The Apple "iPhone" has been rumored for a couple of years now. Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) recently launched products under that title. So one of the biggest questions about the new device is exactly what Cingular will call it. (See You Say iPhone, I Say...?)
Nokia has made no secret of the fact that it is going after the market that Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) carved out with its groundbreaking RAZR phone with these new thinner handsets.
Its clear, however, that time has blunted the RAZR's edge. Motorola pre-announced disappointing fourth-quarter profits on Thursday, blaming tighter competition in the gadget market. Many industry watchers expect that Nokia could also be affected by tighter margins and tougher competition.
What Motorola and its rivals are trying to do is find a formula that will have the same kind of simple and direct appeal as the original RAZR phone. This could turn out to be music phones, skinny multimedia phones, or Apple handsets, but it could also be none of the above.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung