The Razer Phone is amazing and no one will buy it! (The 3:59, Ep. 326)We discuss the merits of Razer's niche gaming phone and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the text message.
Welcome to the 3:59, I'm Roger Cheng. I'm Ben Fox Rubin. I wanted to kick things off with CNET'S review of the Razor phone. No, not the old Motorola Razor. This Android phone is built by the laptop maker Razor, and features a bunch of high end specs. It's also big and built like a tank. But the marquee feature is a display that refreshes 120 times a second Twice as fast as most phones, which gives it this illusion that it's buttery smooth and faster than anything else, all the competition. We've looked at the review. What do you think? Sean Hollister does a good job of really saying the good and the bad about this phone. Apparently, the camera is The battery is meh- [LAUGH] But if you are going to use it for gaming- Right. Then maybe they're gonna find their interested customers. Which is, I think, why I'm a little skeptical about this phone. One, I mean, Razor is a known brand among video gamers. It is not a mass consumer brand. Mm-hm. So I don't know How many people are really clamoring for a phone made by a video game laptop maker? Okay, you're right about that. The other thing is, yeah, it's kind of big and bulky. Okay. Aesthetically->> Where do you What do you think about the fact that it's bringing back the Next Bit Robin look? Yeah. So, Next Bit was purchased by Raser, I think earlier this year, right? Just for additonal background, Next Bit, its claim to fame was it tapped Tomas, one of the original Android guys, Mike Chan, also another Android guy as well as Chuck Croil. Who was the HTC designer who created the HTC One. So there was a lot of hype behind that company. It got bought by Razer, and this is sort of the first product that's come out of that cooperation. Mm-hm. It's kinda cool, I think. I like the fact that Nextbit is kinda living on in this phone. But At least this particular first entry, like you mentioned, Sean sort of has some issues with this, right? Camera's not as great, battery life's not as great. Right. They make it interseting for gamers again, so the screen is supposed to be really good and it's also got Dolby powered speakers. The front face Going back to just my general view on phones is that this is a different phone, kinda like the Moto phones are different phones. It doesn't mean that the Moto is for everybody, it obviously isn't. But at least we're getting to a point, to a certain extent with phones, where it's not all the same black slabs. Well, though this is a giant black slab. [LAUGH] Ok. Fine, it's a giant black slab, with a few features that are different from the other giant black slabs. Yes. I will say though, the fact that it's marketed as a gaming phone, I don't even think razor would push that too hard. Because, truthfully how many games are out there that really need all this high end specs. Clash Royale. Right. [LAUGH] The game I play constantly. [LAUGH] [INAUDIBLE] still playing Simpson's Tapped Out. That does not need a special processor. What? I know. I know. Man. That takes me back. Yeah, I mean, I've got an old PC version of the Civilization game loaded up on my phone. Nice. Or, not PC, but it's the consul version. And it will be amazing on the Razor phone. No, but it works just fine on my iPhone and on an Android phone, so Okay, also, it's $700, by the way, so they're definitely pricing it as a flagship. All right, next up, we wanted to wish a happy birthday to the text message, which turned 25 on Sunday. Whoopie! Yeah, the first text message was sent on December 3rd, 1992, by a British engineer, who basically sent it via a computer to a mobile device. And you have to measure in how clunky that mobile device was in 1992. What was the first text message? You want me to say it? Say it. It's Merry Christmas. Which, granted, people still say today. As opposed to ahoy-hoy- [LAUGH] Which was the first thing that was said on a telephone from Alexander Graham Bell, so. It's a little bit more memorable. Yes. Yeah. So ahoy hoy to everybody. It's just ineresting that we've gotten to the point. I know there are a lot of studies about how we'd rather text than call people now. I've found actually, I've used text message less because I tend to use either iMessage or Facebook Messenger, [UNKNOWN] there are so many more messaging apps now. Yeah, and I would say that a text message is You know, the forefather of all of those things. For sure. All of those things like stand on the shoulders of the original text messages, so. In fact, I'm like one of those folks who's annoyed now when I have my iMessage blue bubble versus the green. Whatever. One non-iPhone person comes in like. [LAUGH]. You broke the chain. You broke the chain. Unbelievable. I know. I'm really annoyed. [LAUGH]. All right. For those stories and more, check us out on CNET. I'm Roger Cheng. I'm Ben Fox Rubin. Thanks for listening. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]