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May 28, 2013

Verizon Launches Motorola Droid Razr M, Razr HD in Blue

Blue Droid Razr M

If you're interested in either the Motorola Droid Razr M, or the higher-end Razr HD but not exactly digging the current black and white color options, then we have some potentially good news.

Verizon just launched the Razr M and Razr HD smartphones in a cobalt blue color, both of which are now available for purchase on Verizon's website.

The blue paint job doesn't exactly cover either phone entirely, however. On the Razr M (left), the blue color covers the metal case surrounding the screen and sides of the device, while the screen bezel and back plate are still black for a two-tone look. The same is true for the Razr HD (below right), which has an even smaller strip of blue along the rim of the phone.

September 5, 2012

Motorola Unveils Revamped Droid Razr Lineup

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD

Motorola today unveiled an updated Droid Razr lineup, including HD versions of the Droid Razr and the Droid Razr Maxx, as well as the smaller Droid Razr M.

The 4.3-inch Razr M will be available from Verizon Wireless starting next week for $99; the carrier will start accepting pre-orders tonight at 5 p.m. Eastern. Motorola said the Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD will be released in time for the holiday season.

All three new Droid Razr devices will (eventually) run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and include various Google services, including Chrome for Android, Google Maps, Voice Actions, and YouTube. They will run on Verizon's 4G LTE network.

According to Rick Osterloch, senior vice president of product management for Motorola, the Droid Razr HD is the most compact 4.7-inch LTE smartphone while the Droid Razr Maxx HD provides "ridiculously long battery life" and extra storage.

July 2, 2012

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Hits Verizon July 5

Droid Incredible 4G LTE

Verizon Wireless will start offering the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE on July 5.

The Beats-enhanced smartphone will cost $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract and data plan.

Verizon first unveiled the Droid Incredible 4G LTE at the CTIA Wireless show in New Orleans earlier this year.

The device features a 4-inch super LCD qHD display, and a 1.2-GHz, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Verizon didn't mention internal storage capacity, but the Incredible will feature a microSD card slot with support for cards up to 32GB. There's also a 1700mAh removable battery and NFC support.

The Droid Incredible 4G LTE will run HTC Sense 4, the company's version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

It also boasts an 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens.

Taking advantage of HTC's $300 million investment in Beats Electronics, meanwhile, the company's technology will be incorporated into the Incredible 4G LTE, which Verizon said provides "richer, more authentic sound."

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May 7, 2012

Verizon Unveils HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE

Droid Incredible 4G LTE

Verizon today announced the Droid Incredible 4G LTE at CTIA Wireless in New Orleans. An update to HTC's popular Droid Incredible, the Incredible 4G LTE adds support for Verizon's 4G LTE network, along with Beats Audio support and advanced camera capabilities.

Eschewing the trend that bigger is better, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE features a manageable, 4-inch super LCD qHD display. The phone is powered by a 1.2-GHz, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. There's no word yet on internal storage capacity, but the Incredible will feature a microSD card slot with support for cards up to 32GB. There's also a 1700mAh removable battery and NFC support.

Like most new HTC phones, a lot of noise is being made about the Incredible's camera. There's an 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens. HTC Video Pic allows you to shoot HD video and capture photos at the same time. There's also a front-facing camera for video chat, though no additional information about it is currently available.

The Incredible is running the latest version of Android, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), along with HTC's Sense UI 4.0. For a closer look at the latest version of Sense, check out our hands on with the HTC Vivid with Ice Cream Sandwich.

February 7, 2012

Verizon Launching Motorola Droid 4 on Feb. 10

Hands On: Motorola Droid 4 and Droid RAZR MAXX

Verizon Wireless today announced that the Motorola Droid 4 will be available this Friday, Feb. 10 for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

PCMag took a look at the Droid 4 at CES in Las Vegas last month. Though nowhere near as svelte as the Droid Razr, the Droid 4 is surprisingly thin given the keyboard and LTE support, two qualities that usually make for a thicker phone. It measures 5.0 by 2.7 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 6.3 ounces, but it felt lighter than that. Check out the slideshow below to see how thick is looks next to the recently released Droid Razr Maxx.

The Droid 4 has a 4-inch qHD (540-by-960-pixel) display. Motorola claims the device is enclosed in a water-repellant nanocoating, which should make it a bit more durable than the average smartphone. There's an 8-megapixel camera on the back of the phone with 1080p video recording, plus 16GB of internal storage, a free microSD memory card slot, and a mirroring mode that allows you to easily view images or video on an HDTV.

The real draw here, though, is the keyboard. The keys are chiclet-style, which Motorola claims was done to mimic a laptop keyboard. They've been laser cut, so they're super sharp and precise. Coated in soft touch plastic, the keys are backlit by an LED light.

January 9, 2012

Motorola Announces Droid 4, Droid RAZR MAXX on Verizon Wireless

Motorola Announces Droid 4, Droid RAZR MAXX on Verizon Wireless

LAS VEGAS—At CES 2012, Motorola and Verizon Wireless have launched the Motorola Droid 4 and the Droid RAZR MAXX, two 4G LTE-powered smartphones for Verizon's network.

The two companies are billing the Droid 4 as the thinnest 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone on the market—4G LTE and QWERTY being two things that usually lead to thicker phones. The Droid 4 measures 5 by 2.7 by 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 6.3 ounces. That's no Droid RAZR, but it'll certainly do given what's under the hood. The new version looks a little softer and classier than the Droid 3. In addition to the five-row physical keyboard, which features sharp-looking, edge-lit keys, the Droid 4 also includes a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (bumped from the Droid 3's 1GHz)and 1GB RAM.

The 4-inch qHD (540-by-960-pixel) display features "scratch- and scrape-resistant" glass, but is otherwise similar to the Droid 3's panel. Motorola says the entire Droid 4 is enclosed in a water-repellant nanocoating as well. There's still an 8-megapixel camera on board with 1080p video recording, plus 16GB internal storage, a microSD memory card slot, and a useful mirroring mode to throw images or video on a living room or hotel HDTV.

One annoying downside: The Droid 4 ships with Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), instead of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Motorola is promising an upgrade to ICS in the second quarter of 2012, but we're moving past the point where at least high-end phones should come preloaded with Android 4.0.

As a Motorola Android phone, the Droid 4 is another device that works with Motorola's increasingly large array of convertible accessories, including the 10.1-inch Lapdock 100, the 14-inch Lapdock 500 Pro, the Vehicle Navigation Dock, and the HD Docking Station, plus Motorola's Webtop mode, which runs a desktop version of Mozilla Firefox and sports task automation features. The keyboarded Droid 4 also keeps up Motorola's business end of the equation, with support for government-grade FIPS 140-2 encryption for data security and a Citrix Receiver for Android client preloaded. It also sports a 4G LTE mobile hotspot mode that works with up to eight devices simultaneously with the appropriate Verizon Wireless plan.

December 3, 2011

Report: Droid-Branded 4G Motorola Tablets Coming to Verizon

Motorola's 10-inch Xoom 2 and 8-inch Xoom 2 Media Edition tablets are getting slapped with a new brand name, Droid Xyboard, and will be available through Verizon Wireless in December, according to CNET.

Pricing for the two new 4G-LTE tablets wasn't immediately available, the tech site reported Thursday.

"As we've previously mentioned, we're planning to bring several new LTE devices to market including two tablets," Motorola told CNET. "We haven't made any official announcements in the U.S. but we look forward to sharing more details soon."

November 28, 2011

Droid 4 LTE Slider Specs, Pics Leak Ahead of Rumored 12/8 Launch

The Droid 4 -- if reports are to be believed -- is almost upon us.  Launching on America's largest network, Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon Communications, Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc. -- the product is poised to become the premium Android slider smartphone.

Currently, the best Android sliders on the market are Galaxy S designs from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.  The "Stratosphere" Galaxy S variant on Verizon Wireless is the only LTE slider, while the Samsung Galaxy Epic 4G on Sprint Nextel Corp. is the only WiMAX slider.  There's also the just launched Galaxy S II variant "Samsung Captivate Glide" on AT&T, Inc., but it features gimped specs (compared to its sleek S II brethren) and a HSPA+ modem (no LTE), so it's arguably worse than the Stratosphere.  

April 16, 2010

‘Droid Incredible’ Coming to Verizon April 29

We've been talking about the HTC Incredible for quite some time now, but it appears that the long wait is about to end. The Android junkies over at Phandroid have uncovered a staging site for the HTC Incredible, which is now known as the Droid Incredible.