GSM 850/900/1800/1900; GPRS; EDGE||Second half of 2006||Slim slider phone; comes in different colors; 2-megapixel camera; 20MB of onboard memory; video recording/playback; 1.9-inch 176x220-pixel TFT display with 262K colors; music player with MP3, AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced support; MicroSD card slot; USB 2.0 connectivity; text and multimedia messaging; enhanced messaging; e-mail, instant messaging; PC syncing; Stereo Bluetooth|
|Motorola Razr Maxx ||GSM 850/1800/1900; GPRS; EDGE; HSDPA||Second half of 2006||Stylish flip phone; smaller than the V3x; touch-sensitive music controls with backlight; one of the first HSDPA high-speed phones in North America; VGA camera and 2-megapixel camera with 8X digital zoom; video recording/playback; two-way video calling; 2.2-inch 240x320-pixel TFT internal display with 262K colors; music player; 50MB built-in memory; MicroSD card slot; text and multimedia messaging; enhanced messaging; instant messaging; e-mail; wireless Web; PC syncing; Motosync; over-the-air syncing; Bluetooth|