It’s not like we never mention the iPhone around here, so we felt it only fitting to toss in an accessory for the gadget. The Motorola 6x optical zoom lens might be a possibility. This simple clear case clicks over the camera and its eye on your phone’s back. It might look a little weird but at $15.00, it’s worth a shot (pun intended.) The lens will work with many other models of cell phones as well. Let us know your results should you try one out.
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With music phones on the rise Motorola has smartly continued development of their wireless headphone line. Their 2nd generation Bluetooth headphones feature longer battery life, better sound, and handsfree headset capabilities letting you stop the rock to talk at the mere press of a button. Available now to go with the A2DP cellphone of your choice.
We saw some fascinating cell phone innovations from Motorola at CES. First was the ROKR E8 phone, with its Modeshift technology. The phone doesn’t have keys. Instead, when turned on, “virtual” keys appear. When pressed you actually feel a vibration, confirming you‘ve pressed the button with a bit of tactile feedback. When you switch the mode to music player, all the cell phone keys vanish and a whole new set of buttons appear, specifically for the player.
Very impressive. Pricing and carriers are not yet available.
When talking to Motorola during CES, we liked the Moto Z10 cell phone, currently only available in Europe. Made specifically for the YouTube generation, the Z10 has a video camera that allows you to crop, add transitions, add a soundtrack and even credits. When done, you can immediately upload your masterpiece to YouTube or fave social networking site from the phone itself. Unfortunately, the Z1- is currently only available overseas.
The Motorola Q9h is a smartphone with Windows Mobile 6 and has seven dedicated keys for your most used applications, and a sensor that allows you to view what’s on your phone regardless of lighting conditions. Coming later this year.
Winner of the Best Innovation in Headphones went to the MOTOROKR S9. Okay, they look a little weird, but the Bluetooth 2.0 phones weigh only about an ounce with 13mm speakers. The S9 is compatible with most phones and iPods with optional adapter and one button switchability. If you get a call when you are digging your tunes, the music will pause. A charge will last you up to 6 hrs. of play time and the phones are sweat and water resistant for the necessary times when you have to make a mad dash for the bus. The MOTOROKR have been marked down to $129.99 with a free car charger if you order at the Motorola Store.
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Motorola has teamed with Ferrari to go “vroom.” Even if you cannot afford the car, the company is offering a MOTO ZE Ferrari Limited Edition cell phone. In snazzy colors of red and black, the handset includes 2 video clips, wallpaper and ringtones, a pre-loaded (and outdated) “Bourne Identity,” and a pre-registration to the Ferrari website. In addition, it still has other ZE features such as an UIQ interface, a 2 megapixel cam, and a microSD card slot. Look for it in the next couple of months with a definite price.
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Want to give a new unlocked phone for the holidays? Wireless Riot is having an incredible last-minute sale with savings in some cases over 50%. This applies to HTC’s Cavalier, Imate, LG’s Chocolate Platinum, Motorola’s KRZR and PEBL, Nokia, RIM’s Blackberry, Samsung Armani, and Sony Ericsson phones, as well as the iPhone, which has a last minute sale price of $548.99, a 25% savings. Use the code “HIELO2007” for an extra discount at checkout. (We like to share.)
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Motorola and T-Mobile have announced that there are some serious issues with some of their Sidekick Slides. Apparently when the feature is activated, the device may reboot or turn off. No need to worry if you own an LX or iD model, but anyone trying to purchase one of the faulty ones will find a “temporarily available” on T-Mobile’s site. Contact T-Mobile online or hit your nearest retail store if you are having any problems with your Sidekick.
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Motorola has unveiled new two-way radios, in spite of the fact that they left out the vowels while naming them. Both incorporate the hanging loop feature that makes them easy to carry. The TLKR T3, designed for the younger crowd in orange red, or blue, features 8 channels with a 5 km range, a channel scan and monitor, an LCD display, and will last up to 20 hours on a battery charge.
The deluxe T5 has those same features, in addition to 121 channel code privacy, a twin charger pod with separate charging jack, voice activation and auto-power off. The T5 walkie talkies come in black, red, or blue. Motorola promises to keep them “at an affordable price point,” which sounds a bit vague for now, so contact them for price and availability.
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