First live photo of the Motorola Shules Android smartphone for Verizon

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First live photo of the Motorola Shules Android smartphone for Verizon
Can’t wait to see a new image of the Android-powered Motorola Shules (or Sholes)? Fear not, as a generous tipster of ours has sent us a rather blurry, yet quite realistic photo of the Verizon-branded device. The only difference with the renderings we have seen seems to be the red D-Pad here, otherwise everything looks quite similar. Here’s a quick recap on the rumored specs: a pretty large 3.7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480x854 pixels that we hope will deliver some smooth visuals, a 5MP camera so that you can capture the important moments in your life and a 3.5mm jack for some (hopefully) high-quality audio playback capabilities.

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1. Razeu187

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Looks a bit "stiff" but not bad.....would like to see it in action though

2. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

*Bangs head on table!* Wha???? Its like motos not even trying. That red dpad destroys the real estate destined for the keyboard.

3. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

Not even trying? Are you serious? 3.7 inch capacitative touch screen with full qwerty slider and an android OS, and a 5mp autofocus camera to top it all off? How is that not even trying? That red d-pad is nowhere near as annoying as the bulging chin on the G1 when I used it. The keypad layout is similar to the n97, but this has four rows instead of 3 and the d-pad is on the opposite side...I think this is going to be an awesome handset and something to get motorola out of the rut that they've been in. To release such an uncompromisingly awesome phone in the US is a great idea! Hopefuly VZW markets this thing appropriately!

5. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

I agree except for the keyboard part, watch this be internet only like the original diamond.

9. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

Actually, if you look to the right of the d-pad, there is a small protrusion, but doesn't stick out as much as the G1 or Hero and the screen slides over it.

14. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Well you can count on that, but I agree with him in a way, the D-pad seems a little pointless (atleast for me) I would rather have a full scale larger keyboard with maybe an "opticle key" in the center for navigation purposes, Kinda like to old toshiba satelite notebooks with the little "Eraser Head" for the mouse and make it opticle. I love the size of the screen, Im hoping physicle screen size is 3.7 and note the phone size...I know phonearena loves to MUCK up the stats with over compinsation. And I agree with "Path" The G1 was the largest pile of crap looking pone ever, they should have called it the JayLeno1 for its chin size. That was so unconfertable to text on and just looked unapealing. Overal I rate this handset on looks and Hypetheticle functionality a 9. Looking forward to it.

17. triplexcoast

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 03, 2009

They put a "check spellling" button just below the area for adding comments for a reason. There is no such word as "opticle" and had you used the spell check you would have found that out.

19. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

dude seriously are you the forum moderator do you really feel the need to waiste everyones time trying to sound intellegent by commenting on spelling and not on the article? get a life...and for your information I was posting at work and they site is restricted as it is so not everything works right, I did click it for obvious reasons but it didnt take due to site restrictions...links pics, vids all that crap is missing when i reveiw the page at seriously again get a life...

4. xcalibur

Posts: 49; Member since: May 18, 2009

what to do what to do wait for the Tpro2 and compare or get this seeing it's coming out in october. then agian by the time I decide another phone will pop it's head out and i will want that one, damn technology so tempting!!!!

6. ocrummy

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 31, 2009

this is the type of form factor apple should use for the iphone, if they ever add a physical qwerty keyboard...

7. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

so i saw that the Touch Pro 2 is in Verizon's inventory already so possibly coming out soon. Which will be out sooner? and andriod vs. winmo?

8. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Seeing how this is Vzw's only Android offering, I guess it's not bad, but dam, I don't care how big the screen is [which isn't even that big], it doesn't look as elegant as the renderings, and I looks nasty. I thought it was going to have a flushed screen, but I guess not. I wonder what the UI will be like....

10. jsnika

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 23, 2008

hahaha and for all you haters of the chin....there is a small on on the bottom lol

11. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

God I hope they change the name of this thing... How ridiculous is everyone going to feel saying, "Yeah, I just hit up Big Red, but me this sweet new Sh-Shu-Shul-Sholes? phone, yeah, the name's stupid, but it's the greatest phone ever."

12. NerdYuki

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

There's also an additional hardware button on the front, compared to the rendering. It looks like a search button.

13. Crypto

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

I think the name is Moto's internal codename especially since it has not been released...try looking up the surname "sholes" on Wikipedia! Also remember that the new Moto phone "Morrison" which also had a much maligned name, has now passed through the FCC and is actually called the "CLIQ". Also as someone else pointed out this is an early prototype and so the colors and style are not fixed. I think that the D-Pad would be great for business users, you could use it like arrow keys. If you were editing a document and you wanted to go navigate around it, especially if it was in small print on the screen, you would not want to use your big finger to move the cursor; if you were editing a spreadsheet you could do big damage with your fingers. The morrison, or I should say CLIQ, D-pad on the left is probably aimed at a different audience, for game playing, like many games devices that have it on the left.

15. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

why the hell is there a d pad??? isnt that the whole point of the giant touch screen???

16. puggunit

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 31, 2009

I just have a feeling we are going to see a lot of manufacturer defects with this device. Hopefully this will clear their name and make people forget about the Krave. Big step forward for them with the android OS and using VZW.

18. xcalibur

Posts: 49; Member since: May 18, 2009

after looking at it for a while... i really don't like the design looks plain

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