Motorola

History of Motorola

Motorola, a company that has gone through a fair amount of change in its 80-plus-years since it started, and for a company who is literally the inventor of the Mobile Phone.

Motorola Batwing Logo

Motorola Batwing Logo

2020

Motorola Moto G8 Power LiteMotorola Moto G8 Power Lite
Motorola Moto E6s SmartPhoneMotorola Moto E6s
Motorola Moto G8 SmartPhoneMotorola Moto G8 SmartPhone
Motorola Moto G Stylus SmaetPhone with Stylus PenMotorola Moto G Stylus
Motorola Moto G8 PowerMotorola Moto G8 Power
Motorola Razr SmartPhone can fold using an intricate hinge system allowing the flexible OLED display screen to clampshut like a clamshell, Exposing a second screen on the outside.Motorola Razr

It could  be said that Motorola is the unsung hero in the Mobile industry, the bottom line is Motorola has made its mark in history in spite of its ever changing structure.



Motorola Logo turn apart from the middle indicating breakimg up the company into different sector parts so its less complicated and easier to sell.





Motorola Mobility perhaps somewhat predictable, was sold to Google in 2012, given the phone maker's portfolio developed almost exclusively around the search giant's mobile operating system, and then acquired by Lenovo in 2014.



The company is so big and diverse, if the Mobility wing had not been spun off from Motorola a year and a half prior, the sale would never have been possible. 



Priced at around $12.5 billion and rightfully so, this is one of the biggest company sale in history across all sectors.


Probably the biggest change for the company was when it was divided into two independent public companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions on January 4, 2011 after having lost $4.3 billion from 2007 to 2009, with Motorola Solutions considered to be the direct successor to Motorola, and Motorola Mobility as just a spin off.

Motorola Solutions Logo, its blue.
Motorola Mobility Logo, its red.
Motorola Mobility Logo, its now a Lenevo company

2019

Motorola One ZoomMotorola One Zoom
Motorola One VisionMotorola One Vision
Motorola One MacroMotorola One Macro
Motorola One HyperMotorola One Hyper
Motorola One ActionMotorola One Action
Motorola Moto Z4Motorola Moto Z4
Motorola Moto G8 PlusMotorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Play SmartPhoneMotorola Moto G8 Play
Motorola Moto E6 PlusMotorola Moto E6 Plus
Motorola Moto E6 PlayMotorola Moto E6 Play
Motorola Moto E6Motorola Moto E6
Motorola Moto G7 PowerMotorola Moto G7 Power
Motorola Moto G7 PlusMotorola Moto G7 Plus
Motorola Moto G7 PlayMotorola Moto G7 Play
Motorola Moto G7Motorola Moto G7


The Motorola Dynatac 8000x Held by its inventor Martin Cooper who invented the first MobilephoneJust to be sure The Motorola Dynatac 8000x is the one on the right Held by its inventor Martin Cooper

The company made history when it released the world’s first handheld Mobile Phone in 1984, it was called the M Dyna-TAC. Plus in addition It was also the first company to release the “flip phone” of which they called the MicroTAC and the “clam phone” named the StarTAC during the mid-1990s.


It was actually from 1973, that Motorola seriously made it's move towards Mobile Phones technology besides it naturally had all the prerequisites needed, this is the move that has defined Motorola as we know it today



At first showing off the DynaTAC (invented by Martin Cooper of Motorola who made the first private handheld mobile phone call in 1973)

Motorola MicroTACMotorola MicroTAC
The Motorola DynaTAC 8000xThe Motorola DynaTAC 8000x

2018

Motorola P30 PlayMotorola P30 Play
Motorola One Power (P30 Note)Motorola One Power (P30 Note)
Motorola Moto Z3Motorola Moto Z3
Motorola Moto Z3 PlayMotorola Moto Z3 Play
Motorola Moto E5 CruiseMotorola Moto E5 Cruise
Motorola Moto E5 Play Go, SmartPhone HandsetMotorola Moto E5 Play Go
Motorola Moto E5 PlayMotorola Moto E5 Play
Motorola Moto E5 PlusMotorola Moto E5 Plus
Motorola Moto E5Motorola Moto E5
Motorola Moto G6 PlayMotorola Moto G6 Play
Motorola P30Motorola P30
Motorola Moto G6 PlusMotorola Moto G6 Plus
Motorola Moto G6Motorola Moto G6

and displaying the Mobile Phone phenomenon to the world for the very first time. It was in 1984 that the so called brick-phone (was actually as big as one) started to make its way into the hands of consumers.

In Hanover, Germany In 1991, the world's first working-prototype digital cellular system and phones using GSM standard was demonstrated by Motorola. And then went on to ,introduced the world's first commercial digital radio system in 1994, suffice to say that the phrase "The Worlds First" is very much associated with Motorola.

The Motorola Startac is probably one of the smallest and tiniest practical Phones ever releasedMotorola Startac

2017

Motorola Moto X4Motorola Moto X4
Motorola Moto G5s PlusMotorola Moto G5s Plus
Motorola Moto G5s 2017Motorola Moto G5s
Motorola Moto Z2 ForceMotorola Moto Z2 Force
Motorola Moto E4 Plus (USA)SmartPhoneMotorola Moto E4 Plus (USA)
Motorola Moto E4Motorola Moto E4
Motorola Moto E4 SmartPhoneMotorola Moto E4 (USA}
Motorola Moto Z2 PlayMotorola Moto Z2 Play
SmartPhoneMotorola Moto C Plus
Motorola Moto CMotorola Moto C
Motorola Moto G5 PlusMotorola Moto G5 Plus
Motorola Moto G5Motorola Moto G5

Motorola PagerMotorola Pager

And then the MicroTAC was released by the end of the decade but what was most notable was the dramatic drop down in size and weight, and the movement to the flip phone format. 

Motorola really let loose and released the hounds in 1996 when they released the iconic StarTAC, it was probably one of the smallest and tiniest practical Phones ever released its the StarTAC that helped make the clamshell design very popular and was the first to incorporate the vibrate option on a Mobile borrowed from the company's pager side of its business.




Two thirds of Motorola's gross revenue by 1998 comprised of Mobile Phones however in the same year, Motorola was overtaken by Nokia as the world's biggest seller of Mobile Phones.


2016

Motorola Moto MMotorola Moto M
Motorola Moto E3 Power SmartPhoneMotorola Moto E3 Power
Motorola Moto Z Play SmartPhoneMotorola Moto Z Play
Motorola Moto E3 SmartPhoneMotorola Moto E3
Motorola Moto Z Force (Droid)Motorola Moto Z Force (Droid)
Motorola Moto Z
Motorola Moto Z Force (Droid)Motorola Moto G4 plus
Motorola Moto G4 SmartPhoneMotorola Moto G4
Motorola Moto G4 playMotorola Moto G4 play

In 2009 Motorola released its first Android SmartPhone the Motorola DEXT MB220, and its first Android tablet came out in 2011.  Comparing the specs of the Motorola DEXT with one of Motorola's latest SmartPhones such as the Moto X4 which was launched in November 2017, one can see that they are quite different but yet similar despite the 8 year release gap between them, but whats carried on here is still excellent with tech advancements for better and improved Mobile user experience.

Motorola DEXT MB220, the first Motorola Android PhoneThe Motorola DEXT MB220, the first Motorola Android SmartPhone. This device was Also called the Motorola CLIQ in USA

2015

Motorola Moto G TurboMotorola Moto G Turbo
Motorola Moto X ForceMotorola Moto X Force
Motorola Droid Turbo 2Motorola Droid Turbo 2
Motorola Droid Maxx 2 SmartPhoneMotorola Droid Maxx 2
Motorola Moto X StyleMotorola Moto X Style
Motorola Moto X StyleMotorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto G 3rd GenerationMotorola Moto G 3rd Generation
Motorola Moto E 2nd GenerationMotorola Moto E 2nd Generation

 As a Flagship then,  it was powered by 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and as for image display the X4 has a 5.20-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 424 pixels per inch.

Motorola Moto X4Motorola Moto X4

The X4 has an array of Connectivity options at the users disposal including Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, USB OTG, Headphones, FM, 3G and 4G with support for Band 40.   Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Compass Magnetometer, Accelerometer and Gyroscope are some of the Sensors on the phone.


And for Mobile Phone users who need access to more than one network at any


given time e.g travellers, the Motorola Moto X4 is a dual SIM smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM.

And all this is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery.

Motorola and RAZR logo side by side

The phone packs an impressive 64GB of internal storage expandable to as much as 200GB using a microSD card and it comes with 4GB of RAM.  The cameras packs a 12-megapixel main camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front one for selfies, so Motorola did have the selfie-age in mind when producing the X4.


2014

Moto Maxx SmartPhoneMoto Maxx
Motorola Droid TurboMotorola Droid Turbo
Motorola Google Nexus 6Motorola Google Nexus 6
Motorola Moto X 2nd GenerationMotorola Moto X 2nd Generation
Motorola Moto G 2nd GenerationMotorola Moto G 2nd Generation
Motorola Moto G Ferrari EditionMotorola Moto G Ferrari Edition
Motorola Luge SmartPhoneMotorola Luge
Motorola Moto EMotorola Moto E

This is the somewhat latest part of Motorola's history in a nutshell, however from the early years?  It is a long and fascinating story, as for the pre-millennials at best can maybe only remember as far back as the original StarTAC or RAZR.  

The Motorola RAZR best-selling clamshell of all timeMotorola RAZR
The Motorola RAZR, best-selling clamshell of all time.The Motorola RAZR best-selling clamshell of all time.

To say that Motorola had success with the RAZR would be a complete understatement, the RAZR was yet another giant hit after the massive hit of the StarTAC, in 2004 when the RAZR was released what stood out the most is that it further pushed the boundaries of Mobile Phone size, emphasising on thinness and fashion, at the end of the day yet again, becoming the best-selling clamshell of all time.

When Apple blew everyone out of the water in 2007 when it reinvented the Mobile Phone into a full blown SmartPhone, Motorola had no choice, it had to get up-to speed with the SmartPhone revolution, so the company moved its focus to Google's Android operating system.  Its time for the early years.

Google Motorola and Android logos

2013

Motorola Moto GMotorola Moto G
Motorola Moto XMotorola Moto X
Motorola DROID UltraMotorola DROID Ultra
Motorola DROID MAXXMotorola DROID MAXX
Motorola DROID MINIMotorola DROID MINI
Motorola RAZR D3Motorola RAZR D3
Motorola RAZR D1Motorola RAZR D1
Motorola RAZR M

The Early Years

Motorola, Inc. was created on September 25, 1928 at Schaumburg, Illinois by two brothers, Joseph and Paul Galvin, they called their company the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation who bought-out at auction for $750, the bankrupt Stewart Battery Company's manufacturing equipment and battery-eliminator plans.

The Founders of Motorola Paul and Joseph GalvinThe Founders of Motorola Paul and Joseph Galvin
Galvin Manufacturing Company Logo

They started in a small section of a rented building. The beginnings of the company was so humble that the working capital  had only $565 with just five employees and the first week's payroll was just only $63.  Very impressive for a company who became a global telecommunications player and ended up making history by inventing the Mobile Phone.


2012

Motorola Electrify MMotorola Electrify M
Motorola RAZR iMotorola RAZR i
Motorola Droid RAZR HDMotorola Droid RAZR HD
Motorola RAZR HDMotorola RAZR HD
Motorola RAZR M XT905Motorola RAZR M XT905
Motorola Defy XTMotorola Defy XT
Motorola Electrify 2Motorola Electrify 2
Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTEMotorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE
Motorola Defy ProMotorola Defy Pro
Motorola Atrix HDMotorola Atrix HD
Motorola XT760Motorola XT760
Motorola ATRIX TV XT682Motorola ATRIX TV XT682
Motorola Motogo TVMotorola Motogo TV
Motorola Motosmart MeMotorola Motosmart Me
Motorola MOTOKEY 3-CHIPMotorola MOTOKEY 3-CHIP
Motorola RAZR V XT885Motorola RAZR V XT885
Motorola RAZR V XT889Motorola RAZR V XT889
Motorola MOTOSMART MIX XT550Motorola MOTOSMART MIX XT550
Motorola MotoGO EX430 SmartPhoneMotorola MotoGO EX430
Motorola MOTOSMART Flip SmartPhoneMotorola MOTOSMART Flip
Motorola XT390 SmartPhoneMotorola XT390
Motorola RAZR MAXXMotorola RAZR MAXX
Motorola DEFY XT535Motorola DEFY XT535
Motorola Gleam WX308Motorola Gleam WX308
Motorola DROID 4 XT894Motorola DROID 4 XT894
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXXMotorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Motorola Motoluxe MT680Motorola Motoluxe MT680
Motorola Motoluxe XT389Motorola Motoluxe XT389
Motorola MotoluxeMotorola Motoluxe
Motorola MotoLuxe XT615Motorola MotoLuxe XT615
Motorola FIREMotorola FIRE
Motorola Defy Mini XT321/XT320Motorola Defy Mini XT321/XT320

By 1962, Motorola had 14,000 employees worldwide and then by August 2000, Motorola reached its peak employment of 150,000 employees worldwide.

The Galvin Manufacturing Corporation (Motorola's original name) in 1930

released the "Motorola" car radio two years after the company was founded in Chicago.  The same year it was released, the Motorola became Galvin's first internationally sold product, it initially offered the battery eliminator that allowed battery-powered home radios run off of household electricity.

Vintage Motorola Car RadioVintage Motorola Car Radio


Wireless network equipment like signal amplifiers and cellular transmission base stations is what the firm offered at first including broadcasting networks and home like digital video recorders and set top boxes, High Definition (HD) televisions, network equipment to broadcast videos and computer telephony.


2011

Motorola WX306 MobilePhoneMotorola WX306
Motorola XT319Motorola XT319
Motorola MT917/XT928Motorola MT917/XT928
Motorola EX266Motorola EX266
Motorola Motokey SocialMotorola Motokey Social
Motorola RAZR XT910Motorola RAZR XT910
Motorola DROID RAZR XT912Motorola DROID RAZR XT912
Motorola ATRIX 2 MB865Motorola ATRIX 2 MB865
Motorola Admiral XT603 SmartPhoneMotorola Admiral XT603
Motorola ME632Motorola ME632
Motorola PRO+Motorola PRO+
Motorola DEFY+Motorola DEFY+
Motorola EX212Motorola EX212
Motorola MotoKey XI X118/EX119Motorola MotoKey XI X118/EX119
Motorola MOTOKEY Mini EX109Motorola MOTOKEY Mini EX109
Motorola MOTOKEY Mini EX109Motorola MOTOKEY Mini EX109
Motorola WX294Motorola WX294
Motorola FIRE XTMotorola FIRE XT
Motorola FIRE XT311Motorola FIRE XT311
Motorola SPICE Key XT317
Motorola SPICE KeyMotorola SPICE Key
Motorola MILESTONE 3 XT860Motorola MILESTONE 3 XT860
Motorola Droid 3Motorola Droid 3
Motorola Droid 3Motorola Triumph
Motorola Photon 4GMotorola Photon 4G
Motorola Wilder/EX232Motorola Wilder/EX232
Motorola MOTO MT870Motorola MOTO MT870
Motorola MOTO MT620Motorola MOTO MT620
Motorola MILESTONE XT883Motorola MILESTONE XT883
Motorola MOTO XT882Motorola MOTO XT882
Motorola MOTO XT316Motorola MOTO XT316
Motorola XPRT MB612Motorola XPRT MB612
Motorola GleamMotorola Gleam
Motorola PRO Mobile PhoneMotorola PRO
Motorola AtrixMotorola Atrix
Motorola Cliq 2Motorola Cliq 2
Motorola DROID BIONIC XT875Motorola DROID BIONIC XT875
Motorola DROID MINIMotorola DROID X2
Motorola MILESTONE 2Motorola MILESTONE 2
Motorola MOTO ME525Motorola MOTO ME525
Motorola DROID X ME811Motorola DROID X ME811

In 1947, the company dropped the name Galvin Manufacturing Corporation of its founders, and changed it to Motorola as they fancied a punchier name, which they got from the name of the their early car stereo -- the "motor" was pulled from "motorcar" added to "ola" to signify "sound in motion," according to the company tag line.

Neil Armstrong said the famous words
Motorola was on the moon

It was the company's destiny to become MobilePhone makers as they embraced all things radio which they produced for home use, police cars

 and the walkie-talkie, which saw action on the battlefields of WWII.  Starting in 1958, with Explorer 1 Motorola supplied radio equipment for most NASA space-flights for decades, including assisting by providing the radio technology for the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing from where Neil Armstrong

said the famous words "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" from the Moon's surface on a Motorola transceiver.


2010

Motorola DROID BIONIC XT865Motorola DROID BIONIC XT865
Motorola Droid 2 GlobalMotorola Droid 2 Global
Motorola EX128/EX122Motorola EX128/EX122
Motorola MOTOTV EX245Motorola MOTOTV EX245
Motorola DROID Pro XT610Motorola DROID Pro XT610
Motorola XT301Motorola XT301
Motorola SPICE XT300Motorola SPICE XT300
Motorola FLIPSIDE MB508Motorola FLIPSIDE MB508
Motorola MOTO MT716Motorola MOTO MT716
Motorola BRAVO MB520Motorola BRAVO MB520
Motorola CITRUS WX445Motorola CITRUS WX445
Motorola EX300Motorola EX300
Motorola EX201Motorola EX201
Motorola EX115
Motorola EX112Motorola EX112
Motorola CUPEMotorola CUPE
Motorola DefyMotorola Defy
Motorola MILESTONE 2Motorola MILESTONE 2
Motorola Droid 2Motorola Droid 2
Motorola MT810IxMotorola MT810Ix
Motorola XT806Motorola XT806
Motorola A1260Motorola A1260
Motorola A1680Motorola A1680
Motorola Grasp WX404Motorola Grasp WX404
Motorola RAMBLERMotorola RAMBLER
Motorola CHARMMotorola CHARM
Motorola ES400Motorola ES400
Motorola Droid XMotorola Droid X
Motorola XT720 MOTOROIMotorola XT720 MOTOROI
Motorola Quench XT5 XT502Motorola Quench XT5 XT502
Motorola Quench XT3 XT502Motorola Quench XT3 XT502
Motorola WX265Motorola WX265
Motorola WX260 MobilePhoneMotorola WX260
Motorola WX181Motorola WX181
Motorola WX161 MobilePhoneMotorola WX161
Motorola QUENCHMotorola QUENCH
Motorola BackflipMotorola Backflip
Motorola XT800 ZHISHANGMotorola XT800 ZHISHANG
Motorola WX395 MobilePhoneMotorola WX395
Motorola WX390 MobilePhoneMotorola WX390
Motorola WX288
Motorola WX280Motorola WX280
Motorola WX180Motorola WX180
Motorola MT710 ZHILINGMotorola MT710 ZHILING
Motorola XT701Motorola XT701

The bottom line here is that with all these wireless technological innovations displayed by Motorola, the birth of the Mobile Phone beckoned and was inevitable,but, by no other, only by them.

 

The present "batwing" logo was introduced in 1955 created by award-winning Chicago graphic designer Morton Goldsholl in late 1954.

Motorola Motorola "Batwing" Logo
Morton-GoldshollMorton-Goldsholl

Motorola developed and supplied many products used by the government, public safety officials, business installments, and the general public. These products included MobilePhones, computer processors, laptops,  and radio communication devices.


2009

MOTOROLA XT702 MilestoneMOTOROLA XT702 Milestone
Motorola WX160Motorola WX160
Motorola MotoCubo A45Motorola MotoCubo A45
Motorola DEXT MB220Motorola DEXT MB220
Motorola ROKR ZN50Motorola ROKR ZN50
Motorola Karma QA1Motorola Karma QA1
Motorola L800tMotorola L800t
Motorola W7 Active EditionMotorola W7 Active Edition
Motorola MOTOROKR W6Motorola MOTOROKR W6
Motorola MC55Motorola MC55
Motorola ZN300Motorola ZN300
Motorola E11Motorola E11
Motorola EM25Motorola EM25
Motorola EM28Motorola EM28
Motorola VE538Motorola VE538
Motorola EM35Motorola EM35
Motorola VE66Motorola VE66
Motorola COCKTAIL VE70Motorola COCKTAIL VE70
Motorola W233 Mobile PhoneMotorola W233
The Motorola Tundra VA76rThe Motorola Tundra VA76r
Motorola A3000Motorola A3000
Motorola A3100 MotoSURFMotorola A3100 MotoSURF
Motorola A1890Motorola A1890

In 1991, Motorola showed of the world's first working-prototype digital cellular system and phones using GSM standard in Germany.  And then In 1994, Motorola introduced the world's first commercial digital radio system. 

Standout Motorola Phones

We would start of with a SmartPhone but this Mobile Phone was exceptional.  The Aura used to be a luxury device (and still is NOW) with a $2000 price tag and that’s back in 2008 ok.

Motorola AURA (2008)

Motorola AURA (2008)

 Made from premium materials such as stainless steel and sapphire to appeal to large audience if not the high end, even came in a classy wooden box.  Had a striking similarity to the V70 from a few years previous.  


2008

AuraMotorola Aura
Motorola Moto Q11Motorola Moto Q11
Motorola EM30Motorola EM30
Motorola W231Motorola W231
Motorola W396Motorola W396
Motorola ZN200Motorola ZN200
Motorola RAZR2 V9x
Motorola PEBL VU20
Motorola MOTOACTV W450
Motorola VE75Motorola VE75
Motorola ZN5
Motorola A1210Motorola A1210
Motorola A1600Motorola A1600
Motorola A1800Motorola A1800
Motorola A810Motorola A810
Motorola W388Motorola W388
Motorola Z9Motorola Z9
Motorola Z6wMotorola Z6w
Motorola Z6cMotorola Z6c
Motorola W230Motorola W230
Motorola W270Motorola W270
Motorola W161Motorola W161
Motorola W177/W181Motorola W177/W181
Motorola RIZR Z10Motorola RIZR Z10
Motorola ROKR E8Motorola ROKR E8
Motorola W377Motorola W377
Motorola W213Motorola W213
Motorola W180Motorola W180
Motorola PEBL U3Motorola PEBL U3
Motorola MOTO U9Motorola MOTO U9
Motorola W395Motorola W395
Motorola W380Motorola W380
Motorola W213Motorola W213

But the bottom line is that this outlandish mobile represented an entry into the elite world of luxury high-end mobile phones with a £1,400 price tag that puts even today's flagships to shame.

The phone featured a unique high-resolution circular display with 300dpi and an adapted circular user interfaced based on Motorola's MotoMagx a Linux kernel-based mobile operating system.  One of the main selling points of the device apart from its Swiss-made lens screen, was its swivel-like opening mechanism. 


2007

Motorola RAZR2 V9Motorola RAZR2 V9
Motorola V1100Motorola V1100
Motorola W213Motorola W213
Motorola Razr2 V8Motorola Razr2 V8
Motorola ROKR W5Motorola ROKR W5
Motorola W490Motorola W490
Motorola W205Motorola W205
Motorola W510Motorola W510
Motorola Q9hMotorola Q9h
Motorola's SLVR L9Motorola's SLVR L9
Motorola KRZR K3Motorola KRZR K3
Motorola RIZR Z8Motorola RIZR Z8
Motorola W218Motorola W218

Motorola tried to replicate the success of the Razr V3 series by making a new innovative phone. The screen's opening mechanism was made possible thanks to its Swiss-made gears composed of Rockwell 50-55 hardened steel and 130 precision ball bearings.

Unique so much so that the engineering is customised, consisting of a rotating mechanism of more than 200 high-precision different parts, protected against harsh conditions, made possible with special premium coatings, the same  type used in top-performance racing engines.  All these unique specs made the AURA a one of-a-kind phone, it looked intricate but yet sophisticated, the screen was able to display 26 Million different colours. This phone was well and truly about looks over functionality. No Wi-Fi, 3G or microSD card slot and back then certainly no apps to show, but it did look pretty special.


Motorola Droid (2009)

The Droid did not only get released as a reaction to the iPhone, but in addition, it’s the phone that showed SmartPhone users the potential of the Android OS, the droid popularized the Google's Android operating system it was launched with Android Eclair (Android 2.0) and represented Motorola’s proper entry into the SmartPhone era suffice to say that it had to be done, as one of the most successful mobile franchises in the world. 

Motorola Droid (2009)

They appropriately name It Milestone in other regions as that’s what it was for the company.  The Droid stalked up well as a multimedia-enabled smartphone with its touchscreen display and slide-out keyboard. At the time, the Droid was a fantastic device offering a state-of-the-art experience with flawless telephone reception.


2006

Motorola Q8Motorola Q8
Motorola ROKR Z6Motorola ROKR Z6
Motorola ROKR E6Motorola ROKR E6
Motorola SLVR L7eMotorola SLVR L7e
Motorola RAZR MAXX V6Motorola RAZR MAXX V6
Motorola RAZR V3xxMotorola RAZR V3xx
Motorola RIZR Z3Motorola RIZR Z3
Motorola KRZR K1Motorola KRZR K1
Motorola W209Motorola W209
Motorola W375Motorola W375
Motorola W208Motorola W208
Motorola ROKR E2Motorola ROKR E2
Motorola V191Motorola V191
Motorola V195Motorola V195
Motorola W220Motorola W220
Motorola MOTOFONE F3Motorola MOTOFONE F3
Motorola C123Motorola C123

Motorola ATRIX 4G (2011)


First the Atrix was different as it had the ability to incorporate with a laptop using a docking panel. Also had a dedicated HDMI dock.  


This Phone at the time of its release, was the most powerful smartphone, being one of the first with a dual-core processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and even had a fingerprint sensor way back then.


Motorola ATRIX 4G (2011)

The Atrix 4G was a show piece to also show that Motorola wasn't afraid to innovate which is in their DNA. The SmartPhone won nine awards after a high-profile debut at CES 2011, with a powerful processor, Motorola's focus was on a smart handset that literally put a computer in your pocket, versatility was a target so it came with a range of accessories as well.


2005

Motorola RAZR V3iMotorola RAZR V3i
Motorola ROKR E1Motorola ROKR E1
Motorola A910Motorola A910
Motorola A1200Motorola A1200
Motorola A728Motorola A728
Motorola E1070Motorola E1070
Motorola E770Motorola E770
Motorola RAZR V3xMotorola RAZR V3x
Motorola E895Motorola E895
Motorola A732Motorola A732
Motorola E1060Motorola E1060
Motorola E1120Motorola E1120
Motorola A1010Motorola A1010
Motorola C257Motorola C257
Motorola V1050Motorola V1050
Motorola C261 MobilePhoneMotorola C261
Motorola C257Motorola C257
Motorola PEBL U6Motorola PEBL U6
Motorola C168Motorola C168
Motorola C139Motorola C139
Motorola C117Motorola C117
Motorola C113AMotorola C113A
Motorola C113Motorola C113
Motorola E680iMotorola E680i
Motorola V560Motorola V560
Motorola V557Motorola V557
Motorola V361Motorola V361
Motorola L6Motorola L6
Motorola L2Motorola L2
Motorola V235Motorola V235
Motorola V230Motorola V230
Motorola V186Motorola V186
Motorola V176Motorola V176
Motorola E378iMotorola E378i

Motorola MING A1680 (2011)


This was a must have phone for Moto lovers. 

As we know how innovative Motorola are as the Ming being an attempt to bring formats of phones into one.

Motorola MING A1680Motorola MING A1680

The Ming is a flip-phone, a clamshell, a SmartPhone plus it has a stylus pen for extra interface options.





The Motorola Ming A1680 is quite a rare phone to be found as they were only released IN Hong Kong and china.  Phone Users and fans in other parts of the world demanded world release but did not happen. Unique design and functionality, equipped with a touch screen and transparent flip cover that provided screen protection.

It was amongst a series of devices with interesting specifications such as features like a 3.1-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, compass and a 624 MHz Marvel PXA935 processor.


2004

Motorola C390Motorola C390
Motorola V635Motorola V635
Motorola A668Motorola A668
Motorola V980Motorola V980
Motorola C980Motorola C980
Motorola V535Motorola V535
Motorola V547Motorola V547
Motorola E375Motorola E375
Motorola Razr V3Motorola Razr V3
Motorola Droid Bionic/TargaMotorola Droid Bionic/Targa
Motorola A780Motorola A780
Motorola V975Motorola V975
Motorola C975Motorola C975
Motorola V620Motorola V620
Motorola V555Motorola V555
Motorola A840Motorola A840
Motorola E680Motorola E680
Motorola E398
Motorola C650Motorola C650
Motorola V226Motorola V226
Motorola v188Motorola v188
Motorola V171Motorola V171
Motorola C155Motorola C155
Motorola C116Motorola C116
Motorola C115Motorola C115
Motorola MPxMotorola MPx
Motorola MPx220Motorola MPx220
Motorola MPx100Motorola MPx100
Motorola V872Motorola V872
Motorola V1000Motorola V1000
Motorola E1000Motorola E1000
Motorola A1000Motorola A1000
motorola a768imotorola a768i
Motorola A630Motorola A630
Motorola C380/C385Motorola C380/C385
Motorola V180Motorola V180
Motorola V400pMotorola V400p
Motorola C205Motorola C205
Motorola V501Motorola V501

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (2012)

When Motorola named this phone the Razr Maxx, They must have known that it would take some doing to fill the massive boots and success of the original Razr, The bottom line is, Motorola did not achieve this at all,  The Droid Razr Maxx did not have the same style as the original device, it was a different form factor all together it wasn’t a flip phone.

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (2012)

It had a slide out keyboard which was still impressive, but however, what it did have was an outstanding battery life even for today’s standard - which lasted for as much as two days. It was likely the best Android device to own, especially if you wanted it to last long.




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What Motorola did resurrecting the Razr series, with the Maxx, was use Smart software called (obviously) “Smart Actions” software.  Motorola was trying to bring back the good old days of RAZR glory.  Smart Actions made it a little easier for the user. it allowed the phone to do some essential actions within some special parameters. For instance, you could “Trigger” an “Action” for the phone to automatically switch to WiFi when you enter your home or office. Or, you could change the sound profile to silent when you’re sleeping at night. Once you have set the triggers and actions, you don’t have to think about them again.

Users could instruct the phone with “Conditions” and “Actions “using Smart Actions. Through this method, it didn’t use any more battery than what your SmartPhone normally uses, in addition battery life Improved when using Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) using Bluetooth® enabled headsets, so basically with Smart Actions Software users could set conditions that triggered actions, like, why us GPS to get your location which taxes the battery, when users can latch onto a signal using nearby cell phone towers to triangulate your position which taxes the battery less. The bottom line is that increased overall battery life is achieved but still targeting on its overall performance and user experience.



2003

Motorola C289 Mobile PhoneMotorola C289
Motorola V80 Mobile PhoneMotorola V80
Motorola V220 Mobile PhoneMotorola V220
Motorola V878 Mobile PhoneMotorola V878
Motorola A925 Mobile PhoneMotorola A925
Motorola V750 Mobile PhoneMotorola V750
Motorola A920 Mobile PhoneMotorola A920
Motorola MPx200 Mobile PhoneMotorola MPx200
Motorola V690Motorola V690
Motorola V525Motorola V525
Motorola V500 Mobile PhoneMotorola V500
Motorola V303Motorola V303
Motorola V300 Mobile PhoneMotorola V300
Motorola V600
Motorola V300 Mobile PhoneMotorola V150
Motorola E390Motorola E390
Motorola C550 Mobile PhoneMotorola C550
Motorola C450Motorola C450
Motorola C250 Mobile PhoneMotorola C250
Motorola C230 Mobile PhoneMotorola C230
Motorola C200 Mobile PhoneMotorola C200
Motorola A830Motorola A830
Motorola A760Motorola A760
Motorola V295Motorola V295
Motorola V291Motorola V291
Motorola V290 Mobile PhoneMotorola V290
Motorola A388c Mobile PhoneMotorola A388c
Motorola E380Motorola E380
Motorola T725 Mobile PhoneMotorola T725
Motorola E365Motorola E365
Motorola C350 Mobile PhoneMotorola C350

Motorola Droid 4 (2012)

The Droid 4 is considered one of the last great QWERTY smartphones. It supposedly perfected the mobile keyboard with responsive, tactile, and strong keys.

The Motorola Droid 4 was released with Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" out of the box, then it was gradually updated to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" and finally to Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". It was released February 10, 2012, as the successor to Motorola's Droid 3, and is one of the first to support GLONASS in addition to GPS.

First, we feel one of the outstanding features of the Droid 4 is the edge-lit QWERTY keyboard (keyboardResponsive) The Droid 4 did not only improve on its predecessors' keyboards, but also on other SmartPhone brands as well.  Motorola redefined the QWERTY keyboard to the next level, offering die-hard physical QWERTY fans one of the most refined experiences on the market back then.


2002

Motorola T190 Mobile PhoneMotorola T190
Motorola T720Motorola T720
Motorola T720iMotorola T720i
Motorola E360 Mobile PhoneMotorola E360
Motorola V70Motorola V70
Motorola C336 Mobile PhoneMotorola C336
Motorola C330 Mobile PhoneMotorola C330
Motorola C332 Mobile PhoneMotorola C332
Motorola C331 Mobile PhoneMotorola C331
Motorola C300 Mobile PhoneMotorola C300
Motorola V60i/V60x Mobile PhoneMotorola V60i/V60x
Motorola V66i Mobile PhoneMotorola V66i
Motorola Accompli 388 Mobile PhoneMotorola Accompli 388
Motorola V60 Mobile PhoneMotorola V60
Motorola Accompli 008 Mobile PhoneMotorola Accompli 008

First, we feel one of the outstanding features of the Droid 4 is the edge-lit QWERTY keyboard (keyboardResponsive) The Droid 4 did not only improve on its predecessors' keyboards, but also on other SmartPhone brands as well.  Motorola redefined the QWERTY keyboard to the next level, offering die-hard physical QWERTY fans one of the most refined experiences on the market back then.

In addition, it WAS the only dual-core LTE smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard that was a unique selling point. So tactile users who need to feel the touch, feedback and compressions, who need super-fast 4G internet using a SmartPhone that has a keyboard, the Droid 4 was (and maybe still is) the only game in town. Everything else was high standards including a 4-inch HD screen display and a Micro USB / Micro HDMI combination at the bottom left hand corner.


2001

Mobile PhoneMotorola Timeport 280
Mobile PhoneMotorola Timeport 260
Mobile PhoneMotorola Timeport 250
Motorola Talkabout T192
Mobile PhoneMotorola Talkabout T191
Motorola Accompli 009

Moto X (2013)

Mobile Phone

It was in August 2013 when Motorola released the Moto. The pressure was on Motorola, as the pioneer they are in the Mobile Phone industry, people were waiting in anticipation on what Motorola was going to release their own mainstream proper flagship SmartPhone like its rivals had, at a time when the company was faltering, plus in addition, it was being billed as a make a break time, the comeback device of Motorola, so much so that Moto X was Motorola's first flagship after becoming a Google-owned company in 2012.  Reviews of the Moto X was somewhat good, it didn’t blow up the market parse, well notice, lukewarm critical acclaim  but did not stand out enough against rival makes as expected.

It did not possess the cutting edge specs many were hoping for from a flagship SmartPhone It wasn't really much of a flagship, it didn’t have all the frills and thrills, all the bells and whistles, meanwhile the Moto X was acknowledged as relatively having lower performance capabilities with a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset backed by 2GB of RAM, in comparison to quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chips flagship phones at that time had under the hood.


2000

Motorola V.box(V100)Motorola V.box(V100)
Motorola V66 Mobile PhoneMotorola V66
Motorola V50Motorola V50
Motorola T180 Mobile PhoneMotorola T180
Motorola A6188Motorola A6188
Motorola v8088Motorola v8088
Motorola Talkabout T2288Motorola Talkabout T2288
Motorola V2288Motorola V2288
Motorola Timeport P7389 Mobile PhoneMotorola Timeport P7389
Motorola Timeport l7089 Mobile PhoneMotorola Timeport l7089

Still for Motorola the Moto X was a good entry effort into the flagship "big boy” level, some good innovative user interface software, performance was sufficient and the display was considered acceptable with crystal clear Corning glass.

The Moto X seemed like an upper mid rang Phone with flagship class but didn’t really cut it with mainstream Heavy Mobile Users. Motorola was strategic by targeting more at the mass market and designed to appeal to everyone that was "mainstream" consumers. It did, however, offer customisation options and some funky aesthetics thanks to Moto Maker. 


1999

Motorola M3888 Mobile PhoneMotorola M3888
Motorola M3788Motorola M3788
Motorola M3688 Mobile PhoneMotorola M3688
Motorola M3588Motorola M3588
Motorola M3288Motorola M3288
Motorola M3188Motorola M3188

Motorola’s fundamental strategy and goal was to give users who cannot (or will never be able to) afford that brand new flagship phone experience price, a chance to do just that. But the key is that this phone did undercut most other smartphones in price at the time, while still offering more than enough of every feature anyone could want in a flagship phone.  So in a nut shell, it was an upper mid-range SmartPhone with a flagship spirit that focused on and cared about the unique user experience.


Moto G (2013)



Motorola followed the same script when they dropped the Moto G in 2013 while rivals were rightfully spending big on flagships, Motorola smart-fully did the opposite, it was different, and there was a big niche in the market nobody was looking at. 

Moto G (2013)

They targeted the emerging markets with above average specs. Motorola grabbed a piece of the pie, by providing Android to users who previously could not afford not only a flagship SmartPhone, but could not own a smartphone. It presented a great experience at the affordable end of the market.


1998

Motorola StarTAC 130Mobile PhoneMotorola StarTAC 130
Motorola V3690 Mobile PhoneMotorola V3690
Motorola V3688 mobile phoneMotorola V3688
Motorola cd930 blue mobile phoneMotorola CD930
Motorola CD920 Mobile PhoneMotorola CD920
Motorola D520 Mobile PhoneMotorola D520

Nexus 6 (2014)

As the saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” Motorola took this to heart as all they did was that they simply took the Moto X and scaled it up to the size of a phablet, gave it more specs and power to give us the Nexus 6 and they did a good job with it too.

Google and Motorola Mobility came together to develop The Nexus 6 as a phablet co-developed that ran the Android operating system.  Appropriately named the Nexus 6 (codenamed Shamu) as the SmartPhone was the sixth device in the Google Nexus series and the successor to the Nexus 5, and carrying on the Nexus lineage powered by the Android 5.0 "Lollipop" OS that first appeared with the Nexus 6.

Motorola went large, they went BIG, literally, this was the “era” of the big phone known as the Phablet, which made sense as the SmartPhone was becoming the main one-stop-shop, the ultimate all-in-one for personal entertainment, information and utility when on the move or not,  besides that’s what all the rivals were releasing, so there for the Nexus 6 saw Motorola 2014 going large when they dropped the Nex 6 device that moved them into the phablet territory.

What did the Nexus 6 bring to the table?  It was a fantastic all-round SmartPhone with the latest version of Android, good chipsets with plenty of power, with excellent all-round performance, firm build backed by an attractive design from the design of the Moto X. 

Primarily aimed at heavy flagship mobile phone users and to true Android fans. Like we said in the beginning “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” in fact improve it further, then give it a good undercutting price.


1997

Motorola StarTAC Rainbow Mobile PhoneMotorola StarTAC Rainbow
Motorola StarTAC Rainbow Mobile PhoneMotorola SlimLite
Motorola StarTAC Rainbow Mobile PhoneMotorola StarTac 75/85

Moto Z and Moto Mods (2016)



Lenovo launched the Moto Z in 2016.  The Moto Z was far more than met the eye, it looked like and functioned like a regular SmartPhone however, it excelled better than the rest when in a different mode, through exclusive customised attachable accessories assigned to do a function including improved speakers, printers and cameras and then some more including projectors.  

With contact points on the back of the phone, that sends data and power between the add-on Mod and the phone. Each Mod attaches to the back of a Moto Z-series SmartPhone using built-in magnets.

The question is was the Moto Z a Flagship SmartPhone or just one that’s stands out from the rest, allowing PhoneUsers to amplify interested functions and features on the phone using accessories that work much better than the phones ability.

The Moto Z wasn't a flagship it was like a pioneer device, - as since then, even though Motorola foresaw the gap anyway, Moto Mods has been an eye opener for mobile accessories makers who manufacture these add-on accessories for phones still continues and as for Motorola, it went well beyond the original phone, the Moto Z as the Moto Z2, Z2 Play, Z2 Force and Z3, Z3 Play followed.

What are the different Mods Snap-On accessories for Moto Z?  What are Moto Mods?


1996

Motorola StarTAC Rainbow Mobile PhoneMotorola StarTAC


Hasselblad True Zoom

Hasselblad Moto Mod camera helps to transform the Moto Z it into a "proper" camera.  They called it “True Zoom”, very simple to clip on using the magnetic facility, then using the normal camera app and you’re ready to go, as we have” plug n play”, here its simply “clip n snap”.

Produced by Hasselblad and Motorola, but first who is Hasselblad?  They are a leading manufacturer of digital medium format cameras and lenses renowned for their iconic design, however True Zoom was engineered by Motorola rather than the prestigious Swedish camera maker who primarily use metal to produce cameras. The True Zoom has some plastic incorporated into it, making it ultra-lightweight, which is excellent for the sake of portability, after all it attaches to a mobile phone.

With a 10x optical zoom lens, from a 25-250mm equivalent that allows it zoom-in without dropping quality until it gets to the 10x limit. Featuring f/3.5-f/6.5 aperture is modest with its highest resolution video capture which sits at 1080p30.


1995

Motorola Flare Mobile PhoneMotorola Flare


JBL SoundBoost / SoundBoost 2

To make the SoundBoost speaker, Motorola joined with JBL an American company that manufactures high-end Premium audio equipment such as wireless Bluetooth speakers, Android & iOS headphones, subwoofers, home theatre systems including loudspeakers and headphone Speakers, which take your music to the next level. They created the SoundBoost, with Built-in kickstand.

A stereo loudspeaker with two three-watt drivers and for 2017 they dropped SoundBoost 2, with fabric-covered, splashproof. The Mod amplifies the phone's sound Giving your SmartPhone a boost with powerful stereo sound.  Snap on the speaker and it plays instantly. No pairing. No hassle.

 

Moto Insta-Share projector

The projector, Motorola calls the Moto Insta-Share Projector, that can beam a video or image measuring up to 70-inches diagonally from any angle, onto any surface. It also has a built-in loudspeaker and built-in stand With an ultra-thin design, the Insta-Share Projector goes wherever you go. Slip it into your pocket or bag. The Moto Insta-Share Projector magnetically snaps easily onto the Moto Z phone so you can immediately start projecting photos or that video, basically your own private portable cinema in your hand.


Moto GamePad

This Moto Mod works with Moto Z phones that are compatible, they called it The Moto Gamepad, it’s a rigid cradle that Transforms any moto z into a handheld gaming console literally in just one Snap-On movement, it syncs and begins functioning as soon as you snap your phone on the connection port consisting of authentic physical buttons and controls for that true game Play experience of the latest games on the moveThe Moto GamePad has all the physical controls of a true gaming device.

The Gamepad's has its own charging capabilities with a 1,035mAh battery on-board using  A USB-C charging port is used to charge the battery, which can last up to eight hours of gameplay.


1989

Motorola MicroTAC 9800x Mobile PhoneMotorola MicroTAC 9800x


1987

Motorola DynaTAC 8500X Mobile PhoneMotorola DynaTAC 8500X


1983

Motorola DynaTAC 8000x Mobile PhoneMotorola DynaTAC 8000x


Moto 360 Camera

The Moto 360 Camera is a Moto Mod that allows recording 360-degree video at 4K resolution with two 12-megapixel cameras and can also record 3D audio using four built-in microphones.

Motorola released the Moto Z2 Force in 2017, August 10, with the snap on 360-degree camera that can work with any phone in the Moto Z line-up. When one angle isn't enough, it allows the user to capture everything by just Snapping on the 360 degree camera, and capture interactive video, audio, and images from every direction.


Polaroid Insta-Share Printer

The Insta-Share printer, can print images on real papers so you can stick them onto your fridge rather than your Facebook page.  Polaroids for those who don’t know or remember is the ability to take a photo anywhere and have it appear on paper right there before your eyes with no need to process.  Users can re-live the past with the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer.  It transforms your moto z into a super-portable Polaroid camera just Snap, print and share. Anywhere.


Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod

Here with this Mod, the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod allows dedicated fast typing good for business and students, just clip on and slide out the angled keyboard.


Incipio Vehicle Dock

When driving around in your car and you need to access your phone for what ever reason, its vital to do it safely when using a Z series phone, that’s where the Incipio Vehicle Dock transforms your phone into an in car display and functioning device, look at it as your in-car personal assistant.

Just clip the phone into the dock and Android Auto launches, including full music control, navigation and more.


Motorola Razr (2019)


At last at last, did Motorola finally drop a PROPER Flag Ship SmartPhone when they released the Razr back in 2019? However, did this do something of a service to the overall aims of Motorola as being a pioneer in the MobilePhone industry as a whole?

Motorola RAZR (2019)Motorola RAZR (2019)
Motorola RAZR (2004)Motorola RAZR (2004)


It was August of 2013 when Motorola released the Moto X its first all-new phone under the stewardship of Google, MobileUsers and rivals were waiting and expecting an explosive release, it wasn’t that, but however it got good attention.

Then in 2014 The Nexus was released, dubbed as the ultimate Android device, it was Motorola’s first Phablet.


Did the Moto and the Nexus series really provide a proper flagship?  Or were they just devices that didn’t just mainly focus on specs as flagships should, but more about the experience and not about the bells and whistles.

Picture of an open clam shell with a perl in itclam shell design

Well it looks like Motorola finally released a SmartPhone with a “big bang” plus in addition, they also brought back their most iconic and successful Mobile Phone the Razr released way-back in 2004, which was The Motorola RAZR best-selling clamshell of all time.  This looked like the blue print for Motorola’s future.  The Razr was really brought up to date and reinvented with a folding screen, and familiar clam shell design that allows you to fold your phone in half.  It attracted a lot of expected due attention.


The bottom line is if anyone ever doubted if the new Razr was a flagship, the price tag of $1500 was the main indicator that it was.  The main reason why the new Razr was so expensive (Moto Razr has a hinge 4 years in the making) is due to the intricate hinge system and the flexible OLED display screen.  We saw something similar with a rotating mechanism of more than 200 high-precision different parts with the Motorola AURA.  The Aura used to be a luxury device (and still is) with a huge $2000 price tag and that’s back in 2008.


In comparison with rival flagships, the specs inside is on a good level, with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage accompanied with a 15W TurboPower fast charging ability for the 2510mAh battery powering the phone, however Motorola stuck to an older Snapdragon 710 chipset.

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