Friday, November 4, 2011

BlueSmart and the Droid Razr

Motorola's newest Android phone is the second phone (behind the iPhone 4s) to be enabled with a Bluetooth 4.0 chip.  We're very excited about the product and particularly the Bluetooth ability, but disappointed that it comes with such a hefty price tag  -- $300 with a 2 year contract with Verizon.  By comparison, a 16-GB iPhone 4s is $200.  While the Razr boasts 4G LTE, it may price itself out of a lot of sales.  Plus, in smaller cities (like mine) 4G isn't even available yet.  It's available for pre-order now, and will ship by the November 10th.  (I'll provide a review when I receive mine.)

In other Bluetooth news, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is re-branding Bluetooth 4.0 as Blue Smart.  I love the move of distinguishing Bluetooth 4.0 from older versions, as I believe the low energy aspect of 4.0 will make this technology revolutionary.  But really, Blue Smart?  I think they could have done a little better with the name.