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Motorola's Rumored Android Phone Focuses on Screen Size 134

Posted by timothy
from the aging-eyes-like-size dept.
nottheusualsuspect excerpts from this speculation-laden report at Brighthand that "Motorola is reportedly working on a device that will have one of the largest displays of any smartphone. Code-named the Shadow, it will sport a 4.3-inch WVGA+ touchscreen, Google's Android OS, and a range of other high-end features. When it comes to screen size, the Shadow will be equaled only by the Windows Mobile-based HTC HD2. The closest Android-powered model will be the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, which will sport a 4.0-inch display. Most other models, like the Motorola Droid and Google Nexus One, have 3.7-inch screens. The display on this upcoming Motorola smartphone will allegedly have a resolution of 850 by 484 pixels."
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Motorola's Rumored Android Phone Focuses on Screen Size

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  • by ducomputergeek (595742) on Thursday December 31, 2009 @03:44PM (#30608958)

    That we will have to test against to make sure our apps work right. Android is starting to get as bad as WinMo. We ported our iPhone apps over to Android, but testing and QA is starting to rack up on the Android side of the house.

    Love of hate Apple, their basic configuration is the same across the various iPhone/iPod Touch models. Make it work well on one, it works well on all 30M or so devices out there. Even Blackberry is basically 2 configs, classic and storm.

    But Windows Mobile is a nightmare as just about every handset has a different UI and hardware spec. And Google seems to be heading down the same road.

  • by beakerMeep (716990) on Thursday December 31, 2009 @04:06PM (#30609180)
    It's the same resolution as the Droid and Nexus One. There are really only 2 main screen resolutions out there.

    If your QA is backing up for android, maybe you did a bad job porting. Or maybe you should have designed for android to begin with.
  • Re:Basic Requirement (Score:4, Interesting)

    by leighklotz (192300) on Thursday December 31, 2009 @04:09PM (#30609212) Homepage

    Until someone shows me something with a keyboard, I am sticking with my BlackBerry.

    The G1 was a good first attempt but everything since has been an iPhone wannabe, all shiny and pretty but missing that important item.

    Exactly. The danger series had good keyboards, as did the antediluvian Motorola T-900 series. I could clock nearly 30WPM on those. And as much as I like the folks at Palm, I couldn't use their chiclets at all.

    The G1 keyboard is just barely tolerable. I've noticed the amount of actual work I get done on my G1 is a tenth of what I used to do. Sure, I can see web pages more clearly and get the info I need more quickly, but as far as acting on it, without an ergonomic keyboard, I can't do much typing.

    I wish Android partners would give up on being what David Pogue calls an iPhone wannabe [nytimes.com], and focus on the real promise of small mobile devices.

    Or, else, stop agreeing with as the Onion's quote attributed [theonion.com] to Steve Jobs, "People who use keyboards are standing in the way of progress."

  • WVGA+? WTF? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by JesseL (107722) on Thursday December 31, 2009 @04:21PM (#30609326) Homepage Journal

    Does anybody keep a mental table of what these obscure abbreviations actually mean anymore? I can remember that VGA is 640x480 and SVGA is 800x600, after that the letters get meaningless and I've got to go . So why not just save the trouble and tell me the damned resolution from the beginning? [wikipedia.org]

  • by Scowler (667000) on Thursday December 31, 2009 @05:21PM (#30609934)
    Sure, you can carry over-sized mobile devices in a purse or other small bag, but sales of such devices probably do a lot better if people perceive they can carry them on their person and still be normal people.

    Right now, the standard layman outfit of jeans/slacks + shirt provides limited options... keys + wallet + other junk already leave little space for more than a tiny cell phone as it is.

    I'd bet some apparel company could make a killing, for example, if they made a real attempt to market cargo pants, with larger sized pockets for all the gee-whiz gadgets, to the Best Buy loving crowd.

  • by zullnero (833754) on Thursday December 31, 2009 @06:40PM (#30610620) Homepage
    That's what I thought. Plenty of a certain nearsighted crowd like their big screens, but the overwhelming majority of people wouldn't mind finding a way to make their phone smaller and consume less pocket.

    One of the reasons why I never bought an iPhone, Droid, HTC WinBrick, or BB...I resolved that I would not ever buy another smartphone bigger (height, width, or thickness) than my old Treo. By making their phones smaller, Palm actually kept my brand loyalty. They made their Pre smaller AND made their screen bigger. That's what I was looking for...not just making a screen bigger at all costs.
  • by webmistressrachel (903577) on Friday January 01, 2010 @02:28PM (#30615188) Journal

    Posts like this are why I just could not condone stopping AC, ever.

    Internet trolls can be sophisticated, well-written, erotic, provocative, and funny. They challenge social "norms", and make us re-evaluate them.

    This is actually a nice troll, and yes, I am a woman. The ending is hilarious, but ruins the fun I was having before... but that's the whole point of the troll!!! I know, I'm stating the obvious but I just loved this one, and I have a right to! We're forgetting that, folks. He/she has a right to those fantasies, and I have a right to read them. I think lol.

      Long live the AC to feed our dirty minds!

    Thanks AC, Rachel x

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