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    Default Why No Love for Front QWERTY Phones?

    Anyone else disappointed with the lack of Android powered front facing QWERTY phone and the support it gets?

    As a previous Blackberry owner and a current Android bar owner I certainly miss a physical keyboard. I cant type for s*** on a virtual keyboard. Maybe a sliding keyboard would be better but I rather not. It seems that Motorola is the only OEM making this type of phone. If only there was a Bold 9900 quality type Android phone. Id be there in a second.

    I know theres a market for it. Tons of Blackberry users are clinging to their BB just because of their physical keyboard.
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    i agree 100% with you, which is a big reason why I sold my Droid Pro and went with Galaxy Nexus. There is hardly any support for it. I can't blame anyone really since it is not a popular phone, I doubt a developer would spend time making a ROM for it. But it sucks cause that phone with CM7 would have been very smooth.

    I also agree with you on typing, which is why I left my Incredible for the Droid Pro. But I have to admit, typing on the Nexus is pretty nice. Might be because of the bigger screen and better auto correct functionality. I actually don't mind it anymore on a touch screen.
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    Yeah, I'm not a big fan of virtual keyboards either and the BB's keyboards were one of the best things about the phones. The more I use a smartphone the more I realize I'm using email and sending texts 90% of the time. And that makes a keyboard very important to me. Everybody wants a giant screen too which brings up another thing I like about the Pro, it's size and form factor. Some of the other Android phones are just too big for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trmoney24 View Post
    i agree 100% with you, which is a big reason why I sold my Droid Pro and went with Galaxy Nexus. There is hardly any support for it. I can't blame anyone really since it is not a popular phone, I doubt a developer would spend time making a ROM for it. But it sucks cause that phone with CM7 would have been very smooth.

    I also agree with you on typing, which is why I left my Incredible for the Droid Pro. But I have to admit, typing on the Nexus is pretty nice. Might be because of the bigger screen and better auto correct functionality. I actually don't mind it anymore on a touch screen.
    I feel the same way. I had a Droid X, which I loved, and Swype was a great replacement for a hard-keyboard. Currently using SwiftKey X on the Galaxy Nexus, and it's good until Swype releases a GN version.

    If they release a front, portrait keyboard phone that it at least on par with current phones or better, I'd strongly consider it. I'm not fond of landscape keyboards (e.g. Droid 3).
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    I am right there with u as well. I am a former Palm Treo lover! I still miss the way that phone felt in my hand and typed.

    If an android phone came out that was a lil bigger than the droid pro, had decent specs and not a mini battery. I would be all over it. I do love my incredible but I can only imagine that with a smaller screen that battery life should be better. But that's just my ignorant mind hoping for something ill never have

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    I have a droid pro and I love the size and form factor. I wish this phone was more popular, and it makes me sad that this form factor doesn't get more love.
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    I just upgraded from the original Droid to the DROID Pro. I love the qwerty keyboard compared to the heavy slide out of the original Droid. I got 2 Pro's free, and have since learned they are discontinued. Hoping mine will be problem free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcpilot309 View Post
    and have since learned they are discontinued. Hoping mine will be problem free.

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    Oh no, my wife's has been acting up lately. And she likes it. Hope they still have some refurbished for when I call and ask for a replacement.

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    Can you describe acting up? Thanks


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    She will press some buttons and the calendar will pop up.. or camera, or some other app while she types. A simple restart fixes it. Sometimes She will do her unlocking pattern and it will freeze up on her. I've told her I will need to do a hard reset. But she is now bugging me to get her a new phone. But she wants a similar phone. Haha. There isn't. :-( on Verizon that is

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    Last edited by dontlookatme; 02-29-2012 at 01:35 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GenTsoChicken View Post
    Anyone else disappointed with the lack of Android powered front facing QWERTY phone and the support it gets?

    As a previous Blackberry owner and a current Android bar owner I certainly miss a physical keyboard. I cant type for s*** on a virtual keyboard. Maybe a sliding keyboard would be better but I rather not. It seems that Motorola is the only OEM making this type of phone. If only there was a Bold 9900 quality type Android phone. Id be there in a second.

    I know theres a market for it. Tons of Blackberry users are clinging to their BB just because of their physical keyboard.
    I am with you. I used to have a Blackberry and enjoyed it's keyboard. Quick, precise and always reliable! I tried a Droid Pro, but after some time with it, I noticed a few factors with the keyboard:

    1. Form & size: It was styled after the Bold series, but unfortunately, it can feel a bit cramped. I just could not type as fast as I could on my previous Blackberry.

    2. Sensitivity: It may just be the model I had, but over time, the key sensitivity became poor. For instance, if I typed "the red fox", it would show as "the red fox". But after some months, the sensitivity of the keys changed, so when i typed "the red fox" it would become "ttthe rrred fooox". On my previous Blackberry, the key sensitivity of the phone always stayed constant.

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