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Is this the Motorola DROID 5?

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Is this the Motorola DROID 5?
The OG Motorola DROID took the world by storm. Released in late 2009, it was named Time Magazine's gadget of the year, beating out the Apple iPhone 3GS. With Verizon customers having gone through a succession of models like the LG Voyager, LG Dare and the Samsung Glyde (all featurephones), Big Red was in dire need of a smartphone that could keep its customers from jumping to AT&T where the iPhone was an exclusive in the states. With a strong marketing campaign (what iDon't, DROID DOES), the Motorola DROID introduced the world to Android 2.0 and kicked off Androidmania.

Over the subsequent years, Motorola improved the QWERTY on the DROID line, making it one of the best in the business. Still built as sturdy as they come, changes were made when the Motorola DROID 4 took its design cues from the Motorola DROID RAZR and added 4G LTE connectivity to the hallowed name. For those who require a physical QWERTY keyboard and have been fans of the DROID line, you might be wondering if there will be a Motorola DROID 5. If some pictures found on Chinese website Weibo are legit, the answer is a resounding "Yes!"

It appears as though the screen on the Motorola DROID 5 will be in the range of 4.3 to 4.5 inches, growing from the 4 inches seen on the Motorola DROID 3 and DROID 4. The QWERTY looks the same as the backlit, laser cut one seen on the latter model. This unit will allegedly support NFC, wireless charging and be resistant to water and dust. Hopefully we will soon get some more information on the device, including specs, pricing and availability.


source: Weibo (1), (2), NewCellphonesBlog via Engadget

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posted on 23 Aug 2013, 23:34 7

1. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Motorola already released 4 terrible phones, why release 5th? lolol

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 23:39 14

2. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


OG Droid was great. So I hope its not one of your four.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 02:07 1

17. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1994; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


All dorid line, were horrible......

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 04:54 4

20. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


the OG droid was great just like N.Reynolds said so i dont know which one you where talking about

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 12:02

33. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Only thing that was horrible was naming them Droid.

Some of them were really good phones, unfortunately some missed that mark.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 11:11 1

49. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


The Droid line was awesome, and Motorola did a fine job with it.

Name one other OEM who created a successful line of Android phones with QWERTY. I bet you can't.

If Motorola releases a Droid supporting GSM with a SIM slot, I'd buy one instantly.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 23:40 4

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5913; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wouldn't exactly say the prior editions were 'terrible'. There were omissions, but they weren't 'terrible'. Maybe the 5th time they get everything right? If all they did was add the keyboard from the Droid 4 to the just-released Droid line, they would have a winner, IMO. Maybe improve the quality of the sound for incoming calls, but otherwise, keep the rest of the phone, the same. Can't be too hard for Moto to do, eh?

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 21:17

39. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 252; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


i liked the last keyboard but if theres improvements that they found necessary i aint arguing.its good they tossed wireless charging in as well. but at that screen size its probably going to be limited to 720p and the camera will most likely be the same as the other new droids...

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:09 1

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 3086; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


It's far from terrible. Just no Android update unlike Samsung Galaxy series.

To power user update will decide whether it's a worthwhile phone.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 05:33

22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3996; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Lol well said.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 11:28 3

30. sprockkets (Posts: 1302; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


F off.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 13:08

42. sgodsell (Posts: 1382; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


If it has the same 2gb and x8 computing system like the new droid line with this keyboard then it could be a hit. The best of voice and keyboard have to offer.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 23:41

4. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Keyboard too? Awwww snap.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:03 3

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


whoa, mind blown.
i'm definitely interested. o:

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 04:42 1

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5913; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If the Droid 5 were to add the keyboard of the Droid 4 to the feature set of the new Droid Maxx, I would be interested. Might even plunk down the coin to purchase. There is something about a good keyboard for ex-BlackBerry users. I migrated away from BlackBerry with the Droid X, but I can't say I wouldn't pass on a real keyboard option for Android.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 10:27

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


shoot, i'd probably get it if it matched the feature set of the Ultra/X with a 4.3"-4.5" display. i know what you mean. the Droid 3 is still one of my favorite phones to date.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:04

6. scissorhands97 (unregistered)


am i the only one the noticed that its running ice cream sandwich? look at the buttons and the camera UI

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 13:11

43. sgodsell (Posts: 1382; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


As if it was going to be released with 4.0.4 ICS. Even the latest droid ultra/maxx and moto x have 4.2.2. If it has 1gb or more, then there is no reason why they would not put on jelly bean.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:04 2

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


honestly though this looks like something from last year that was scrapped...

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:13

9. scissorhands97 (unregistered)


kinda looks like the razr m you think?

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 10:28

28. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


sure does.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:15 2

10. Jklaz (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


Why do no manufactures make a phone with a querty that actually had good specs and nice quality.. Moto Droid line is the only one. And the 3/4 were kinda not that great and not updated

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:46 2

11. imkyle (Posts: 1015; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Too many Droids on one carrier.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 00:48

12. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Uh hello droid ultra, mini, and maxx. Not to mention the Moto X. 4 terrible ass phones that are years behind regardless of "User experience". I wasn't talking about the originals. Either way i still think motorola lacks what it takes to compete in the mobile era of today

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 11:09 3

29. bioappberry (Posts: 22; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


Are you kidding me? Have you used these phones? have you seen what they are capable of doing? Or are you just sitting behind a computer screen being a spec whore? With what Moto just did they now made it super easy for Verizon to sell these to any business required to use hands free. You don't even have to touch the phone to navigate or look things up. The specs of a phone do not do justice to how well the phone will perform. You have zero substance to your arguement. Maybe you should see if you are capable of lending an opinion before you give one.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 11:29

31. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


As of this post, there were 43 reviews on the Droid Maxx at Verizon's website. The average rating (based of these 43 reviews) is 3.5 out of 5 stars. Assuming independent and random reviews, 43 observations is sufficient to draw statistical inferences -- the early adopters / reviewers are basically disappointed with the new Maxx.

That is based on 43 people. What is your next excuse.

Btw, I was at a Verizon store checking out the new LG Exalt, and more people bought the iPhone 4 than any of the recent launched Droid series during my visit. Food for thought.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 12:06 5

34. roldefol (Posts: 3083; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


And if you looked at the reviews at Verizon two weeks ago, you'd see a 3.0/5. That was before the phone was even released. Most of the low (1 star) reviews were trolls complaining about the lack of microSD, quad core, microSD, 1080p screen, or microSD...without even seeing or buying the phone. Reviews from this week are 4-5 stars. Let's wait more than a few days before passing judgment.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 15:33 2

37. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Well when I was at the grocery store the other day most people were buying soda instead of water, so that must mean soda is way better for you....

Most worthless rhetoric I've ever heard. Not to mention the iPhone 4 is FREE and the Droids start at $100...

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 15:29 1

36. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


So I guess Motorola developing a new processing system that utilizes eight processors isn't advanced enough for you? Or handsfree control for numerous functions on the phone? Droid Zap bettering NFC? Not to mention the phones smashed all the current quad-core phones in almost every speed test. Did you actually research anything, or did you just decide to bang on Motorola because you don't like the company?

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 13:19

44. sgodsell (Posts: 1382; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Clearly you don't know what specs are. The latest droid lineup has the same GPU as the HTC one and Galaxy S4. Then it has a dual core 1.7ghz cpu with 2gb of ram. So how is it that these phones can't compete in today's mobile era? Not to mention the other cores for natural voice and contextual computing, which BTW is not in any other phones right now. If you really want to pull out the punches the new Motorola lineup beats and iPhone or WP in terms of computing power.

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 23:51

46. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It's not that they lack what it takes to compete with the big boys, it's that they choose to market to those who are concerned about appearance and battery life. Since that's who they appear to target, they'll be nothing more than another option for consumers to consider.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 01:12 2

13. Droidude (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2010)


Yep, it looks like a Razr M with a slightly modified Droid 4, which is not a bad thing...It does look Iike a proposal from last year that didn't make it.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 01:37

14. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Looks exactly like the first. They need to make a bold move and give it an edge, something that'll make customers check out that keyboard

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 01:38 2

15. TechDork (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 May 2010)


.....I just want a new LEGIT Sidekick.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 02:07

16. Genersis (Posts: 203; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Hopefully this one will actually come to the UK...

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 03:43

18. zhangyamysaga (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Yes,It lookes like very great ! The specication is very similar with mysaga mobile.The Photographic effect is very good.But who can tell me where i can buy it ?

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 04:58 2

21. roldefol (Posts: 3083; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Hopefully they didn't cheap out on the screen this time. Both the Droid 3 and 4 had that awful PenTile LCD abomination. I'd like to see a 720p slider with a stellar qwerty. I don't think it'll sell big, but it's nice to have options.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 06:53 1

23. AfterShock (Posts: 2879; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I'd swing that.

This could be a game changer at this point in time, no competition from any to what this could offer.
To those whining over updates an others agreeing with them, this I'd a different company now.. it's not stuck in mud with a solo design an only option being fruity colours Lmao.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 09:10

24. lsutigers (Posts: 758; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


So this is basically a Sprint Photon Q with the x8 processor.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 10:05

25. Kelley71 (Posts: 44; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Looks like it to me--that's the Photon Q's keyboard with the Verizon logo. This needs to be cross-carrier..

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 10:21

26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6674; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


And why make only qwerty phones for Verizon. there are lots of people out there that wants FULL KEY BOARD with touch screen phones that's not on Verizon

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 12:00

32. roldefol (Posts: 3083; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Because Motorola and Verizon have a secret pact to annoy you and force you to say the same thing on every Droid article.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:15

35. ibap (Posts: 706; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Motorola Photon Q on Sprint. Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint. LG Mach on Sprint. Then there are the ones targeted at texting kids, but the keyboards are still decent. Kyocera Milano - but not a great phone.

My daughter liked her LG Rumor Touch. Samsung Transform Ultra.

The problem is they don't give you a truly top-of-the-line phone with the keyboard, so people abandon the keyboards for other features. I don't need my phone to be so thin that I can lose it in a pile of paper. Just give me a really good phone with a really good keyboard. Currently on a Photon Q, but I think the keyboard on the Epic was every bit as good, and quieter.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 16:47 1

38. lsutigers (Posts: 758; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Indeed, the Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint is an awesome phone, my buddy still uses one because he has great WiMAX service (12mbps down consistently) and he won't get rid of it. If only they released an LTE version of the Epic...

I haven't tried the Photon Q but I hear Moto makes some of the best qwerty keyboards so I'm sure it's good. Only problem is my Sprint phone is through work and they currently have us using iPhones and my Sprint LTE speeds run 18-32 mbps consistently which is actually faster than my Verizon phone most of the time.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 22:21

40. Sesameopen (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


OMFG FINALLY SOMETHING TO REPLACE MY PHOTON Q!!

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 11:25

41. Yaldabaoth (Posts: 34; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Could be decent, but could be disappointing.

If Droid Mini specs: Continued ranting of non-flagship (read: non-1080p/non-quad core) QWERTY on Internet, but grudging acceptance as best in class. Can we hope for better than this?

If Droid M/Photon Q specs: [Sad Kitten]

posted on 25 Aug 2013, 17:56 2

45. roldefol (Posts: 3083; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I can't see anyone making a 4.7-5" 1080p qwerty given how small the market demand is. If this is essentially a Droid Mini with a keyboard, it would be the best damn qwerty ever and worlds ahead of the compromised Droid 4.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 11:44

47. Kelley71 (Posts: 44; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


Except that such a phone would probably get a near-monopoly on that submarket, given there is practically no competition, and even steal from the phablet and flagship submarkets. Judging from how long the Epic outlasted its candybar siblings and even its successor (albeit with WiMax as a factor), it might just sell well enough to justify the premium and development costs--especially if it's future-proofed as well as the Epic was. There is pent up demand; it's just a question of which manufacturer can identify it and wants to capitalize on it.

posted on 26 Aug 2013, 21:39

48. Simprocity (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


Unfortunately, some of you have some sort of addiction or affliction to the latest gadget someone tells you is cool. However cool the gadget is, it doesn't make you cool! Some of you feel that if you don't have the latest fad device, you'll be left in some Purgatory of loneliness until your contract dictates you can leave and go to fad Heaven.

Others have a purpose for the phones they choose that diverts from the latest and greatest fad. It's called functionality.

In my case I chose a DROID 4 a couple years ago because of the keyboard and other important features. For example:

Usable screen real estate. Your Samsung GS4 may have a larger screen, but the on screen keyboard consumes a substantial amount. When performing remote control functions, the pop up on screen keyboard is annoying. If you are drafting business text and emails, you definately don't want to use an on screen keyboard or swype unless you want embarrasing unprofessional results.

Reception: I personally have had the opportunity to try many many makes and models of phones. Motorola reception is always best in bad areas. Nokia in my experience is second. Casio seems to do pretty well. The Samsung models are always bad. The GS3 is awful and the GS4 is improved, but not as good as those I have mentioned. iPhones, well, sorry Apple.

Voice quality: All Samsung GS have terrible voice quality. The GS4, again, is better than the 3, but not great. Speakerphones always seem to be best on PTT phones. Motorola makes PTT phones and always has good voice quality and speakerphones.

Build quality: Motorola makes tough phones. I have seen more broken Samsung GS3/4s. Can anyone say cheap plastic? Come on Samsung!

Battery life: Motorola has great battery life when comparing to other phones released in the same time period. After all, what good is a wireless phone that is dead or tethered to a charger.

If you want to get work done, try a DROID with a keyboard. If you have time in your life to NFC playlists, you probably could use a job, some exercise or could help someone by donating time to the charity of your choice. If you are worried you might miss out on a feature you won't use, get the loaded GS4 (and be sure to buy a protective case or insurance). If you are/were a C or lower student, save yourself all the Android complexity (power) and buy an iPhone.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 23:45

50. Carol_in_FL (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Hey Simprocity,

I am the current owner of a 2 year old Droid 3 that replaced a Droid 1 and for the last month have been searching for any/all information about a new Droid 5 -- or as a last resort (if my phone dies) possibly switching to a non-QWERTY phone like the GS4 or the Note 3. Your comment does the best job I've seen of comparing these different types of phones. After reading this, I think I made a good decision when I bought a new battery a week ago to keep my D3 going.

Your comment is so valuable that (with your permission) I would like to copy it and re-post it on 2 other forums: DroidForums.net -- "Any talk about a Droid 5 coming out?" and the Motorola Owners' Forum -- DROID 4 by Motorola, on the post entitled "Motorola are you going to release the droid 5 ?". Please comment back and let me know.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 15:20

51. Droidude (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2010)


Have to chime in. Now that we know Motorola is coming out with a Photon, the Droid 5 can't be far behind. If the OS and specs were very similiar to the new Droid phones, I would buy one the day it came out. If it had the Maxx 3500 maH battery it would be a world class business phone. BlackBerry is probably not going to make it, so there is an opportunity here to do some good business.

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