Archive for: Motorola

Motorola Falling Into The RAZR Trap Once Again?

  • October 2, 2011 8:07 pm


The big news tonight: The unannounced Motorola DROID HD has been found in VZW’s device manager proving the device is coming sooner rather than later. Specs include a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display. Sound awesome?

To us it sounds like more of the same. The Bionic, DROID X2, DROID HD — they’re all pretty similar. Motorola is starting to go through the same motions that almost sank them a few short years ago…

Motorola XOOM LTE Upgrade Officially Begins Tomorrow (September 29th)!

  • September 28, 2011 6:15 pm


The day we all thought would never come — the day in which early XOOM adopters could mail in their homely 3G unit for a 1-2 hardware swap to more brisk LTE gear. Yes, it’s finally here. All you have to do is to navigate to www.verizonwireless.com/Xoom4GLTEupgrade. After the pre-paid shipping materials arrive at your door, simply drop your XOOM inside and find something to do during the week-long ordeal.

If you haven’t snagged a XOOM yet you may be better off. Beginning on October 13th Verizon will sell Motorola XOOMs with the LTE hardware already installed for $499.

Who’s ready?

Motorola DROID Bionic Uses A Custom In-house LTE Chip.

  • September 28, 2011 9:39 am


That Motorola DROID Bionic doesn’t just make use of Unicorn horn dust to achieve the better than average LTE battery life. According to ABI Research labs vice president of engineering James Mielke, “Motorola has mixed some of the latest technology with quite a few components now considered the norm and a few that have not been seen in phones for years”. (Read: Motorola’s LTE chip is super fancy/special.)

The discovery was made after a full teardown of the phone, and notes that while the LTE chip is custom made, the CDMA portion is your typical generic Qualcomm silicon found any every other CDMA device. But what’s even more interesting than the mere fact that Motorola designed their own LTE chip (Intel/Infineon based) is that they used some pretty old modem technology (10-year old tech specifically) and supports a good deal more “RF frequencies than either Motorola or Verizon advertise”.

If you’re eyes have glazed over, just know this: That extra 9 months Moto took to get the Bionic into public hands was well spent. It’s faster, more potent, and more frugal thanks to a little old school ingenuity.

Droid 4 (Maserati) To Add LTE To The Mix.

  • September 27, 2011 10:53 pm


The DROID 3 was almost perfect in our eyes. It had a spacious keyboard (for those of you who like that sort of thing), a less repulsive version of MOTO BLUR, a pixel packed qHD display and speedy dual-core processor. One important thing it didn’t have: LTE.

The Droid 4 (aka: Maserati) will fix that according to a new rumor originating from Howard Forums tonight. Details are few and far between but include a few obvious clues such as ~4″ display and hints that Moto may move to a still replaceable, but not easily removable battery. Interesting.

More as it develops…

Review: Motorola Electrify

  • September 27, 2011 10:39 am


Even though the U.S. features a healthy selection of national and regional carriers, the biggest, baddest devices hit the “big 4″ first. Everyone else is left to deal with the scraps many weeks later long after the excitement surrounding a particular device is gone. But every once in a while your smaller regional carriers get something worth boasting about. Today that carrier is U.S. Cellular with the new Motorola Electrify.

Hop past the break as we dive into the Electrify, leaving no button untouched…

[Update] Motorola Sypder (RAZR) Leaked. Packs 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED Display.

  • September 24, 2011 11:07 am


As of late the basic design of Motorola’s high-end Android devices have been rather repetitive. The Electrify on U.S. Cellular signals a change, however, to a more rounded dare we say classy design. Besides the long in the tooth brick-ish construction of Moto’s phones is the reliance on PenTile technology for their displays. While arguments for and against the technology could be made all day long, all you really need to know is that it’s garbage. Thankfully the unannounced Motorola Spyder (see above) will usher in a new type of display that is sure please the pixel lovers out there — a 4.3″ qHD (540 x 960) Super AMOLED display.

Besides the new screen tech, the Spyder is reportedly outfitted with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, Gorilla glass (for the display), Kevlar casing, and 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording capabilities.

Considering Samsung is the biggest user or AMOLED displays we find it a bit odd they’re not the first to market with the new, higher resolution AMOLED display. Though at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter which company outs the tech just as long as someone does.

Update

TIMN has updated their original article with new information. According to several tipsters, the “Spyder” could very well hit the market as the “RAZR” — it’s coming back from the dead. There’s also chatter that a separate report that Engadget posted last month detailing a so-called “Droid HD” is in fact the Spyder/RAZR above. Certainly looks plausible, no?

XOOM 2 Shows Its Face, Leaves Us Wanting More.

  • September 23, 2011 11:30 pm


How would a XOOM 2 packed with gorgeous display, speedy dual- or quad-core processor and LTE (sorry XOOM 1 owners) sound? Pretty awesome we’d gather. While we don’t know for sure what the XOOM 2 will feature just yet, we can at least go to bed knowing what it will look like.

The images above were leaked by Droid-Life earlier tonight and allegedly depict the XOOM 2 (and yet another device featuring Motorola’s apparent new style which makes use of rounded edges and a bit more color variation than their current boxy, black gadgets).

Consider us intrigued.

AT&T’s Motorola Edison (Atrix 2) Dances For The Camera.

  • September 23, 2011 6:29 am


The previously leaked (many times) Motorola Edison (read: AT&T’s Atrix 2) has gotten a new round of hands-on time compliments of TIMN. From what we can now see, the Edison/Atrix 2 will take AT&T’s crown for top-tier Android device. In all actuality, the Atrix 2 is basically AT&T’s Bionic. Consider the specs:

  • 1 GHz TI OMAP 4 processor w/ 1 GB of RAM, 4.3″ qHD LCD display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video capture, 1,730 mAh battery and Android 2.3.5.

What appears to be missing unfortunately is LTE. Instead, users of the upcoming Atrix 2 will have to make do with HSPA+. And while HSPA+ isn’t too shabby in some necks of the woods, when said necks get crowded it goes downhill fast. On that same note, the software running on TIMN’s Edison/Atrix 2 is still fairly beta in nature meaning LTE could have simply been disabled. *Fingers crossed*

What’s most exciting, however, is that the Atrix 2 moves away from the atrocious PenTile display technology that the first-gen Atrix used. How the PenTile tech has made it this far with as grainy and pattered as it looks is beyond us. Either way, better tech is coming.

Look for more info on the AT&T Motorola Edison/Atrix 2 as the rumored Thanksgiving launch date approaches.

Alleged 7-Inch Motorola XOOM Spy Shots Leak.

  • September 19, 2011 10:19 am


Oh hai, 7-inch Motorola XOOM. Details are pretty much non-existent at this point. But Motorola Mobility’s Sanjay Jha has already said a smaller tablet is coming. Is this the one?