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Jul 25, 2005, 7:00 PM   by Rich Brome

On-the-scene report from the MOTONOW media event and Motorola's annual financial analyst meeting in Chicago. Hands-on with the new Q and A910, plus exclusive photos of the next RAZR and the ROKR music phone.

Motorola this week used its annual Financial Analysts Meeting in Chicago as a launchpad for several new phones. As sometimes happens at these types of events, pressure to paint an extra-rosy outlook for the company for the analysts can lead to the beans being spilled on some things the company technically isn't ready to "announce" just yet. This year, that led to some tantalizing glimpses of some very promising new products. Read on to find out what we saw.

About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.

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May 2, 2006, 6:17 PM

Moto Q

Does the phone have a lock to avoid making calls that should not be made like the UTSarcom PPC-6700?

Mar 3, 2006, 3:22 PM

pebl colors

im realy interested in the moto pebl but in black in onyx its so boring, does anybody know something of the new colors? i cant find any information in the i-net exapt this artical.. so please help me 😉
thanks a lot
Rich Brome

Jul 28, 2005, 3:12 PM

New photo of RAZR 2!

I just realized digging through my photos that I actually did manage to snap a photo of the RAZR 2 open while Ed Zander briefly flashed it on stage. 😉

I thought I took this shot, but when sorting my photos later that night I thought it was a regular RAZR, since they look so similar. But now, looking at it closer, I spotted the differences and realized what it was. 😁

Sorry for the delay!
Hey, no probs.

New keypad looks even better. One of the reason Nokia phones always look classier than the competition is their clean and simple lines, especially the 7200, 6280 and my favourite, the 7260. The new RAZR is looking extremely good in t...
Is there any new information on this phone? My first assumption is that it will end up with Cingular as the national carrier. And of course that since it hasn't had a lot of press, it may not be seen until next year. Any new info on possible carrie...
Is there anyway you can give us an approx timeframe (1,6,12 months)? I'm looking to get a Razr really soon, but will hold off if the new version will be released soon.
Well, the info is out, now we just have to wait an see when it actually comes out on a national carrier.

http://www.motorola.com/motoinfo »

Jul 29, 2005, 6:43 PM

Is it my imagination?

Is it my imagination or is the razr 2 not as wide as the first razr?
I noticed it too! Isn't is awesome? 😁
They look the same to me, except for the blue light on the outside cover.
agent lead

Aug 23, 2005, 1:00 PM

where is the mpx?!?!?!

why has it been missing in action??

moto always announces things and then takes years for them to actually come out..

all ive bene waiting for is the mpx...the Q is nice and all but i like something that opens and closes

i will get the Q if there is no chance of getting my hands on a mpx..

Aug 1, 2005, 5:45 PM


No eye candy for Verizon-lover? Bull-Schmidint!!!
Who said the Q isn't headed to Verizon... 😉

Then of course there's the CDMA RAZR, although they technically didn't show off the Verizon version, it is coming.

Aug 3, 2005, 9:40 AM

Q- Any Metal or All Plastic?

Hope Rich can answer this as it seems he got to handle one at the event--

Does the Q have any metal like a RAZR or is the entire thing plastic?

Seeing all of those pieces & seams leads me to think an all-plastic shell will be creaky & flimsy like the old T720/T730 (yuck!).

The Blackberry has more of a molded shell making it a rather solid unit.

I don't recall any metal, but I'm not positive. It definitely felt quite solid, though.

Jul 26, 2005, 8:44 AM

Nothing exciting, or revolutionary.

Wow, what a dissapointment. Normally Motorola tries to lead the industry in design and features. But none of these phones really stood out.

I'm sure some people will mark out for the Q, but to a mass market smartphones really aren't bread and butter. Ask Nokia who is launching their first clamshell in the US in August. Note it's affordable and simple.

With Samsung and Nokia both coming out with some bliztering new phones like the E737 or the N series, I pray Motorola evolves as well. Their current US lineup is getting dull, and boring.

Every little street gangster has a Razr now. You get them at Best Buy for $100.
I agree with you. Motorola used to be the hot item. Now, every thing is RAZR this and RAZR that. OK, you make thin phones. How about making GOOD thin phones, with innovative features?
hot_md_guy said:
I pray Motorola evolves as well. Their current US lineup is getting dull, and boring.

Every little street gangster has a Razr now. You get them at Best Buy for $100.

I thought the "Q" looked exc...
You dont think the UMA stuff is totally sweet?

I think that is the biggest and most disruptive technology we will see in the near future for cell phones.
Agreed. Even their ROKR (is that supposed to be "rocker"? hello Moto? Can you spell? Do you realise your crappy names are neither clever nor innovative?) phone although looking pretty good, probably can't compete with the mighty Nokia N91 with it's 4G...
Your last sentince tells us exactly why they are RAZR'ing everything:

"Every little street gangster has a Razr now. You get them at Best Buy for $100."

If every little street gangster buys them, that is a nice little piece of the market. I know...

Jul 31, 2005, 5:35 PM

Pink RAZR!!!

When is this coming out? I cannot wait to buy it!
Honestly I thought it looked absolutely horrible. I have always seen the RAZR as being a sleek, futuristic... I'm not even sure what phone but NOT pink. And not that particular shade of pink either, maybe something more metallic but ugh. Definitely...
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