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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX review: Verizon’s smartest smartphone is still a … – BGR

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX review: Verizon’s smartest smartphone is still a … – BGR

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX review: Verizon’s smartest smartphone is still a … – BGR
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After years of trying to build a smartphone worthy of reinventing the world famous RAZR brand, Motorola finally launched a handset it deemed to be deserving of the moniker last November. The DROID RAZR was released on November 11th and was a marvel compared to the flip phone it modernized. At $ 500 on contract, the original RAZR touted a 176 x 220-pixel display, 5.5MB of internal storage, a VGA camera and support for data speeds up to 48Kbps. This new version of the iconic handset packed a 4.3-inch AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage and blazing fast 4G LTE connectivity into a slender case only 7.1 millimeters thick. While the new RAZR was well received by consumers, a few complaints surfaced following the smartphone’s launch and poor battery life was among them. For users willing to trade the RAZR’s slim profile in exchange for a bigger battery, however, Motorola and Verizon…………… continues on Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX review: Verizon’s smartest smartphone is still a … – BGR

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, one of many Android phones currently using the slide-to-unlock feature. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired.com

Unlocking a smartphone is perhaps its most basic function. Swipe your finger across your lockscreen, and you’re granted access to the home screen beneath. It’s a no-frills feature, but an important one.

And yet over the past six months, the simple act of unlocking a phone has grown absurdly controversial.

In fact, it’s morphed into a different animal entirely, a weapon in a war of patent litigation. Apple claims the familiar “slide-to-unlock” function as its own. Google and its third-party manufacturing partners, meanwhile, doth protest, filing their own patent requests in order to fight back.

“A patent is not a guaranteed right to do something,” said Florian Mueller, a patent expert who has followed the ongoing litigation closely. “It’s the right to sue someone for doing something.”

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