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Motorola’s new Droid X ad makes fun of iPhone 4

Posted in Apple,Motorola by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2010

You have to live under a rock to not know about the issues that iPhone 4 users are having with the antenna on the new smartphone. Apple has admitted there is an issue and has offered up free cases for users to fix the issue.

Apple is even refunding users that bought the bumper case with their smartphone. Motorola is taking the chance to make fun of the iPhone 4 and its need for a case in its new ad for the Droid X.

Motorola Droid X having Wi-Fi problems?

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

With the iPhone 4′s Death Grip issue, many haven’t even noticed that the Motorola Droid X has it’s own problems. There were some recent display issues, but now users are also reporting that the phone has difficulty connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots, and once they do, they encounter poor network performance.

Apparently changing the encryption from AES to TKIP seems to help. Some users have also noticed that using 802.11g instead of 802.11n helps to reduce the issue. Hopefully Verizon and Motorola are working on it.

Motorola undecided about Android 2.2 on the Milestone

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Owners of the Motorola Milestone are wondering if they will be getting a firmware update to Android 2.2. Well, there is some bad news. James King, the marketing director of the European region, has stated that they still haven’t made a decision as to whether the Milestone will be getting the Android 2.2 update or not.

The issue is that it will take a lot of effort with testing and integration to make sure everything works perfectly before pushing it out. You could always choose to see it as a glass half full sort of deal, but it doesn’t sound encouraging to us.

Motorola Droid X And HTC Incredible pushed back to August

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

The Droid Incredible and the Droid X have been been quite the hit, so much so that the carrier has been having trouble keeping up with demand for the devices. I guess if you have to have problems, this is a good one to have.

According to Verizon’s website, if you want to get hold of the HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola Droid X, you will have to wait until August 3rd. The Droid Incredible has a track record of being delayed, but the delay to the Droid X will be bad news to the many who are waiting.

Motorola Tri-band CDMA WX404 shows up at the FCC

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

The Motorola WX404 has had a visit with the FCC. Details are still pretty scarce, but we think they caught up on old times, asked about wives and kids, bitched about the weather and shared a spot of tea.

Looks like the device will feature a full QWERTY keyboard, tri-band 850/1700/1900MHz CDMA radios, camera, USB port, Bluetooth, microSD card support, and a headphone jack. It’s no iPhone killer or Droid X fighter, that’s for sure, but as a budget messaging phone, it may be swell.

DROID 2 running Android 2.2

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

While we wait for Verizon to officially confirm the Motorola Droid 2, we have more news. It is expected to arrive in August, we know that. And what version of Android is it running? MotoBlur? So many questions. Here’s the lowdown from someone who managed some hands on time.

The Droid 2 will be running Android 2.2 FroYo, and the screenshot above confirms it. Looks like it is more responsive than the original Droid as well. Maybe because of the 1GHz processor, Android 2.2, or both. And yes, the Droid 2 has the same MotoBlur skin as the Droid X, with the same notification bar. The source was very happy with it all in all.

Motorola Droid 2 packaging leaked

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

There have been some previous renders of the Motorola Droid 2 around the internet, but maybe that didn’t convince you that the phone is real and on its way. This ought to do the trick.

Here’s a pic of the Droid 2′s packaging being printed in the plant. If the rumors can be believed, the device has an August 23rd release. So, do you go for the Droid X? Or wait for the Droid 2? Tough call. Which are you guys going for?

Motorola’s rugged i1 headed for Sprint on July 25 for $150 on contract

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Well, it took four whole months after this thing was shown at CTIA, but Motorola’s i1 finally has a date with Sprint. The first Android-equipped smartphone with Nextel Direct Connect goes nationwide on July 25th through telesales and websites. Other Sprint channels will see it on August 8th.

This phone has military grade ruggedness and push-to-talk capabilities. Sadly, Android 1.5 is getting old but it might be better than what you have now. It will cost you $149.99 with a two-year contract.

Droid X sold out online, hard to find at retail

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

According to Verizon, the company had “done everything possible” to make sure there was an adequate supply of the Droid X, but I guess they had no idea that the demand, much like the Droid Incredible would be overwhelming.

The Motorola handset is already out of stock online (right now with a ten-day delay) and in many retail stores as well. Verizon confirmed the shortages, saying that the company was pleased with initial sales, and that though they were “successful at keeping up with early demand” supplies are “low or out.”

Droid X now available

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

The wait is over my droid loving friends. The Motorola Droid X is now available via Verizon Wireless’ online store, or from Best Buy. It’s retailing for $199.99, with a 2-year deal.

Hurry and get yours now. This is a high end Android-powered smartphone, people. Who knows how long supplies will last. Free shamwow with every purchase, but the shamwow offer is void in Alaska and Hawaii. Sorry Hawaii.

Motorola Droid X HDMI Output only supports pics and videos taken on the device

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2010

Word on the street is that Motorola’s Android-powered Droid X is crippled. While it isn’t shuffling around on a pair or crutches or sitting on shelves in tiny wheelchairs, it does have certain limitations when it comes to HDMI output.

A developer is quoted as saying that the only time the HDMI driver on the device is enabled is when it’s in the gallery mode, which is the native photo and recorded video viewing application. This might mean that users will not be able to copy their high-definition videos into the Droid X and have it played back via the HDMI output.

Motorola Charm in the wild

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2010

T-Mobile’s Motorola Charm must be getting closer to being in our hands as information about this phone seems to be showing up more often. Now some images of the Motorola Charm in the wild have surfaced.

Apparently the device sports a touchpad feature on the back. The screen is in the 3-inch size neighborhood. T-Mobile retail stores have also started to receive promotional material in packages labeled the “Motorola Basil Project”, which is one of the codenames for this phone.

Milestone XT720 specs get changed again, less RAM

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

We have some bad news for fans of the Motorola Milestone XT720. If you were looking for a powerful device, you may want to look elsewhere. There had been previous reports that it had a processor speed aof 550MHz and 720MHz.

But now the specs for this Android phone on Motorola’s developer page have been changed again, most notably it has gotten a drop in RAM from 512MB to 256MB. We aren’t sure why.

Motorola Droid X gets torn apart

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2010

Motorola’s latest Android smartphone, the Droid X was just announced a few days ago and we already have a teardown. This one comes from the guys over at DroidX.net and they even have a video tutorial if you want to take yours apart.

The Motorola Droid X comes with Google Android 2.1, with a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, a 1GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera that can record HD video in 720p.

Guy fired for leaking Motorola Droid Shadow pics

Posted in Motorola by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2010

Early this week a guy who works at a Verizon corporate gym was schlepping about when he ran across a handset left behind by one of the Verizon workers. The dude soon realized it was an unreleased handset and did what any normal geek would do — leaked the pics to Gizmodo.

I thought when I heard about the device that doing something like that at your work where it’s pretty easy to figure out who did something was not a bright move. Turns out, I was right. Gizmodo reports that the guy has now been fired for leaking the images.