Motorola Razr: From classic icon to tech innovation
February 19, 2020

Let’s check out the Razr’s iconic history.

Motorola doesn’t want you to forget about the Razr brand, which is why it is bringing it back for the new generation to experience. The Razr’s foldable screen is complemented by a special hinge that allows it to fold without breaking. This small attention to detail, including the chin that houses the fingerprint reader along with the easily recognizable logo at the back, honors the design of the original Razr – an icon reimagined, as Motorola says.

Speaking of attention to detail, we have to give props to Motorola for putting effort on the Razr’s packaging. The Razr experience doesn’t start when you use the smartphone, but when you unbox the device. The Razr is already visible through a see-through cover and removing it will reveal the smartphone on a special stand. Behind that, you will find a case that houses all the accessories (fast charger, cables, manuals) which also doubles as a case for your glasses. 

But don’t disregard the box. Motorola actually placed holes at the bottom of the box so you can put the Razr and use it as an amplifier. I appreciate the fact that Motorola made sure everything in the package can be used for other purposes.

The return of the Razr brings back a lot of memories, so kudos to Motorola for bringing back such an iconic piece of hardware. While the original Razr launched with minimal excitement back in 2004, it quickly became one of the most recognizable smartphones ever released.

The original Razr didn’t just become a must-have mobile phone, but it also became a fashion accessory thanks to its striking looks and slim design. With around 50 million units sold in its first two years of release, the Razr has become synonymous with smartphone terminology where users associated it with the term ‘flip phone’.

The popularity of the Razr echoed through the years, appearing on various TV shows and movies, most notably with 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada, where Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) uses the iconic mobile phone.

Read on as we look back on the history of the Motorola Razr.

Unarguably the most popular series in the Razr line-up started with the V3. It was the thinnest mobile phone when it was launched, and featured the electroluminescent keyboard that made it stand out from the rest. The V3 sold more than 130 million units, where it became the best selling ‘clamshell’ phone to date.

A variety of other versions of the V3 were also released. This included a special matte black version that was first given as part of the gift bags for the attendees of the 77th Academy Awards in 2005. 

It also came in various colors, but the most popular one is undoubtedly the Hot Pink variant. It became so popular that it quickly sold out, and even second-hand units were sold at a premium. 

The V3i which was a follow up to the original V3 was released a year later. The V3i fixed most of the user complaints on the original Razr, which included a better camera, display, and support for microSD cards. A version that included iTunes allowed you to store up to 100 songs (remember how that was a big deal back then?) but wasn’t exactly a hit with users.

Also announced in the same year was the V3x. While it bears a similar clamshell design to the original V3, its internal hardware was beefed so it can support the faster 3G networks that were starting to become popular. It was quickly followed by the Razr Maxx, which now supports even faster HSDPA 3.5G networks.

Motorola quickly released the Razr2 line in 2007 that included the V8, V9, V9m, and V9x models. It retained the same design from the clamshell-style and keypad, but now boasts an improved camera, speed, and even multimedia capabilities. The Razr2 also has an external screen that supports touch-sensitive functions so you can use the mobile phone without opening it.

But 2007 saw the introduction of the iPhone, where other companies have started manufacturing their touchscreen competitors. Even the release of Android that will soon power a majority of all smartphones have started to become popular, and the Razr was soon forgotten.

Motorola then revived the brand with the Droid Razr in 2011. Primarily sold in the US, the Droid Razr wasn’t a clamshell device but was a full touchscreen device that ran on Google’s Android operating system. It was also quickly phased out from the Motorola line in favor of the increasing popularity of big-screen touchscreen smartphones.

With the introduction of foldable displays, Motorola saw this as an opportunity to revive the Razr. In one of the best implementations of a foldable display, the new Razr went back to the clamshell design that honors the legacy of the original device and introducing it to a new generation.

READ MORE: The Motorola Razr is an impressive piece of nostalgic tech 

The highlight of the new Razr is, of course, the 6.2-inch foldable OLED display that is protected by a stainless steel frame. We’ve had a chance to play with the new Razr, and we noticed that there is no visible crease at the folding point – a common problem on devices with foldable screens. Users of the original Razr praised Motorola for bringing back the original design, which quickly became one of the hottest gadgets this year. 

READ MORE: Top 5 Things We Love About the Motorola Razr 

With Motorola successfully bringing back the Razr to its former glory, we can’t wait to see where the brand will go from there.

Were you a fan of the Motorola Razr? Tell us your experience and what you think of the new device down below.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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