Last night, when I first heard that Motorola was going to be releasing a Droid RAZR Developer Edition, a Droid RAZR that will come with an unlockable bootloader, I was thrilled. Elated. Giddy. Whatever. Turns out, Motorola has somehow managed to screw it up. Just like it did when it promised unlocked bootloaders by the end of 2011. Just like it did with the Motorola Xoom’s 4G LTE.
And dare I say it, just like it did by releasing the Droid RAZR two months before the Droid RAZR MAXX.
Needless to say, I am extremely frustrated with the whole situation and frankly I consider it a big slap to the face of its customers.
Let’s start with the device and Motorola’s policy to bring you up to speed.
Motorola has unveiled the Droid RAZR Developers Edition. It has a bootloader that is unlockable making it the first Motorola-made phone with that capability. What does that mean exactly? Well, once the bootloader is unlocked, it will allow you to modify your phone how you want. Delete bloatware, install ROMs, etc. Even if you’re not a hacker, it’s something you’ll want to consider.
Sounds great right?
Well, wait until you hear about the fine print.
First and foremost, the device is going to cost €499. That’s the equivalent of $650 U.S. dollars. Not exactly cheap. That’s not the worst part though.
Not only will the phone cost over $600, it’s going to come without a warranty. None. Zilch. You break the phone, you’re out $650, plain and simple. This is absolutely outrageous, so outrageous, that I don’t expect this policy to last. And if it does, I don’t expect a single one of you to buy this phone, no matter how tempting it is.
Again, it’s a slap in the face, folks.
Motorola has also announced some release details. It’s going to be coming to EU. That’s it. Nothing in regards to a possible release here in the United States.
So, sorry to all of you in the United States that wanted to shell out $650 for a phone that doesn’t have a warranty.
When I first read that Motorola would be releasing a phone with an unlockable bootloader, I thought it was going to be a step in the right direction, a make-up call for the false promises of 2011.
It appears that I was sorely mistaken.
Instead, it seems that Motorola has once again overlooked its customers in an attempt to make a buck and keep the carriers happy.
And you people wonder why I bought a Nexus.