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Motorola announces four new phones and two new headsets

Motorola launched a bevy of new products yesterday to expand its mobile phone range. The company announced the MOTORAZR MAXX, MOTORIZR, MOTOKRZR K1m and MOTOKRZR K1 phones along with the H601 and H800 Bluetooth 2.0 headsets.

The MOTORAZR MAXX brings 3G to the forefront with 3.6Mbps HSDPA and EDGE support. Users can also experience 2-way video calling at up to 15FPS thanks to the high speed wireless connection. As for the phone itself, it weighs 3.7 ounces and is 0.6" thick. It features a 2.2" 256k color screen and backlit keys. Motorola is also kind enough to include 50MB of dedicated storage, a 2MP camera with 8x digital zoom, microSD memory card slot, and the requisite Bluetooth 2.0+EDR capabilities.

The MOTORIZR brings an impressive "slider" design to Motorola's high-end mobile handset family. The MOTORIZR is a Quad-Band (GPRS/EDGE) handset, features a 1.9" (172x220) 256k color screen, 2.0MP camera and supports Bluetooth. It doubles a portable music jukebox with support for MP3, AAC, AAC+, and AAC+ Enhanced and can be paired with an optional stereo Bluetooth headset. 20MB of internal storage is included.

Next up is the slim and sleek MOTOKRZR K1m. The MOTOKRZR K1m features a traditional clamshell design and gives users a 1.9" color screen, 1.3MP camera with MPEG4 video capabilities, Bluetooth, microSD memory slot and GPS capabilities. The MOTOKRZR K1 ups the ante by adding a 2MP camera with 8x zoom, integrated MP3 player, EDGE support and Push-To-View image sharing capabilities.

Finally, Motorola has announced two new Bluetooth headsets: the HS601 and HS800. The HS601 features Bluetooth 2.0+EDR technology and provides 8 hours of talk time (8 days standby). It also features EasyPair technology for quick setup with a Bluetooth enabled phone. The HS800 brings "slider" functionality to the headset market (slide open to turn on, close to turn off) and is also the first headset to feature RapidConnect technology for instantaneous connections. The HS800 can provide up to 6 hours of talk time (8 days standby).

All of Motorola’s new products are expected to be available in the second half of 2006.

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By DeathBooger on 7/25/2006 1:44:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'll never understand people paying to surf the web on tiny screens like this. Get a damn laptop and use your phone as a phone.

RE: silly
By ksherman on 7/25/2006 1:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
better yet, get a laptop and use your new fangled 3G phone to connect to the internet :-). With a ~3Mbps connection speed, thats pretty impressive

RE: silly
By Schrag4 on 7/26/2006 10:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
That's an interesting idea. It wouldn't work out for my family (as a replacement for my cable modem), but maybe it would be a great replacement for my mother's land line/dial-up internet access. She lives out in the boonies so broadband is out of the question. Would you just plug the phone into a USB port via a cable that comes with the phone? Would there be restrictions on what you can do with that internet connection? How much a month would it cost to have an average minutes plan plus internet access?

RE: silly
By Schrag4 on 7/26/2006 10:49:59 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, wait, nevermind. Verizon doesn't work in the boonies...

RE: silly
By ksherman on 7/26/2006 7:28:15 PM , Rating: 2
well, that depends. When I got a phone with T-mobile, it had bluetooth, as did my PDA. I used my phone as a bluetooth modem (childs play for pretty much any computer equipped with bluetooth, not thats its perfect, but most any compy can do it) i just set up a regular old dial up connection with my PDA, it then dialed out with my phone, and made the connection. I was only ever charged for the minutes (which I had/have way more than I use), but the connection was butt-slow. thats mostly because at the time, T-Mobile/Cingular didnt really have high speed GSM connections, and the phone was old, and in the process of being discontinued. Now, with all the 3G crap going up everywhere, that is all different. I havent had occasion to try it, but I think the potential of being able to have high speed internet anywhere I can get a signal on my phone is an a pretty sweet deal, IMO. Especially if it still only cost me minutes...

RE: silly
By FITCamaro on 7/26/2006 8:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
If you get caught doing that as well, Verizon can shut off your service. They don't allow the phones to be used as a modem for your laptop. Thats why they sell PCMCIA cards for laptops to do that. The plans are based on data instead of minutes.

If you don't use it for much you can get away with it. But if you start downloading videos with it, you'll get caught and loose your service.

RE: silly
By Schrag4 on 7/27/2006 9:46:21 AM , Rating: 2
Seems kinda silly to allow that kind of bandwidth and only allow you to use it a tiny amount. It would be like giving someone a Ferarri and telling them they can only drive a tenth of a mile at a time...

RE: silly
By jtesoro on 7/25/2006 10:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
The phone isn't actually intended as a replacement for using a laptop or PC for internet browsing. They are useful for quickly getting information while on the move. Typical uses is when shopping in a brick and mortar store and you want to check whether the DVD player or book you are interested in buying got good user reviews in amazon or some other online site (or whether it makes sense to just buy it online).

In addition, a lot of the features put into phones are essentially targeted towards the "bored". Downloadable games, music and internet browsing are products/services that people tend to go for while waiting in the train station, doctor's office and other similar situations.

By secretanchitman on 7/25/2006 1:32:28 PM , Rating: 1
meh...i have to admit, motorola is making a ton of money off these phones, but the names/designs are getting ridiculous. i dont really like the razr that much, and im probably not gonna like these new phones either.

im sticking with my samsung a900...

RE: nice.
By Gigahertz19 on 7/25/2006 1:47:22 PM , Rating: 2
I just got the family shareplan from Verizon a few weeks ago and got the new Razr V3C. I like it comapred to other people's cell phones I've used. Being a guy I don't have the luxury of carrying a purse around to store a cell phone in so a slimmer cell phone like the Razr is nice, it doesn't bulge out in my jean pockets like bulkier cell phones.

What I really like though is Verizon's VZ Navigator service which is basically a GPS on your cell phone. I have it for free right now since they are offering a 30 day free trial right now, I've used to get around here in Montgomery. It provides voice directions on where to turn and so far is 100% accurate surprisingly. Went to a big lake over the weekend and needed to find a Wal-Mart nearby, turned on the VZ Navigator thing and searched for nearest Wal-Mart and it displayed a list of Wal-Marts nearby from closest to farthest.

After 30 days you have to pay $10 a month for the service but I've been looking into get a full-up in car GPS instead, been reading reviews and the new Garmin Streetpilot C530 looks pretty sweet. The more expensive Garmin Streetpilot C550 and Nuvi 360 are pretty damn cool but too expensive.

RE: nice.
By jtesoro on 7/25/2006 9:54:50 PM , Rating: 2
I do think they're making lots of money off the RAZR. It's physical appearance is getting long in the tooth though. While it looked fantastic when it first came out, it doesn't look as hot these days. But apparently it still sells, so it makes sense to milk the design for all it's worth.

verizon and motorola
By uapak90 on 7/25/2006 5:21:04 PM , Rating: 3
Motorola phones are nice but not when they are supplied by Verizon. I hate what verizon does to your phone and pretty much blocks the features for your phone to work better. (bluetooth and stuff). I love my samsung T809.. i think samsung beats motorola with its phones, the only thing is.. motorola has a bigger name in the industry, atleats over here.

RE: verizon and motorola
By Aquila76 on 7/26/2006 7:08:04 AM , Rating: 2

I thought the same way about Verizon and my e815 until I found this site. Helps you unlock all the phone features you paid for.

By Nelsieus on 7/25/2006 3:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
Who supplies the GPUs to these phones (if any)? ATI, nVidia, or Motorola's own in-house team?

By epsilonparadox on 7/25/2006 4:35:40 PM , Rating: 2
the RAZR uses the ATI Imageon chip atleast mine does.

By ksherman on 7/25/2006 8:25:40 PM , Rating: 2
My Big issue with the RAZR is the difficulty to see the keypad when text messaging. When the back light is on, its no problem, but otherwise in certain light, it is very difficult to read what numbers/letter are on which keys. Also, Motos interface/menu system is a bit whacked. For example, it takes 6+ steps to turn bluetooth on and off, which drains the battery signifigantly faster if left on

By tw1164 on 7/28/2006 12:21:38 PM , Rating: 2
it takes 6+ steps to turn bluetooth on and off

Just setup a shortcut, you can turn it on/off w/ 2 button clicks.

New headsets? What about 'old' ones?
By Aquila76 on 7/26/2006 7:24:52 AM , Rating: 2
Why did they kill off their in-ear Bluetooth headset (H5MINIBLUE)? Some sites that had them on pre-order now say that Motorola scrapped production.

By QueBert on 7/26/2006 1:39:41 PM , Rating: 2
They were having problems with it, and it was scraped at the last second. Must have been big issues for them to kill it like that. I see them on Ebay (proto types?) I liked the previews of it I saw, maybe it'll come back in another form

By MattCoz on 7/25/2006 6:41:32 PM , Rating: 3

Top Story?
By Trisped on 7/26/2006 11:40:19 AM , Rating: 2
Why is this a "Top Story?"

If every time a new gadget is announced it is placed in the Top Story section we will have more Top Stories then regular.

I want...
By AppaYipYip on 7/26/2006 5:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
I want a MOTOPHAZR so I can shoot those Klingons who keep stealing the rims off my car.

By Soviet Robot on 7/26/2006 11:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
The RAZR isn't even a good phone, yet it's as popular as the iPod(which also sucks).

I have no faith in humans. BACK TO XENU!

i have yet to buy a phone
By mushi799 on 7/28/2006 4:59:16 PM , Rating: 2
always get whatever is free, dont know why ppl fork over $400 for something that last less than two years

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