Beleaguered Motorola preps ‘media monster’ iPhone killer

“Motorola Inc. is set to unveil a mobile phone with full-motion video display and the means to play feature films on small removable storage cards, Chief Executive Ed Zander said on Wednesday,” Eric Auchard reports for Reuters.

MacDailyNews Take: Ooh, full-motion video! Amazing. On small removable storage cards, no less. How Sony-esque. Must be some sort Motorola of tribute to the ’90’s.

Auchard continues, “Speaking at the Software 2007 conference in Silicon Valley, Zander briefly described one of the several devices the world’s second-largest mobile phone maker has said it plans to announce at an event next Tuesday. ‘We are going to show a device next week,’ Zander told several hundred attendees of the business software conference, saying it would show 30 frames-a-second, full-motion video. ‘It is a media monster.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Wow, 30 frames-a-second video on a media monster? Stunning. Ed Zander gives Real’s Rob “Never Met a Doughnut I Didn’t Like” Glaser and Microsoft’s Steve “Brainwash My Kids and Elderly Uncles Not to Use Apple Products” Ballmer a run for their money in the “World’s Worst Tech CEO” race.

Auchard continues, “The new device would initially be targeted at the European market… ‘We are working with another company to deliver movies on SD cards. You can start watching unbelievable quality movies,’ Zander enthused.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our prediction for Motorola, cribbed from the immortal Mr. T as Clubber Lang: “Pain.”


  1. All I can say is…

    Apple worked on the iPhone for years until they got enough of it right that Steve was willing to demo it, and has taken a further six months to make sure it was done right.

    Motorola has been working on their idea since what, January 9? The only question is will they deliver something that wasn’t weel thought out, just plain broken, or both?

  2. From Chrissy One:”The new device would initially be targeted at the European market… “

    “…because we’re about to have our ass handed to us in North America.”

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  3. “You can start watching unbelievable quality movies.”

    He’s right. I don’t believe it. Paul Galvin and Joe Galvin came up with the name Motorola when their company started manufacturing car radios in the 1930s. Go back to what you know.

  4. The removable memory bit is a plus actually, and something that would make an iPhone purchase much more desirable for me. I’d rather have a phone that supports SDHC up to 32GB and be able to carry a few extra cards around with me instead of being limited to 8GB. Have to be buying a new iPhone every year as memory sizes grow.

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