Was Sanjay Jha serious about improved QWERTY for DROID 2?

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Was Sanjay Jha serious about improved QWERTY for DROID 2?
The BlackBerry Storm. the first touchscreen BlackBerry was so full of hype that Verizon and RIM tried to get away with launching a version of the phone that was far from being ready for prime time. Slow and sluggish on release, the Storm's lack of Wi-Fi also was seen as a major fail. Subsequent firmware upgrades made the Storm a much more competitive device in the smartphone space. At the same time, RIM was designing the Storm2 with improvements to the much maligned SurePress clicking keyboard and the browser. And RIM was able to shoe-horn a Wi-Fi radio into the unit. By listening to the criticism after the first Storm was launched, RIM and Verizon created the handset that the original Storm should have been in the first place.

The story of the Motorola DROID is a lot different in that the device was launched to rave reviews and was named Time Magazines 2009 Gadget of the Year and was considered an iPhone challenger almost instantly upon release. If there is a weak link in the unit, it is with the QWERTY keyboard which was designed with flat letters so as to keep the model slim and trim with the QWERTY closed. Even Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha, the man responsible for the amazing Android led comeback that has made Motorola relevant again, is talking about a better QWERTY for a DROID 2. Jha said at the CES that a DROID 2 will have an improved keyboard even if that requires new hardware to support it. No time frame for a second DROID model was discussed and Jha's comment seems almost an off hand remark with no weight behind it.

So will we see a sequel to the DROID? If history is any guide, it is a strong possibility as successful models like the BlackBerry Bold and the HTC Touch Pro were updated, improvements made, and re-launched as sequel models. There is no reason not to expect Jha's comments to prove prescient.

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source: PCMag via Phandroid

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16 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i don't have any problems at all with the keyboard and type faster on my droid than i did on my voyager...

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Agreed, I have no problems with it whatsoever. I mean it beats not having a keyboard all together. I won't mention any names......IPHONE.

10. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

improve the keyboard, up screen to 4.3 and throw in a 1 gig dual processor and i'll use the droid 2 for the rest of my life

12. mrrd

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

I like the screen and processor idea but the keyboard will naturally be bigger with the 4.3" screen. I don't really have any problems with the keyboard, but add multitouch to make it perfect. This is still the best phone I've ever owned, so far.

16. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

how about we just lose the keyboard altogeather. the touch screen virtual keyboarddoes just fine, or SWYPE is great to.

3. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I have to say I'm happy with the Droid. Blackberry Storm and iPhone, they had to release new models because the first ones sucked or needed better hardware! The Droid released with no flaws, as far as I'm concerned. Yes it had a slight glitch in the software but the new software release fixed that. And software issues isn't anything to complain about, it doesn't require getting a new phone. It has an amazing camera, 3G, WiFi, microSD (included), micro USB so it uses a regular charger...hear that Apple?!, fast processor, able to multitask, great call quality, etc. The first Storm and first iPhone couldn't do most of that, especially the first iPhone which could only make crappy calls and surf the web, that was about it. So with that said, Motorola did a great job showing the competition how it's done. If Motorola releases another "beast", Lord knows how good it'll be! If the first Droid was this good, Apple and AT&T will wet their pants if a sequel is in the works HAHA!

7. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I had the iphone 3g for over a year and honestly, the best parts of the iphone you can get with the ipod touch. No I certainly do not miss at&t and their lack of 3g. I certainly consider the droid to be an upgrade to the iphone.

4. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

DROID 2 would be pretty awesome, but it'll probably be released on Big Red again, meaning that I (being an AT&T customer) miss out on it yet again =(

5. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

6. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Tony Jaa rocks! Martial Arts FTW

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If any phone needs a qwerty keyboard improvement its the palm pre. The phone has been out way longer and the keyboard is far worse. It doesn't even have a official on screen keyboard. At least you have two very useable on screen keyboards with the droid.

9. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

According to press releases the Pre will have a better one, there is room for improvement for the Moto Droid no matter what the fans believe

11. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

Rorye..obviously you havn't had an iphone before..so zip yer comments kid!..the specs from the droid to iphone 3gs are comparable iand its about the same..DUH!.this includes the Nokia N900 with EXACT specs..iphone STILL wins on the multimedia, screen visibility and overall quality not to mention its scratch resistant. If the iphone features weren't tried to be copied from other manufacturers..like other phones being pinch to zoom...again, if the iphone never existed other companies would just be improving on the each other..NOT trying to top 1 phone like the iphone

14. dandirk unregistered

Droid has Gorilla glass, supposedly more then scratch resistant then most cell glass out there... I have friends that have broken a few iphone screens with simple drops, Gorilla glass is much more resistant to drops etc. Mine has survived some ohhhh crap moments. I personally don't understand your second paragraph... Companies ARE now trying to improve on each other... Just so happens many features started with the iphone. Apple is revolutionary but I will make the argument that after their initial release they don't continue to change. They capture market then sit on it and their fanbase. Which is working for them I might add. Look at the ipod, not much has changed in 5 years until recently with the touch. Other vendors have moved beyond apple in some cases but still the stigma of apple being the greatest persists... and apple banks on that.

15. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Crow, are you that surprised someone could actually like the droid more than the iphone? I dropped mine once and that's all she wrote. Apple told me I would have to bring it to my closest apple store, which is 2 hours away. I terminated my contract with at&t and got the droid. I find the metal structure much better than the glossy glass iphone any day. At least verizon will take care of the droid. I fear nexus will have the same issue like the iphone with this, having to mail it to google. Yea no thanks, ill stick with the droid.

13. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

i'd take a droid over a nexus!!

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