Motorola parades touchscreen talker
Dare we say it? The latest iPhone killer?
The touchscreen mobile market has expanded yet again, following Motorola’s introduction of the MotoSurf A3100.
Motrola's MotoSurf A3100: a touchscreen tablet talker
Described as a “touch tablet,” the device runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 but has a customisable home screen layer that can be personalised to provide everything from weather updates and news to calendar entries and messaging options.
Although the A3100 is a touchscreen device with 2.8in display, it can also be operated with a stylus or the omni-directional trackerball that sits in-between physical buttons for answering and ending calls.
The A3100 can support 3G connections of up to 7.2Mb/s and Wi-Fi, unlike the BlackBerry Storm which doesn’t support Wi-Fi. Tri-band GSM connectivity, Bluetooth and Assisted GPS are also integrated into the A3100.
Elsewhere on the MotoSurf phone you’ll find a three-megapixel snapper and a secondary VGA user-facing camera for making video calls.
MP3 audio files are supported and can be stored onto Micro SD memory cards of up to 32GB.
So far Motorola’s only been willing to say that the MotoSurf A3100 will be available in “multiple regions” during the first quarter of 2009. ®
About 3-4 yerars ago Motorola were attempting to debut a clamshell phone that ran WM6 opened in two different directions, had wifi and having used for a couple of days would have sold like hot cakes - it was way ahead of the game - at the time. They ditched it just before it's release - quality issues if I recall. ever since Motorola have not been able to design a phone. Motorola, in the past always had a rock solid GSM interface developed in their phones, better than most - having been forced to use a V3 recently near the Himalayas recently, that still is the case. However, their design teams appear to have been stuck in the mid-90's since the V3 came out and this is further proof of it.
2009 will represent the introduction of 10 and 12 megapixel camera phones and they still haven't produced one with more than 3 - this phone needed at least a 5 mp camera just to be competitive against the Korean POS phones.
PH - even she knows that a RIM device knocks spots off most other phones ;)
A Motorola device that might actually be useful for something other than shitty adverts and bloody annoying ringtones. Motorola stuff has sucked since analogue days, but this might change the trend (yes, I know there are other motorola devices that run WM but as far as I'm aware, those weren't touch devices.
Should you say it?
NO YOU SHOULD NOT!!!!! iPhone may not be licked here by me, but I have used one and they are nice. If I didnt need WinMobile for work I would more then likely have one.
I thought I read an article in El Reg that Motorola were making staff redundant - unless they were Andriod experts ? What's it to be - MS or Google ?
Since when did Motorola ever have fanboys?