NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Never mind how big, powerful or app-friendly that phone of yours is, the new standard at your next client onsite meeting will be how thin that device is.
The thinnest-phone-wins wars started this year with the release of the roughly three-eighths-of-an-inch-thick Samsung Galaxy S II ($199 with a two-year plan from Sprint (S)). And Friday, Motorola (MOT) upped the slimmed-down ante with its roughly quarter-inch thick Droid Razr ($299 with a 2-year plan from Verizon (VZ)).
I initially dismissed this thin-is-in niche as a for-geeks-only trend. But after spending the weekend with a demo Razr, I have to say -- at least at first blush -- for business people contemplating a svelter smartphone, thin might just be the new black.
What you get
The Razr is a fabulously powerful business smartphone that actually fits in your pocket.
This thing is not cheap, and don't expect a respite from the usual nickle-and-dime smartphone headaches. Listen up: You are looking at a $300 spend with a contract or a full retail price of $650. Ouch. Also, considering the network potential here, you are probably going to need the full boat, 10 GB monthly access plan, which is $960 a year not including your voice bundle, extras such as hotspots and other fees. That makes a $1,500 yearly access bill a real possibility. Double ouch! And as fab as the thin design is, try using the hatch to find the outboard media cards. Or getting a SIM card in and out. And while the screen is bright, it is surprisingly cramped, and to my eyes, a step down from the Samsung Galaxy S II. Bottom line
Motorola deserves credit for serving the business niche with the new Razr. The device is fast, light, powerful and thin. But keep in mind, as marvelous as the Razr is, it is not the only thin smartphone out there. If you are anteing up this kind of coin, be sure it fits your needs. Much long-term testing remains, but initial testing makes the Razr look like a sharp business tool indeed. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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