We’re seeing more and more smartphones that use full screens, or at least something close to them; phone screens are also getting larger and larger, with many phones blurring the distinction between a smartphone and a tablet. Motorola have been an innovator in terms of developing full screen phones, with the Motorola RAZR I representing an excellent example of the technology in use. How, then, have Motorola achieved this, and what does it tell us about the broader smartphone market?
Motorola’s full screen technology effectively involves reducing the amount of handset space devoted to bezel edges and buttons, instead focusing on making the screen as large as possible; the edge to edge screen employed by phones like the RAZR I have dimensions of 4.3 inches, and use Super AMOLED technology. Protective materials are employed to keep the back of the RAZR I secure, with splash guards also incorporated into the phone to prevent damage.
One of the advantages of using full screen technology is that a manufacturer like Motorola can make the most of a handset without having to significantly increase its size to something like Samsung’s ‘phablet’ Note II. Users can still access all of the features of Android on a RAZR I, but without having to rely on extra buttons; this minimalist approach focuses all of a user’s attention onto the touchscreen.
The RAZR I is demonstrating trends towards increasing the potential of smartphone screens – while there is an argument to be made that screens are getting too big, full screen technology means that you still have a relatively normal sized handset, just with more of it covered by the screen. The 4.3 inch screen of the RAZR I isn’t noticeably larger than rivals like the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and doesn’t push into phablet territory.
There is some debate, though, over whether screen size will continue to be so important to manufacturers as they look to distinguish themselves in the future. Samsung have certainly made strides in terms of the Note and the Samsung Galaxy SII and SIII, with the size of their phones’ screens being typically larger than Apple, who have so far managed to resist supersizing their screens to the same degree.
What phones like the RAZR I demonstrate is that you can have a full screen experience without creating a clunky handset – Motorola are also showcasing their full screen, edge to edge technology in the RAZR HD, which has a 4.7 inch screen, and removes even more of the bezel of the phone than the RAZR I. It’s likely that the RAZR HD will complement the RAZR I, while still benefiting from increasing screen size without making it too difficult to actually hold either phones’ handsets.
Much of what you get from a full screen phone experience depends on your preference – some people still prefer to have tactile buttons for returning to a home screen, and for switching a phone on and off. Others, however, are more inclined towards the tablet like touchscreen experience of a full screen smartphone, where you can be more intuitive in how you use Android to access different features on your phone.
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Rosette is a mobile fanatic,she is currently working to raise awareness of the RAZR I .She likes to check out the latest mobiles phones and apps.