When the Morotola Razr V3 cell phone came out almost three years ago, it was hailed as THE compact and slick cell phone for power users. If you had a Razr, you were cool. That's no longer true as the company has cut prices on the Razr to as low as $30. Indeed, more than 50 million had been sold as of mid-2006. Everybody can afford one now.
I've never heard much good about them. Nothing terribly bad, either. My teenage daughter and I both have had one for 18 months and we both agree, the Razr is neither a bad nor a great phone. That we paid $200 each and committed to two years of mediocre Cingular service feels like a ripoff, now. There's nothing special about this phone. The display on hers is kaput and to replace it would have cost about $150 for the smattering of places that would repair the ribbon connecting it to the main body of the phone. That's the end of her Razr. She now uses a low end Motorola C139 that I picked up the $60 and is just as happy without the cool flip phone form factor, the camera that took grainy pictures and bluetooth. The Razr's menuing interface was never easy to use, either. The sleek ultra-thin Razr was plagued by a defect and temporarily pulled off the market in early 2006.
I'm transitioning off my Razr because the battery barely holds a charge anymore. And I am loathe to pay $20-$45 for a new battery. I am using my Blackberry 8700C, whose phone is greatly improved over its predecessors. For Motorola, the Razr has been a great success. The hardware design is nice, but functionally and in terms of durability, the Razr never came close to living up to the hype.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
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