Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

Summary: Motorola took aim at Apple's iPad during the Super Bowl on Sunday with an advertisement that played on Apple's famous 1984 commercial for the Macintosh introduction. The question is whether viewers will buy Apple in the Big Blue bad-guy role. Take the poll and let us know what you think!

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Motorola took aim at Apple's iPad during the Super Bowl on Sunday with an advertisement that played on Apple's famous 1984 commercial for the Macintosh introduction. The question is whether viewers will buy Apple in the Big Blue bad-guy role.

Read Motorola channels its inner Ridley Scott with Super Bowl ad

Of course, I found the comparison strained at best. Apple's Macintosh was a ground-breaking technological and user-interface advance on the command-line status quo in computing. Big Blue was, er, Big Blue.

Are iPad users (or is it all iOS users) bland zombies? And is the Motorola Xoom coming into the market so different that it is bringing a bit of love and color to a drab world? Nope.

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Topics: Mobility, Apple, IBM

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  • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

    You forgot option number 4... "Considering the device is going to cost $800.00, it doesn't make a damn bit of difference."
    Playdrv4me
    • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

      @Playdrv4me
      That's right. $800 for battery-sucking flash, widgets and animated backgrounds.
      maiznblue
    • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

      @Playdrv4me "it's not until you actually see Honeycomb up close and play with it on a device like Motorola's Xoom that you realize just how limited the iPad experience remains".

      Full story: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/04/why-android-honeycomb-should-have-apple-scared/
      BioNerd
      • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

        @BioNerd <br><br>So? I already prefer Android to iOS tablets anyway. That doesn't mean I'm going to pay *$300.00* more based on O/S and 16GB of additional storage. As for 3G, I don't need it and I don't want it... I already have the capability to share my iPhone's internet connection.<br><br>Not providing customers sufficient choice and a better more halfway realistic price right out of the gate is a MAJOR fail for Motorola. Not every anti-Android post is necessarily pro iOS. The price is just plain ridiculous no matter what.
        Playdrv4me
      • You are kidding ... right?

        @BioNerd Everything shown so far shows a sluggish operation, with ridiculously delayed reaction to user input.

        And you think that is a better experience?

        Sorry, but Honeycomb is NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME. It still needs a lot of work and after that it needs working Apps.
        wackoae
      • People say it is awesome

        @wackoae Yes, Honeycomb is ready for prime time. People who tried it say it is awesome and Apple will have to do a lot of catch up in terms of user experience. For example, they need to use the tablet screen real state instead of displaying a static grid of icons, and provide better notifications and a more natural way to do multi-tasking.
        BioNerd
      • Wackoe Demostrates the Definition of iCrApple Intelligence = '0'!

        @Wackoe<br>......@maiznblue Then get the Wifi model for $600 clean the widgets, un-animate the background and disable FLASH ......dumbarse! You'll still have a superior dual core processor, 300% more ram front and back facing cameras and a whole slew of features you'll never find on Wackoe's iCrAppleholically limp device destined for scrap heaps. That's how unuseble CrApple's device is even today and for your stupid asinine assumption that FLASH is not useful, the web is now growing in it's use NOT declining like your moronic cripple brained Steve iHitler Jobs said it would!<br><br>Slow..... right??? YOU iCrappleholic infested fools spreading your RDF (Reality Distortion Field) misinformation need to have your heads examined!

        http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/04/why-android-honeycomb-should-have-apple-scared/
        i2fun@...
  • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

    Obnoxious.
    chelless@...
  • It's just a commercial

    Get over it.

    Written from an iMac from a guy who owns an iPad.
    MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
    • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

      When you're too busy playing catch up all the time (first with the smartphone and now with the tablet) like Motorola, Samsung and the rest of the clones you have to pretend you're doing something unique.
      Masari.Jones
  • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

    What Motorola didn't realize was that a) Apple's "1984" ad made a splash because at the time it was actually 1984 and b) You don't insult your potential demographic.

    Apple's original ad wasn't an attack on IBM, it was a commentary about the public's fear of technology and how Apple was going to "democratize" personal computing for the masses.

    Motorola tried to make the claim that anyone using an iOS device was a stupid sheep, which was about as effective as a "Jesus Saves" bumper sticker.

    If you want me to buy your product, show me what it can do - don't call me an idiot for using something else.

    Wait, I just realized it: Motorola made the first trolling commercial!
    HCMarks
    • You don't insult your potential demographic...

      @HCMarks

      Then what were all those "Get A Mac" ads doing?
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

        @Cylon Centurion 0005
        Darn that is just what I was going to say. Practically ALL of Apple's advertising deliberately insults non-Apple users.
        Doctor Demento
      • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

        @Cylon Centurion 0005

        Actually what the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials did was expose the weakness in Windows Vista and Windows computers in general. You can't argue the ads were entertainingly accurate in their message. At no time did the ads say users of Windows PC are stupid. It simply pointed out some of the weak points of Windows and highlighted the strong points of a Mac.
        Masari.Jones
      • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

        @Cylon Centurion 0005 They never insult PC users per se, just the PC itself. Motorola insulted iDevice users, if they want people to "switch" that's pretty moronic.

        If I tell you there's a product you'd enjoy more than the one you've got that's pretty different to saying you're a foolish follower for buying what you're using.

        To me, the difference isn't even subtle.

        Trouble is, a lot of iDevice users actually LIKE the fact that iOS is very distinctly different to the personal computer. They don't want task-managers, anti-virus, and thinking about the computer. They want something that doesn't need "wet nursing" - and shockingly, even if that does mean the system "does less" (though really what function can't an iPad do? Sure it might not support particular things, Flash for example, but it can play web-video in the right format).

        Motorola just "doesn't get it".
        jeremychappell
      • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

        @Cylon Centurion 0005<br>No doubt every brain farting iCrAppleholic didn't understand Moto's ad and the fact that they were looking at themselves as if in a mirror. CrApple's Ads have always unwittingly exposed the fact that most CrApple Mac users don't have the brains to turn one off by themselves. That's how much pure Stupid Simpletons they are! ....most are gay interior decorators that love form over function while getting back pocket (wallet) screwed by CrApple's Steve iHitler Jobs and robbed blind!!!

        http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/04/why-android-honeycomb-should-have-apple-scared/
        i2fun@...
    • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

      @HCMarks Let me know when you'e allowed to install Flash on your iPad. Or obtain software from anyplace other than the Apple store. Or buy a third-party replacement battery and install it yourself without voiding your warranty.

      Motorola's point is spot-on, and the iPad sheep who've posted here simply underscore the accuracy of the ad: iPad users want Apple to be Mommy and control them.
      Morely
      • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

        @Morely

        I swear this is a replay from the iPod years.

        The problem is the iPad was just released less than a year ago. Are you and Moto certain that the reason its successful is because of its "sheep" following? And do iPad owners walk around with white earbuds in their ear?
        dave95.
      • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

        @Morely
        If people don't agree with your choices does not mean they are sheep. You don't have to insult other protected by your anonymous post. You just make a fool of yourself. And yes, some of us want controlled apps that do not steal your banking data, and yes the iPad remains the best options outthere. Maybe other have been intoxicated by "no evil" and Apple=big brother stuff and actually believe that.
        ∞Dilemma
      • RE: Poll: Is Moto's anti-Apple ad a big waste of time or on the money?

        @Morely So not an informed choice then? Not a decision that Flash isn't worth the security problem. That having someone look over software before you're exposed to it might actually be a good thing. Or even that having the battery integrated might actually result in a bigger battery in the device (it does BTW).

        Are you sure you've thought this through or are you just repeating what Motorola have told you to say?
        jeremychappell