Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Motorola upgrades its classics


Motorola is expanding its Q and RAZR empires with a Q for Sprint (shown) and an HSDPA-enabled RAZR, the RAZR XX, for Cingular. Basically a physical and features twin to its Verizon sibling (QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone, 1.3-MP camera, etc.), except the new Q is more of a matte silver than a sleek silver. And, of course, the EV-DO phone enables access to Sprint's Power Vision network, with access to all of Sprint's TV and music content ($15 a month), including the carrier's exclusive NFL Mobile service. Great, except the phone won't be available until mid-February, maybe just in time for the Pro Bowl. Oh, joy.

The new RAZR XX (yes, double-X, not a typographical placeholder) is a souped-up version of the current and suddenly passé RAZR. When it gets to stores in March, it'll run on Cingular's broadband HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) 3G network, which means you have access to all of Cingular's multimedia content, such as HBO Mobile. This new RAZR includes an MP3 music player with Bluetooth stereo and a hot swappable microSD memory card slot, adding just a silly 0.01 of an inch to its famously slim width. Unfortunately, if you want a 2-MP camera, you have to hope the RAZR Maxx legally immigrates to the U.S.

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