'One day you're the cock of the walk, the next a feather duster'. This quote made popular by controversial newsman Piers Morgan all so fits the case of Motorola. The conglomerate used to be the grand champion of the mobile phone industry having invented cellular phone (with the DynaTAC 8000X pictured below) in 1984 before it was pushed off its perch by the likes of Nokia and BlackBerry and then passed around between Google and Lenovo.
Back in the earlier days of mobile telephony way before smartphones were a thing, owning a Motorola device was a mark of prestige kinda like owning an iPhone now and pretty everyone wanted to own a Motorola device especially the Motorola RAZR V3.
The Motorola RAZR V3 was the phone that made thin cool, and it was so cool and pretty that 130 million units of this baby were sold over a 3 year period. But the RAZR wasn't the only great device that came out from Motorola, on this side of the pond, the Motorola Talkabout T191 and C130 was a common starter phone for teenagers and first time phone owners unless you got a GSM phone really early and what you got was the StarTAC.
The more affluent those days could be found clutching the Motorola V60, V70 or even the Accompli 008.
I remember lusting after the V70 back then it's weird shape really did it for me. Till date no phone has matched the feel that flipping the V70 gave me those days.
And now Lenovo is killing off the Motorola brand, replacing it with the Moto by Lenovo brand. According to the press release by Lenovo, all its budget devices would be marketed using the 'Vibe' name while the premium devices would bear the 'Moto by Lenovo' brand. It's a sad day in the world to see such a great company gradually fall through the cracks of time.
All I can say is Adieu Motorola, you will always have a place in my heart.