While the event ended just moments ago, the internet is already buzzing about all the goodies Verizon and Motorola have in the works that are rolling out within the next month or so. While there was no specific details of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich or a potential Xoom tablet replacement/upgrade, I think it’s safe to say that what was exhibited will leave many happy. Let’s take a look -
First up was Motorola’s Motoactv, which will merge fitness and music (potential threat for Nike+?) Aesthetically speaking, it looks very similar to the iPod Nano, but apparently will play songs that push you the hardest, allowing you to achieve your goals while simultaneously tracking calories burned, miles conquered and of course, is all contained in a beefy design.
More impressively, it comes packed with a 600MHz processor, runs Android and will only tack on an extra 35 grams to your weight while keeping track of your running, walking or cycling stats via GPS to track your routes. Finally, it comes with your choice of two Bluetooth headsets, the SF500 and 700, which wraps up the sweat proof package. Motoactv.com will also be launched, allowing those who use it to connect with Facebook and Twitter to share their progress.
The availability is set at November 6th, and will be available as an 8GB for $249, 16GB for $299. You can expect to find it at the usual suspects of stores, including Best Buy, Verizon, Amazon, Sports Authority, and the like.
Next up…was the Droid RAZR. Oh, the memories associated with that name. The specs are even more impressive with this device, bringing together stainless steel, Gorilla Glass, Kevlar (mmm), a 1.2GHz processor, 4.3 inch display, 8MP camera, and an extended battery, all within a ridiculously thin (7.1mm) package.
MotoCast followed shortly after, their take on a “personal cloud.” Everything is accessible, except it is only used by you. Curious to see how this works out.
Gears quickly changed afterwards, hinting that Motorola and company are going to try to tackle the corporate world. Personally, I’m wondering if this is an attempt to kick RIM while they are down, capitalizing on their losing a share of the smartphone market. A variety of new accessories were revealed, including headsets, travel chargers, vehicle navigation docks, wireless keyboards and the like.
The event wrapped up with discussing Verizon’s 4G LTE, saying how it will be in 173 markets by the end of this year and completely engulfing the country by 2013.
The RAZR will be available in November, with preorders beginning later this month.
All in all, I’d say it was quite a successful event for Verizon and Motorola, as they showed little sign of attempting to slow down in terms of maintaining the never ending battle with Apple. Looking forward to hearing the responses from those who are lucky enough to be at the events and are playing with the devices as I type this.
Thoughts? Did you keep up with the event live, and if so, who did you follow? Let us know!