Motorola is failing to live up to expectations. At least it’s failing to live up to the expectations they set for themselves. A combination of factors has led to disappointing sales numbers for several different models of phones. The Droid X was expected to be a massive hit, and while it has been very well received by consumers, the numbers simply aren’t where Motorola would like them to be. Couple that with a components shortage and sales have taken an even bigger hit.
Motorola has also recently launched a pair of midrange smartphones that absolutely tanked. The Backflip and the Devour have been a major flop in all aspects, and the recently released Flipout and Flipside (amazing creativity there) don’t appear to be all that different, so expectations aren’t too cheerful.
The one saving grace could be the Droid Pro. Motorola cell phones have been considered multimedia devices by and large. The Droid Pro is an attempt to conquer the business phone segment that Blackberry has dominated. That probably explains why the Droid Pro looks like a Blackberry going through puberty. All the parts are there, but it looks a bit gangly and awkward. Still, the popularity of the Android OS could help drive the Droid Pro to exceed expectations. In the grand scheme of things, Motorola is doing just fine. But there is little room for error in such a crowded marketplace.