Well, Feory, you can't blame yourself for not owning a Motorola phone for years. Motorola seems to have stopped competing for market share in the mobile phone market for some time now.
Motorola used to be one of the foremost high-tech companies in the world. I remember the good old days in college when we learned about the Motorola 68000 series microprocessors. I remember Motorola making computer chips and ICs that fuelled the growth of the high-tech industry in the US and indeed around the world. I remember when Motorola was the worlds second mobile phone producer behind Nokia.
Motorola's status as a high-tech giant was greatly affected after the Iridium project. It was a pain to have spent about $9 billion and not be able to effectively market the product.
Nevertheless, I hope it can really launch a comeback into the mobile phone industry and other sectors for that matter. I hold Motorola very high in my heart ... high up there with the Apples, and the Qualcomms, and the Googles ... these are the companies that really brought innovation to the world and improved human life in general.
Grew up with the term..."you can't out run Motorola", a public safety term..grin, I agree with ylshih and hope for them to come back in some way. We lost one of the best RFI / EMI research labs that Moto had down in Fla. all due to their "downsizing" 5-6 yrs ago. They will have to learn to be lean though, and energetic with the existing resources. In other words the 90% that watched the 10% "do it"...better get busy.
Moto still has a long way to go, this is a typical example of "too big to change" in the very competitive cellphone business, and I hope Sanjay, with his strong background from Qualcomm, will continue to lead Moto back out of the ditch it created with miss-management and wrong strategies of the past
My experience with Moto phones of late has been horrific, so it will take a lot to win me back over. Shoddy build quality and atrocious UI designs! I hope they have changed, but I won't hold my breath.
It would be great if Moto made a comeback, but I suspect this is just a small step that might lead to a comeback. There still seems insufficient differentiation to establish a basis for sustained advantage in a highly competitive market.
I'm glad to see Motos success with the Droid. I hope that they also have an egg in the upcoming windows mobile basket as well. But the indications are mixed. They seem to be becoming as associated with Android as much as Google itself. I have no doubt that they "have it in them," as the previous contributor suggested. Time will tell...
Motorola may not have it in them anymore. They used to have it. I personally think the pareto principle is working against them. The best 20% does the job and influences the rest of the team. It does not seem that the firm still have smart stylists. The engineers are there, but the ergonomics is not there. To get the big Moto back, they need to hire stylists and begin to rock the world again. The days of Razr cannot come back without a radical reshaping in the team. I always mean this: these firms do not have women in their teams. Yet, women buy phones. Time to get the ladies contributing.
I haven't owned a Motorola phone in years -- ironic, since I used to work for them -- but my wife got up early on the 15th and stood in line at the Verizon store to get a Droid X. I must say I'm really impressed and can't wait to get one of my own!
This really does look like a winner for Motorola and for Verizon too. Verizon has never had a smartphone on which web browsing was compelling enough for me to willingly pay for unlimited data...until now.
Amazing how fast reversal of fortunes can occur in some markets. My first cell phone was an old Motorola analog flip phone. I think they were number one at that point, then dove in market share when digital came out. May favorite phone ever is still my Motorola Razr from their most recent pre-bust boom time.