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Motorola ‘ready’ for Apple’s iPhone

Motorola CEO Ed Zander says his company is ready to take on Apple’s iPhone. “How do you deal with that?” Zander was asked at the Software 2007 conference yesterday. “How do they deal with us?” he quipped. “I think it’s going to, in some cases, reinforce what we have been trying to do and are doing with the mobile Internet. Applications such as multimedia and video and photos and music are going to be done on these devices,” Zander said of the iPhone.

The Motorola chief said he is planning to introduce a high-end mobile phone next week in Europe that will compete with the iPhone. “This has unbelievable video capability. It’s a media monster,” he said. Motorola has seen recent financial problems following a dry spell of innovative devices. The company recently reported a first quarter net loss of $181 million, compared to a profit of $686 million in the year ago quarter.

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The only way it could have “Unbelievable Video Capacity” is if;
a) it has more than 8GB
b) has better compression than the iTS Video and the “Export for iPod” Quicktime setting.

8GB is pretty believable; even a HDD-based solutions resulting in 40GB or even 80GB is pretty believable.

It’s not hard to get better video compression than “Export to iPod”, however; 2-pass h.264 at 700kbps at 640x480 is pretty respectable, but decoding this would require some mighty expensive chips.

Posted by Salvo.Dan on May 10, 2007 at 4:31 PM (CDT)


Now, I understand the need for corporate posturing, but… This is the same Motorola that gave us the Razr then couldn’t figure out to do anything for the next few years other than re-iterate the Razr in slightly different shapes and colors. And don’t even get me started on that horrendous user interface ;-)

Posted by Geraldo on May 12, 2007 at 5:44 PM (CDT)


Hey Salvo.Dan - check your glasses - it said capability, not capacity. :)

Posted by WhoCares on May 14, 2007 at 2:53 PM (CDT)


I think “unbelievable video capability” means you won’t believe that a video device can have such an amazingly crappy user interface.

I bet they load the phone with 30 or 40 stupid default videos that you won’t be able to move or delete, just like they do with images on their older phones…

Posted by marsh on May 16, 2007 at 6:59 PM (CDT)

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