Here´s the Moto Q!

Here it is: the RazrBerry. Product details, courtesy of Motorola:

The First no-Compromises QWERTY
Today’s individuals and corporations are looking for mobility to give them an edge, and the new Q delivers. The world’s thinnest QWERTY, Q changes the playing field for mobile email devices by delivering a superior mobile office experience with no compromises. Combining quality voice, data, and multimedia in one amazing “RAZR-thin” package, Q helps make mobility = productivity.

Your Office Space, Any Place
With Q, corporations can bring mobile email to their entire organizations while mobile professionals can be confident they can be productive by having a quality phone and email experience in an innovative and stylish form factor. Q leverages Microsoft’s familiar and trusted Windows Mobile software and is among the first devices to run on the new Windows Mobile 5.0 platform which delivers scalable and cost-effective mobile messaging support with Exchange 2003 out of the box. This enables the device to work overtime to leverage existing corporate investments in infrastructure, training and support while continuing to protect office networks, data and applications.

RAZR-thin Look & Feel
Fifty percent thinner than its top competitors, Q is also lightweight and features electro-luminescent keys, QWERTY keyboard, thumbwheel for single-handed control, and internal antenna. Q also provides users the opportunity to balance work and play through additional features such as a large, vibrant, color screen, Web surfing capabilities, a 1.3 mega pixel camera with photo lighting, video and MP3 audio capabilities, and cool compatible Bluetooth®-enabled accessories like the new RAZRWIRE Bluetooth® eyewear.

The Ultimate Voice Experience
Motorola invented the mobile phone so you know we know voice! Leveraging Motorola’s expertise in RF technology, the new Q delivers the best phone experience you can get on a QWERTY. Featuring a high-quality speakerphone, voice-activated dialing and Bluetooth functionality, the Q enables hands-free multitasking for today’s busy work environment.

Summary of Key Features
• One of the first devices to run on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0; Optimized for Microsoft Exchange 2003 and a variety of third party email solutions that enable a broad set of corporate email capabilities*
• Thinnest QWERTY device in the world – 11.5mm
• Full, ergonomic QWERTY keyboard, 5-way navigation button and thumb wheel
• Video clip capture and playback
• Connectivity via Bluetooth, IrDA and mini-USB; compatible with Motorola’s line of Bluetooth-enabled wireless headsets
• Multi-Media Messaging (MMS)
• Dual, stereo-quality speakers
• Audio formats supported: iMelody, MIDI, MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA, WAX, QCELP
• Image formats supported: GIF87a, GIF89a, JPEG, WBMP, BMP, PNG
• Video formats supported: H.263, MPEG-4, GSM-AMR, AAC, WMV
• Mini-SD removable memory card slot
• Large, high-resolution display (320 x 240 pixels, 65K TFT)
• 1.3 mega pixel camera with photo lighting
• PIM functionality with Picture Caller ID
• Advanced speech recognition and speakerphone

The Moto Q is expected to be available in Q1 of 2006. For more information on pricing and product availability in your region, please check with your local Motorola representative.


Open Cellphone podcast

(Via Dan Bricklin:)

“DiamondCluster has posted the first, “kick off” podcast in the “Wavelengths” Open Cellphone series. (An Open Cellphone is one where the technology — software, ports, etc. — isn’t controlled and dictated by the carriers, making it much more like a traditional personal computer.) The podcast is 35 minutes long and has John Sviokla of DiamondCluster, David Reed, and me discussing the reasons for an Open Cellphone, including some financial theory behind its value. We also talk about what future podcasts should cover. This is a hot topic (and it has gotten even hotter after we decided to do the podcast, including Steve Jobs talking about the topic at the D conference and Walt Mossberg then writing about it in his WSJ column last week).”

Go to to download the MP3.

Nokia prepares vor VoIP

Nokia 770

Nokia has introduced the Nokia 770, probably their first non-phone consumer device.

It looks like an enhanced version of the Nokia 7710, without the GSM module.

The interesting part:

“The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet’s software is upgradeable and currently runs on the Linux-based Internet Tablet 2005 software edition. There is a planned launch next year of an operating system upgrade – the Internet Tablet 2006 software addition – that will support additional services, including Internet telephony (VoIP) and Instant Messaging.”

Not bad – so they’re hedging their bets. I wonder when the first pocketable phone-like VoIP phone by Nokia will see the light. I bet they have those in their labs already…

My phone caught a worm (in the wild)

This morning, in my office at the customer site, my 6600 said “accept incoming SMS via bluetooth?”.

Of course I said yes, just out of curiosity. And no, I did *not* allow it to install.

It was a Comwarrior.B worm. F-Secure detected it, no harm was done.

The question now is: how do I notify the sender of the Virus (“Nokia 7610”), who is somewhere in this big office building?

I have tried sending a special VCard with additional text, but he or she didn’t accept it.

Is there any way to do this – this would be an important step in fighting back.

Future’s not so bright for Microsoft Smartphones

Uh oh, time to worry, Jacek…: Russ has a great analysis of the recent Engadget interview with Bill Gates. Here’s the important bit:

“Finally Peter just asked Gates outright the main question: “Is the goal to have a Windows Mobile phone in every pocket just like the goal is to have a Windows PC on every desk?” Bill’s answer was less than inspiring if you’re a Microsoft fan, and quite amusing for the rest of us. The answer should have been something along the lines of, “Yes of course. We feel that our mobile operating system empowers users like no other mobile platform, and we want to provide that power to as many people as possible. To get there we need to make smart phones easy to use and accessible to everyone, yet have the ability to extend their capabilities through our software platforms – both on the handset and on the server – so that the most advanced business user can get the maximum value from their mobile as well. It will be a while before consumers realize the power of their mobile phones, but we feel that eventually the market will shift en-masse to our vision of the future.”

But he didn’t say that, did he? What he did say was this:

Well there’ll always be tons of operating systems. There’ll always be tons of software stacks in mobile phones. We’re trying to make the best software we can and we have no shortage of ideas where we can make that phone way better than it is today.

Too bad he didn’t want to bother sharing any of those great ideas, hey? My bet is they really don’t have any because they don’t really get it (or at least their Chairman doesn’t). This a good thing. It gives the rest of us just a little more breathing room until Microsoft actually does get it.”

WHOA! That’s bad.

You know, I really do like Windows Smartphones. I always wondered why there were so few licensees building any. Now, if this is Bill Gates’s view on things, that may be a reason why.

I really couldn’t care less about operating systems wars, be it Windows vs. MacOS or Symbian vs. Windows Mobile, I only just happen to like things that work nicely for me.

But the lack of focus on mobile expressed by Bill Gates really puzzles me. Feels like the old “Who’s Netscape? We don’t need this Internet thing.” all over again.

Plantronics: headsets with the user in mind


At CeBIT, Plantronics introduced two new bluetooth headsets yesterday.

Why do I mention that?

The real novelty is how these headsets blend in to your existing infrastructure:

“User-friendly and convenient for traveling, the headset comes in a 3 x 6 inch brushed aluminum carrying case. Tahiti includes an innovative AAA battery charger that continuously recharges the headset while not in use, for 25 hours of talk time – an industry first.

In addition to its own charger, Tahiti also comes with four very small adapters that connect to the most popular Bluetooth phones so only one charger is needed on the road.”

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for in the last few days, coincidentally. I travel a lot, and I already carry a fair amount of chargers and cables. Anything that works with existing cables gives me a reason to spend my money there instead of the competition. Excellent.