PhoneScoop has some play time at MotoSummer 2004. They took a look at the A780 and I think they see as much potential in it as I do. The A780 isn’t the sexy RAZR V3, but it’s the smartest of a new crop of phones from them. I that that is has the serious potential to be the next really big thing.
One of the things that I like about the design is that it’s both a one-handed and a two-handed phone. It’s sort of like an oldschool Treo but small enough to actually fit in your pocket. It’s one handed when all you need is a phone. It’s a candybar phone actually when used one-handed. When you need some smarter features, pop open the flip and you’ve got a QVGA touch screen ready to rock.
I have a feeling that Moto is going to cripple developers and only allow them access to the phone through MIDP 2.0 with a bunch of extra JSRs and APIs. That is dissapointing, but it’s the “safe” decision that probably makes carriers and Moto themselves a lot less nervous. I can hear the tech support call now: “what does core dump mean?”
I hope that Moto puts up some developer info or releases an SDK at Motocoder pretty soon. I’m pretty sure that there are a bunch of developers out there who are chomping at the bit to code for and learn about this phone.