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Cracking Open Motorola: StarTAC, XOOM, and DVR teardowns

As Google makes plans to buy Motorola Mobility, TechRepublic cracks open old and new Motorola tech, including the classic StarTAC flip phone.

On Monday, Google announced plans to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Once complete, the deal will let Google compete directly with Apple to provide customers a complete mobile solution (hardware, operating system, and apps). Google will also acquire Motorola Mobility's extensive patent library, which will help it defend Android from legal challenges.

I've owned several Motorola phones and pagers over the years, and have always liked them. Larry Page, Google CEO, also appears to be a long-time fan of the handset maker. Page wrote in a post outlining the acquisition:

"Its [Motorola's] many industry milestones include the introduction of the world's first portable cell phone nearly 30 years ago, and the StarTAC-the smallest and lightest phone on earth at time of launch. ... I have loved my Motorola phones from the StarTAC era up to the current DROIDs."

To celebrate Motorola's accomplishments, here's a look back at some of their classic devices and latest tech. Note: I've compiled just a few photos from each gallery in this blog post. To view the complete cracking open gallery for each device, click the gallery title.

Cracking Open the classic Motorola StarTAC flip phone

Next page: Cracking Open the Motorola Advisor Gold pager (1997)

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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