Motorola announces the RAZR 2

One of the things the iPhone can’t compete against is an ultra-thin phone, like the RAZR, and if they eventually release an iPhone Nano, it will certainly have a lot of catching up to do, because this new RAZR 2 is quite impressive. Even though the outside was already leaked yesterday, there is a lot to talk about under the shell as much as on top of it.

The RAZR 2 was made with a harder and more durable body, and a hinge that is good for at least 100,000 flips and can somehow support 180 pounds (I’d like to see a movie of Motorola’s engineers testing that ;) ). One of the rumors that emerged before the announcement was that it would have a touch-screen, and in fact it does have a touch-screen on the big external screen.

If you’ve ever seen one of those Asus Vista laptop’s with the small external display you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Basically it allows you to see the latest messages and calls you made or received, and have access to the media player. If you’re worried about the lack of response from a touchscreen, then don’t be, at least not in the case of this phone, as it will give you a small “buzz” when you press a button, which according to those that tested it gives “a weird but cool feeling”.

The phone is also one of the most codec-friendly devices I’ve ever seen released, as it supports almost all popular music formats, or at the very least, all of the ones that I use: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, and it’s Windows Media Player compatible, which may actually turn off some potential iPhone customers who were looking for a cheaper/smaller device.

If you’re worried about space, then don’t be, because this cellphone will have up to 2GB of internal memory, and still has a Micro SD expansion port. If you’re worried about not having a model that is compatible with your service, then you should be happy to hear that there will be 3 models of the phone for all of the different carriers.

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The camera is a 2 Megapixel one, and although it’s no camera phone, it should be enough to take quick snapshots of people, pages, or things like that.

With all these things said, I have to admit that I’m very impressed with Motorola. If they price this phone correctly, it may very well become the iPhone’s most fierce competitor when it’s released in July, in terms of sales of course, not in terms of specifications or software.

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