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Is this the Motorola DROID 5?

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Aug 2013, 23:30

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...

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posted on 25 Aug 2013, 23:51

46. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; 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: 20; 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: 313; Member since: 10 May 2010)

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

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 02:07

16. Genersis (Posts: 219; 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: 4364; 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: 3698; 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: 821; 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: 88; 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 (unregistered)

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: 4364; 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: 780; 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: 821; 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: 109; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


posted on 25 Aug 2013, 11:25

41. Yaldabaoth (Posts: 42; 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: 4364; 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: 88; 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: 20; 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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