Man, how much longer can Motorola and Verizon Wireless try and keep the lid on the DROID 2? Earlier today, Droid-Life obtained a user guide for the yet-to-be-released DROID 2 as well as an image of DROID 2 cases on sale at Best Buy. The user guide reveals that the device will have Motorola’s UI enhancements — same as the DROID X — and will in all likelihood be launching with Android 2.2; as opposed to Android 2.1. We’ve heard August 3rd tossed around as a potential launch date (Verizon likes to launch handsets on Tuesdays). Come on Verizon, kick the flood gates open already! More →
Advertising wars are so much fun! Late yesterday, Motorola took another swipe at smartphone rival Apple, capitalizing on the free-case fiasco of the iPhone 4. In a Facebook post, the company displayed a poster that read:
At Motorola, we believe a customer shouldn’t have to dress up their phone for it to work properly. That’s why the DROID X comes with a dual antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like to make crystal clear calls without a bulky phone jacket. For us it’s just one of those things that comes as a given when you’ve been making mobile phones for over 30 years.
Burn. The first ad Motorola put out was a little tongue and cheek, however this one is a sharp stick to the eye… a very funny sharp stick to the eye. We’ve got the full-sized image after the bounce.
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We’re not kidding, there is actually an app for that. Apple’s iPhone 4 Case Program page is now live. Those who already purchased an iPhone 4 and Apple bumper can hit up the new site to check the status of their rebate, users waiting for their free case can “Download the iPhone 4 Case Program app from the App Store” and select a case at no charge. Have a look for yourself. More →
In response to Apple’s antenna-oriented press event, Consumer Reports responded by refusing to give the Apple iPhone 4 its golden seal of approval. The consumer product ratings company commended Apple for taking a first step in solving the antenna problem but denounced Apple’s case giveaway as a limited and temporary fix. Consumer Reports states:
Consumer Reports believes Apple’s offer of free cases is a good first step. However, Apple has indicated that this is not a long-term solution, it has guaranteed the offer only through September 30th, and has not extended it unequivocally to customers who bought cases from third-party vendors. We look forward to a long-term fix from Apple. As things currently stand, the iPhone 4 is still not one of our Recommended models.
The iPhone 4 antenna issue has turned into a daytime drama and PR debacle worthy of Maury Povich. On one side, you have iPhone owners who are causing a bit of a stir by documenting and discussing the signal attenuation issues observed when holding the left side of the iPhone 4. On the other side is Apple’s fearless leader who is trying to defuse the situation with calming words conveyed via email. The latest turn of events in this saga has Steve Jobs proclaiming via email that “There is no reception issue” and admonishing folks to “Stay tuned”. Could this be a thinly veiled reference to the curative iOS 4.01 update that is rumored to land on Monday or does Apple have something else up its sleeve? More →
While there is a rumor that there is a lot more to Palm’s Touchstone line than just an inductive charger, a few accessories for Palm’s upcoming Pre have surfaced in Best Buy’s inventory system. While the picture does not show the actual pricing, the source claims that the Touchstone charging dock is listed at $69.99 (which jibes with previous rumors). He also states that there are currently five cases in the system, including one aptly labeled “Palm Pre case” and three made of acrylic and one of leather. Of particular interest is the fact that the picture shows an in stock date of May 10th which means either: 1) Best Buy knows something that Palm doesn’t, 2) Best Buy is getting some accessories nearly a month early, or 3) we’ve all been had. Then again, perhaps we’re all just a little too cynical because of giant shroud of secrecy that has been thrust upon the Pre. Either way, we want it and we want it now.
Vaja, a reputable case manufacturer known for high quality leather cases, has added an entry for the iPhone nano to its site. A round of rumors that started months ago and resurfaced recently when XSKN added iPhone nano cases to its site, several case manufacturers now have entries for the new shrunken Apple handset that doesn’t yet exist. A listing from XSKN is one thing but when a company like Vaja adds the iPhone nano to its site, you have to wonder if the handset’s release isn’t closer than we might think. iPhone fan blog iPhone Alley now states that an inside source is feeding them info pointing to an announcement at Macworld. While we’re skeptical at best with regards to this report – the blog states that its source reports the iPhone nano will “probably not include 3G” – a Macworld announcement is seeming more and more like a viable possibility. With the show only a week away at this point, at least we won’t have long to wait.
[Via iPhone Alley]
As we near the rumored release date for Apple’s laptop line refresh, a new set of spy shots has emerged. Presumably one of the products of Apple’s new “Brick” manufacturing process, the image above shows an aluminum keyboard panel reportedly belonging to Apple’s upcoming new line of MacBooks. Sure it could be a Photoshop job but if it does in fact end up being the real deal, it looks like we’re all in for some sexy new notebooks from the Cupertino crew. What’s more, additional rumors floating around the internet this morning place the starting price point for the new MacBook line at $800. This would be the first laptop Apple has ever sold new for less than $1,000. The rumor goes on to state that the refreshed laptops will range from $800 to $3,100 and will have more optional configurations than currently available. The MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will now combine for a total of 12 price points compared to the eight currently available (three MacBooks, two MacBook Airs and three MacBook Pros). Or could this mean we can expect an all new fourth model from Apple? Unfortunately that’s still an unknown, as is the reliability of the source. In fact it seems a bit odd that the source is supposedly in possession of an official Apple price list and yet he or she can’t tell us what models are on it. Hmm. Hopefully we’ll all find out the real deal straight from the horse’s mouth in less than a week.
In tears. Was unloading my car, opening the trunk with the Bold in the same hand as the one I was opening the trunk with. Then “BAM.” It fell out of my hand about two feet onto pavement. My life flashed before my eyes. I quickly went to rescue the Bold. This is what the damage was. Heading to CNN.cn to buy new parts. Hate my life. Hate the Bold build materials even more. Word of advice from your friend BGizzle? Buy a condom skin for the Bold. As big and ugly as it makes the device, you’ll appreciate it in the end. Unless you have a stockpile of five Bolds like we do, then you can just pop open a new box and you’re good to go. Hit the gallery if you want to see the beating that the Bold took…