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Motorola DROID RAZR – The Coolest Phone That's Destined to Fail

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Just moments ago, Motorola (NYSE: MMI) took the wraps off its subtly hyped reboot of the classic RAZR cell phone.

This one isn't a clamshell beast (those are so 2004!) like the original. Instead, Motorola took a more modern approach, threw its hat into the “me-too!” bandwagon, and produced a thin and sleek touch screen smartphone that will be released all over the world starting in November.

Motorola boasted about the phone's functionality and durability. But while I am sure this phone will be (if nothing else) a nice alternative to the usual batch of iPhone competitors, the problem is that, with the nation's leading cell phone now available on Sprint (NYSE: S), is there really the need for more alternatives?

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Samsung has successfully acquired a number of consumers who don't want an iPhone. How many more could there be? Whatever the number, it's a war Samsung is positioned to win, especially with the Nexus slated for release (and an official unveiling tomorrow in China, it seems).

TechCrunch recently referred to the Nokia N9 (NYSE: NOK) as the “most amazing phone you'll never buy.” At the end of his review, Robin Wauters concluded, “It's a sad, strange paradox: the phone is so beautiful and works so smoothly that I'm actually having a hard time putting the N9 down, but I can honestly say that I would never recommend anyone to go out and purchase it in a world so chock-full of better choices, especially at that price.”

Sad indeed. How is it that consumers can let a good phone fall by the wayside like that?

The answer is simple: we don't just live in an iOS/Android world. We live in one that's controlled by Apple and Samsung, with a little HTC on the side.

If a third (and equally significant) player is to emerge, it clearly isn't going to happen yet.

Follow me @LouisBedigian

 

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