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Mysterious Motorola Renew shows its face; mean, green… and ugly

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jan 1st, 2009 3:12PM EST

A few days ago, your pals at BGR put an end to the rumors and confirmed the release dates for a few highly-anticipated T-Mobile handsets – namely the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and the Samsung Memoir. There was a mystery device on the list we gave you as well, the Motorola Renew, that had yet to be outed as far as details and images were concerned. If you were curious about this masked Moto, you might not be all that pleased with what you’re about to learn. Firstly, it’s ugly as sin. We love the concept – a handset made entirely of sustainable materials, as is its packaging – but the execution leaves plenty to be desired. Nokia has come up with a few terrific designs for renewable handsets but the folks at Moto seemingly didn’t use the same concept of backing up “green” with an attractive form. While the green factor alone may be enough to rope in some buyers, don’t expect this puppy to do any real damage. Love it or hate it, the Renew is coming to T-Mobile on February 4th as an exclusive. Pricing is still an unknown at this point and we doubt you’ll care much once it is revealed.


Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.