Motorola Releases Two New Phones

January 6th, 2009 at 12:00 am

motosurf a3100

Before we get into the Steveless keynote at Macworld in San Francisco which everyone is talking about, let’s first direct our attention to another trade show that’s happening one state over in Las Vegas.  The Consumer Electronics Show 2009 is probably the largest trade show for gadgets where new products are released on the hour and new toys are tested and reviewed.

Anyway, this year,  Motorola is introducing two new mobile phone models, the environmentally-friendly MOTO W233 Renew and the high speed touch tablet MOTOSURF A3100.

MOTO W233 Renew delivers the quality you expect from a Motorola device while empowering you to reduce your carbon footprint. Not only is the plastic housing of Renew made from plastics comprised of recycled water bottles and 100 percent recyclable, but it is also the world’s first carbon neutral phone. Through an alliance with, Motorola offsets the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone through investments in renewable energy sources and reforestation. The phone has earned’s CarbonFree® Product Certification after an extensive product life-cycle assessment.

"Today, natural resources, energy and time are more precious than ever before,” said Jeremy Dale, corporate vice president, global marketing, Motorola Mobile Devices. “From the product’s design, to the packaging to our partnership with, we wanted to ensure that this device makes the right impact with consumers and the environment.” 

On the other hand, it’s possible the Motorola has made a phone worth trying out.  The MOTOSURF A3100  looks like it’s got the whole package at last.  As compared to the MOTO Q8 and Q9h, the A3100 now has proper 3G and Wifi capabilities.

Managing your social and work life just got easier with the MOTOSURF A3100. The touch tablet’s customizable home screen is layered on top of the familiar Windows Mobile 6.1 software and has many applications that can be accessed with the tip of a finger, a stylus or an omni-directional trackball. The home screen icons can be personalized to give ‘live’ feeds on weather, news, personal and work e-mail, messaging and calendar events1.  WiFi1 and 3G connectivity make the experience seamless and fast.

"We developed the MOTOSURF A3100 as a true social smartphone,” said John Cipolla, senior vice president, product development, Motorola Mobile Devices. “Home screen personalization and access to a whole host of applications gets the info you want –  fast, and at your fingertips.”

However, these aren’t the Android phones we’ve been hearing about from Motorola.  Last year we received news that they were beefing up their Android development department and were coming up with an Android-powered device.  These two on the other hand aren’t it yet.