Today we got confirmation that Google sold its money-losing Motorola handset business for about $3 billion to Lenovo. Google bought Motorola for $12.5 billion a couple of years ago, then sold off the set-top box unit and now the handset division. With the sale Google retains many of the valuable Motorola patents it sought initially.Read more
True story: My Pop (my father-in-law, but since my dad passed away he’s the only Pop I got) accidentally dropped his iPhone–a present from Sami and I–out of his truck while he was away on a job. Using the iPhone “Find iPhone” utility, he was able to track it down. Where, miraculously, it was still working despite the drop and
You friendly Gear Diary team has been paying attention to the Motorola Atrix for quite some time–Dan, for example, got some hands-on time with it all the way back at 2011 CES. But now the Atrix is a bit old hat, and maybe (if you got yourself one) you’ve been thinking it’s time to move onward and upward to the
Apple is far from perfect, but if there is one thing they have demonstrated in the mobile space, it is how to ensure that nearly all users have the latest possible operating system revision as quickly as possible, and to keep updating those systems as long as the hardware is sustainable (obviously this is setting aside things like ‘Siri exclusivity’
Yesterday was a smartphone lovers delight, to be sure. Piling on earlier announcements from other companies, Motorola had an event where they announced three cool looking new smartphones to add to their wildly popular Razr line-up. They updated the Droid Razr with
Here are the basics:
• DROID RAZR M: An impossibly compact smartphone that puts the world in the
Over the weekend we heard about the founder of OnLive basically shuttering the company in order to protect himself and the property by using a California loophole that allowed better creditor repayment than bankruptcy, but for workers … they were totally screwed just as if the company went totally belly-up. But that doesn’t mean all is well for creditors and
I have a Motorola Droid 4 – and I really love it. That said, it is lousy being not just one but TWO VERSIONS of Android behind … I mean, this is the sort of thing Google said they were eliminating. Anyway … that is about to end!
Yesterday I read that the ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ update was finally approved
Have you seen the recent U.S. Cellular campaign on Twitter? It is called #HelloBetter and it focuses on recent data showing how dissatisfied most people are with their carriers, and highlights how U.S. Cellular has the highest satisfaction ratings of any carrier. Unfortunately as a regional carrier, only certain folks have access to their service – but if you
When it comes to mobile devices I tend to be fairly platform agnostic, owning Android phones, iPod Touches (well, iPods since the original one in 2001), and both iPads and Android Tablets. But there is one place where I have clear bias (well, aside from gaming performance), and that is my preference for physical keyboards. Listing the smartphones I have
The battle for “World’s Thinnest” presses on with the release of Motorola’s latest flagship. Resurrecting the name of a phone that became an icon, the RAZR is back, but aside from the name, it bears little resemblance to the phone-in-skinny-jeans of 2004.
The new RAZR, or the XT910 as Motorola define it, is an Android slate measuring a trim 7.1mm
(image courtesy ThinkG33k)
As regular readers of Gear Diary may know, I used an original Droid for almost two years. In fact, up until a few months ago, I was totally convinced my next phone would be an Android device. But Android and I had a falling out, and I picked up an iPhone 4s on Friday. Why? And is
I have been angsting over a new phone for some time now. My original Droid is barely hanging on, and I am due for an upgrade. It was disappointing that Verizon didn’t pick up the Galaxy S II along with the other carriers, but the Motorola Droid Bionic hung on the horizon. I have been trolling various sites for reviews,Read more
Given how much I love my iPad and iPod Touch, and that I have constantly had a top-end Mac laptop as well as a PC laptop for nearly two decades, many people assume I would use an iPhone. I don’t – I have used an Android phone since I got the Motorola Droid as my first smartphone when it was
I have been an Android user since 2009, and have no intent on switching. But let’s be honest – in many ways the OS mirrors DOS and Windows. For example, on my original Droid, the split between the internal storage and SD card was absurd – I would have 14GB of memory on my SD card, but get ‘low memory’
Everyone seems to be freaking out about the recently revealed pricing for the upcoming Motorola XOOM tablet. On the surface that seems silly: the XOOM has a dual-core processor, a 1280×720 10.2 inch touch screen, two cameras (a 5MP rear camera with flash and a 2MP ‘webcam’), as well as the latest Android 3.0 operating system. On paper it seems
The National Guard does not get called to handle problems on the home front, well at least not in Southeast, Pa we don’t. The overhyped ice storm we had yesterday caused some panic and the governor activated us just in case things got a little crazy. Well despite Mother Nature’s efforts we didn’t have much going on this time around
I bought my Motorola Droid in December of 2009. 2009 was a very busy year for me with smartphones; I started with an original iPhone, then became frustrated with the notification system and jumped ship to Windows Mobile. That lasted only a few months before I jumped ship AGAIN, to a Nokia E71x. I didn’t love Symbian, so I jumpedRead more
You can’t even make these things up … or maybe you can. It’s hard to imagine that your two-day old Motorola Droid — or any other mobile phone, for that matter — would explode next to your ear while in a call. But that’s exactly what Aron Embry says happened to him yesterday.
A North Texas man talking on his
Image courtesy of Motorola
Anyone who owns a Smartphone has to deal with the high maintenance that goes along with keeping it bright and shiny. I can’t even own a phone anymore that doesn’t have a screen protector and a case on it before it even leaves the store. I have to admit that a lot of the newer smartphones
The regular onslaught of weekly smartphone announcements highlighting the latest offerings running Android or the upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS, it’s very easy for Motorola’s ES400 to get lost in the mix. The device doesn’t immediately scream ‘sexy’ and it’s running Windows Mobile 6.5. Yes, I said 6.5!
So why on earth should you even care about the ES400? Read
One piece of the puzzle for a complete Droid X hack has fallen in place after only one week. Owners of the Droid X may now have root privileges on their phone. Root privileges mean that you can modify any portion of the system area of your device., meaning in part that you can remove ROM built-in apps like theRead more
If you’re a fan of the Dirty Jobs, then you know Mike Rows gets into some of the most brutal and nasty jobs that anyone has to endure. Motorola decided Mike would be the perfect candidate to test out both of their new super rugged mil-spec phones the Motorola Brute and i1. Both phones operate onRead more
I take my phone everywhere. During work and everyday life I don’t worry much about it; I work in an office and live in suburban New Jersey. It’s not really a rough life for a smartphone. I do, however, take it when I go hiking, biking and running as a GPS tracker, plus it rides along in my pocket whenRead more
So your Droid is now rocking 2.1, and you need a way to protect it! Or you snapped up a Nexus One, and now you want to make sure it looks pristine. And maybe you stuck with a Blackberry and bought yourself a Storm 2. No matter what you have, Proporta has new cases for it! Check out the descriptionsRead more
Looks like those of us with Motorola Droids can enjoy some OtterBox love these days. While they can’t offer the waterproof/dustproof/lifeproof protection some of their tougher cases are known for, OtterBox seems to have cracked the ultimate dilemma; protecting phones that need to work as two pieces!
Here’s what Otterbox says about their new Commuter Case for Droid: