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Motorola Droid 2 ad takes dig at Apple's lack of Flash

updated 11:10 am EDT, Sun September 5, 2010

Moto Droid 2 ad jabs iPhone's 'app for that' spots

Motorola this weekend poked fun at Apple again with another ad, this time for the Droid 2. The full-page newspaper spread riffs on Apple's "there's an app for that" iPhone spots with the simple question "Flash websites? There's a phone for that." It argues that Flash is "compromise-free" web browsing as it allegedly shows all the contents other phones, like the iPhone, might miss.

"Flash sites require Flash capabilities," it reads. "Seemed pretty simple to us."

The claims reiterate what Motorola has said before and don't entirely ring true, as recent testers have noted that Flash access on Android so far can be excessively slow or still lack needed features to run properly. While it opens access to sites that would previously have been closed off altogether to an iPhone, Flash 10.1 still usually runs best with sites that have optimized the content for touchscreen phones, often defeating the notion that mobile Flash gives access to the desktop web. Google's YouTube has pressed for a middle road and has agreed with Apple that HTML5 is useful for video but has said Flash is sometimes still needed for copy protection and other techniques that aren't accounted for in the current HTML5 standard.

No matter the accuracy, the campaign shows Motorola still determined to reclaim its title as the top US-based phone maker from Apple. Previous print ads have mocked the iPhone 4 case program and signal drops, although Apple controversially tried to show Droid X signal problems.

By Electronista Staff


  1. phillymjs

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    Compromise free?

    Yeah, except for the part where a lot of Flash video runs horribly because it's not optimized for mobile devices.

    Sooooo, we have Android fanboys condeming Apple for wanting sites to adopt HTML5 video, but giving sites with poor-perfoming Flash video a pass because, "They just have to optimize their video for mobile devices, that's all."

    Seems to me, you're not getting "the full web" (as the commercials like to say these days) either way, at this point in time.

  1. rbodgers

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    Drain Your Battery?

    There's a phone for that.

  1. B9bot

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    Flash? But it runs like c***!

    Flash has already been proven to run like c*** on any phones. Unwatchable most people said. Load times unbearable.
    There advertising this as a plus, they must be desperate and out of ideas.
    Once again Steve Jobs has made the right choice and most companies are going with HTML 5 and removing flash. So there point will be a negative not a positive for there own product.
    That's like Windows advertising our OS gets viruses and spyware, come on down and get it where as Mac OS doesn't! There shooting themselves in there own foot for advertising flash as somehow being an advantage over the iPhone.
    Guess what, it's not!!

  1. Paul Huang

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    As if Flash is some kind of hot caca

    I intentionally turn off flash in my browsers anyway.

  1. Feynman

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    If they are going to poke fun....

    Don't show the Droid 2 on a website that is also optimized for HTML5 lol

  1. boris_cleto

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    Seconds per frame

    I wonder how many seconds per frame the Droid 2 is getting. I'm sure battery time is measured in minutes.

  1. SockRolid

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    Flash websites?

    There's a museum for that.

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Flash, Crash....coincidence?

  1. facebook_Justin

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    comment title

    Ad infestation? Theres a phone for that (Droid 2)! I thank GOD everyday my iPhone lacks Adobe Ad Player. I also removed Adobe Ad Player from my Mac so that when I goto money hungry sites, like this one, my 2GHz MacBook don't slow to a crawl because of the 5 Flash ads on a single page. Now Verizon, instead of spending billions pathetic excuses of ads like this one, why not spending it on ditching that obsolete piece of c*** CDMA network of yours and replacing it with a GSM network so you too can get the iPhone? I seriously can't believe you guys would be stupid enough to create an ad showing off your phones running the Satan of technology (Ad Player). What's next? "Only 256MB storage space for apps? Theres a phone for that (Droid 2)!"

  1. jscotta

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    Electronista "Popular News" Links

    And notice the link the in Popular News section at the bottom of this very page. The title is 'Flash on Android is "shockingly bad"'. Hilarious!!

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