The Motorola razr Includes a Nightstand Dock That’s Pretty If Not Pointless

The Motorola razr in a nightstand amplifier dock.
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Most of the time, unboxing a phone is exciting because of the contents. The box, on the other hand, is the first thing to go to the trash (or hopefully, the recycling bin). You might keep part of the Motorola razr’s box, though. It features a stand that doubles as a sound amplifier. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it has a charging port for the phone, so it’s not a complete win.

Motorola released a series of videos yesterday to go alongside the preorder launch for its foldable razr phone. Featured at the beginning of some of those videos are a blink and miss moment. As someone unboxes the phone, a dock comes into view. It looks nice, and as it turns out has some function.

Look closely, and you’ll see small holes at the bottom of the dock. Motorola is calling this a Nightstand Amplifier, and that should tell you exactly what the holes do. Place a razr inside the dock, and the sound from the speakers run through the series of holes and, in theory, will come out louder from the journey.

We say in theory because, in an unboxing video earlier released late last year, the effect seemed less than impressive.

Now, it could be that the microphones couldn’t pick up the difference in sound, but the reactions seem to suggest the effect is minor at best. Still, most of the time, you’ll throw out a smartphone’s box entirely, so this small effort to make a useful box that may prevent more e-waste is an appreciated gesture. We just wish Motorola had added a charging port to the thing—then it would have at least been useful.

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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