I have to disagree. I mean the Droid has been doing really, really well for them; so well in fact that the name Droid has been synonymous with Motorola, even though it originated from Star Wars.
While it is true that Motorola could use a bit more improving on the Smartphone side, Motorola is as strong as ever; and even though being under Google gives me the shivers, it does guarantee that the phones they release will be good. In any case, the Droid RAZR looks good and here's to hoping that both brandnames are willing to make this phone a big seller.
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Just out of curiosity.. is the term DROID a Verizon thing or a Motorola thing?.. "HTC Droid incredible" is just one instance of a non Motorola DROID phone..
Or they coulda named it StarTAC!
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pandre27:Just out of curiosity.. is the term DROID a Verizon thing or a Motorola thing?.. "HTC Droid incredible" is just one instance of a non Motorola DROID phone..
It's a Verizon thing. Overseas the Droids go under totally different names; hell the original Droid went under the name "Milestone".
And I'll have to disagree with you here, Taylor. Droid is indeed a Verizon thing, as you noted, not Motorola. Joel was referring to the "Razr" branding as Motorola's attempt to tap into old brand recognition for a sales boost. I actually tend to differ with Joel here. It's a smart move by Mot but by the same token, a sign of the times in the industry. Motorola is trying desperately to differentiate here because the market is so over-saturated with Android options now. A new phone is showing up to the market every month it seems. This is a good problem to have for folks like us here at HotHardware but it's a bit daunting for consumers.
And all the while Apple sits back and rakes in millions of iPhone 4S sales, while the Android minions scrap for a sliver of the market.
Interesting times indeed. Something has to give and it's possible Google might be on to something with their acquisition.... or not. Who knows? :)
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Apple rakes in millions because there are millions who do not know what they want in a product and simply bow to them because they do not have the knowledge to discern the difference, apple is for the simple minded person who doesn't do much with their product (mostly because you can't because apple will not allow you fully release the power and potential of said product), while millions of android users enjoy an open OS and are allowed to do whatever they want with their phones in the goal of creating an even better product then they already have without fear of being harrased by the manufacturer or carrier.
Apple is in for a rough time ahead as Android continues to gain ground and speed, continually reinventing and releasing better and better products, while Apple strings its customers along with half assed upgrades, standing rows and rows behind bleeding edge.
Can't disagree with your note on the openess of Android winning market share, that's for sure. Though I think you're underestimating Apple a bit in the process. I own an Android phone for some of the very reasons you suggest but it's hard to argue with Apple's numbers and their customer satisfaction ratings as well.
There's a new Razr? But I'm not done with the one I have yet!
Also, they're still popular with a lot of Bikers because they fit between your helmet and ear. (being so thin)
@bry2k2, Calling millions of people simple minded because they use Apple products says a boatload about you. You're so skewed towards Android that if Android takes a hard left turn, you'll break your nose.
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I have to agree that all of the Android choices and fast release schedules make it really difficult for the consumer. I've been in the market for a new phone on big red and Tuesday morning I was all about the razr and literally hours later I couldn't and still can''t decide between the razr and galaxy nexus. Neither of them are really what I was hoping for. I like ther razr better but I was hoping for better specs and for it to be designed for ics. And in the back of my mind I just wonder what the next ics phone is going to be. I'm hesitant to buy anything because like you said next month there will be a better phone out there. I don't think using the razr name will give them any advantage whatsoever. I think consumers today are more worried about specs, look, and os rather than the phones name......unless it's apple.
Now you're just mashing it!
I bought an iPhone 3G two years ago because my old phone caught fire, I needed a replacement immediately, AT&T was selling them for $99, and because I didn't have time to sort through a bunch of reviews on all the various phones AT&T threw at me.
Think about that a second. I'm a die-hard PC user (who has owned and used a Mac). I'm *not* enamored of OS X or Apple design. So why am I likely to buy an iPhone 4S? (I'm still using the 3G, btw).
Because it's one phone. I don't have to go grab AT&T's prices, then search a bunch of reviews to see if I really want a Bionic, a RAZR, an Atrix (though I'd have been really tempted by the Atrix if the dock had been cheaper), or a Galaxy II. I don't have to debate between waiting for ICS (new, better features, possibly buggy at release) or grabbing Android 2.3.5 (older, more stable).
I'll admit that the benchmarks showing the iPhone 4S outperforming everything but an iPad 2 are a big draw, but when you get right down to it, I don't want to have to sort through all the marketing BS. There are plenty of things I dislike about the iPhone (most of them related to iTunes), but I can live with them.
Joel H:There are plenty of things I dislike about the iPhone (most of them related to iTunes), but I can live with them.
Yeah, iTunes,...what a crock that is,....It's the one bad thing about the iPad that my daughter bought for me. Now that I have iOS5 I don't really need iTunes and I uninstalled it already. (that took 40 minutes of screwing around too)
iOS5 allows for syncing from other software?
On my iPad, it syncs through the wireless setup. No PC is required now.
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