Before Razr2 V9, there was Motorola Razr V3xx - 3G version of the original phone released in mid-2016. A year before the original iPhone went on sale.
Had a v3i used it for years. But these phones had a major issue, you would have connectivity problems and had to update firmware periodically. Once warranty was over.... you could not do this yourself over the internet - --option was disabled. Had to sent it to service center and pay a fee. Once firmware was updated no more connectivity issue and could use it till 10-12 months and again need to pay and update firmware.
That was my last Motorola phone, bought it at a premium when it was launched.
Even when they came out with the droid the upgrades were so skimpy that the droid 4 more like the droid 2 with the specs increase. And the droid razr wasn't much better in that sense.
Motorola lacked the tech to keep iterating on its design. It took until now for screen manufacturers to develop foldable screens so Motorola can add a full touchscreen to their flip phone. The wait is worth it though imo. When all smartphone manufacturers are making glass slabs, this old flip design is a breath of fresh air. Despite not having flagship specs, I would love to get my hands on this phone.
This is an example to learn from -
_Success doesn't always need to be helpful.
_Success in one case is just a beginning of a process of a continued development.
_Success of past is no guarantee of a successful future ( specially in today's competitive world)
The article didn't say much about the razr. The writer didn't even know Motorola released motorazr devices sometimes around 2011 or so.
Not to mention, it was the Moto Droid that led to the popularity of Android, together with HTC phones of the past.
Also, Motorola had PDA devices with touch screen capabilities prior to using Android.
Quite lazy writing but yeah, I wouldn't blame if the article just wants to reminisce the most popular flip phone of all time.
I used to own the original RAZR, and it really was an elegant phone. Good thing that Motorola still keeping that same design for the 2019 RAZR. It really is a breathe of fresh air among all other smartphones out there with typical generic design from one another.