Verizon's second Motorola Android device is the Calgary; picture revealed

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Verizon's  second Motorola Android device is the Calgary; picture revealed
Verizon has a second Motorola Android device coming after the Droid. Code named the Calgary, this is actually a name that was used for the Droid very early in the device's life. Now the Motorola Calgary represents a new model and BGR's tipsters have given the green light for the story to be revealed. The phone will have the BLUR UI to push all of your social networking messages to your home page. The hardware include 3 touch sensitive Android keys, an optical joystick, physical QWERTY keyboard and a 3MP camera. Other features include Wi-Fi, GPS, digital magnetometer and a 3.5mm audio jack. BGR's source says the OS runs smoothly and is responsive. No price range was mentioned, but Big Red might be able to get this out in time for the holiday shopping season in the fourth quarter. Another handset for you Verizon customers to think hard about?

source: BGR

Verizon's  second Motorola Android device is the Calgary; picture revealed

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31 Comments

1. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Ok so don't get me wrong, I think it's AWESOME that Verizon's phone line up is getting a heck of a boost. However, this looks like Motorola outsourced it to Fisher Price. I'm not certain what "demographic" they'll be targetting, but I hope they make it either more sleek or at least add some pizzaz to it. ...ultimately, I just think it's kinda ugly.

2. NMchileman

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 20, 2009

Yeah, it's a little hard to look at. Hopefully this isn't the final hardware revision.

3. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Agreed. Put some style and class in these. I am sure this will be great, but it looks horrid.

4. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

I sure as heck hope it isn't either, all-black is cool, but it can't be allowed to look like a block of plastic. lol

19. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

-I think they should have made it a little more rounded !!

5. ssjassassin

Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

This is clearly early development hardware. Based on the Droid's older images vs newer this must be close to how this handset will look. I think that it will hold its place in the Verizon line up though it is not for me. I like the droid looks aside (it is not all bad i have to say.). I see this thing being the Env3 of the androids hitting Verizon. I also expect this to trend to all handsets soon. It was made clear when the wireless companies first started making mobile internet so widely available. They plan on making your service more expensive through making all these phone internet capable. I wish i could tell with the coming of 4G networks if the use of VOIP and Internet only phones will make it to the show. I can only expect the carriers to drop old expensive outdated voice hardware for new highspeed tech and VOIP phones where the customers are paying for only internet connections.

6. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

This could be targeted to a lower segment that still wants android but can't afford the DROID

7. livin4acti0n

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 04, 2009

I agree. Im probably getting this if the final product looks better

21. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

No one wants ANdroid BECAUSE no one knows what it is! In fact, no one realizes that their is an OS on a phone! VZW's software was always the thing that held back their phone's potenial, but there is more to the iPhone than it's Apple based software... As for this phone, it looks better than the Droid to me. Hopefully this will not require the overly exspensive and uneeded data plan for PDA's. You should not have to pay more for internet on a phoen than you do at home and not even get half of the experience.

8. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

looks like it will target the lower priced crowd. Since this is motorola i thought the calgary was supposed to resemble the old razor type keyboard, what happened to that? the original calgary pictures were pretty cool, kind of looked like a cross between the t-mobile sidekick and the razor, but i guess not! Droid for me still

9. xcalibur

Posts: 49; Member since: May 18, 2009

put that keyboard on the droid and where good.

10. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

i like this phone's look better than the droid's look. the keyboard looks better on the Calgary, the keys look better... the only thing i don't like is the specs of this phone... the screen looks smaller and the 3 mp camera is a turn off...

11. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

I hope the final product looks more like the renderings we saw way back when. Truth is, I don't know if I want to get te Droid or wait for the Hero to come out on VZW. I am not an early adapter and I guess the hands on reviews and time will tell.

12. KingOfPhones

Posts: 41; Member since: May 04, 2008

This looks really cheap, why didn't we get something more like the Cliq? I mean honestly.

13. C_H

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 06, 2009

Not a great looking phone, except for the keyboard which looks decent. The original prototype/render's keyboard looked great but not terribly usable, this one looks like it might be very easy to use. The Droid didn't change significantly from the prototype, which doesn't bode well for the future style of this phone. At least the Droid has a nice look to it, so there's one phone in this shape that should be nice

14. doxcell

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

will these android phones come required with a data plan?

15. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

I'm gonna take a wild guess at that and say DUH! Android phones are built around web. Kind of like the pre's Web OS but not as internet driven... so if you buy a web based phone (pretty much anything android), expect to pay for data.

16. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

who would want an android phone if you weren't gonna use it for data?

18. mkl4466

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 25, 2008

You can bet your booties that this will require $30 data package. Android syncs with google servers. You can't get past thestartup screen on an android device without logging into your google account. All PDA's, or smart phones, or whatever you want to call them, require $30 data. This is no different. Blackberry requires you to have a data package, even though the software doesn't force you to input an email address, whereas android does. Verizon doesn't make money off handsets, they actually lose money by subsidizing handsets. They make their money from data. If they didn't require this device to have data, it wouldn't exist.

20. JC_Agga

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 24, 2009

you guys are funny, this is not smartphone. I got a confirmation email from verizon(droid) and it looks like a postcard. But it says "You signed up for this email because you think you need a new smartphone. But you don't need a smartphone, you need a supergenius in your pocket." does this sound like it's going to be a smartphone? i might be wrong, but i belive it's a feature phone.

22. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

How about for everything else BUT the internet? Some people want a physical keybaord, no data plan and no cheap ass LG phones! Oh yeah - and no Windows, Blackberry or VZW OS!!!

27. bigdog805

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

If you don't want the internet dont get an internet based phone. I don't understand people that get upset that you need a data plan for a smartphone. Its like buying a corvette and asking them to only put a 4 cylinder engine in it because you dont want to drive fast. Just doesn't make sense!

28. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Yes this is going to be a smartphone and will require ( as always ) the $30.00 data plan for smartphones.

31. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

BS. No one sets out to buy a phone for the internet. Practically all phones have internet capability and it is NOT the priority on these phones. We get upset because some of us want the hot phone with all features EXCEPT for the internet. Why? Internet on a phone (my opinion) is a waste of time. The screens are too small to be useful. Just because a phones has internet does not mean that we have to be charged for it. These phones do other things but the phone netwrk is not needed to use them so they can't charge for them. You example was not good. We want the Vette, but we just don't want to be forced to buy the after market rims and service plan for the rim that we don't want!

17. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

I'm not liking it. I agree with all that said the old model looked better. I noticed they kept the same font as the old calgary for the keys but it still doesnt look as satisfying as the other model. Hopefully they change that. This just looks like DROID Jr. Verizons service is great, theres no doubt about that but COME ONN... verizons phone line up sucks balls.

23. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

This idea of making people get a data plan because they want a hot looking phone with features that the cheap ones do not have, BUT who may not want to use the useless internet is the biggest racket since coffers! Where is the government on this? This data plan shit will make people got to those smaller outfits who have everything included or those who do not require it. I know - the network, but some of these small outifts use the VZW network - like Sprint does...

24. steelrik

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

@ n0gar2. The data usage its not a mere add-on like 5 or 7 years ago, its become almost vital due the social networking, uploading photos, watching videos, etc. Now the newer smartphones there almost data dependable like the WebOS. So it means that most of the people who has a smartphone has a heavy data usage & as you seen in other news cellphone companies & internet providers are looking for more free spectrum because the current spectrum that has the US for data usage its almost full ,even like 2 months ago I saw an article that Microsoft creating the "White-Fi" spectrum with white areas of spectrum residing between analog Tv channels.(linkhttp://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=4714) Well I know that its sucks to get a high end smartphone & get stuck with data to use it & for getting a MIR ,but its because they have to maintain & expand their data spectrum to avoid a data outage due that the data spectrum its full. Thats I think with info that I got from the web.

30. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

That info you got was BS. It is all about money as but so many people can have cell phones, so the market is about tapped. Data is the only way to get revenue as of now. Instead of waiting for people to take it and hope that they make a profit, they force it on us or create schemes so that we get a plan (Premium or connect) in order to have a steady flow of money.

25. steelrik

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

@ n0gar2. The data usage its not a mere add-on like 5 or 7 years ago, its become almost vital due the social networking, uploading photos, watching videos, etc. Now the newer smartphones there almost data dependable like the WebOS. So it means that most of the people who has a smartphone has a heavy data usage & as you seen in other news cellphone companies & internet providers are looking for more free spectrum because the current spectrum that has the US for data usage its almost full ,even like 2 months ago I saw an article that Microsoft creating the "White-Fi" spectrum with white areas of spectrum residing between analog Tv channels.(linkhttp://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=4714) Well I know that its sucks to get a high end smartphone & get stuck with data to use it & for getting a MIR ,but its because they have to maintain & expand their data spectrum to avoid a data outage due that the data spectrum its full. Thats I think with info that I got from the web.

26. steelrik

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

oops issue with my computer that I double post it sorry

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