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Forget the iPhone, Can Droid Top the RAZR?

The new Motorola (s MOT) Droid is pretty hot today. It’s a phone! It’s a brand! It’s an iPhone killer! But here at GigaOM we decided to ask a far more important question, “Is it a RAZR killer?” Can today’s Droid phone top the world’s most ubiquitous mobile gadget on its path to crush the iPhone? Can it even get close to the iPhone? Let’s see how the competition stacks up:

iPhone RAZR Droid
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Release Date July 2007 2004 Nov. 6, 2009
Numbers Sold 34 million More than 100 million We’re waiting ….
OS iPhone OS None, it’s not a smartphone Android 2.0
Device Cost $99-$249 with 2-year plans $100 unsubsidized today (the GSM version of the RAZR cost $500 when it launched on Cingular) $199.99 after a rebate, with a 2-year contract
Hottest Feature Touchscreen/browser World’s first slim phone, latest RAZR has an 18-k gold cover Android 2.0!!!
Best Quote “This device is a true game-changer. Why? The immediacy of the data at your fingertips is huge. Imagine, looking up anything, anywhere.” — AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega “Bafflingly enough, the hottest, most popular phone of 2005 is a phone from 2004, the RAZR V3,” said Miro Kazakoff, senior associate at Compete, a firm which tracks shoppers’ browsing habits. “The big thing we saw [in 2005] was this triumph of form over features.” — PC Mag “The abundance of Google applications is to be expected, of course, but it also underscores an important strategic about-face for Verizon, which has consistently tried to ‘own the customer’ by closely regulating third-party apps and preventing outside brands from approaching its subscribers.” —GigaOM

14 Responses to “Forget the iPhone, Can Droid Top the RAZR?”

  1. J. Kreigan

    hahahaha what a dumb fucking “article”. “Can this phone compare to these other phones? Let’s see! lists four or five completely superficial things Welp, there you have it, bye”.

  2. Are there a million iPhones in NYC yet? Seems like it. Of course the lucky owners (who wouldn’t want one of those pretty things?) have the misfortune of being on ATT’s network, meaning dead spots all over town where Verizon works. Works.

  3. DistortedLoop

    Does the Razr really deserve the title of “world’s first slim phone”? I just pulled out my late 1990’s Motorola Star Tac cell phone, and it’s not much thicker than the Razr, and considering the bulkiness of the phones the Star Tac replaced, I think it’s clearly a “slim phone” for its day that significantly predates the Razr…

  4. There’s only one way for a non-iphone-smartphone to become a classic: drop the price of the phone into the $50 range, enable users to get great applications quickly and easily, drop the price of data plans i.e., go all Hyundai on AppleT&T.

    Otherwise, what the heck are they going to compete on? Here’s the deal: the RAZR was coveted for a while because it had really nice design and feel. The iPhone has prototyped the touch-screen candy bar; while other competitors are beautiful and similar, they are still derivative of the iphone, droid included.

    Verizon has reliability (although who knows what would happen if their data network really gets stressed). They need to compete on price if all other things are equal. Otherwise the only compelling reason to buy the droid is that it’s not an Apple; that hasn’t worked well for non-iPod personal media players.

    I’m a happy Verizon user. I’d switch if there were a really compelling reason to. Hmm AT&T vs Verizon data prices: similar. $50 iPhone vs $200 Droid: no contest. Android vs Iphone apps: no contest. oooh.. but make the Droid effectively free and maybe only a minor bump in my current price plan (b/c t-mobile offers unlimited data / family plan CHEAP) then Verizon may have a winner…

      • Stacey Higginbotham

        We decided that a true OS makes a smartphone rather than simply the feature set, so by that definition the RAZR, which ran platforms such as Java and Brew had no OS in today’s sense of the word as we apply it to smartphones. But obviously it’s a point that can be argued by others who feel differently.

    • Karthik Chandramouli

      For what it’s worth, the RAZR OS is known as P2K, an internally-developed platform for numerous Motorola feature phones.

      Keep in mind that you’re comparing newer smartphones to pre-smartphone era phones, so, regardless of what software was stitched together, it is still a platform — much the same way older PC operating systems were platforms (with many cross-licensed elements embedded into it).