Is the Razr 2 worth that much money? Absolutely not. Do I still want one? Oh, 100%.
Last year’s version wasn’t far off from that. Well, looks-wise, anyway. It was crazy thin, and it really looked like a modern version of the classic Razr.
The 2019 version (remember 2019?!) of the Motorola Razr was a stunning achievement: a modern smartphone that folds into something that very closely resembles the original Razr phone. It looked so cool, and the folding mechanism was a piece of engineering genius that made the Razr one of the most pocketable smartphones of the past few years.
But the new Motorola Razrs (last year’s and this year’s) aren’t about engineering marvels or pocketability. They’re about making a smartphone look like the 2004 Razr. They’re built to give customers something that will make their friends jealous. They’re about taking us back to those fond memories of our first cellphone. They achieve that.
That’s why, for some people, it didn’t matter that last year’s Razr used outdated technology, running Android 9 a month after Android 10 hit the market. It had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with 6 GB of RAM, which was decidedly mid-range. It featured a 2,510 milliampere hour battery, which is seriously puny. Its screen was plastic and not nearly as sharp as its competitors. And the camera (never Motorola’s strongsuit) stunk.
The 2020 Razr has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor with 8 GB of RAM, which is faster than last year’s phone but still not top-of-the-line by any stretch. It comes with 256 GB of on-board storage, double last year’s phone. It features a 2,800 milliampere hour battery — better, but still not, you know, great. And the 48-megapixel camera is bigger, but you’re never going to get supreme quality photos from a phone this thin — it’s just physics.
Still, like all flip phones, the new Razr 2 is an under-powered, overpriced accident waiting to happen. Its hinge is creaky, its screen separates from the phone a bit when you close it, and the screen gets creases when you open and close it. You can get way better value in phones that literally cost a third of the price.
But I’d still pay the price of two iPhone 11s for one.