Nokia, HTC, Motorola and more take to Twitter to rain on Apple's big day

Nokia, HTC, Motorola and more take to Twitter to rain on Apple's big day
Not everyone was all that happy to let Apple have its day in the spotlight and leave it at that. Of course, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that competing companies would take to Twitter to try to draw a bit of attention away from Apple and its iPhone announcements. Some worked well, some didn't, and some were just odd, so let's round up the most notable.

Our favorite was likely Nokia, but that's mostly because we freaking love Breaking Bad, and we definitely agree that "Real gangsters don't use gold phones." Motorola used the time to simply link to its recently released "Lazy Phone" ads with TJ Miller. The official Windows Phone Twitter account went the GIF route to show off the Lumia 1020 camera. Then, there was Denny's which you certainly wouldn't expect, but that was definitely a good one. 

HTC bombed the day, in our opinion. HTC didn't have any images prepared, and didn't even seem to have a good writing team on the job, so rather than pithy, it just came off as mean-spirited. Oh well. They can't all be winners. 


source: @WindowsPhone, @Nokia_UK 1 & 2, @Motorola, @HTCUSA 1 & 2, @DennysDiner, @McDonalds via The Verge

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77 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Hahahaaa funny while being true®

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm not sure I understand Nokia's first one: are they promoting gang-violence...?

41. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No, they just pointed out that Gold phones are for iSiSSies.

46. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well, if not being a "real gangster" makes me a sissy, then I guess I'm a sissy...

52. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yeah, but there is a HUUUUGE difference between a sissy and an iSiSSi.

77. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

heisenberg s gonna get u

55. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

no they r promoting badass hard core

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

just one word: LOL

47. AnTuTu

Posts: 1622; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Hahahahahahahah

51. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Nokia definitely won on humor with motorola taking second on that one.

76. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What's with the ® ™®©

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dang apple they goin hard homie

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

darkkjedii, do you still want to buy 5C or 5S ?

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Twitter is so funny lol. Everyone is bashing Apple, especially Nokia and Motorola haha.

3. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

LOL. Even Dennys and Mcds flamed Apple

7. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I thought theirs were more of a social commentary. :)

9. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Agreed, Denny\'s was pretty clever actually.

13. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I'm not sure if Denny's intent was to flame Apple. It was more of a clever pun used as an opportunity for cheap but widespread advertising. I don't even know what the McDonalds picture is. I'm not seeing the connection?

15. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I think Mcdonalds was saying that all the press getting excited about a big reveal was all about there new product, instead of Apple\'s.

4. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Nokia's were the best IMO xD

44. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I really liked Dennys and McDonalds and I never eat there.

5. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Wonder if samsung has something to say too??

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It will come in ad form.

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I'm pretty sure that Samsung has a lot to say. :D

23. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I think Samsung surely have but not now.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Moto: "Remember that one time you were stoked to give your fingerprints? Us either." Remember that time Moto launched a flagship with a fingerprint sensor? Apparently not Moto.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually, Motorola\'s made sense in a weird, self deprecating way. They tried the fingerprint scanner route, and no one really cared. And in fact, no one ever made a fingerprint scanner on a phone again, until now. I think what they\'re saying is that their touchless voice controls that they went for now (along with their other convenience features) are more worthy of customer excitement.

16. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

If Apple is decided to use it they probably believed the tech wasn't matured enough to deliver at the time, but now is. If it'll be hit with the consumers remains to be seen, but I hope people will at least admit that Apple's attempt was better than Motorola's.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

But what was better about Apple's attempt? The only functionality increase was making it possible to use as an iTunes password. The fingerprint scanner on the Atrix worked perfectly fine to unlock the phone, and was placed in exactly the spot needed to use the phone one handed. The iPhone, on the other hand, has to be used with two hands to unlock with the fingerprint scanner.

21. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I was hoping Apple would make more use of it than just unlocking the device and logging into iTunes. Is customization of the sensor open to developers?

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