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Motorola’s foldable phone named the ‘Razr’ is now available in blush gold color. The gold Razr version features a black-and-gold color scheme, with the bottom rear portion of the product featuring the gold color. This phone is much similar to the original “noir black” model and is a Verizon-exclusive phone at $1,499. Both the black and the gold color versions have the same specifications and a midrange Snapdragon 710 processor.

However, although the foldable Razr has a gold color option, the phone itself has been heavily criticized. The processor featured as slow, cameras not prominent, and a low life battery.

Benefits:

  • Folds completely flat
  • Big outer screen

Drawbacks:

  • Mediocre camera
  • Creaky, unsatisfying hinge
  • Mediocre battery life
  • The lumpy, bumpy main screen
  • Value for the money
  • Verizon junkware

The Razr has some good things in it, the overall look and feel of the device when closed is unique and does an excellent job of evoking the original. The phone also has a retro aesthetic feel to it and is thinner than the original Razr V3 of 2004. The Razr 2020 is a tall phone, with a 6.2 inches screen and an overall reliable build quality. The Razr’s screen is made of plastic, which is soft and one of the drawbacks of the phone. The plastic screen, though looks fine, isnt good in terms of feel when slid under the thumb.

Trade-offs of the Razr:

  • When the phone is open, it feels terrible under the fingers. If one moves the finger over the screen center with natural pressure, one can feel weird dips and bumps underneath the screen.
  • Tapping on the bottom of the screen feels genuinely awful when the phone is fully open. It just feels loose. One can see the screen move and hit whatever is behind it every time they tap the back button.
  • In terms of the overall screen quality, it isn’t as vibrant as it seems. Watching video becomes awkward as the user would get large black bars when they switch to the full-screen mode.
  • The final trade-off is the creak of the phone. Folding phones need to minimize and control the forces that hit their screens: bending is fine, flexing, and twisting not so subtle. So the phones are fine-tuned with complicated systems of interlocking gears that handle the flips. Whatever Motorola did to the Razr’s hinge seems to have all the features, but with a side effect- a creaking noise when the device is opened and closed. Motorola’s statement on the noise, ‘When folding and unfolding Razr, you may hear a sound, which is intrinsic to the mechanical movement of the phone. Razr has undergone rigorous durability testing, and the reported sounds in no way affect the quality of the product.’

One of the most heavily criticized drawbacks of the Razr is its camera, which has a 16-megapixel sensor, and fails to give a decent shot in lights or usual conditions in slight movements. The camera fails to focus on the smallest of change, even the night mode of the camera is not right.