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LG GW620 vs Motorola W7 Active- former is surely the winner

Well, if we compare two handsets LG GW620 and Motorola W7 active then it’s not that difficult to find LG GW620 easily winning the race.

To start with, LG GW20 is a Android touchscreen handset, featuring built in full QWERTY keyboard for easy texting. The handset is a GSM quadband and works on common GSM frequencies of 850,900,1800 and 1900. On the other hand, Motorola W7 Active is a 3G enabled flip phone, targeting people from the mid-segment of mobile phone users.

For display, LG GW620 is fitted with 3.0 inches of TFT resistive touchscreen with AMOLED display which offers 320×480 pixels of image resolution. Comparing it with W7 Active, with W7 users can play with 2.2 inches of TFT screen, offering image resolution of 240×320 pixels. Feature of ‘accelerometer sensor’ is common in both the handsets. W7 Active has 30MB of internal memory and with the help of microSD (Transflash) card slot, the memory of the device can be raised up to 8GB. LG GW620 is also compatible with microSD (Transflash) card slot and enables the users to get the benefit of enhanced memory of up to 16GB.

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The first android handset of LG, GW620 encompasses nearly all the latest connectivity options including GPRS (class 12), Bluetooth (v2.0 with A2DP), Wi-Fi , built in microUSB port (v2.0), GPS etc. In W7 Active, we find the absence of built in Wi-Fi and in place of micro USB port, the handset features miniUSB port.

Moto W7 active is fitted with 2 MP of built in camera which captures images at resolution of 1600×1200 pixels. However, the camera feature of LG GW620 is much better as handset has 5MP of built in camera which offers astonishing resolution of 2560×1920 pixels with added enhancement via autofocus specification. Though the Messaging options, featured in both the gadgets are latest and include SMS, MMS, Email etc., however LG GW620 takes the lead with IM, push Email and threaded texting which are not available in W7. Both the handsets feature WAP 2.0/HTML based web browser. Besides this, both have built in FM radio but in place of simple FM radio, LG GW 620 showcases FM stereo radio. GPS is not available in W7 but is featured in GW 620 (A-GPS support).

Being Java compatible devices, with both the mobile phones, users can enjoy basic Java features like music player, games, organizer etc. But music player of LG GW 620 looks more capable and is compatible with nearly all the multimedia formats such as MP3, MP4, WMA, AAC, AAC+ etc.

Lastly, Motorola W7 active is fitted with standard Li-ion (910 mAh) battery and provides talk time of up to 8h under 2G network and up to 3h 30min under 3G network. But, its stand by time of 300h is irrespective of the network being used under.

The Cubot phone is Professional in producing characteristic cell phones, such as Motorola Aura, Motorola R1 , Motorola R2 etc. However, now the Motorola company begin to develop another area.

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U.S. mobile phone maker Motorola Inc’s (MOT.N) set-top box unit has generated a lot of private equity interest, with a number of major buyout firms putting in initial bids this week, several sources familiar with the matter said.

Motorola is exploring a potential sale of its television set-top box and wireless networking equipment business, sources told Reuters last month. Called “home and networks mobility,” the unit had $10.1 billion in 2008 sales.

The first round expressions of interest, due on Wednesday, came from private equity firms including Bain Capital, TPG Capital TPG.UL, Blackstone Group LP (BX.N), KKR KKR.UL and Silver Lake Partners, the sources said.

Companies such as Arris Group Inc (ARRS.O), a communications equipment maker, could also be interested in the unit, although they are likelier to team up with private equity firms than go it alone, two of the sources said. It is unclear whether Arris put in an offer.

The bids are very early stage, some of the sources cautioned. The first round was for preliminary nonbinding indications of interest, one source said.

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Motorola did not allow potential bidders to make joint offers in the first round, two of the sources said.

Silver Lake, Blackstone, TPG, KKR, Bain, Motorola and Arris all declined to comment.

Last month, one of the sources said that Motorola, which also plans to spin off its mobile phones business into a separate entity, may decide to keep the set-top box unit in the end.

The auction has been going slowly and is expected to run into the first few months of 2010 before a final bid date is set, some of the sources said.

Motorola’s advisers, including Goldman Sachs (GS.N) and JPMorgan (JPM.N), have sent out the sales prospectus to dozens of potential buyers, one of the sources said.

In recent weeks, Motorola’s management has also made presentations to potential buyers about the unit’s performance, including Arris, two of the sources said.

On December 1, Motorola said it expected operating earnings for its set-top box business to grow in 2010, even if recovery in the housing market is subdued.

Motorola shares, which were up about 5 percent, rose another 1 percent on the news.

STRUGGLES AT MOTOROLA

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Once a technology giant whose equipment Neil Armstrong used to transmit from the moon, Motorola has had flagging sales at its business units.

It plans to spin off its mobile phones business, which has not produced a hit device since the Razr. But Motorola’s newest smartphone, Droid, based on Google Inc’s (GOOG.O) operating system, has generated positive reviews and buzz.

Motorola’s home and networks mobility division houses the set-top box unit. Along with Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), which bought set-top box maker Scientific Atlanta in 2006, Motorola is the main player in the U.S. market.

Today, set-top boxes are the dominant technology through which people have access to television channels. But as new technology allows people to find other ways to get content, these boxes, rented to customers by cable operators, could become outmoded, some analysts have said.

“Maybe Motorola is looking at that and thinking eventually the business is going to shift away from the cable providers to a more retail model,” said Forrester Group analyst Charles Golvin. “I think there will be a range of different devices and things that connect to TVs to deliver content.”

The business, which is “yesterday’s technology” but still generates strong cash flow, therefore makes sense for a private equity buyer, one of the sources said.