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Friday, July 06, 2012

The latest incarnation of the Motorola Razr is here

My dad’s very first mobile phone was a Startac, and mine was a Talkabout T2288. Both were made by Motorola. Fast-forward some decades and you’ve got a totally different gadget but one that delivers the same purpose — the Motorola Razr Maxx.

We’ve got to clarify first that this is different from the Razr that I reviewed some months ago, although you may not readily notice the difference. The Razr Maxx is a hairline thicker at 9mm, but what you’ll be more interested in is that the currently Gingerbread-powered Razr Maxx will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update real soon.

Hours after the news was out, I hooked up with the Motorola website’s live chat service to clarify when the update would actually be out, and was told no definite date had been set. In short, we’ll have to wait — though hopefully not for long.

The Razr Maxx has a generous 4.3” Super AMOLED screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and Kevlar fibre. Inside, there’s a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and, according to Moto, the longest talk time “of any smartphone”. Navigating through the interface is smooth and the display is just fine.

The phone is also “business ready” and has a security feature akin to government-grade encryption, so you are assured that all your data is safe. You’ll love the way it’s designed, with all the curves, colours and everything-else blending well together.

I felt time-warped going through those phones I’d mentioned earlier; I missed my dad and had to go through double the effort to make sure I got the model number of my first phone correct.

But Motorola’s come quite a way since then and it’ll be worth the wait to see what they’ve got in store next.

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alvin@khaleejtimes.com

 

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