Some backstory, I had an OG Droid, and I absolutely loved it's ability to run custom kernels, which really made the phone run at it's true potential in both speed and battery life. Against my better judgement, I made the ginormous mistake of getting an OG Droid X, which I regret it to this day. The locked bootloader, made custom kernels impossible, and greatly slowed the release 'real' roms. I say that because for the first year, all the roms were still based on the black hole of fail that is blur. Don't take this as me trashing the X's rom devs, they have done an amazing job despite being curb stomped by the locked bootloader.
Anyways, I swore I'd never buy another Motorola and was planning on getting a Nexus, because well let's face it, Motorola's upgrade timetable blows, and a locked bootloader means there is little hope for running new, stable versions of Android until a blur version is released. But my wife stopped by verizon today and they told her the Razr is buy one get one free; I personally think the guy was lying to her because that deal is not listed on Verizon's website, and Verizon always offers their best deals through their website. But if it's true, I'm willing to consider the razr so long as it's not handicapped like the X is.
1) How is the big is the Razr dev community?
2) Do razrs come with a locked bootloader? I've read conflicting reports, some say the bootloader is locked, and some say it isn't. This really is the determining factor for me.
I absolutely refuse to get another phone with a locked bootloader. OEMs have demonstrated no remorse about the fact they continually **** on their customers when it comes to Android upgrades and fragmentation. If they refuse to fully support their phones by keeping Android current, I'll do it myself. However, if they make it impossible for me to do so, I will simply go elsewhere.
When I saw Motorola's timetable for ICS, I was furious because the X, a phone that hasn't even been out for two years, isn't getting it, and by the time their their flagship phones get it, ICS will have been out for a year. I'm actually pretty pissed at Google for letting it continue, and when they started playing semantics about fragmentation, I have to admit, I started seriously considering switching to either an iPhone or Windows Mobile. That says a lot, because I really, really, really hate both Apple and MS. I've been a strong android supporter ever since the rumors surfaced about Google entering the mobile OS arena, but, they have done a horrendous job at reigning fragmentation, and it will ultimately be Android's undoing if they don't get a handle on it soon. I can easily Windows catching up to android because of users who are frustrated with lack of software support.