how the hell do you remove the lid? The microscopic silver realease button on the top edge doesn’t seem to work, even if i try to simultaneoulsly slide the lid off with my thumb on the motorola thumbgrip. is this thing annoying or am i just slow?

it’s annoying.
Use something sharp to push the release button down past it’s catch. Then it’ll pop up a little.

It’s a major flaw in a phone that I otherwise like a lot.
But maybe they don’t want the user to be able to access that pannel.