Jul 28 AT 5:47 PM Sean Riley 32 Comments

Motorola wants you to know that the Droid X can make calls in the nude

Apple tried to drag the Droid X into their little antenna debacle and Motorola is going to make them regret that decision. Their latest ad which will be hitting newspapers soon openly mocks the need for Apple owners to wrap their iPhone in a jacket just to use it as a phone.

In case you can’t read the small print from the ad above it says:

At Motorola, we believe a customer shouldn’t have to dress up their phone for it to work properly. That’s why the Droid X comes with a dual antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like to make crystal clear calls without a bulky phone jacket. For us it’s just one of those things that comes as a given when you’ve been making mobile phones for over 30 years.Motorola PR

While Steve “No Porn” Jobs may be happy to keep everyone in his App Store covered up I think he would prefer not to have people dwelling on the fact that his carefully crafted (if ill conceived) design has to be marred by a plastic housing.

Samsung got in on the act with their free Galaxy S phones for dissatisfied iPhone owners and now Motorola is throwing their own punches.

Is it time to let up on Apple or do you think they are getting what they deserve?

Via: Droid Life

Source: Motorola Facebook Page

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    They absolutely deserve everything they have coming. Instead of just fessing up, they decided to drag everyone else into it. I’m loving everyone else’s response so far.
    And of course the best part is that everyone seems to know that Apple are the ones with the real issue. Talking to friends who aren’t that into technology, they very much think that the iPhone has a big problem, but either didn’t know about, or didn’t buy into, the propaganda that every phone has huge connection issues.
    ‘It just works’ doesn’t work anymore.

  • http://kestrelsaerie.com Steve Hall

    Hey…Apple fired the first shot(s), without any provocation whatsoever. Time for them to take their medicine. I think Apple’s fortunate that there haven’t been more rubber (condom) jokes.

    Full disclosure: My computers are Apples. My smartphone isn’t.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Full disclosure: My computers are Apples.

      To steal a half-appropriate baseball quote: Throw em back… throw em back.

      Seriously. Apple needs to die. Linux can do it. Kthx. :)

  • http://Website Matt

    Question about the Droid, since I can’t find any videos online – what does it look like when you receive a call? Is it like Apple, where it shows a full-screen picture of the person and gives you the option to pick up the phone, or is a small little picture with a bunch of buttons below?

    Simple curiosity, but since I can’t check at the Verizon store and I can’t find a vid, can anyone feed my curiousity?

    • http://Website Jacob

      It shows the contact icon in the center of the screen with a sliding bar in each bottom corner (for answering and ignoring) when looking at an incoming call very much like the iPhone.
      In call, its the icon with a bunch of buttons.

  • http://Website Tav

    I still haven’t forgiven Apple for trying to describe the issue as software related. How stupid do they think we are?

    “Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong”.

    Maybe you meant to say, “We’ve been falsely stacking our signal reporting since day 1 as our antennas have always been a design weakness. In an effort to improve the antenna by externalising it, we’ve made it a stronger but far less consistent performer. But perhaps if we can create a smokescreen with this story, the buying public will stop making so much noise about this hardware fault, which is our doing alone.”

  • http://Website xaz35x

    They get what they deserve!!.. apple’s weak

  • http://Website ari-free

    but you know…Apple will get even more irritated and nastier after this.

    • Narhem

      “… Its always darkest before dawn”

  • http://Website Tom

    I don’t understand why any of those companies don’t sue Apple and Steve Jobs for libel.

  • http://Website Nick

    Until Apple feels that they can take blame for their own mistake, they’ll keep trying to say its a common occurance. Because of this they’re going to ruin their rep more than they have these past few weeks. I say keep dishing it out until they admit defeat.

    • http://Website lithium98

      With the way it works these days, Apple can just keep side stepping the situation until the majority of people just stop paying attention and the media loses interest. That’s most likely what’s going to happen with all this.

      Really, I just wish people would start calling the phone exactly what it is, defective. It’s amazing how a company can sell 2 million+ defective products and get aways with it as easily as apple has.

  • http://Website walter

    Well considering I can’t stand Steve Jobs anyway. I say let him have it. I work with a bunch of iPhonetards and I own a droid x Im constantly laughing at my co-workers when they drop a call and then I shrug and say should’ve bought a droid.

  • mac08wrx

    apple has tried to be the white night for to long. They [email protected]#$ed up and now need to pay the price. Apple just needs to own up to the fact that DROID was taking there customer, they rushed the phone into production, and know are still losing customers. They just cant admit they have a crappy product. buaahahahahahaha

  • http://Website eClipse

    They are getting what they deserve with more coming.

    It would be bad enough if they released junk like this and then fell on their sword with a recall or similar, but the arrogance they continue to show makes them look like they think they are still the only game in town.

    Dragging the other phone manufacturers into it like this was 6th grade isn’t cricket when you claim to be so much better than everyone else.

    I have no idea what it is that attracts people to these overpriced, feature-poor, locked and crippled devices, but whatever – leave them on AT&T so the rest of us can enjoy our Android products.

    (G1 user with a Vibrant in the mail)

    • http://Website ari-free

      They see iPhone as a fashion accessory and a status symbol. oooh it’s so shiny!
      I hate those people. They are just as self-entitled and narcissistic as Steve Jobs.
      But now those people will want to hunker down to avoid being seen making a call with the iPatch. ah…Schadenfreude

  • http://Website pqzanana

    Ohh snap, I cannot believe steve jobs position on this issue he obviously does not care about the consumer, more future android users is all that means.

  • http://Website Dre

    Ahahahahaha, serves them right.

    They won’t admit there’s a problem and tried to drag everyone else down with them, and now they have to face the backlash. Screw you Mr. Jobs, that’s what you get for telling your customers that they’re holding their phone, that they paid good money for, wrong.

    But hey, telephones have only been around for a 100+ years and cell phones for 30+ years, so this new fangled technology could easily confuse Jobisy on were to place that there antiny.

  • http://Website dnh

    Apple have it coming to them. Mostly for dragging the other mobile manufacturers into their selfmade mess and lying about the problem. While some phones sometimes degrades a bit in reception when held wrong its nothing like the iPhone where it dissappears entirely. Apples trixing with the reported signal strength was also ugly. Making it look as if you have better reception than you really have is wrong on so many levels.

    Apple deserve every single punch they get.

    • http://Website Presto117

      exactly. If Apple had said “Look, we know there’s a problem, and there’s really nothing we can do about it right now, so for the time being, please, take some free cases that will fix the problem until we figure something out”, I would applaud them for doing the right thing and owning up, but what they’re doing is just stupid. They claim there isn’t a problem, they drag other manufacturers (who have had no recognizable problems with reception like the iPhone 4) into it, and then they say “No problem, but here: cases, y’know, for shits and giggles.” But hey: Apple giving something away for free? I guess that’s a step in the right direction.

  • http://www.bogdancraciun.com Bogdan Craciun

    They are getting what they deserve. Period.

  • http://Website freakin iTools

    I would say there probably deserve a little more even. People need to relize that apple is just as “evil” and if not more that microsoft when then ran those adds that got them started. Yes they gave macs to schools but for what reason other than to create a generation of users dependent on their “dumbed-down” tech. To release two products back-to-back that are absoulte garbage and have the sales they did just because “Oh its the new apple product” is a sign of socity just trending again; with tech this can be bad. To see them fail like they did epic! With any hope this willl be an eye-opener for all the iTools… :-P

  • http://Website Cris

    Simple question. Did the video posted by Apple contain falsified information?

  • http://Website lexbourne

    Android eats Apples….nuff said!

  • Windsor Holden

    Apple’s initial response wasn’t perhaps the best means of firefighting, to put it mildly. Have just blogged on precisely this topic…

    Opportunities for Android in wake of Antennagate

  • http://Website greg

    Crush Apple into sauce. Jobs is a joke attacking everyone else for his blunder. IPhone not even the phone beat anymore.

  • http://Website Robert Murray

    You see, the problem is that they are not all holding the iPhone like Steve Jobs (is he a lefty or a righty? -ed), so until they release the “Stevo Jobo Gene Swap” app to make all users look like Mr Jobs (and his final step to world domination has begun – ed) their going to gave issues.

    Joking aside, as man who likes gadgets and tends to to multi platform, eg playstation xbox, I do get the iPhone & Android. I chat freely with friends about their iphones and the issues they have and June and its jot all a bed of roses. Yes they are in a closed environment and being dictated to etc. and were open source etc. but hare in kind I’m an Orange Hero owner and have only just upgraded to 2.1 from 1.5 (and what a wonder the eyes behold :-) – ed) & Apple updated their across the board.

    I’ve said before, the problem with Apple is the heart of it died when “The Woz” left it (you should all check out “pirates of silicon valley”), a man who I have the greatest respect for and playing a part in giving us the electronic world we live in now, along with Jobs and Gates, and the problem is that the old way of sharing is gone. How much better things would be if IT companies had a policy of cross sharing, for a fee, Android on iPhone, Apple app testing on Android phones etc instead of all these legal actions which at the end means that the network provide’rs still get to call rye shots, and the little guys with the good honest ideas fall by tye side.

  • TUG265

    Death to Apple!