I’m currently of the opinion that the slider format is the best mobile design so far: it maximises screen size while minimising the footprint. So now Motorola has made a slider version of the world’s most popular phone it’s only going to make friends.
Officially branded the RAZR Z (the range is accumulating more suffixes than an nVidia graphics card) it actually strikes me as being closer to the SLVR, but let’s not nitpick.
Just 14.8mm thick (the original RAZR was 14.5mm) the Z packs in a 2.2in 262k colour screen, a slightly disappointing one megapixel digital camera – I stick to my SLVR comparison – an MP3 player and the emblematic metallic number pad with customisable user interface.
Naturally, the Z will debut in Korea first (doesn’t everything from the planet Cool Cellphone?) but Motorola has a good record of bringing its models across to we desperate westerners. The RRP has been set at between 500,000 and 600,000 won ($516-$619) but, as always, what you shell out will heavily depend on which network provider you run with and the size of your monthly contract.
Interestingly, Motorola has billed the Z as the final version of the RAZR, which is nice because it means its R&D team will have to come back from their two year sabbatical and do something about Samsung, which seems to have become rather good at most things recently.
Personally, I want to see someone design a slider phone with a 16:9 aspect ratio display and a horizontally sliding keyboard. It also needs to be less than 14.8mm thick, weigh under 100g and appear before me in real life, not just in my dreams.