Three or four years ago, the RAZR’s design simply dropped jaws: how can a phone be so thin? . It was, in truth, a crummy phone, adopted by indiscriminate hipsters and gadgetological fashionistas… me and my doppelgangers, in other words. Nevertheless, Motorola made quajillions: it was a device designed to slice open the jugular of the mobile phone industry, and that was reflected in its name.
Fast forward, and Motorola is still trying to sell people the exact same phone. The new VE20 just looks ridiculous in the era of slick touchpad 3G smartphones. It’s 2MP cam, QVGA main display and NFL broadcasting capability? Oh, jeez. It’s like watching a Cheesehead slug around last season’s Swarovski-crusted Gucci handbag.
I know, I come across as a douche (on this and others). But is this the sort of phone Motorola is really banking on saving its company? It’s the same damn one we all rejected years ago for better models. You don’t dig your way out of obsolescence by selling the same thing you sold half a decade ago under a new brand name.