Motorola to lay off 3,000 staff, iPhone to blame?

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    Don't blame the iPhone. If you need to point fingers blame:
    RIIM (Blackberry)
    Poor GUIs on Moto sets
    Poor receiver quality on their phones developed in the last 4-5 years.
    Economy
    and of course, the iPhone fits in there simply because it is, in fact, another phone that works better than most later model motos I've had.

    The Q was a great phone for a while, something happened to it where it just became a POS. Perhaps it was my bad luck. Using a SLVR or a KRZR was difficult due to bad BT range and it was difficult to hear as the receiver couldn't ever be loud enough (this was a common complaint).

    I wouldn't blame the iPhone specifically but we're on a Mac site so it's bound to be the iPhone's fault. :rolleyes:
     
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    I think what Motorola did with the RAZR is classic Motorola. They come up with a great product, and they keep iterating it with minor tweaks that neither make the best things about it better (i.e. what Apple does with the iPhone becoming even thinner, brighter, having even better apps, etc) or slowly improve upon it's weaknesses (i.e. what RIM does with the Blackberry, making it progressively less ugly and less media-unfriendly).

    Instead they keep issuing quirky variants that no one understands or wants. They take the perfectly good RAZR and then mysteriously introduce a long non-folding version, a version that's narrower but thicker, etc, etc. And then by the time they actually try a new design out, the phone is years and years old, and no one wants it anyway.

    Same thing they did with the StarTAC, to the letter.
     
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    Motorola is to blame for the situation Motorola is in.

    Boring phones.
     
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    Moto are failing because they haven't made a decent handset since the RAZR, and even that had it's problems (battery life, interface). At the time it's form factor was pretty unique though, and that give it it's edge.

    If they didn't suck, they wouldn't have a problem. <- I'm so helpful.
     
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    Awful interfaces. I always liked their early flip case designs; I owned a Razr and probably three other flip Motorolas before that. I bought my wife a Motorola recently because it was very small and a $4 upgrade, and still... the awful interface remains.
     
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    It's the Interface...

    Speaking as someone who doesn't own a mobile phone, I was initially entranced by the RAZR, but once I saw it in action, my desire went right out the window. The usability SUCKED. Fortunately for me I don't absolutely need a cellphone, but if I did, the iPhone would be my first choice.
     
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    Yea .... I'm sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the current global economy. :rolleyes:
     
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    I thought that was Apple's fault too?
     
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    This kind of thing has proved very successful with the soft drink and cigarette industries. What you do is split your product in to three dozen versions and fill an entire isle with the versions. Coke really does sell more product that way.
     
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    Yeah, okay. Here's something closer to the truth:

    Motorola to lay off 3,000 staff. Lousy products to blame.

    or

    Motorola to lay off 3,000 staff. Poor management to blame.
     
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    I used to work for them...

    Yes, cutting jobs helps to restore profitability, as opposed to, say, making great products. The job cuts are only for the workers, not fat management.

    Seems to be working great for Apple... :eek:

    What a joke of a company - it's all finally catching up to them. They deserve it...
     
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    It’s really true that iphone is the best instead of blackberry.

     
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    As Motorola does not, it would also appear to be very good evidence that cell phones are not soft drinks. ;)
     
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    Motorola made something cool and that was the RAZR, but in the recent 3-4 years or so, have not introduced anything new. Apple is not like that at all. They just introduced the Unibody structure and before that, the iPhone 3G w/ the app store. Let's not forget the most recent iPod update. Updates or refreshes to products come every half year, when new chips that are more power efficient or better performance come out. Motorola? Nope. the KRZR was fail. All of their XXZR phones have that "acid or laser etched keyboard". The Q was good, but still.


    This is an example of a company who has been riding on an old man's back. The old man being the RAZR phone. Old men die after a few decades, and Motorola has collapsed.
     

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