Motorola’s new lineup – move over razr

17 07 2006

I’m sure all of you remember the time when having a motorola razr phone was quite possibly the coolest thing on earth. These puppies sold for around $500 and you’d maybe see one or two on the street if you were lucky. Cingular was the first provider of this phone and made a statement to all consumers…if you know technology, you should get the razr. I jumped on the bandwagon around 6 months later. This was the time when the razr price fell to 300 bucks and I wisely purchased an unlocked version on eBay. Don’t get me wrong…I loved my razr phone for the first 2-3 months I got. I synced my outlook with it, proudly made conversations and loved to quickly flip it open as soon as I received a call. After that, however, I realized that I wasn’t the only one on the street enjoying this luxury. Rather I noticed that these things began to pop up everywhere. Cingular started to give these things out for virtually free and the next thing you know, you have a normal, standard cell phone which the rest of the world has.

Don’t get me wrong, this is just technology in general in today’s society. Motorola, in essence knew that it was going to be a hot phone, and ended up producing significantly more than the demand needed. People were not going to line up out the door for a $500 premium phone. They would, however, add it on as contractual free phone though. Hey, it’s definitely the best of the free phones.

Well Motorola has semi-learned from it’s razr entry to the market and have already announced one of the phones on the market. This is called the motorola Q – and it happens to be E’s new phone on Entourage (my new fav. show)

I love this PDA/phone. It can do virtually everything and acts as your blackberry/palm/phone/mp3 player and is extremely thin. The only thing that is a bit problematic is that it may be too large to be an actual phone. If you’re thinking about that – you should look at one of Motorola’s newest phones…the Canary.

This is your razr which has slimmed down and become a bit longer. The cover looks pretty nice but in terms of specs, it’s the exact same as the razr. They’re still going to ride those razr coattails until they can do no more…and until then…America will still keep buying…

Also heard about a rumor on an iPod Watch…that would be pretty amazing…

Apple…be my best friend and make this…

Just my $.02 – I’m keepin it…

–SD

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Sidekick 3 – Credit Card Eraser?

13 07 2006

Everyone has seen the Sidekick before….whether its your friend texting you on it 20 times a day or Paris Hilton showing her bling on it on the Fabulous Life of, the Sidekick has become a brand of it’s own over the past 2 years. That is probably the reason why there was so much hype and anticipation over the Sidekick 3 when it came out. Some of the biggest hollywood stars even came out to the Sidekick launch party in NYC proving that it’s not just the small time college students who have this phone – rather…everyone does…

But recent reports of the sidekick show that it comes at a hefty cost (pun fully intended). It seems as though the magnet which flips the screen out is so strong on the new Sidekick 3, that if you put your wallet next to the card, it demagnetizes it completely! People are beginning to find this out the hard way….here is a photo of how strong this magnet truly is:

I sense a gigantic recall…or maybe just some cautious users that dont stick their wallets next to their phone…

–SD





Colleges to begin providing cell phones?

12 07 2006

I’ve been reading around the internet that a new business model has started sparked by a company called Rave. Apparently this company has begun to contact colleges across the United States to implement their program where a college will buy a huge number of cellphones to provide to their students. That’s not too big of a deal but here is where the software integration plays a huge role. With a network limited to a college, the possibilities are almost limitless in terms of things that you can do. One of the cool features that they have is a GPS locater. Now you might be thinking that having the college keeping tabs on every student is a bit weird but you have the option of turning it on or off. Additionally, suppose you’re walking home alone at night and you’re looking for someone to keep an eye out for you, well you can prompt a 15 minute guide which will inform the police where you are and they can monitor you until you walk home. Pretty neat.

Additionally – suppose you’re at a club or a bar or something like that and want to find your friends. We’ve all had the issue where even when you scream into the phone, it’s impossible to hear. Well this can monitor where you are with a map pre-integrated into the system. You can find friends if you’re in the library and want to find out where they are and such. One problem I can see with this….stalking…. but in order to prevent those weirdos who use facebook mobile to find out someone’s relationship status at a club, the software is designed to get approval from both parties.

Here is a screenshot of what the computer software looks like:

So the golden question is….would you use it? Monclair State University is the only one to have started it so far so we’ll see how it goes there.

—SD