Motorola guy sounds on the ball, hates bloatware, says phones are too big

Motorola guy sounds on the ball, hates bloatware, says phones are too bigSince Google’s $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola, the US manufacturer has done an impressive job of doing nothing much; fading into the background and allowing Samsung in particular to continue hogging the Android limelight, but it seems like this is simply the calm before the Moto-storm.

Just yesterday we heard Eric Schmidt saying that Motorola’s next devices fall into the “phones plus” category, and even more promising are a bunch of quotes from design chief Jim Wicks. He might just be the most reasonable man in the entire industry.

Said quotes are torn from an interview over on PC Mag, and two things jump right out of the virtual page.

Firstly, while manufacturers like Huawei and Samsung have broken the 6in smartphone barrier, Jim doesn’t necessarily believe that bigger means better.

"Certain people like a large screen," begins Jim. "But there's a sweet spot for consumers that we're currently exceeding in the market. There are some people that like a big display, but there's also a lot of people that want something that's just about right.”

Jim later touts the 4.3in Motorola Razr M as an example of a just-right size, which makes us hopeful for a reasonably sized superphone.

Continuing his refreshing ride on the sane train, Jim goes on to speak about bloatware. Ironically, MotoBlur traditionally took a bit of a bashing, and rightly so, but those days might well be over.

"People don't want all that stuff pre-populated on their devices," says Jim. "They really want to define these things themselves. We're focusing on simplicity and the power of the consumer."

It all sounds too good to be true. Must be a two-weeks-late April Fool, right?

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Stelph  Apr. 17, 2013 at 15:32

totally agree with all this, glad to see more CEO's starting to stand up and propose doing things differently rather than a "me too" style bigger phone, more powerful processor approach...
Ah, just noticed hes chief design so he may be overrulled in his decisions :/

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2013 at 15:53

Moto Blur used to be annoying, but nowadays you can disable it.
It is still the worst collections of widgets, though :p

Otherwise: agree with the man. I like the RAZRi quite a lot in terms of form and feel...
And even my cr*ppy 'back-up" Moto Pro+ beats most flagships in terms of battery life, reception, call quality and then some.


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