Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Aug 2013 20:59 UTC
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So Motorola built a phone that's marginally smarter, slightly more comfortable, and a little bit more usable than most others. And while that may never displace Samsung or Apple, it's an important first step. This new Motorola is listening. Listening to customers who want their phones to feel more personal. Listening to critics who endlessly complain about battery life. Listening to an industry that knows the spec race is out of hand. And, perhaps most importantly, the new Motorola is listening to Google when it says solving people's actual problems, simply and beautifully, is the path to success.

The Moto X looks interesting, but I doubt it can handle the competition. Specifications do seem to matter in the shops, and the Moto X doesn't measure up. On top of that, how are they going to do the custom design thing in other parts of the world?

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But... keyboards.
by woegjiub on Thu 1st Aug 2013 22:36 UTC
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2008-11-25

This is nice and all, but it doesn't add much new over the nexus 4.
I wish they would just release a new droid.
Hardware (slide-out, landscape) keyboard, 720p screen, micro SD card slot.

Is that really too much to ask? Such a simple featureset doesn't exist at all.


The patents thing with micro SD can be easily avoided by just using ext2. Keep a small app for windows and osx on the phone, which can be seen through the same mounting method they currently use.

Edited 2013-08-01 22:45 UTC

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RE: But... keyboards.
by chithanh on Thu 1st Aug 2013 22:56 in reply to "But... keyboards."
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

Hardware keyboard would be nice, but aside from BlackBerry (and maybe Jolla) I doubt that we will see that in modern phones any more.

The patents thing with micro SD can be easily avoided by just using ext2.

Unfortunately not. People will plug in their existing exFAT formatted microSD cards and will blame it on Google/Motorola if the phone can't access them.

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RE: But... keyboards.
by phoenix on Fri 2nd Aug 2013 16:52 in reply to "But... keyboards."
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I wish they would just release a new droid. Hardware (slide-out, landscape) keyboard, 720p screen, micro SD card slot.


A Droid 5 available around the world on launch day would be wonderful! Especially if it took design cues from the Photon Q.

The main problem with the Droid line was that it was locked to Verizon for too long. And the Photon Q was locked to Sprint. If the Droid4/Photon Q were available on other carriers, or in other countries, a lot more of them would have sold.

Everyone keeps saying "no one wants sliders" and "no one buys sliders" without looking at the fact that there's more to the cell world than Sprint/Verizon! If there were sliders (good sliders, with modern / up-to-date specs) available on every carrier, then more of them would be sold!

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