New Motorola video explains how to look after your foldable Razr


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Motorola has uploaded several videos to its YouTube channel that show off the Razr phone. The Caring for Razr clip is there so consumers can keep “the reinvented flip phone in iconic condition.” It starts by explaining that the Razr is water repellent but advises to wipe the handset with a dry cloth should it get wet.

While “bumps and lumps” were the first signs that Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was about to break, Motorola says these are “normal” in the flexible plastic screen. It also advises to avoid sharp objects, which is good advice for any phone, and not to use a screen protector, which would likely result in the adhesive damaging the display.

Finally, we’re told to close the Razr before putting it in our pockets, reaffirming that this is a less durable device than most handsets.

The other videos focus on features such as the Quick View rear display and the camera. There’s also an unboxing clip showing off the carry case, turbo power charger, and the wired Razr earbuds.

Unexpected high demand for the Razr phone meant the launch was delayed from the original January window to February 6, but it apparently won’t make that date either.

According to latest information, the foldable will ship on February 14 at the earliest on Verizon though that date keeps getting pushed (Update: the shipping date is now reported to be February 18). That's just days after Samsung’s Unpacked event where it’s expected to unveil the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Z Flip—a direct competitor to the Razr.

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You say less durable but I'd have thought the opposite. All phones out there today get scratched up because you put the phone in the same pocket as coins or keys. This is folded away so the screen cannot get scratched by normal everyday stuff. Also takes up less space in your pocket.

I guess Sand might be a different story though...

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I had the 2nd version of the Razr and I loved it. It was durable, light, and did a bit more than expected, but at $1,400+ I won't be buying another one, especially when you can still buy a basic cell phone for under $30 ....
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Samsung is the standard setter for Android phones.

We'll just have to wait and see how the Motorola holds up before making final judgements, but what I know is that the price isn't doing it any favors.

At the end of the day "glass don't fold" and people don't wanna hear about bumps and lumps in their folding plastic display.

Folding phones is an answer to a question no one asked. I don't wanna trade my hardened, waterproof, Gorilla-glass candy bar phone for these things.
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Best way to protect your folding razr? Just don't spend fricking 1500 dollars on one!


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Well, there are some certain knowns. For example each pixel cell does have a certain depth. I believe that the cells on the fold line can't help but be exposed to compression forces. How long they'll stand up to that and continue to function properly, is still anybody's guess.

But hey, I could be missing one technical detail or another.

Chevrolet thought their "Vega's" aluminum engine block would stand up without steel cylinder liners. The first time you overheated those engines, they tended to seize up.


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Yes, please don't attempt to protect your screen. Trust us to do that, and pay us if we're unable to. Sounds fool-proof.
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Listen Motorola: Your RazR phone should come with a leather case that fits the phone inside, with an optional window for the front screen and with pouches for paper cash, DL and credit cards...!
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