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Motorola Calgary bringing Android to Verizon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:12
Posted in category Android, Motorola, Smartphones

Moto fans who have weathered out the multi-year storm of disappointment after disappointment with each and every “new” phone falling short will now have something to lust after and hopefully eventually brag about.  The Motorola Calgary will obviously be toting Android within.  Moving forward, another sweet piece is the slide-out qwerty keyboard tucked away beneath that will surely please those who like more tangible keys to go along with their cupcake induced on screen keyboard.  From the picture above, it definitely looks like a pretty sweet deal that Moto is working on (save for the stupid/ugly Verizon skin they have tacked on there).  Skins and visual appearance shouldn’t be the sole purchasing decision however as it’s Android…you can change it.  Let’s just hope that Moto doesn’t drop the ball on this one and can finally make a smartphone to wow us all.  They’re on the right track.  Is your interest in a Moto handset piqued?  So far a rumored Q2 release has been floating around, though it isn’t confirmed meaning take it with a solitary grain of salt.  Lust away.

Source: Boy Genius

QA4 Evoke signals the rebirth of Moto?

Monday, March 30, 2009 13:31
Posted in category Cell Phones, Motorola

This fine Monday morning Motorola has made known that they are done designing and manufacturing lowly products that time and time again fail to impress. (Hopefully).  Starting their rebirth, the QA4 Evoke is actually a pretty darn good looking device.  Actually, really good.  But it isn’t all just a pretty face.  The features of Moto’s “Savior” phone include:

  • 2.8” WQVGA 240×400 touchscreen display
  • 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom
  • 256 MB internal storage with microSD expansion slot for additional storage
  • CDMA 800/1900/1700/2100, Diversity 1900MHz and 2100 MHz EVDO Rev A
  • Bluetooth, GPS
  • Full HTML web browser
  • Integration with Facebook, MySpace, and Picasa for the social butterflies
  • Customizable homescreen by way of widgets
  • Centralized & conversational style SMS and email (POP3/IMAP4)

This certainly looks as if it could be Moto’s start to remaking their image which has fallen drastically from their Razr days.  And finally they are breaking away from the Razr design.  While it was an awesome design at the time, all good things must come to an end.  This is the new Moto.

 

*Update*  Looks like our lucky friends up north are getting their paws on it first as Cricket has been named the debut carrier.

 

Source: Boy Genius, Moto

Motorola i465 CRAMS full qwerty onto rather small handset

Thursday, February 26, 2009 22:09
Posted in category Cell Phones, Motorola, Nextel, Sprint

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While it is one of Motorola’s more unique and classy designs, it hardly appears functional.  Last time I checked my fingers weren’t mice sized.  Nit pics aside, it again looks pretty cool.  What else is there to say…?  At this point nothing.  Obviously Sprint/Nextel will be the U.S. carrier lucky enough to launch this fine piece of technology.  Sadly all of the spec geeks will have to go to bed hungry tonight.

Source: Engadget Mobile, Mobile-Review

Back from the dead: Motorola “Napoleon” coming to Verizon

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 14:47
Posted in category Motorola, Smartphones, Verizon

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In what is most certainly a very botched launch and severe delay since it was originally revealed, the Motorola Napoleon is pretty much a *slightly* revamped Moto Q.  Yawn inducing features include a 2 megapixel QVGA camera, WiFi, and Windows Mobile 6.1.  Sorry folks no new aged high tech WinMo 6.5 here, move along.  Globe trotters should feel at least a little happy as it is debuting as one of Verizon’s world phones meaning there’s a GSM radio inside for jaunts across the pond.  One feature that comes out of now where: average camera, WiFi, WinMo 6.1….BAM finger print reader.  In order to keep your private information out of creepers’ eyes, Motorola has retrofitted a swanky finger print reader into the aging relic in a desperate attempt to grab a few customers back.  While it does look pretty cool appearance wise and the finger print reader is still a rather unique feature, it’s going to take a lot more than WinMo 6.1, some fancy looks, and high tech finger print reader to make me part with my hard earned money.  WinMo campers…are you going to bite?

 

 
Source: Engadget Mobile, Phone Arena *pic*

Motorola giving Windows Mobile the cold digital shoulder

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 13:07
Posted in category Android, Motorola

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Motorola hasn’t exactly been pulling in the big dough lately.  The handset division has been in a rut with razr knockoffs that can’t seem to break away from the once iconic design.  In order to turn around the handset division and get back into the black ink, Motorola announced that they will be spending more time and money developing for Android as it offers more than the current version of Windows Mobile.  +1 for Android.  Not so good for WinMo.  Besides being alot more customizable than WinMo, Android looks leaps and bounds better than the 2001 looking WinMo 6.1.  Heck even 6.5 looks old.  I’m sure WinMo lovers will disagree but that’s ok.  Freedom of opinion is ok.  Motorola is quoted as saying that once WinMo 7 rolls around they will revisit the issue.  I am particularly hopeful for Android this year.  With more carriers and manufacturers coming on board Android is starting to become a bigger market force.  What’s your take?  Is Android the open haven you’ve always dreamed of.  Or, do you think it is an aimless lost cause?  Shout out below.

 

Source: Ars Technica, Alley Insider, Android Authority *pic*

Moto announces Renew, Tundra, and MOTOSURF

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 9:06
Posted in category Cell Phones, Motorola

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Moto sure has fallen from their Razr driven dominance they had just a few short years ago.  Today they hope to move one step closer to dominance again as they announce several new phones.  It really is shocking to look at the Motorola from a few years ago (Razr era) and now, a company that is desperately trying to cling to life.  They are still having some problems breaking away from the Razr’s main design, making their phones appear long in the tooth even on launch day.  Hopefully Motorola can turn this funk around and create the phones that will truly wow us.  Click through for info on Motorola’s 3 new handsets. Read More… »