Sorry--I'm a couple days late with this, but I was a bit distracted by Macworld yesterday. Yes, there are other cell phones than the iPhone, and Moto gave us a new one yesterday with the i570 for Sprint Nextel. Like the recent i335 the i570 takes after the Nextel-branded phones of a couple years ago by running only on the iDEN network and offering a rugged shell that's built to last. The flip-phone offers a monochrome external display, a color internal display and all the Nextel features you'd expect including Direct Connect push-to-talk support, voice dialing, a … Read more
Since the Motorola Rokr E8 nabbed CNET's Best of CES award in the cell phones and smartphones category, it's appopriate to give you an idea of how the phone feels beyond just a list of specs. At 4.52 inches by 2.09 inches by 0.42 inch, it has an average size for a cell phone, and it's actually a bit heavier than I expected at 3.5 ounces. I didn't mind the weight, however, as it gave the E8 a solid and sturdy feel in the hand.
The Rokr's showpiece is, of course, … Read more
Motorola has unveiled the Motorola S9-HD stereo Bluetooth headset, a successor to the Motorola Rokr S9 Bluetooth Active headset from last year. Like the S9, the S9-HD hangs behind the head with the player controls on the side, thus maximizing your freedom of movement while on the treadmill or the track. The S9-HD has a nice bonus though--it now comes with high-definition sound with SRS WOW HD and improved earbuds to block out more noise. It has a rated battery life of six hours of play time and weighs about an ounce overall. Not too sure about the pricing or … Read more
In addition to its high-end Z10 and Rokr E8 cell phones, Moto also used CES to quietly roll out two new W-series handsets with the W230 and W270. Though the two handsets look relatively ordinary--the W230 is a basic candy bar model, while the W270 is a simple flip phone--they do more than just make calls. Each phone features a dedicated music key that activates the integrated digital music player. You also get Moto's CrystalTalk technology, an FM radio, USB 1.1, a microSD card slot, text and multimedia messaging, and basic organizer applications. And in a nice change, … Read more
Motorola clearly tried to steal the show with its CES press conference (it did have cotton candy after all), but we have to admit that its new phones look pretty cool. Besides the Rokr E8, the company also introduced the video-centric Z10. Though its 3.2-megapixel camera may not sound very impressive--particularly with the 5-megapixel camera phones on the market--the Z10 offers a high-end video experience by recording and playing clips at a full 30 frames per second, which is equal to your television set. In contrast, most camera phones record and play at 15 frames per second, which accounts … Read more
Motorola continues to make up for its dismal Rokr E1 with its new Rokr E8. Announced at the ultra-posh Wynn Hotel during a late-night press conference (we're not sure why Moto had to wait until 9 p.m. on a Sunday to do this), the E8 is one of two handsets Moto is announcing at CES 2008. And it won CNET's Best of CES in the cell phones and smartphones.
Music, of course, is a central theme here but the E8's real news lies with its unique "… Read more
Verizon Wireless and Motorola have introduced the Motorola Z6c, a new dual-mode CDMA/GSM world phone. It's the second such offering from Verizon (RIM's BlackBerry 8830 was the first), and you can use the Motorola Z6c with Verizon Wireless's CDMA network while in the U.S., but once you're abroad, you're free to pop in any SIM card of your choosing to access the phone's GSM functionality. This is a huge boon to Verizon customers who wish to use their phones internationally, since GSM is much more accepted worldwide.
But you won't want … Read more
Padmasree Warrior found a new job very quickly, moving from Motorola to Cisco in just a day, Cisco confirmed Tuesday.
Although Warrior's departure from Motorola was only announced Monday, this move was likely in the works for some time. It comes just days after Motorola CEO Ed Zander announced his own plans to leave the company by the end of the year. Warrior will report to Cisco CEO John Chambers, who called her a "technology visionary."
Maybe they're just freaked out over the iPhone's success, but other handset makers seem to be getting even a little nuttier than usual lately with their designs. The latest is Motorola, which not only applied the Midas touch to its Razr2 V8 Luxury Edition, but is now making it even more exotic with a faux snakeskin wrapper to complement its 18k and 24k accents, according to BornRich. We're holding out for ostrich.
Motorola's chief technology officer has resigned her position, just days after CEO Ed Zander announced his own plans to move on.
Gizmodo reported Monday that Padmasree Warrior's departure was announced via a company-wide e-mail Monday, and a Motorola representative confirmed that Warrior is no longer with the company. Rich Nottenburg, Motorola's chief strategy officer, will assume the role of CTO.
The representative declined to comment on the timing of Warrior's announcement, following Friday's news that CEO Ed Zander would be stepping down at the end of the year following a disappointing year for Motorola's … Read more