And we're off... to a dull start.
Yes, it pains me to start my coverage of 3GSM 2007 with news of new RAZRs, KRZRs, SLVRs and other abbreviated nonsense – my ‘love’ of the company’s lines being well expressed in the past – but at least the style over substance company is now only six months behind everyone else…
Four new handsets have been announced which should please current Moto owners and draw a nonchalant shrug from others, first of which is the ‘RIZR Z8’ (left).
This slider’s big claim to fame is its 3.6Mbps HSDPA connectivity while at 15.3mm thick it is no brick – though not the slimmest handset by any means. You’ll also get a two megapixel camera (yawn), QVGA display (so 2006), VGA cam for video calls (ppft) and 90MB of onboard memory (zzzz). microSD is the expansion card of choice and the Z8 has A2DP stereo Bluetooth support and all the usual multimedia playback.
For the skinny brigade (though Moto doesn’t say ”how” skinny) there is the ‘SLVR L9’ (middle, left), a two megapixel touting candy bar handset with A2DP support, EDGE, a 2MP camera, multimedia support, FM radio and a microSD memory card slot. ”Next.”
The ‘K3’ (middle, right) is a similarly unexciting upgrade to the KRZR range whose big claim to fame is once again the adoption of HSDPA (1.8Mbps flavour) while a 2MP camera, QVGA display, 50MB memory, VGA camera for video calling and microSD card slot will get you going if you’ve been stranded on a desert island for a year.
Finally we come to the ‘Q q9’ – yes, you read that right. The q9 edition (right) of the venerable Q adds 3.6Mbps HSDPA into the mix and comes with Windows Mobile 6 newly installed. A 2MP camera is included while at 11.8mm thick it retains the same girth as its forebear. The display (QVGA) hasn’t been upgraded but you will get A2DP support and memory can be expanded via the microSD slot.
All four are expected to appear in Q2 2007 but Motorola will have to do a lot more than this if it wants to arrest its sliding market position and my boredom.