Posts Tagged ‘Motorola’

AT&T Announces 3 New Motorola Android Devices

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

AT&T logo

AT&T announced three new Android phones today from Motorola. The Flipside, Flipout, and Bravo will be available soon on AT&T’s network. Two of the three conform to Motorola’s “Flip” naming standard for AT&T, and one branches out a bit.

Motorola Flipside

Motorola Flipside
The Motorola Flipside is geared to help blend your work and personal life. It features Android 2.1, Motoblur, a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 3.1″ HVGA display, pinch to zoom, and a track pad. It features full push corporate e-mail, supports for Microsoft Exchange, and offers a remote wipe and password enforcement tools. It will be available for $99.99 with a 2-year service agreement and smartphone data plan in time for the holidays. You can view the preview page at att.com/flipside.

Motorola Flipout

Motorola Flipout
The Motorola Flipout is designed to offer a lot of style for a small price. It features Android 2.1 and Motoblur. It can be customized with the Dark Sapphire and Saffron battery covers which are included in the box. It will be available for $79.99 with a 2-year service agreement and smartphone data plan October 17. See the preview page at att.com/flipout.

Motorola Bravo

Motorola Bravo
The Motorola Bravo features Android 2.1, Motoblur, an 800 MHz processor 3.7″ WVGA touch screen, 3MP camera with digital zoom and auto focus. It is a certified DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) device, which enables streaming content to other DNLA devices in your home. It will be available for $129.99 with 2-year agreement and smartphone data plan in time for the holidays. See the preview page at att.com/bravo.

There isn’t a lot of additional information yet, so be sure to check back here for updates. It looks like Motorola is still pretty intent on releasing bargain-bin phones on AT&T. It would be nice to see a Droid make its way to AT&T. It doesn’t look likely anytime soon though.

These phones will bring the AT&T Android offering up to 8 devices. AT&T will finally have a decent spectrum of high to low-end Android phones, making it easier for its customers to switch to Android. This is definitely an improvement. AT&T has a long way to go, however. Let’s hope it is finally on the right track.

Microsoft Resorts to Law Suits to Promote OS

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Windows Phone 7 is finally arriving soon. Microsoft has admitted that it “missed a cycle” with the long delay. So, how does Microsoft make up for lost time? By suing Android developers, of course.

Microsoft announced that it is suing Motorola about patent infringement. This follows on the heels of other similar suits against other manufacturers. Interestingly enough, it has yet to sue Google over these “infringements.” When you can’t beat the firm, take out its friends. Yet another classy move from Microsoft.

Is anyone even planning to buy a Windows Phone 7? I don’t think Microsoft is going to improve sales much through frivolous law suits. I suppose they have some sort of plan. Microsoft should just cut its losses and focus on its other products.

Droid R2-D2 Now Available on Verizon

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The wait is over. The Droid R2-D2 is now available at Verizon. You can hunt for it on Verizon’s site or just go through the Droid Does site.

The Droid R2-D2 is available for $250 after a $100 discount, for both new and existing customers. This price requires a 2-year contract and a data plan at $30/month or higher. The non-contract price is $600.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.2
  • 3.7″ Touch Screen
  • TI OMAP 1GHz processor with Dedicated GPU
  • 5.0 Megapixel Camera
  • Slide–out QWERTY Keyboard
  • 8GB Internal memory
  • 8GB microSD Pre–installed
  • Exclusive “The Best of R2–D2″ movie with Original Cantina Music
  • Exclusive Empire Strikes Back Binoculars App
  • Star Wars Live Wallpapers
  • Star Wars Interactive Wallpapers
  • Bluetooth Stereo Support
  • Skype Mobile
  • V CAST Media Manager

The phone’s R2-D2 exterior took a while to get used to. There was a collective groaning among Star Wars and Android fans when pictures first leaked. While I think there could have been a bit more fidelity to everyone’s favorite Droid, it isn’t so bad.

As with the other Droid 2, this phone lacks a substantial camera. 5 megapixels is barely better than my old Sony Ericsson Walkman phone. You would think that a smartphone could pack better camera.

The Droid R2-D2 is available for a limited time, so if you are a Verizon customer this might be the Droid you’re looking for. I’m pretty happy with my Xperia X10, even if I am stuck on AT&T a while longer. I think this phone will make its way to my Star Wars collectibles once it goes on Ebay at a discount in a few years. If I were a Verizon fan though, I would probably have picked this one up, even with the small camera. I still like slide-out keyboards, even if they make a phone a bit bulkier. Motorola has done a really good job with the Droid series though. It would be nice to see something better than the Backflip at AT&T. The Flipout isn’t much better, if it even comes.

If you pick up a Droid R2-D2, you’ll have access to some exclusive Star Wars content. Some of it has already trickled out to non-Droid phones, so it may not remain exclusive for too much longer. I think it was appropriate to include R2-D2 in a Droid design though. It really fits.

What about you? Are you picking up the Droid R2-D2? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.