Nokia N Series
'Apple to storm the market with a 2G handset with dubious video credentials that most users remain convinced is a ‘multimedia phone’ to rival the N Series.'
Where Apple is scoring, (and where other manufacturers better learn the lesson), is that the 'experience' of the iPhone is so much better than rivals. It may not have the processing capabilities of the N series, but it delivers. I've had the N90 and now the N95 and I've found both phones to be overcomplicated, and sluggish.
With the N95 they can add unreliability (mine crashed 6 times in one day using the Nokia web browser) and indifferent build quality (it's plastic) to the mix. Comparing the N range to my all too-brief play with the iPhone is not favourable - the latter is easy to use, responsive and has Apple's famous quality of finish.
As for Motorola - I've never found one of their phones easy to use. Apart from design their range has next to nothing to recommend them.
The market for an easy-to-use mobile phone is still up for grabs. Apple have shown there are alternatives to interfaces originally designed for just making voice calls, but I'm sure the iPhone isn't the be all and end all of mobile interaction design. Perhaps that's where Motorola should be putting some effort - make the Motorola range desirable not just because of styling and finish, but also for the experience of using their products.