Motorola's 5G-equipped Razr is sold unlocked so you can buy it directly from Amazon. (It's even available for $ 400 at the usual price of $ 1,399.99.) However, if you order the foldable flip phone on Amazon, an unusual sight greets you when you open the box: someone else has yours new phone already unpacked and folded for you.
(This listing is also available from Best Buy and B&H, who may not be wearing their dirty gloves all over your new phone before shipping.)
The Amazon product listing explains the following:
RAZR should be shipped in the unfolded position. However, to better protect the display, we folded your RAZR – it's more secure, but may not look as stylish as we'd hoped. We apologize if you see fingerprints on your device, but we assure you that your RAZR is brand new.
The Razr's unique box that apparently led to this concern.
Both the original Razr and the updated model come in fancy display boxes that allow you to fully showcase your phone. (It also acts as a passive speaker, and its shape is designed to amplify the sound from the phone's speaker.) As part of this fancy design, the Razr itself comes in a deployed configuration to better show off the flexible 6.2-. Inch OLED panel.
But Amazon seems concerned about the safety of shipping the $ 1,399 phone with this massive (and relatively fragile) display exposed to the elements. So the retailer opens the box, takes out the phone, folds it up and reseals it and ships it to the customers.
Is this a casual indictment of the fragility of the Motorola foldable phone? Amazon is aggressively taking cautious measures to safely ship a product? Who can say that.
Because of this, your new phone may only have fingerprints on it.