RAZR pops up on Motorola Australia’s website, confirms Optus as its exclusive home

I don’t know if Motorola and Optus were planning to keep the launch of the Motorola RAZR here a surprise, but they aren’t doing a very good job. Then again, the device has already been announced over in the US of A, so once again, the secret’s out. This time the Motorola RAZR has popped up on Motorola Australia’s official website which tells people bluntly to purchase the RAZR from Optus, so that confirms the exclusivity.

The website doesn’t mention much else except for how awesome RAZR is meant to be and how it can be used with the overpriced / useless Lapdock 100. I’ll be reviewing the Motorola RAZR once I can get my hands on one, just to see if Motorola can let everyone down as much as they did with the Atrix.

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  • Steve255

    What is your problem ‘Buzz’. You seem to have something against the Motorola Atrix. You consistently say its a bad android handset, yet never say why? Arguably its the best behind the SGSII. 

    Not to mention the fact that you love the SE Arc, which is absolute rubbish – released as a flagship handset during times of common dual-core specification with the typical SE foul ageing design.

    • http://buzz.id.au Buzz Moody

      I wrote a response to this, but as I went to hit ‘Post’ Chrome decided to go back and lost what I typed (I had a 300 word essay for you). I’m going to paraphrase what I said because I’ve lost all motivation to type it all up again..

      Atrix: It’s absolutely balls out of the box, even Matt and Irwin (both of whom are massive defenders of the Atrix) agree with me on that. CM7 is meant to increase performance of the device, but I couldn’t try this out as we donated the Atrix to a MIUI developer to get MIUI onto the Atrix. I don’t like the device because of its lackluster performance, sluggish interface, and bad touch responsiveness.

      Xperia Arc: The Arc can hold its own against the dual-cores when it comes to touch response and normal usage. However when it comes to CPU/GPU intensive stuff the Arc gets left behind. After reviewing the Arc S a few days ago, it left me with the question “What the hell are Sony Ericsson doing?”. They can’t keep hauling out battery-sucking single-cores hoping to hit the high-end market. They have this elusive dual-core device floating around the rumoursphere, but nothing has come of it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ballzingski Stephen Crisafulli

      Ive used the atrix for months along side a desire and then an SGS2 i hate the atrix. I have used a tone of custom roms and it seems nothing can save it. The only redeeming thing is its awesome car dock i drive alot and no other phone has a better car dock and the blue tooth is flawless unlike the desires bluetooth that is not worth a bag of shit

  • Lobie81

    I’ve been reading about the new razr for a while now. It looks great and is well specced. But I think the kicker will be quality of moto’s OS that goes on this thing. Moto have released some rubbish custom versions of Android lately. Namely froyo on both the atrix and defy. They were both epic fails and I think that’s the main reason buzz doesn’t like the atrix. Hopefully motoblur doesn’t completely destroy the user experience this time. Even if the bootloader is unlocked, I think moto need to prove that their developers have some idea what they are doing, otherwise motos credibility will continue to go backwards imho.

  • Gregorian

    There’s reports about that the Bionic and Razr will get Icecream pretty quickly.
    With that in mind, I think it’s mad they’ve released it now and gotten negative press by being compared to the Nexus.  They shoulda just kept quiet about it a couple of more months, got the new Android sorted out and then done a far more exciting announcement.

    • Lobie81

      Yeah, but it won’t be long until the other manufacturers jump in with a similar device with similar specs and ICS. If they waited a month or 2 Razr will be in the trenches against 4 or 5 other devices. Right now it’s only up against one real competitor (maybe 2 if you include the SGS2). I think in the current environment you need to get your new stuff out as quickly as you can. In a way it’s unfortunate for moto that they’re up against the Nexus, but on the other hand, the Razr is a good alternative. It’s definitely better value than the SGN, *should* have similar performance, looks much better (IMHO) and the accessories might appeal to some. I know if I was in the market for a new phone right now, it would be difficult to spend the extra $200 for a nexus when the razr option is there.

      Also, it seems like Google/Sammy are going to do a poor job of getting the nexus out internationally. So Razr might do well in places outside the nexus’ initial release areas, eg Australia, if moto can get it out globally quicker, and get a reasonably quick ICS update. I still don’t believe ‘Motorola’ and ‘quick Android updates’ will ever go together, but we’ll see…

  • Simon

    I’ve owned a RAZR since before last christmas….I find it to be a quite handy device, speeds are excellent for my needs, the interconnectivity of Blur means I don’t need to have masses of onboard memory, I love my RAZR