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Moto Z Droid Edition: The Thinnest Piece of Art You’ll Buy

The modular smartphone fad continues with Motorola’s new Moto Z (fraternal twin of the Moto Z Force). Like LG, Project Aria, and others, Lenovo (recently bought Motorola) has decided to to incorporate add-on functionality to hardware to sell more devices, while keeping its pleasant Moto branding pristine, fun, and interesting. But does it succeed past the trend-setting gimmicks? Find out in our full review below of the Moto Z Droid Edition, on Verizon Wireless.

Moto X OTA update Announced for Verizon Wireless

Breaking news from Motorola just came in today, conveniently after posting our review on the AT&T and Verizon versions of the  Moto X. The much anticipated Moto X OTA update for Verizon Wireless is currently rolling out with improvements to the camera software, Touchless Control, Moto Migrate, Moto Care, and call quality. The enhancements made a major difference in quality of camera shots and usability of the smartphone during our review of the AT&T model, so early adopters of the Moto X on Verizon Wireless should be pleasantly surprised to finally receive the update. AT&T and other carriers such as T-Mobile and Sprint had already had updates move forward. For the full run down, check out Motorola’s press release  below.

Review: The Moto X is the Sexiest Android Device to Date

Update: After this review, Motorola made numerous price drops to the Moto X in order to compete with the Google Nexus 5. For $399, you can currently buy the Moto X without a contract. However, this February, Motorola is also offering a Valentine’s Day deal for the 16GB model on Moto Maker for only $329.99. Otherwise, it’s $49.99 with a 2-year agreement with any of the four carriers including: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Let the price gouging continue…

Puns in this headline are fitting, because if there was an Android phone that encompassed all of the beautiful features I’m looking for in phone, the Moto X would be my bride. This smartphone is the sexiest Android device I’ve had the pleasure to review. And this says something, especially when you consider how many devices come up short due to manufacturer bloatware, customization limitations, and simply lackluster performance. Android phones have come a long way since their beginning, and the Moto X is a testament to the future of high quality smartphones to come.

Review: Motorola DROID RAZR M (VZW)

The Motorola DROID RAZR M, or “DRM” from here on, is a very curious device. At $99 with a two-year contract, Motorola and Verizon have brought a very powerful and versatile device to consumers who don’t wish to spend the $200+ for a smartphone. Usually, “mid-range” Android devices that sell at the $100 price point are mediocre in build quality and specs.

The DRM is packed with the latest and greatest specs including: a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Advanced qHD display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8 GB internal storage (expandable to 32GB) and NFC. You get all of this, in a nice tight package. The size of this device is comparable to the iPhone 5. Not as light or thin, but definitely not the oversized exterior offered by the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X or the DRM’s bigger brothers (RAZR HD and RAZR Maxx HD). A lot of people I speak with about these superphones is that the phones are just too big. The DRM maintains a 4.3″ display, but thanks to the edge-to-edge display, remains extremely portable. Users who like to operate their mobile device with one hand will be stoked.

Those are the specs. As for build quality, the device feels like a premium device. The device has an aircraft-grade aluminum frame and is protected with a water-repellent nanocoating. The rear of the device is made with KEVLAR® fiber. The crisp edge-to-edge display has scratch-resistant Gorilla glass by Corning. The DRM weighs 126 grams which also adds to the “premium” feel. The iPhone 5, weighing in at 112 grams, feels almost too light.

Android 4.0.4 (ICS) comes preloaded on the DRM with Motorola’s “enhancements”. Apparently, Motorola prefers stock Android (as they should being owned by Google and all), but Verizon and other carriers prefer the customized user interface. I too prefer stock Android, but feel that Motorola’s changes are not too invasive and provide a great user experience.

Smart Actions are extremely useful. I love how the device will automatically switch to vibrate and cancel alerts during a meeting, or enter power-save mode when the battery is low. At night, the phone turns off all sounds and screen brightness so I can sleep sound.

Swipe left from the home screen and you have quick access to many settings, including silencing your phone ringtone, managing Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS, mobile data, airplane mode or access the complete settings menu. This is very useful for those who are constantly changing these settings.

Overall, the DRM is a great device. It has pretty much everything you could ask for in a $100 device and more. I wouldn’t be surprised if this device sells more than its siblings as it is clearly aimed for a larger audience. Not everyone wants a huge phone with all of the bells and whistles. This device has everything you need to communicate and entertain yourself on the go, without weighing you down. Those who love Android, a lightweight, yet durable phone and getting a good deal will absolutely love the DRM.

The DRM is currently available from Verizon Wireless in black or white. And if you are upgrading from a Motorola smartphone, you may be eligible for a $100 rebate when you trade in your used phone for a new DROID RAZR M. Keeping it in the family. Gotta love it!