Crazy — just when we thought Motorola’s wireless phone division was planning on going quietly into the night, it comes out with its version of the iPhone killer.
Every other manufacturer is coming out with one; LG, Samsung, Nokia, even Blackberry! So if Motorola wants to stay in the game, it needs to come out with one as well. This is where the Motorola Blaze comes in. It is definitely planning on being released on Verizon’s network, evidenced by the Verizon branding and the famous Verizon UI.
Here’s what the Boy Genius had to say about the device.
- It’s a MING crossed with a PEBL crossed with a RAZR 2
- Haptic feedback included (but you have to touch the screen so hard you think you’re going to break it)
- Touchscreen is difficult and frustrating
- 2 MP camera
- EVDO Rev A
- GPS and Bluetooth
- Mobile TV
The flip part is also interesting — BGR says the touchscreen will still work with the flip closed; just not very well. My question is, what the heck is the purpose of a flip on a touchscreen if you can still touch the screen with it closed? I guess it offers a little extra protection for the screen from scratches, but most touchscreen owners simply get a screen protector to solve that little problem.
BGR doesn’t want to be BFF’s with the Blaze, but they are at least still on speaking terms.
So since it’s not a full-out smartphone, it could hardly be called an iPhone killer. Maybe a better thing to call it is Motorola’s last big effort to keep itself from drowning.
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