Leaked Droid 5 photos show QWERTY isn’t dead

Once upon a time, when touch screens were new, there were people, myself included, who said hardware keyboards were the superior solution to enter text. Fast forward to today and it’s damn near impossible to find a smartphone that has a QWERTY keyboard. They exist, but they’re rare, and according to these leaked images found on NewCellphones, Motorola has a device in the pipeline that’s perfectly suited to the few folks out there who have yet to make the plunge to all touch.

The phone, which is being called “Droid 5” for now since it’s likely going to launch on Verizon Wireless, doesn’t come with a spec sheet, but it looks like it’ll have a display that’s either 4.3 inches or 4.5 inches diagonal. It’ll come with wireless charging, NFC, and it’ll even be dust-proof.

If you need a QWERTY keyboard, then nothing I can say will make you want to change your mind, but I beg you to just let go and move on. Thanks to SwiftKey, Google’s official keyboard (which is now in the Play Store), and numerous other keyboards, there’s little to no reason in continuing to torture yourself with this form factor.

[Via: AndroidCentral]

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  • John Cram

    WOW big news…filled under no one cares.

  • dansus

    About time too, some of us cant live without proper keyboard. Theres plenty of times a hardware keyboard are better than touch, so let us be happy in our misery.

  • abc

    Please don’t make it a f CDMA phone again

  • Someonewithaclue

    Why the damn slide? I’m so tired of the half-assing. Build me a blackberry style candy bar phone with current specs, not 2 seasons old, and put a real operating system on it.

    All this bullshit about it not being market viable is a pile of shit. Try building a phone that isn’t a garbage, and putting a keyboard on it, I don’t need 12 inches of screen space, I need to be able to communicate without appearing illiterate. Not everyone is willing to use a 3 year old phone for a keyboard, or sacrifice a keyboard for a 6 inch toy.

    Releasing an outdated steamer with a keyboard and then claiming the market isn’t interested, is the worst market research I’ve ever heard of. These idiots are on par with blackberry’s Z10. “The problem is the keyboard”, they said as they ordered 30 million units that they would never sell.