Posts Tagged ‘Motorola’

AT&T and Motorola – Friends or Foes?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

AT&T logo

While rumors of the new Motorola Flipout for AT&T are floating around, I’ve been thinking about all the different Android devices in play now, specifically of the Motorola variety. When you hear Motorola, you likely think immediately of the Droid. Whether the original Droid, the Droid X, the Droid 2, or the Milestone, this line is arguably the best Motorola has ever produced. Why is it then, that AT&T is getting scraps?

At first glance one might assume that it is AT&T’s love affair with the iPhone that has kept Android phones at bay. This is entirely possible. There have been arguments that AT&T has intentionally offered crippled devices in order to keep sales of the iPhone going strong. At first this seemed plausible. First there was the promise of five Android phones by the first half of 2010. It failed to keep that promise. The Motorola Backflip was launched first, to muted fanfare. Nobody really liked the “unique form factor.”

Next came the Aria, which came as a surprise to a number of AT&T’s employees. The Aria is a great little phone with a major problem – it shatters with little effort. Next announced was the Dell Aero, but it went MIA for a while. The Samsung Captivate was the first sign that AT&T was starting to respect Android. The Xperia X10 further supported this notion. Dell launched the Streak and Aero on its own site, though both phones are only usable on AT&T in the US. This brings us to the Flipout.

The Flipout does what it says. It goes from a square shape to a more rectangular shape when you flip it out. If the Backflip failed to excite fans, I don’t expect much from this phone. This now makes one wonder who’s fault these lackluster Motorola phones are. Is it AT&T’s short-sightedness striking again? Is Motorola intentionally giving the B squad phones to AT&T? We’ve seen the Droid. We know what Motorola can do. The Backflip and Flipout are poor examples of a Motorola phone.

Whatever the reason, AT&T fans are still waiting for a decent Motorola phone. In the mean time they have the Captivate, Xperia X10, and Blackberry Torch to occupy their time. I’m inclined to believe that AT&T is mostly responsible for the missing Droids, but it is purely speculation at this point. I’ve stopped giving AT&T the benefit of the doubt.

Piling On: Advertising at iPhone’s Expense

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

As you know by now, and as I’ve written about here, the iPhone 4 has a lot of issues. While Steve Jobs and the rest of Apple is wearing blinders, other firms are jumping at the chance to take Apple down a peg or two. Some of these attempts are intentionally humorous, and others simply take a pot shot and leave it at that.

Nokia was among those with a funny jab. The pic below shows the various ways you can hold your Nokia phone.

Motorola went a little more aggressive with its Droid ad in The New York Times.

“And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you’d like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls.”

Apple has certainly made itself an easy target. The ads are usually at least somewhat funny, which helps lessen the sting a bit as they jab Apple. Apple really needs to address the issues some other way than “Don’t hold it that way” though. At least the bystanders will be amused by these ads until it does though. Maybe Apple should hold off just a bit longer.

Droid X Coming to Verizon July 15

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Verizon announced the Motorola Droid X today. In its nutshell headline, Verizon states:

DROID X Delivers More Browsing, More Connectivity, Personal HD Video and Enterprise Features – All on a 4.3” Widescreen

Sounds good, right? Let’s check out the specs.

  • 1GHz processor
  • 4.3″ WVGA screen (480 x 854)
  • Android 2.1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, A2DP
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities
  • Flash 10.1 ready
  • Dual-flash, 8-megapixel camera and HD camcorder, with DLNA and HDMI connectivity
  • 8 GB on board memory, 16 GB microSD pre-installed (supports up to 32GB microSD)
    • Verizon plans to upgrade to Android 2.2 over the summer, which also entails enabling some of the advertised features like Flash 10.1. According to Verizon, it is only after this upgrade that business users will gain key features including Exchange and Gmail business email support, as well as additional security protocols.

      With 24GB of memory out of the box, this phone is ready for some heavy app/music/video usage. Upgrade to the 32GB microSD card and you can sport 40GB of memory. 40GB. On a phone. I remember the first 40GB hard drive I bought back in college. Back then that was huge, for a pc. Now a phone is sporting that much memory. Pretty impressive.

      The Droid X has some impressive camera features as well. HD video and a dual flash 8MP camera aren’t too shabby. A lot of Android phones, and even the iPhone for that matter have been settling for smaller camera resolution. It is good to see some of the up-and-coming Androids going for at least 8MP. I am sure that it won’t be too long before even 8MP seems small, but for now it is pretty noteworthy.

      The Droid X will be released on July 15 for $199.99 with a two year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. You’ll need to pick up special email and web smartphone data plans as well.

      The Droid line from Motorola (and HTC) has always been high-quality, and this phone looks like it will continue the tradition. Android phones keep getting better, and the Droid X is a great addition.