NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- The Google/Motorola deal is making less business sense every day.
The theory is,
blockbuster acquisition of the mobile handset division of
will be a stone-cold business coup for all concerned. As Google dives deeper into the phone market, the thinking goes, there will be more phones, more choices and more solutions for businesses with telephony problems. That, in turn, means a bigger business handset market, and more profits for Google.
The Revolution from LG is a a top-quality smartphone sure to give Motorola strong competition in the Android sector.
The thing is, it's not like the market for business-ready smartphones is bereft of choices. And I am not talking about the choice between, say, a Google Android-based phone and an
BlackBerry. I mean the choice between Android-based phones from Android-based phone makers. The Android sector has become almost ludicrously crowded.
If you do any sort of by-feature business comparison of Google mobile OS-based smartphones, you will see that Google has done a remarkable job of driving its software into the market -- and in effect competing with itself.
Here are three great Google Android-based smartphones that each fill a business niche -- and have nothing whatsoever to do with Motorola:
($99 from Sprint with a two-year contract)
Korean conglom Samsung gets all the love for its business-ready Galaxy S phone line. But for real businesses -- that is, cheapskate firms such as mine -- the
is a far more attractive choice. Why? It's cheap! For
for a first-line, touch-activated smartphone, you get a first-line, touch-activated smartphone. Not much branding and sales support needed there. The Conquer has a sneaky-fast processor, excellent construction and
crazy-cheap 4G access. The Conquer for sure lacks the slick factor or marketing vibe of a Motorola Droid. But Google will have to sell a lot of search ads to cover the cost of competing with the Conquer.
with a two-year contract)
To get a feel for the vicious cellphone market Google will face, take the
from LG out for a business spin. Here is a top-quality uber-phone: LTE 4G speeds, blistering processors, a ridiculously huge screen, a great camera, support for most data-hogging business apps. You get the idea. The Revolution is also a revolution for LG. The company has made solid cellphones for decades but was never part of the top-end smartphone discussion with iPhones or Motorola Droids. Well, now it is. If boring-old LG can turn out a phone like the Revolution, I don't care what intelligence test every employee at Google has passed, how incrementally cooler a phone can Google really make?
($20 with a two-year contract from
It's not like Google's troubles all come from the top end of the market. Oh, no. Entry-level Android phone makers now cause an equal amount of havoc. Take the
. For $20 --
-- you get a decent little smartphone with plenty of business functions. Nice data access, support for some business email standards and a cute little keyboard. Sure, the screen is tiny. But for fraction of what you are paying for high-end phones, you get a surprising amount of high-end features.
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