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Full-page Moto Droid X ad makes fun of iPhone 4 antenna

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Wed June 30, 2010

Moto ad says Droid X better designed than iPhone

Motorola launched an attack on Apple today with a full-page ad (see below) for the Droid X. The New York Times spot notes the new Droid is designed with a strong signal in mind and, unlike Apple's current mix of hardware and software in the iPhone 4, isn't overly sensitive to hand placement. The spot also makes possible digs at the location-based element of Apple's problem, which has it drop calls and lose data in fringe areas.

"Most importantly, it comes with a dual antenna design," the ad reads. "The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls."

The Droid X is Verizon's third phone in less than a year to get a major promo campaign and is expected to play a major role in Verizon's attempt to spur sales while it waits for the iPhone itself. Although it has a lower resolution, it has a larger screen than its AT&T rival and also has advantages such as an eight-megapixel camera, HDMI output and the option of creating a Wi-Fi hotspot for an extra monthly fee. It lacks a front camera, however, and it remains to be seen whether hints of an iPhone 4 firmware fix may nullify some of Motorola's accusations.

By Electronista Staff


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  1. testudo

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    oh, slam!

    Now time for the geeks to come out with their YouTube videos showing how the DroidX fails if you hold it in just such a way.....

  1. DiabloConQueso

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    Fractional sentences...

    When did the fad of advertising in incomplete sentences become so prevalent?

    "I can type like this. And like this. But not like this. Because of my fingers. That are so nubby. And not very versatile. For the win."

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  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    Cheap stab at the competition...

    Almost as bad as the "I'm a mac, and I'm a PC" ads.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    @ testudo

    Are you saying that I should not believe everything I see on Youtube?

  1. Zeeb

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    Joined: Feb 2006


    Apple Deserves it, sorry

    This is a great ad that points out the design flaw in the iPhone 4 that everyone can see except Steve Jobs. It's not like the iPhone isn't still a better smartphone than the Droid X, its just the arrogance coming out of Cupertino is mindblowing has made the problem so much worse and tantalizing for the media.

    If Apple had just said, sorry for the problem a fix is forthcoming--instead of blaming the problem on their customers.

  1. Feathers

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    I don't think Verizon understands Apple and Steve Jobs at all. The Cupertino elephant has a long memory and companies have been permanently kicked to touch for a lot less than what Verizon have said and done in the past eighteen months. Do they actually want to carry the iPhone at all, like ever?

  1. rvhernandez

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    Glass Houses

    People who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones.

    I'm surprised Motorola is even still around. What's their market share?

  1. TomSawyer

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    Not quite so direct

    Reference to the antenna issue is in the "fine print" at the bottom. I agree Apple's treatment of the reception problem has been less than stellar, but this Ad hardly rates the "Droid Ad Smacks-Down Apple" hype of the article.

  1. ckuehne

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    Opening themselves up to another lawsuit

    If anyone loses a signal due to holding the phone a certain way, the lawsuits will pour in.

    This would not be the first time Verizon will have falsely advertised their products. I bought a bluetooth phone from them several years ago, and they clearly advertised file transfer functionality through bluetooth. I bought it. When people couldn't get it to work, they said it was coming in an update. Six months later, they said they never intended to make that available. Class action lawsuit. Naturally, the Verizon "loss" greatly benefited them more than the customer. As part of the "winning" side we got an option to renew our contract six months early for another two years, to get a discount on another phone.

    My iPhone 4 gets much better reception than my iPhone 3GS (now scientifically proven on various websites testing the signal reception), and I have yet to experience false advertising on a phone I've purchased from AT&T.

    Verizon and AT&T both have issues, but I hate Verizon more.

  1. ldrhawke

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    Joined: Jul 2006


    Typical Anti-Apple c***

    Virtually all cell phone antenna's have the same problem.

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