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Monday Night Poll: Motorola Olympus or Etna?

Silliest question ever?  Hear me out for a second.  If you read this site at all, then you know we love us some Motorola phones on Verizon’s network and pretty much ignore everything that is AT&T.  However, with news slowly leaking out each week that Motorola is leaning towards launching two separate dual-core Tegra 2 phones on both of these networks (Olympus for AT&T) (Etna for Verizon) with the AT&T version possibly coming first, we want to know which you would consider?  What if the Olympus launches in January as a 3G AT&T device with specs to crush the world and the Etna doesn’t come out until March, but will run on 4G LTE?

Which would you take?

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  • InvaderDJ

    It isn't the 4G that I care about, 4G is a non issue for most people until the end of 2011 at the earliest. It is the fact that the Etna will be Verizon which has a more reliable network (4G or not) and I don't have to break my contract.

    Especially if the Etna and Olympus are basically the same phone, there is no reason to break contract or switch.

  • Doctor

    Locked Bootloader = Never Buy!

    Nuff said!

  • http://twitter.com/richie681 Eric Richardson

    Can't ever fathom getting an AT&T Android phone until they stop castrating the OS. AT&T is horrible.

  • J Maynard Jm

    Wait, k I'm kinda a noob to rooting and such but, I thought u could root and custom theme/ rom the droidx?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1030974170 Zhi Hao

    I don't live in America, so either way it'll probably be a variant of the one on AT&T (if my country ever gets it). But given a choice, I would go for an Verizon LTE enabled device any day :)

  • tommytmt

    Ok can someone please explain this to me? I'm not new to the rooting world by any means(as my OG Droid and incredible are both rooted)so you don't have to give me a rooting synopsis or anything, but the D2 and DX have been rooted haven't they?? So what's all of this “locked bootloader” talk I keep hearing? Did moto release an update that locks everything down and unroots you or something?

  • http://twitter.com/white_shadow001 Zach White

    Ehh i'm pretty attached to my D2 right now, the ONLY thing that will rip it outta my hands is either that new samsung dual core or the Inc HD

  • Murphy

    Motorola definitely made a strategic play. Instead of releasing 'locked' down phones first, they released an unlocked Vanilla Android Google experience phone..the OG Droid. It got people talking about how great Android was. The early adopters were of course, us, the tech-savvy. It eventually caught on, so then they dumbed it down a bit for the mainstream in the name of Blur. Us OG owners can customize, flash, reflash, etc till our hearts content to get it just how we want while the average user will just stick to the Blur widgets and call that 'awesome'. Trust me, I've seen it…. I've also seen late adopters of the OG Droid with nothing but screens full of app icons and never knew what a widget was, sad but true. Moto got the brand out, and I dunno if they will ever go back.

    • Simply Reality

      I see it as this. No matter how locked down the phone is, VZ is still going to see millions of them. Look how many D-Inc's and X's were sold. Come on, they got the ball rollin and we did nothing but turn it into a flying bullet. Android is going to be android and we're going to like it no matter what kind of phone it's one. Besides Motorola been in the communication business too long, and they're STILL going strong.

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    Seriously? Polls should be used when they will actually reveal something that is otherwise not ridiculously obvious.

    This is Droid-Life, aka…a Verizon specific enthusiast site. Was there really any doubt of the results of such a poll?

  • cdmoore74

    Verizon baby. Sticking with the best network. I can't upgrade until next June so I might be looking at the Droid X2 at the rate Verizon is releasing phones.

  • CurtisNic

    not much of a contest…dont you think so?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Comineeyeaha Brian Walker

    I voted Etna, because I'd wait a reasonable amount of time after my upgrade is due (jan 5) to move away from my Storm, but if it isn't until March I don't know if my nerves will be able to take it!

  • JFMFT

    I must agree with many other posters. I will probably never buy another Motorola phone if they continue to lock down their phones bootloaders.

  • Tabeytabe

    Nobody is going to switch carriers (at&t none-the -less!) just for this moto phone that'll probably be locked down and will probably be better on vzw (due to probable 4g). That's just silly.

  • Wyveryx

    I like the name of the Olympus over Etna, but you probably couldn't pay me to go to AT&T…

    Is Etna short for anything?

    • PigHeaded

      Olympus and Etna are both named after Mountains in Greek.

      • Wyveryx

        Well I'll be, I never connected that. Though Olympus sounds a lot better than Etna lol…

        • PigHeaded

          I hear ya. Everytime I hear Etna, I think of the health insurance company.

          • Wyveryx

            OMG…. Look at my NEW Etna!!! It's so Awesome that it can even pay your deductible!!!

  • Yeap

    Its AT&T, Nuff said!!

  • Bennettpetrescu0336

    Only if it is stock Android. I am tired of these crappy overlays by manufacturers?

  • brain550

    I'm waiting for my upgrade to come in March, 2011, so I'm hoping some really sick phone will be out by then.

  • EggoEspada

    All I know is I want me a super phone on Verizon to come soon. I have an upgrade waiting for some bad boy.

    Heres to hoping this comes along very soon or the Nexus S does.

    • PigHeaded

      I hear ya. I passed up on Free Phone Friday because I wanted to wait and see what 2011 will bring. I hope there will be some really outstanding phones with cool features and not just ramped up CPU and RAM.

  • RLJSlick

    Wow I'm looking at my next phone! It's like I can see the future!

  • skinja

    Questions:
    1. Will Etna be able to output to an hdtv? Either via mini-HDMI or otherwise?

    2. Camera Specs?

    Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    What's with their scheme of giving every other phone a terrible name? Etna? Reminds me of some 50's show nosy spose name.

    'Oh ETNA! They're DOOOING it AAAAAGAIN!!!”

    • Sarcasticcheesecake

      Etna is also a character from a very popular jRPG (Japanese RPG) so being a fan of that, I'd think this phone would be as epic as the character.

    • Truemobius

      Olympus and Etna are Greek and Italian Mountains respectivly

    • Truemobius

      Olympus and Etna are Greek and Italian Mountains respectivly

  • Toji

    Neither, because my Droid X (as much as I love it) will be my last Moto phone ever. Their hardware rocks but their software is abysmal, and they try their absolute hardest to force you into using it anyway.

    • Barlog

      Its like you read my mind! :-D

      • PigHeaded

        I'm waiting for the iPhone 5. Oh wait, did I just write that here?

        • http://twitter.com/white_shadow001 Zach White

          Iphone 5? really you’d succept to a proprietary company such as apple? you must like being controlled by someone all the time then, cause from the expieriences i’ve had and other people i know have had, apple thinks they know everything about the world. jobs thinks he’s god, i’m not a fan of what apple has become. 3 years ago i was an apple fan boy i’ll admit it, but apple blows now that there’s competition.

        • http://twitter.com/white_shadow001 Zach White

          Iphone 5? really you’d succept to a proprietary company such as apple? you must like being controlled by someone all the time then, cause from the expieriences i’ve had and other people i know have had, apple thinks they know everything about the world. jobs thinks he’s god, i’m not a fan of what apple has become. 3 years ago i was an apple fan boy i’ll admit it, but apple blows now that there’s competition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143030578 Curtis Hoffman

    I know that once my contract is up there will be a Verizon tegra 2 4G that I will want but I doubt it will be this one

  • BrianWM

    Seems to me the etna is in the lead..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Miguel-Mcdowell/757309458 Miguel Mcdowell

    Verizon, regardless of bootloader being locked or not. If they put it on then theres a way to take it off!!

    • http://twitter.com/white_shadow001 Zach White

      exactly. look what happened to the D2, it was rotted in a week. XDA will find a way to unlock this beast

    • http://twitter.com/white_shadow001 Zach White

      exactly. look what happened to the D2, it was rotted in a week. XDA will find a way to unlock this beast

  • Towelie420

    Wait what size screen are we thinking this will have?

  • Craigg

    There is nothing exciting here. Perhaps if they built this phone to support 4G on both GSM and CDMA networks it would be a step up. I don't see it running much faster than the D2 Global so what is the benefit?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      sigh

  • http://twitter.com/hpizzy Hiral Patel

    From everything the readings on the interwebs the Etna and Olympus are the same device with different radio's GSM and LTE CDMA.

  • tanknspank

    PASS

    • Evileclipse420

      Yup

    • Evileclipse420

      Yup

  • Betadeltapika

    Droid X 2 please or nothing else.

    • Anonymous

      Have you heard anything about such a thing?

    • Anonymous

      Have you heard anything about such a thing?

  • Kenhunt86

    Voted neither…motorola will NEVER be another purchase of mine…unless they leave the bootloaders unlocked…

    • jason6g

      I second this. so much for leaving things open. droid does is becoming a joke, especially with all the bloatware being forced down everyones throat.

      i could care less about overclocking a phone like this, but custom themes and the ability to change what i see fit is nice. just do as apple and crack down on the “warranty” exceptions. i see alot of android phones getting swapped out for customer abuse/ignorance.

      if this hits and a comparable, or less powerful but open htc phone launches, ill go with the htc

      • http://twitter.com/white_shadow001 Zach White

        Bloatware pisses me off and it’s pretty much just verizon. I love big red dont get me wrong but what happened to the Droid name? It’s supposed to be open source but instead i get bloatware and locked bootloaders? The hell

        • Anonymous

          Well the og droid was just to get their foot in a door. Moto was on the brink of bankruptcy when they made it. And we all bought what seems like millions of that device. That’s why it seems like such a slap in the face having the droid x and droid 2 all locked down and bloatware injected. My next android device will be open and unlocked, and if it isn’t a motorola device, then that’s their loss

        • Anonymous

          Well the og droid was just to get their foot in a door. Moto was on the brink of bankruptcy when they made it. And we all bought what seems like millions of that device. That’s why it seems like such a slap in the face having the droid x and droid 2 all locked down and bloatware injected. My next android device will be open and unlocked, and if it isn’t a motorola device, then that’s their loss

      • http://twitter.com/white_shadow001 Zach White

        Bloatware pisses me off and it’s pretty much just verizon. I love big red dont get me wrong but what happened to the Droid name? It’s supposed to be open source but instead i get bloatware and locked bootloaders? The hell

    • jason6g

      I second this. so much for leaving things open. droid does is becoming a joke, especially with all the bloatware being forced down everyones throat.

      i could care less about overclocking a phone like this, but custom themes and the ability to change what i see fit is nice. just do as apple and crack down on the “warranty” exceptions. i see alot of android phones getting swapped out for customer abuse/ignorance.

      if this hits and a comparable, or less powerful but open htc phone launches, ill go with the htc

    • BrianWM

      Check out the new G2 as well. I think you'll see manufacturers trying to prevent modificantions to their hardware/software. Unless Google steps up to put some limit on this, it will soon be spread wide.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      rooting isnt everything.

      • NebulaOcton

        Have you seen the new features coming out in the ROM community that aren’t available on phones with locked boot loaders? Rooting isn’t everything, its the only thing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

          I haven’t…what are some of the new features? (Seriously)

      • NebulaOcton

        Have you seen the new features coming out in the ROM community that aren’t available on phones with locked boot loaders? Rooting isn’t everything, its the only thing.

    • Cgmartin33

      Umm… I don’t see the problem. My DX is rooted, ROM’d and OC’d. It is undoubtedly the best device in have ever owned. I don’t envy the N1 owners who used to have a grey phone before the paint rubbed off. Thanks to developers I have exactly what I want… a phone with a vanilla Android experience with only a touch of Blur (that I selected) and a phone with a WAY better build quality than any HTC device. Everyone needs to quit whining and wait a couple weeks after release for the developers to do their thing and set it up the way you want. Or you can just go buy a plastic toy of a phone with an HTC logo on it and hope the screen doesn’t peel.

  • Maansova

    First

  • Murphy

    First.. Moto, and hopefully Blur-less

    • xyzlene

      blurless…. ha!!! That's like bmw manufacturing a sub 15,000.00 automobile. NEVER.

  • Jawshua

    Those phones look dead on the same. You sure you posted two different phones, haha?

    I’ll stick with my DROIDX, but when my contract is up I’d love to get a 4G phone, hopefully a Motorola Droid 4G of some sort.

    It’s funny besides plugging phones for marketing money, I mean who buys new phones all the time since so many come out? If you’re not doing a renew on your contract, a new phone is stupid retarded expensive! Whoever spends that kind of money every time a new phone comes out, well they should think about giving to a worthy cause besides the manufacturers pockets.