This year still has several weeks left on the calendar, but it's not too early to look back at the past 10 months and evaluate how we've progressed on the consumer tech front. Rather than look at the best products of the year, however, I decided to focus on the ones that were the most cutting-edge. As such, I've looked back at everything we've covered this year, and I've done my best to winnow down the list and come up with 10 products I think are at the cusp of... something. They may not be fully baked, and they may be overpriced, but they're at the forefront of their respective categories. Of course, I've surely missed some worthy products, so feel free to agree or disagree and add your own selections in the comments section below. … Read more
Better late then never, we say. Two years after its original debut, the Motorola Ming has made its way to the United States. But it's not exactly the Motorola Ming; rather, it's a variant called the Motorola Krave ZN4. Launching today with Verizon Wireless, the Krave ZN4 is one of the coolest phones we've seen in a while. Check out our full Krave ZN4 review and our Krave slide show.
The Krave offers the same basic design that resembles a Star Trek communicator. Yet, it adds more features while offering innovative design tweaks to an intuitive and … Read more
The same day it introduced the Samsung Sway, Verizon Wireless also dropped two mid-range Motorola handsets. Like the Sway, the new Moto models will hit stores October 14.
The Motorola Rapture VU30 has a standard flip-phone design. Features include a 2-megapixel camera, support for Verizon's 3G EV-DO network, V Cast Music with Rhapsody, external music controls, support for VZ Navigator, a speakerphone, messaging and e-mail, a microSD-card slot, a personal organizer, and stereo Bluetooth. The VU30 will be $129 with a two-year service contract and a $50 mail-in rebate.
The Motorola VU204 also offer a simple flip design, but … Read more
Palm may not have much of an appetite for Google's Android platform for mobile phones, but Motorola definitely does.
Reports in Top Tech News and elsewhere suggest that Motorola is looking to hire hundreds of Google Android developers. Indeed, a quick search of Motorola's job openings suggests that, indeed, Android is set to become a permanent fixture at Motorola, which has long built Linux-based phones but hitherto used MontaVista's Mobilinux.
The goal? Move from an internal development pool of 50 Android-savvy developers to 350.
Motorola, recognizing that most developers won't have deep experience with Google Android, … Read more
Motorola took the wraps off its new Active W450 handset for T-Mobile on Wednesday. The flip phone features a durable design, with rubber sidings for those with (dare we say) active lifestyles. On the outside, you'll find a standard white-and-black color scheme, but on the inside, the phone features a rubberized keypad in either yellow or orange.
Features include a 1.3-megapixel camera with an 8x zoom and video capture, a digital music player, a wireless Web browser, a microSD-card slot, USB mass storage, PC syncing, Bluetooth (no stereo profile), personal-organizer applications, and a speakerphone. Also, the W490 is … Read more
The talk of the tech town lately has been Android, Google's cell phone operating system. Last week, Google and T-Mobile showed off the forthcoming G1--the first phone that will be powered by the open platform.
But the plan was never about just one Google phone, as Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in a statement last fall: "Our vision is that the powerful platform we're unveiling will power thousands of different phone models." Thus, Google formed the Open Handset Alliance--big players in the wireless industry charged with helping form the development community for Android devices.
So it'… Read more
Motorola took a significant step towards commercializing WiMax for vehicles with the introduction of its X24 WiMax module. This module lets automotive-equipment makers build connected devices that can receive broadband information sources on the road. Just as Wi-Fi radically changed how we network our computers, WiMax specifications meet the connection needs for automobiles by having a range measured in miles and broadband throughput. Mobile WiMax is based on the 802.16e specification, and has been in development since 2001. As the standard gets accepted, more companies will develop WiMax-compatible chipsets.
We've seen cars from Acura, BMW, Cadillac, and Lexus … Read more
Nokia is preparing to enter the touch-screen cell phone market next week, with the debut of its first finger-sensitive phone, according to a Reuters report.
The European handset makeris planning to take the wraps off its touch-screen phone, code-named "Tube," during an event Thursday in London for analysts and the media, according to Reuters, which cites two unnamed sources. (For more, including a photo, see "Hold the phone: Nokia's Tube is the Nokia 5300!")
Have we just glimpsed digital picture frame 2.0? In the spirit of expanding the uses of a ubiquitous gadget, Motorola has come up with a prototype frame that also functions as a voice over IP phone, complete with speaker, built-in video camera, and Bluetooth headset.
The wireless frame, which can be programmed via touch screen, disguises a CDMA femtocell, a small cellular base station typically designed for use in home or small-business environments. Consumers could use the photo frame as a Wi-Fi base station, as well as a network--whose radius could be programmed via cell phone--through which other devices … Read more
The thin, shiny phone, which is currently offered by Sprint, comes in a blue and silver color scheme but it offers all of the same features as the Sprint model. Inside you'll find a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, an MP3 player, GPS, a microSD card slot, and 3G EV-DO support. Also, it supports Alltel's signature Celltop application. The Alltel VE20 is $99.99 with service.