Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Motorola Razr Returns in Droid Form

Years ago before any iPhones or any smartphones at all, there was a phone that everyone had to have because it was the coolest and most unique on the market....that phone was the Motorola Razr.  The Razr was the prominent phone from Cingular (Now AT&T,) Verizon, T-Mobile, and eventually extended to just about every phone carrier available. The unique thin design and innovative features gave the Razr a long run as arguably the most popular cell phone at the time.  When the smartphone era took over, the Razr was pushed aside and a new era was upon us, little did I think I would be posting on the news that the Motorola Razr is coming back, and in Droid form.

You read that right, Motorola has announced that the Droid Razr is coming our way in early November.  The Droid Razr will once again innovate as it will be labeled "the world's thinnest smartphone" at 7.1 mm thick.  The phone will also feature a stainless-steel core, Gorilla Glass screen, and a splash guard that will even protect the inside of the phone.  The screen will be a 4.3 inch with qHD resolution that will make for richer colors and higher contract than even the almighty iPhone 4s.  Motorola also added in that the Droid Razr will be the first device to download HD movies from Netflix.


This mega upgrade from the old days of the original Razr's is evident in each and every way.  The phone will even have the capability to save battery life by turning off features you may not be using at the time.  Finally they announced the Droid Razr's "most important feature," known as "MotoCast,"  which will allow users to stream content from their personal computers directly to their phones. 

For now it appears that Verizon Wireless will be the first carrier to get the Droid Razr, but I'm sure if the popularity of the phone skyrockets we will see it offers by other carriers eventually as well.  Will the Droid Razr bring the Razr back to prominence and give the Apple iPhone a run for it's money?  It sounds like it's packed with features that will definitely grab some attention and at least make it at the very least a contender.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Carriers Will Soon Send Usage Alerts to Help Avoid Overage Charges

Have you ever experienced "bill shock?"  I really had not heard that term before today, but after reading the description I believe we have all experienced it at some point or another.  It's when you open a bill (your cell phone bill in this instance) and are shocked to see a huge amount that is way over your usual monthly cost.  This can occur when you don't realize you were over your allotted minutes, texts, or data for the month.  Unexpected charges for the extra usage can really make your bill sky rocket, but today the CTIA Wireless Association unveiled new guidelines that should help with the matter.

Carriers will now send usage alerts to customers when they are approaching their monthly limit on minutes, texts, data, international roaming etc.  Within the next 18 months cellular carriers should be adhering to these new guidelines, which should make a significant difference when it comes to unexpected overage charges or "bill shock."  Cell phone carriers have NO problem about notifying you 50 times if your bill is late, so it's nice to see that moves are being made to make just as much effort in helping customers manage their monthly billing as well. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

The iPhone 4s is Now Available for ATT, Verizon, and Sprint

Well the big day if finally here for iPhone fans, the iPhone 4s is now available to AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint customers.  Now just because it's available doesn't mean you can get on easily, as preorder records were set and stores had lines outside in the early morning hours waiting to be the first to get the 4s.  There were even people across the country that camped outside of stores in order to ensure they would get one.  Was it worth all the effort?  Well let's take a look at what changes iPhone 4s is giving us.

While the iPhone 4s hasn't been regarded as a HUGE upgrade from the iPhone 4, but the fact that it will be available on 3 top carriers which means just about anyone can grab one.  *Note - If you are still having trouble finding where you can get an iPhone 4s, Amazon has them readily available at the link below:


Although there aren't a huge amount of changes, the iPhone 4s does offer a faster dual-core A5 chip and an 8 mega-pixel camera that can shoot 1080p HD video as well.  Those seem to be the 2 big differences in this new version of the iPhone, which may or may not be enough to make you want to buy one.  If you don't have an iPhone, or maybe haven't had a new one in a few years, this phone might be a good purchase.  If you own a more recent iPhone, it might not be enough to buy.

Some people are rushing to stores to try to grab the iPhone 4s, while others are waiting on the iPhone 5 in hopes of getting a major change.  Here is a good video which covers the changes you will find in the iPhone 4s, and may help you decide if you are on the fence on deciding if the time is right for an upgrade.