Apple should be happy about this, but if you follow this site you know I have been experiencing issues with my older Motorola Droid (RAZR M). (Motorola is owned by Lenovo) One of the issues is the horrible performance that me and my family members have been experiencing over the last few years with our phones. (Lenovo owns Motorola.) Particularly the camera. (Every single Motorola I have owned, the camera performance, IMO, degraded with every phone system update the phone received.)

When I first bought this phone, it was amazing and I recommended it to everyone I know. (Admittedly, I was an idiot and did not do thorough testing.) Then with each major update that came along, issues either changed, went away or got worse. Among the issues was the slow degradation of my phone’s camera.

One reason that I have NEVER signed up for Instagram is the instability of my RAZR M camera. It seems to ruin perfectly easy shots and when the review images are so small on the phone so that you can sometimes never tell how crappy the image is until you post it online. And that is never a good thing when you post something that looks like crap after the fact. It is embarrassing.

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Verizon Wireless RAZR M smartphone

I originally started this piece out comparing the shortcomings of my aging Droid to consumer expectations. From apps that test my patience to a horribly performing Motorola phone’s camera.

But in my research, I discovered the phrase “Planned Obsolescence” in regards to smartphones. And suddenly I stopped comparing and started getting a bit aggravated.

Wikipedia’s entry on the subject says “Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence[1] in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time

So I am going to start this piece with most of my original text and we’ll go from there.

Droid, Samsung or iPhone? The Camera Itself Could Be the Determinant!

After a ton of consideration and suffering with my own cell phone, I believe my next phone will NOT be a Motorola (Lenovo owned) Droid. If for anything else, the raging *! excuse for a camera that is part of my Droid phone. That, and this oddly growing sluggishness my phone’s apps are demonstrating in some of the simplest functions.

My phone is almost two years old so I am going to presume that new apps and OS updates are responsible for the terrible performance my Droid demonstrates. From the OS intermittently taking up to several seconds to respond to any screen touch to the camera that is spiraling ever downward in catching those perfect moments we all try to snag.

To help my Motorola phone I have been rebooting it at least a few times a week to clear out its memory for a bit of a marginal performance improvement.

When I have issues with a product, I’m not always the first to speak up. It is only when I start seeing other users having the same issues that I start to wonder if there is a systemic issue going on with a product. Sure enough, I know several people with my same set of issues and or symptoms with their own Droids. Hmm.

Some of the problems I am experiencing include…

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How To Fix The Power/Lock Button That Isn’t Working

May 30, 2013

So the power/lock button seemed to stop working on my Motorola RAZR. But I found out how to fix it. – The other day my wife’s Verizon Wireless Motorola RAZR’s power/lock button stopped working. The phone screen was black and we could not wake it up. I thought the battery had died. But when we […]

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The New Droid X Update “4.5.621MB810:” Did You Get it Yet?

April 20, 2012

There’s a new patch for our Verizon Wireless Motorola Droid X phones and I’m hoping it cures a few interesting issues I’ve been having. Those issues include a phone that turns itself on without prompting from me, GPS that takes forever and a camera that isn’t as good as it was when taking night pictures! […]

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Great Apps That I Found and Use With My Droid Smartphone [Consumer]

November 20, 2011

So after using my DROID X smartphone for more than a year, and sampling various apps, this is a part of my list of what I consider to be useful phone apps.

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Consumer User Review of the Motorola Droid X – Pt 4, [The HOME and Right Menu Screens]

November 17, 2010

Consumer User Review of the Motorola Droid X – Pt 4, [The HOME and Right Menu Screens] I’m having a blast with this phone and I think anyone that picks it up, will too. Today I will chat about my right-hand screens/menus and a bit about the Home Screen and what I’ve done to it.

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Consumer User Product Review Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless Pt 3 [The Left Menu Screens]

November 11, 2010

Consumer User Product Review – Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless – Pt 3 [The Left Menu Screens]

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Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless Pt 2 of a Consumer User Product Review

November 10, 2010

Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless – Pt 2 of a Consumer User Product Review, a new user who is really enjoying this intuitive experience with a new phone/mini-computer.

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DROID X 2-Hour Review plus People Are Awesome YouTube Video [Consumer Product Review]

November 3, 2010

DROID X 2-Hour Review plus ‘People Are Awesome’ YouTube Video [Consumer Product Review]

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