When the Samsung Galaxy Tab was first announced, there were cries of joy from Android fans who had been waiting for a good Android tablet which could compete with the iPad. The Galaxy Tab seemed perfect; it was better than the iPad in terms of specs and was powered by a more “open” OS – Android.
However, as soon as the pricing for the Galaxy Tab was announced, those very same fans started cursing it. Pricing a tablet at $599 was nuts, and expecting it to beat a juggernaut like the iPad in terms of sales at that price point was insane. Even so, the Galaxy Tab did see decent sales, though they were nowhere as good as the iPad.
With the Motorola Xoom, the much awaited Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet which was unveiled at CES a couple of weeks back, Motorola seems to be treading down that same path again. Apparently, according to some info that Android Central dug up, the Motorola Xoom will be priced at $799 for the unsubsidized version. For Motorola’s sake, I hope that’s not true. With the iPad 2 coming soon, and many other Android tablets coming too, the Xoom, however good, cannot possibly sell a lot at this price.
When the Galaxy Tab was launched at Rs. 38,000 in India, it didn’t see many sales. Its price has since dropped to 31,000. Even if Motorola does launch it at $799, it will have to drop its price when the iPad 2 launches.
Last year, Motorola launched the entry level, semi-rugged smartphone, the Motorola Defy. This handset is powered by the Android 2.1 operating system. We have a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this powerful phone in India. According to our friends at AndroidOS.in, this device will be launched on January 24th in India.
Motorola Defy comes with a 3.7 inch WVGA display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system, 800 MHz processor, MOTOBLUR, 5 megapixel camera with digital zoom and flash, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, MicroUSB, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, A-GPS, Google Maps Navigation, Android Market, 512 of RAM, 2 GB internal memory, 2 GB microSD card included, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Media Player, FM Radio, Ambient light, proximity sensor, up to 6.8 hours talktime, up to 9.9 days stand-by time and a 1540 mAh battery
This handset measures 59 x 107 x 13.4 mm and weighs 118 grams. Motorola Defy is dust and water resistant and it comes with the famous Gorilla Glass display. This device is expected to come with price tag of around Rs.20,000.
If you can remember when the Motorola Milestone launched, which was ages ago in the technology world, it came with chip technology called “e-Fuse”. For all intents and purposes, this was a blatant attempt by Motorola to stop hackers and developers from booting custom firmware on their devices and protecting their own intellectual property, such as MotoBLUR. Some of the reasons that people purchase Android devices, is solely because they have much more open access to the hardware than they would compared to an iPhone, Windows Phone 7 or webOS device. HTC seems to understand this and provides a way for users to unlock their devices albeit forgoing their warranty. Perhaps this is why Google chose HTC as their OEM for the Nexus One and it was a big hit with the community.
Today, a user posted a question to Motorola’s YouTube account asking about dock support for the up and coming Atrix 4G. The poster was met with a response – @tdcrooks if you want to doï»¿ custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks. Moments after the AndroidCentral member posted it to their forums, Motorola removed all the comments off their page and started on damage control.
They posted up a Note on their Facebook page apologizing for the comment made by one of their employees. They are also claiming that there will be a work-around for their future devices in order to allow developers to use devices “as a development platform” but still giving them the ability to “protect our users’ interests”. Keeping in mind that because Texas Instruments has eFuse embedded in a lot of their chips, Motorola does have the power to re-program the “fuse” on the fly – this means that Motorola could ship out binaries to requesting developers, which would allow them to bypass the fuse and give them lower level access to the hardware.
There are many choices out there if you’re looking for an Android handset. If you disagree with the practices of Motorola, the best option would be to vote with your wallet.
Earlier this month, Motorola announced the Android powered Cliq 2 at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Motorola Cliq 2 is the successor of Motorola’s popular Cliq smartphone. This device runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This device is currently available for purchase, exclusively on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US.
Motorola Cliq 2 comes with a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 1 GHz processor, MOTOBLUR, USB 2.0, ActiveSync, Bluetooth Stereo Version 2.1 + EDR, 5 megapixel camera with Digital Zoom, Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, Stereo FM Radio, 512MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 2 GB microSD card loaded, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, up to 7.9 hours talktime, up to 13 days stand-by time and a 1420 mAh battery.
The pre-installed Quickoffice app allows you to view and edit important documents on your smartphone. This handset comes with a price tag of $99.99 with a two years service agreement. You can also buy this handset without any contract for just $399.99. You can easily purchase this handset from the T-Mobile stores or you can even buy it online. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.
The Motorola Atrix 4G, one of the best Android smartphones unveiled at CES 2011 was supposed to launch in Q1 2011. Now, thanks to some leaked documents from AT&T, we have the exact launch date – March 1.
The leaked data from AT&T shows the complete specifications of the Motorola Atrix 4G along with a launch date and an SKU. Normally, AT&T launches new phones only on Sundays, but March 1 is a Tuesday, so this may turn out to be wrong, but from what we know so far, March 1 seems to be the most likely date for the Atrix 4G launch.
The Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It will have a 4.0 inch qHD display and a 5 MP camera. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with the MotoBLUR UI on top.
We don’t have the price yet, but you better start saving up for it right away.
via Android Central
Sprint recently announced the entry-level Motorola i886 rugged phone. It is the first handset with a side-sliding full QWERTY keyboard and Nextel Direct Connect. It allows you to talk with any Nextel Direct Connect subscriber nationwide. Direct Talk offers a reliable push-to-talk service that works anywhere, anytime between compatible phones for short-range communications. The rugged design protects this handset from dust, shock, vibration, low and high temperature, low pressure and solar radiation.
Motorola i886 features a 2.2 inch TFT display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel camera with digital zoom and camcorder, built-in MP3 player, GPS Navigation, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 32 GB expandable storage, MicroSD card slot, 2 GB card included, up to 4 hours of talk time and 1380 mAh Lithium-ion battery.
This handset measures 116.3 mm x 51.1 mm x 18.5 mm and weighs 141.2 grams. Motorola i886 will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Sprint in the US. This handset comes with a price tag of $79.99 after $50 rebate and two-year service agreement.
The Motorola Xoom was definitely the best tablet announced during the CES 2011. The Xoom is expected to hit the stores sometime in May as a 3G+WiFi tablet, with an upgrade to 4G LTE sometime later in 2011 in the States. However, now it looks like Motorola will ship a Wi-Fi only version of the Xoom as well.
Motorola’s Latin America General Manager, Maurizio Angelone has told Infobae that Motorola will ship the WiFi only version of the Xoom a whole month before the 3G+WiFi version of the device hit the stores.
The Motorola Xoom features a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280×800. The tablet is based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform which includes a dual-core Cortex A9 based 1 GHz processor. The back of the tablet sports a 5MP camera with dual-LED flash while there is a 2MP camera in the front for video calling. The Xoom runs on the tablet version of Android Honeycomb. Readers can find out the whole specs of Motorola Xoom here.
In other Xoom related news, Motorola expects the Xoom to set the sales chart on fire. According to DigiTimes, the company has ordered 800,000-900,000 units of the Xoom with four varying colors. The company expects the order of the Xoom to reach as high as a million in the first quarter of 2011.
Optimistic or modest? Only time will tell!
Last week, Motorola announced the much awaited, Android Honeycomb powered Xoom tablet at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This tablet is expected to release in the Q1 of 2011, but the company has not announced the price of this device. Handtec, a popular online retailer in the UK have already listed the price of the device on their website. According to the retailer, Motorola Xoom tablet will be available in the UK for £719.99 (approx. $1100).
Motorola Xoom comes with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and more.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 3G Connectivity, 4G LTE upgradeable, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM and up to 10 hour video playback.
The cost of the device, after excluding the VAT is just £599.99 (approx. $930). Are you willing to buy this device? Or planning to buy the Android Gingerbread powered ASUS Eee Pad Slider tablet? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Motorola recently announced the Android powered Cliq 2 smartphone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and more. Motorola Cliq 2 helps the users stay connected to their home, work and weekend lives. You can even work remotely on the CLIQ 2 using the Quickoffice app, which allows you to view and edit important documents on your smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US.
Smartphone users are constantly looking for a device that suits all of their needs, whether they’re in the office or at home with their families. CLIQ 2 is what these consumers are looking for, delivering on what it means to truly stay connected on their terms. With business-ready features and robust entertainment options, CLIQ 2 users will be able to make the most of every moment,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Motorola Cliq 2 Specifications:
- 3.7 inch touchscreen display
- 854 x 480 pixels resolution
- Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system
- 1GHz processor
- USB 2.0
- Bluetooth Stereo Version 2.1 + EDR
- 5 megapixel camera
- Digital Zoom, Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Stereo FM Radio
- 512MB RAM
- 1 GB ROM
- 2 GB microSD card loaded
- microSD card slot
- 32 GB expandable memory
- Up to 7.9 hours talktime
- Up to 13 days stand-by time
- 1420 mAh battery
Motorola Cliq 2 will be available from January 19th, on the airwaves of T-Mobile USA. The price of this handset is not announced yet.
Motorola finally announced its much awaited tablet, the Motorola Xoom at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This device runs on the Google’s latest Android OS (Honeycomb), optimized for tablets. Motorola Xoom comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4G LTE upgradeable, Full HD (1080p) video playback and more. This device allows you to access more that 3 million Google eBooks. Check out the complete specs below.
Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform. Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country,said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.
Motorola Xoom Specifications:
- 10.1 inch touchscreen display
- 1280 x 800 pixels resolution
- Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
- 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
- 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- 3.5mm headset jack
- micro USB 2.0
- Corporate Sync
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
- 3G Connectivity
- 4G LTE upgradeable
- HD (720p) video recording
- Full HD (1080p) playback
- 32GB internal memory
- SD card support
- 1GB DDR2 RAM
- Up to 10 hour video playback
The Motorola Xoom device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011, the Motorola Xoom will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device. The price of this tablet is not announced yet.