Yesterday, Motorola published its first teaser video for something it’s going to announce on June 9. That announcement will probably include at least one new flagship phone, and it could even be called the Moto Z. If the new Moto lineup is any indicator, Motorola’s probably going to make some changes to the design of the Moto [insert letter here], but overall we all pretty much know what to expect.
And not that that’s a bad thing! Our devices are so great, and Motorola has some awesome ways to accentuate that design we know to expect thanks to Moto Maker. Colors, and different back plates, even different materials. Moto Maker is a great way to make sure you can personalize your device, even before you (probably) put a case on it.
What’s more, word has it that Motorola is even going the modular route this time around, with things either called Amps or MotoMods. Whatever they’re called, it’ll be interesting to see if Motorola can pull it off. LG certainly gave it a shot, so now apparently Motorola thinks it can do better. (At least, let’s hope they think they can do it better, or what’s the point?)
Except, I’m not thinking about Motorola’s future. Instead, Motorola’s forced me to think about the past.
That teaser video I mentioned earlier was indeed letting the world know that on June 9 they’re going to announce something new. But instead of having a bunch of dark screens with highlights showing the curved, or sharpened edges of whatever new device is on the way, or even just teasing new features, Motorola turned the clock back quite a bit.
All the way to 2004, in fact.
That’s three years before the iPhone arrived, for those keeping track. That’s quite a bit of time, of course, and leading up to the arrival of Apple’s phone that changed everything, Motorola had a bit of a heyday on its hands. The RAZR was “the thin phone” of its time, and it was certainly ridiculously thin. It was also a phone that was all over the place.
I can still remember seeing so many of these phones out in the wild back then. I can specifically recall one vacation to California, I was sitting in a restaurant and I saw a table with a handful of people all using RAZRs. And there were more of them at different tables.
I’ve seen a lot of iPhones over the years. A lot of Galaxy S flagships. But never to the extreme degree that I remember seeing the RAZR. And I also remember a lot of people having a love-hate relationship with the phone, too. It was a great device, especially for its time, but I know one gripe was the keypad.
One RAZR I had way back when, the keypad moved in weird ways, and it made pressing specific buttons to furiously tap out, letter-by-letter, words I wanted to send in short text messages beyond frustrating. But it was such an awesome looking phone! It almost made the frustrations worth it.
But now that Motorola has me steeped in nostalgia, I wanted to hear your opinion about the RAZR. Did you love or hate Motorola’s ridiculously popular phone? Let me know!