CTIA 2007: Live Report
First of all, we want to go on record and officially ask Moto to stop playing with their model numbers and names. If you are not aware, there is no more RIZR series, and now they are ROKR. The second change is just hilarious. Gone is the mind boggling Motorola Q Q9… welcome the new Motorola Q 9h. We asked Moto to explain the whole idea behind those model numbering changes:
- The RIZR was renamed to ROKR as Moto wanted to tie a name not to a form-factor (slider) but to a user-experience (whatever this means).
- The Q Q9 to Q 9h is even better. Moto (and the rest of the manufacturers who come with weird numbering schemes to keep the users as confused as possible) has to realize consumers have a lot of other things to do, then to try to decipher if Q Q9 is a version of the Q, new model or?
So by now, most people know the Q Q9 is successor of the Q. Now all you folks have to get accustomed to Q 9h which is actually Q Q9. The “h” in the name stands for HSDPA.
Now back to the new models. Information about the Maxx Ve came originally from Motorola itself back in October. At that time, an observant user noticed that on a promo image, a guy was wearing what appeared to be a regular Maxx (GSM phone with HSDPA data). When the image was zoomed, Verizon’s logo, larger external screen and different hinges were visible, which of course prompted everyone to realize that a CDMA version is in the works.
The front shell of the MOTORAZR Maxx Ve is dominated by the large 120x160 pixels external display with touch-sensitive music controls just below it. The camera is 2-mega pixels with autofocus. Overall, the device does not offer any ground breaking feature – just a nice design with decent feature set including QVGA display, microSD memory and Bluetooth with A2DP.
The Maxx Ve will become available April 24th and will be priced at $200 after $50 rebate.
The ROKR Z6m was the second new device announced at the conference. It is almost identical to the Z6, but is the CDMA version and if is carriers released, it would be Verizon or Sprint. Even though Motorola is planning to move all non-smartphones to the Linux OS, currently its CDMA devices are using their proprietary Synergy OS.
The Z6m felt very solid in our hands and seems to have an excellent spring assisted sliding mechanism. The feature set includes QVGA display, 2-mega pixel camera without autofocus, microSD memory slot and music played. Unlike the GSM Z6 version, the CDMA one also has a 3.5mm headset jack on its side.
Inspired by the SLVR L2, this one cuts down even more features to reduce the price to minimum. Still, the budget half-inch thick body manages to pack a 65k TFT display (with 128x160 pixels resolution) and built-in camera (VGA) on the back. The W360 can store up to 500 contacts with up to 5 numbers per each. It features iTap predictive text input system, Wireless Village instant messenger and supports 32-polyphonic ringtones, but can also use MP3 file for one.
Motorola W380 and W385 share similar design – RAZR-like clamshells with grayscale vertical display. Above it is situated a VGA camera. The internal display has 128x160 pixels resolution and 65 thousands colors, like the one on the W360. The W385 is dual-band CDMA while the W380 is tri-band GSM (it has two versions – one for Americas and one for Europe/Asia) with FM radio.
Being a single-band CDMA, the W355 is for the developing countries. Ultra-budget model, instead of external display it has 3 color indicator icons. Again the internal display is 128x160 pixels, 65k color TFT unit and the only feature of the phone is its FM radio.
W395 is the most advanced of the six and it can be considered even as budget mid-level device. The larger (but still grayscale) external display shows it is one level above the W380/W385. Still, the internal display is the same. The camera resolution is improved to 1.3-megapixels (approximately 4 times the VGA) and the memory is now expandable via microSD cards. Bluetooth is supported. W395 can work world-wide as it is quad-band GSM/GPRS phone.