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    If I want Android QWERTY, do I basically have to buy Droid 4?

    I want the most powerful 4G QWERTY-keyboard android phone I can get, ideally quad-core, something with the Droid DNA's specs... but it seems like my only real option at this point is Droid 4, which is a year old and only dual core.

    Is there anything particularly amazing for QWERTY phones coming down the pike, where I'm best off if I just wait a few months and something new will come out? Or should I just bite the bullet now and lock myself into a Droid 4 for the next 2 years?

    Using a Droid 2 Global at the moment, which feels incredibly sluggish, so the farther I can get away from those old specs the better.

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    Its very sad to say that QWERTY phones are all but dead in favor of slate smartphones.
    At the very best, you'll see very few of them released and then with the specs of last year's slate smartphones instead.
    For all these quad-core 1080P slate smartphones coming out recently, you'd likely have to wait an extra year for the QWERTY version to be released, if even at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Televangelist View Post
    I want the most powerful 4G QWERTY-keyboard android phone I can get, ideally quad-core, something with the Droid DNA's specs... but it seems like my only real option at this point is Droid 4, which is a year old and only dual core.

    Is there anything particularly amazing for QWERTY phones coming down the pike, where I'm best off if I just wait a few months and something new will come out? Or should I just bite the bullet now and lock myself into a Droid 4 for the next 2 years?

    Using a Droid 2 Global at the moment, which feels incredibly sluggish, so the farther I can get away from those old specs the better.
    As far as physical keyboards go...yes the droid 4 is the best that Verizon has to offer. Honestly it is time to move on to a virtual keyboard. I was like you with the OG Droid when it was time to upgrade I thought I couldn't survive without the physical keyboard. You know though with the larger screens that give your fingers more room to type and virtual keyboards like swift key or voice to text to make it so much easier...you really won't miss it. Not to mention your phone would be much less bulky and heavy. I am not aware of anything in the pipes either.

    As far as quad core goes I think only the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the HTC DNA are your only options on Verizon. I personally don't see any difference between dual and quad core since they don't really take advantage of the extra cores. I am also a big fan of phones with gorilla glass which the DNA has.

    Hope this helps some...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGinMD View Post
    As far as quad core goes I think only the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the HTC DNA are your only options on Verizon. I personally don't see any difference between dual and quad core since they don't really take advantage of the extra cores. I am also a big fan of phones with gorilla glass which the DNA has.
    FWIW, Samsung products have always come with Gorilla Glass as well. The specs for the Note 2 says it comes with Gorilla Glass 2, which is supposed to be 20% lighter than the original Gorilla Glass. That said, having Gorilla Glass doesn't mean that the screen is indestructible. My son has the GSIII with Gorilla Glass and he dropped the phone and cracked the corner of the screen. Bought a replacement screen, but haven't replaced it yet as the original screen, albeit broken, is still functioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jseah View Post
    FWIW, Samsung products have always come with Gorilla Glass as well. The specs for the Note 2 says it comes with Gorilla Glass 2, which is supposed to be 20% lighter than the original Gorilla Glass. That said, having Gorilla Glass doesn't mean that the screen is indestructible. My son has the GSIII with Gorilla Glass and he dropped the phone and cracked the corner of the screen. Bought a replacement screen, but haven't replaced it yet as the original screen, albeit broken, is still functioning.
    Yeah I meant to say the Galaxy Note 2 had Gorilla Glass too but I had a brain fart and didn't lol

    I didn't mean to imply that Gorilla Glass was indestructible...just that it holds up better under normal wear and tear. Though I must admit...I have had my Razr MAXX since launch and have dropped it several times with no screen protector and still have yet to get even a scratch on the glass. The case is a little scuffed up but the glass is fine.

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    There is the LG Enlighten too. But IMHO, the Droid 4 even though older, is still better. The Droid 4 has been updated, to ICS and Global.

    BTW, the Droid 4 has Corning's Gorilla Glass too.

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    There's always the stratosphere 2, it should be out either now or soon if I recall, and there's the pantech marauder which even without contract is less then $100 on ebay, but should be a good hold over phone if you want to wait for something better. The marauder has the same dual core snapdragon chipset and gpu as the galaxy s3 and razr hd, so it is pretty decent internally, it's only real weakness is cheap build quality, and no flash on the camera, but it has been working great for me as a temporary/backup phone.

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    I tried using a virtual keyboard for about a week. Absolutely hate them. Much happier with the physical keyboard of the Droid 4. It was the best option I found in the VZW store.

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    Re: If I want Android QWERTY, do I basically have to buy Droid 4?

    One thing the virtual keyboards are not good for is something like *nix command line ssh sessions. I personally find them adequate for typing english text though. It is really nice to be able to login to a server for a quick fix from a phone, rather than drag around a laptop.

    I realise this is a specialised use case though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LGinMD View Post
    Yeah I meant to say the Galaxy Note 2 had Gorilla Glass too but I had a brain fart and didn't lol

    I didn't mean to imply that Gorilla Glass was indestructible...just that it holds up better under normal wear and tear. Though I must admit...I have had my Razr MAXX since launch and have dropped it several times with no screen protector and still have yet to get even a scratch on the glass. The case is a little scuffed up but the glass is fine.
    I think it has to do with the thinner Gorilla Glass 2 and probably luck with how the phone lands. I have dropped my phones in the past (the OG Droid, Thunderbolt and Rezound) and the screen never cracked. And when my son had the Bionic before the GS3, he dropped it as well and the screen never cracked.

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    Yeah, it's time to move on. I was a diehard keyboard supported until I got forced off of a keyboard due to AT&T's lackluster Android lineup, and now I'm on an iPhone. Virtual keyboards have gotten better, and there are more options out there now. Some phones, like the OG Droid, even had keyboards that were actually worse than virtual keyboards.

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    Re: If I want Android QWERTY, do I basically have to buy Droid 4?

    Quote Originally Posted by GSMinCT View Post
    Yeah, it's time to move on. I was a diehard keyboard supported until I got forced off of a keyboard due to AT&T's lackluster Android lineup, and now I'm on an iPhone. Virtual keyboards have gotten better, and there are more options out there now. Some phones, like the OG Droid, even had keyboards that were actually worse than virtual keyboards.
    Why is everyones answer to the physical qwerty always just to give up and that virtual keyboards aren't that bad? Doesn't matter if you think the on screen keyboards are better, I don't and I want a physical keyboard. Don't understand why that is so hard for manufacturers to understand. They come out with a million different models of the same phone but yet can't seem to even keep up with one current model with a qwerty. Really hoping the bluetooth keyboards with the built in phone case become more popular so I don't have to be left out in the cold forever, until then I guess I will hope my d3 continues to give me good service.

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    What's wrong with the D4?

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    Re: If I want Android QWERTY, do I basically have to buy Droid 4?

    Quote Originally Posted by jseah View Post
    And when my son had the Bionic before the GS3, he dropped it as well and the screen never cracked.
    Possibly +1 in favor of thickness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by every1nosme View Post
    Why is everyones answer to the physical qwerty always just to give up and that virtual keyboards aren't that bad? Doesn't matter if you think the on screen keyboards are better, I don't and I want a physical keyboard. Don't understand why that is so hard for manufacturers to understand. They come out with a million different models of the same phone but yet can't seem to even keep up with one current model with a qwerty. Really hoping the bluetooth keyboards with the built in phone case become more popular so I don't have to be left out in the cold forever, until then I guess I will hope my d3 continues to give me good service.

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    Because everyone has realized that virtual boards aren't that bad, and that you get used to them. People also don't want the added bulk and added moving parts of physical 'boards. No one wants to buy physical boards, so the manufacturers aren't going to keep making phones with them. There are a few here and there, but they are basically cheap Samsung phones with last year's specs if you're lucky. Give it up and get something awesome like a DROID RAZR MAXX HD or an SGS III.

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