Android Phones

The rumored “mini Droid slider” and why Android needs this form factor [Opinion]

July 20, 2010 | by Chris Smith

Motorola, Rumors


When I saw the Android and Me post yesterday depicting a very blurry Motorola Droid vertical slider, I nearly couldn’t contain my excitement. Android phones have come in quite the many shapes and sizes but it seems that recently most handset manufacturers have concentrated on all-touchscreen candy bars or horizontal QWERTY sliders. Some of these phones have been awesome, but there is a segment that is missing that is much needed and wanted.

In case you missed it, the leaked, blurry pics are of what appears to be a “mini Droid slider” that is slated to come to Verizon Wireless in the not too distant future. There are no specs other than than that attractive, roomy looking portrait QWERTY keyboard that slides down. The phone really does look a lot like the Palm Pre, but that is definitely not a bad thing. As long as the screen is 3.2″+ and the phone is not underspec’d (meaning anything less than a 1Ghz processor), I think we will be in for a real treat.

The portrait QWERTY slider or portrait candybar slider (ala Blackberry) is something that has yet to grace the Android operating system. One of the first Android phones to feature a portrait QWERTY in late 2008 after the G1 turned out to be vaporware and the latest portrait incarnation, the Motorola Charm, may just be a bit too small and underpowered. What Android really needs is something like the Droid slider’s form factor to convert some of these die-hard Blackberry and Palm Pre lovers. Some people simply will not switch to a virtual keyboard, especially Blackberry users that swear by their portrait QWERTYs. This makes the switch to Android difficult for some smartphone users as most Android phones with physical keyboards really aren’t that great.

I don’t know about you, but when I had my Palm Pre or Blackberry Curve I could type like a madman on it, also with far less mistakes. The virtual QWERTY’s are getting better as they become more accurate and have better spelling correction, but you can’t convince me and the other corporate Blackberry loving users that it will ever be better than the real thing.

Via [Android and Me]