Snap! Motorola lays out Apple once again with full page shot at the iPhone

Snap! Motorola lays out Apple once again with full page shot at the iPhone
Twice before we have seen Motorola take a distinctive problem with the iPhone, like the "death-grip" or the free bumpers program, run a full page ad with a clever reference to Apple's mistake, and turn it into a positive for the Motorola DROID X. The first time, Motorola said that the DROID X could be held any way you want, a reference to the iPhone 4's propensity to lose signal strength when held a certain way. The second time, Motorola said that the DROID X did not require dinner jackets to work, a shot at Apple's free bumper and case program. The bumpers prevent the two outside antennas on Apple's touchscreen device from using your hand as a way to cause attenuation.

The latest full page ad was just printed in the WSJ and shows the DROID 2. On the 3.7 inch display is the National Geographic (there is a reason for Motorola to use this site, read on for the details) and the entire web page is rendered perfectly, even the Flash display that takes up much of the site. The copy on the top of the ad reads, "Flash Websites? There's A Phone For That."

Besides mocking Apple's "There's an app for that" commercials, the National Geographic site had been used by Steve Jobs as a site he visited to show off the browser during the iPhone 3G introduction. Apple covered up the iPhone's inability to load Flash by  covering up part of the site with a picture that was a placeholder. The picture helped start a rumor that the iPhone 3G was Flash enabled, but of course, it was simply Cupertino playing around with the web page. The picture of the National Geographic site in Motorola's ad shows the same Flash content you would see on your desktop computer.

Well Apple, Motorola leads 3-nill. Working on a response?

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source: @benforta via MobileCrunch



17. rdavis232005

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 25, 2010

death grip please read watch this

14. uspeaknonsense unregistered

Are you serious. Isnt Apple the ones that had a conference to show other phones had problem with signals, so that they can prove that it is ok that the Iphone has the problem becasue other phones do too? Which was some bull because if you see the video you see the demonstrators fingers turning red because of hard they we gripping the phone to try to get it to lower bars.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol @ the Motorola haters. They think that the only ads Motorola puts out are the ones aimed at the Iphone, just because those are the only ones Phonearena bothers to report on. They also think that the Droid X is "bulky," when in reality it's not *that* much bigger relative to the HOLYSHITITSHUGE! screen size. And while the X is bigger, it's still not TOO big-slips comfortably into the pocket, and apart from the camera housing is as thin as the Iphone 4. Furthermore, to those who are like "but my phone doesn't do flash NOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!"... PATIENCE! You will get your flash content!And to those who are like "Iphone focuses on its products and how amazing and orgasmic they are and blah blah blah"-Look. The article pointed out an issue where Jobs and Apple purposely fucked with the rendering on their Iphone so people wouldn't realize it couldn't run Flash. And then there was the HUGE FUCKING DEAL made about the death grip. And what did Apple do? They oscillated between "It's all in your HEAAADDDDD" and "OTHER PHONES DO IT TOOOOOOO!!!!" and then "OTHER PHONES STILL DO IT BUT OURS DOESN'T BUT HERE'S A FREE CASE TO FIX THE PROBLEM WE SAY DOESN'T EXIIIIIIIISSSSSSTTTTTTT!" So which is it, Apple? Does the problem not exist, or is it a common and easily avoided problem, or is it a problem that you're trying to come up with a quick solution for? ...And Apple's corner emitted a quiet chirping sound from a cricket in response to these questions.

15. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

Thank you.

6. rent unregistered

It's interesting to see how this shows up what kind of company motorola is and what kind of company apple is as for their smartphones. Motorola for one side seems to need apple to make a mistake so that they can highlight it and use it as a sell point. Apple on the other side focuses on their own products, showing what they can do and what they're good for, without taking any weakness of another product as a sell point. Hey motorola, if your phones are SO amazing why don't you advertise them without striking other companies? That only shows doubt and weakness to me, just being able to tell this phone does one or two things that the other can't (and it was very fun to me when they made that "no need a bulky jacket" ad when the droid X is ALREADY bulky - more than an iphone with a bumper - and then within a couple of days a lot of videos starting appearing showing how it had the death grip thingy too)

7. rent unregistered

Dont get me wrong though... It was a comment steictly directed to motorola since I never mentioned android. So... Before I get waves of insults I feel like I need to clear that android seems like a great OS, and I would get an android phone without any problems... Just it wouldn't be a Droid one. Samsung seems good and HTC too, good deal for those who own those phones

13. tj unregistered

- apple has attacked other companies before, just look at all the videos they made that you referenced about the death grips. so in a sideways sense, they attacked other companies to "justify" their mistake rather than admit fault, and to still seem to say "you see? we are still the best." - and have you ever seen a normal iphone user? here: please watch that video and appreciate how well and almost perfectly it captivates most iphone users. also, its hilarious haha =) but back to the point: with a company like apple that claims superiority so constantly, and with sheep to follow and buy whatever apple puts out, it becomes almost necessary to at least make a comoparison to an apple product, just so that people will understand what youre talking about. from there, the device is highlighted by showing that it is better than the product that still 'reigns supreme' in all areas of cell phone discussion. so yes, they do attack apple, but its necessary. when people are too stupid to actually appreciate what goes into a phone, a reference to a familiar product would help, no?

18. pgsman unregistered

Apple focuses on their products? If I recall correctly, Apple explained the 'death grip' problem showing other devices who had similar products, including nokia, samsung and motorola. The logic 'Other devices have the same problem so it's fine' hardly is a solution to the latent iphone problem. That and Steve Jobs have said statements like 'if you want to watch porn, buy an android device' or more recently accusing android of increasing their sales numbers by counting updates. To be fair, I get your point, I don't have an android but a droid x is a wonderful device on it's own and doesn't need to bash the iphone problems to be able to compete wirh it.

19. Rent unregistered

I just ask myself if explaining you what the difference between using something as a sell point and fundamenting a theory is would be a waste of time or not... I guess it would be so I wont

3. Dbian15166 unregistered

I'm reading this on my iPad at this point in time motorolas all talk

8. jasona

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

You actually wasted money on an ipad, lol. What a joke!

10. JeffdaBeat unregistered

That's funny...the iPad is a waste and yet everyone is coming out with their own tablet...yeah...but waste.

12. jjj unregistered

yes ipad is a waste, restricted to itunes? what a waste tablet. go for win7 and android and your money is worth.

16. android1010

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 04, 2010

ipad...seriously...people buy anything that comes in a silver case with a glowing apple these days.

2. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

don't say driod does flash! My x does not have flash since verizon and motorola have not released 2.2 yet! 1.5 months done 8.5 till the x is done and I will never give moto another try

4. gemini6991

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

Actually .. Droid does do Flash. Got the update on my original Droid and it plays flash beautifully. Verizon has been releasing 2.2 to their phones. It just may take time for you to get it on your X like everyone else :)

5. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

Dude. Really?

1. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Droid does flash but no facetime or qik video chat. Motorola needs to jump in the bandwagon on video calls or they soon may be saying Droid doesn't. Most high end devices are starting to have front facing cameras I do not understand why motorola left this out of the Droid 2 and X.

9. jasona

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

I agree about the front facing camera. However the droid x can still do video chat through fring and now with the hdmi app can go right onto your plasma or lcd. I still haven't tried qik but I am assuming it would work. Droid X does get a tenth of a point reduction in awesomeness though because of the lack of front facing camera.

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