Motosurf A3100 – just what’s needed

I think Motorola’s latest effort, the MotoSurf A3100, is a bit maligned. No-one appears to be excited by the device, but I think its just what needed right here, right now.

The MotoSurf addressed many issues needed to have a successful Windows Mobile 6.1 handheld right now. It has a nice GUI (see the video below), it features the very good Opera Mobile 9.5 browser, has a 3.5 mm headphone jack so it could be used as some-ones only media player, and of course features the buzz-word of 2008, social networking, front and centre.

Of course many will complain about its pockey 2.8 inch QVGA screen, but in these recessionary times its exactly these cost-cutting measures which will help win the day. The MotoSurf will not be $200 with contract, but more likely free on contract.

The MotoSurf’s closest competitor is the HTC Touch 3G and Viva, both devices that also address the price-conscious market (which includes all of us at the moment), but lack significant features like a 3.5 mm headphone jack or user-friendly trackball.

While the MotoSurf may not set the world, or our hearts on fire, the device may be a lot more successful than we give it credit for.