Mobile and Wireless: Nokia Lumia, Motorola Razr Smartphones Debut in NYC: First Looks

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-09-06 Print this article Print
Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820

The new Lumias run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, which includes the ability to more easily personalize the start page with different-sized tiles, arranged to a user's liking. (Photo by Scott Ferguson)
Nokia and Motorola introduced new smartphones in New York City Sept. 5, taking advantage of a small window of time before Apple's Sept. 12 introduction of the iPhone 5. Nokia showed off the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, LTE-enabled devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 and featuring ClearBlack displays that are so touch-sensitive they can be used while wearing mittens or gloves. Later that day, Motorola, under the new leadership of former Googler Dennis Woodside, showed off three new Razr smartphones—the Droid Razr M with its edge-to-edge 4.3-inch Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) touch-screen, the Droid Razr HD, which features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED touch-screen with 78 percent more pixels and a 40 percent longer battery life than the original and successfully selling Droid Razr. Finally, for those needing exceptionally long battery life, the Razr Maxx HD is everything the Razr HD is but with a battery that can withstand 32 hours of what Motorola calls "normal use." All five phones are impressive efforts from device makers with tremendous histories. Whether they can gain equal footing in a market currently dominated by Samsung and Apple—during the second quarter, according to investment firm Canaccord Genuity, the pair enjoyed a stunning 108 percent of the market's profits—is something they'll need to prove into the new year.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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