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After announcing in February its new best buddy would be Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, Nokia slipped quietly back into its labs to put the finishing touches on its new line of smartphones. Some eight months later, and what does the Finnish company have to show? Apparently, just a reworked Nokia N9 re-dubbed the "Lumia 800" but with a few minor tweaks and of course, Windows Phone 7 as its power core. Nokia also announced the lower-priced Lumia 710 — a cheaper, less premium-feeling model of the Lumia 800 with a few toned down specs. We felt up Nokia's latest and greatest smartphones this morning and here's what we thought.
"Thinner. Stronger. Faster. Smarter." Those are the merits that Motorola's CEO Sanjay Jha touted when unveiling the new Droid RAZR smartphone. With a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a bright and sharp qHD resolution screen, 4G LTE data speed — all in laser-cut woven Kevlar fiber body — the Droid RAZR is not only slick, but powerful. And sexy. The last time the RAZR brand was used it was for the world's best-selling and thinnest cellphone — pre-iPhone. That was in 2007. Motorola's since managed to wrestle some marketshare back from Apple, Samsung and BlackBerry with its line of Android-powered DROID smartphones on Verizon. All was going well until Apple dropped its iPhone 4 on Verizon earlier this year. With the Droid RAZR, Motorola's taking Big Red back.