Beleaguered Motorola gets new handset boss

“Sanjay Jha, the newly-named president of Motorola Inc.’s mobile devices business, was greeted by Wall Street like a hero about to go off to war,” Therese Poletti reports for MarketWatch. “Jha is a well-known quantity to investors, having spent the last 14 years of his career at Qualcomm Inc., most recently as chief operating officer.”

“But even with those credentials, the challenge ahead of Jha and the rest of the company is daunting. Since Motorola first disclosed problems in its handset business last year, the landscape of the cell phone industry has changed significantly, thanks in large part to the debut of the game-changing iPhone from Apple Inc.,” Poletti reports.

“Jha will have to grapple with the fact that the battle for the hearts and minds of cell phone users has shifted from ultra-thin cell phones to the fast-growing smart phone market, where devices can make calls, handle e-mail, juggle schedules and surf the Web. Here, the iPhone is duking it out primarily with Research In Motion Ltd.’s Blackberry,” Poletti reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple iPhone vs. RIM’s BlackBerry (pick any model) is like an alien spaceship (pick any model) vs. a P-51. Meanwhile, Moto’s still making Sopwith Camels.

Poletti continues, explaining that there is still “internal debate inside the company over which side of the business will inherit the Motorola brand name… if Motorola is still so mired in this kind of minutia, it is unlikely that the company will be able to deliver any kind of serious threat to the iPhone or the BlackBerry anytime soon.”

Full article here.


  1. If I’m Motorola, I don’t know if I even try to compete in the “smartphone” market anytime soon, lest they be embarrassed.

    Instead, I’d focus on phones that don’t promise much but style and deliver a quality sound. There’s still a huge market for these types of phones that look cool and are functional at a few things without trying to be the iPhone.

    In fact, until the iPhone has a CDMA version or a AT&T;expands its coverage into my area, that’s exactly the type of phone I need. For now, I’ll leave the other stuff to the iPod Touch.

    I’d have more respect for a company that tries to just build a very good phone than I do for these other companies that are copying the exterior of the iPhone and trying to lie by insinuating it’s just as good.

    Don’t rush crap to market!

  2. @MDN Take

    The only alien space ship I’m aware of is the one that crashed in Roswell. And that one don’t fly to well no more otherwise we would have sent monkey boy Ballmer home by now.

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  3. Gee, I kinda like the P-51 — the best propeller-driven fighter ever built. Deployed in 1942, it was still in use during the Korean War, a decade later. I am reasonably sure it could out-dogfight most alien spacecraft.

  4. Yeah, but the Enterprise isn’t alien. It’s simply what the P-51 Mustang evolved into.

    I would have been more impressed if the Enterprise had .50 caliber Browning machine guns along with those phasers.
    Tracer rounds would look sweet blasting through space!

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