The Motorola Razr marks the return of the flip phone.
Just last week we saw the return of the Motorola Razr to the UAE. Many expressed interest with the new device, many of which are fans and or users of the original Razr that came out more than a decade ago.
But unlike the Huawei Mate X and the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Motorola has used foldable screen technology in a very different way. The result is a modern-looking device that brings back the nostalgia of using flip phones.
Here are the top 5 things that we love about the new Motorola Razr:
The screen and the hinge – The Motorola Razr has a 6.2-inch display that folds in when you close the smartphone. Using a specially designed hinge, the screen is flushed and is protected when it is closed. The crease (which is the one thing we didn’t like about the Galaxy Fold) is almost invisible, which doesn’t force you to adjust to a new form factor. It’s still a tall screen, it’s just that you can fold it.
A classic design – The Razr’s iconic design is what made it stand out from other mobile phones back in 2005. Naturally, bringing back the design is the top priority for Motorola. The new Motorola Razr feels the same as much as the original, even down to the chin at the bottom which of course now houses a fingerprint sensor.
The retro mode – When we got our hands on the new Razr, the guys from Motorola showed off a ‘retro mode’ that instantly turns the Razr into the classic original design. There’s the same 8-bit looking fonts and that iconic keypad. I thought it was just for you to play around, but retro mode actually lets you use the Razr in that setting – minus the apps of course. Still, it made me reminisce about the good old days when phones were less smart.
Open to answer, close to end – Speaking of reminiscing, the one thing I missed about the Motorola Razr is the ability to answer and end calls simply by just closing and opening the device. Amazingly Motorola has also brought this feature to the new Razr. I initially was careful about closing and opening the device because of the foldable screen, but Motorola said I can slam it shut just like the original Razr and the screen is durable enough to withstand it.
The extra screen – While the fuzz on the new Razr is all about the foldable display, the front screen that you see when it is closed is also one of its useful features. The 2.7-inch screen is enough to show the time, notifications and basic information that doesn’t require you to always open up the device. What’s more, this simplicity in using the Razr is what makes us like it even more.
The Motorola Razr is clearly the best implementation of a foldable screen that we’ve seen so far and put it on such an iconic design also adds to it its overall appeal. What about you? What features of the new Motorola Razr are you most interested to see? Share your thoughts in the comments below!