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LG G Flex, Optimus F3Q Now Available At T-Mobile

Last month T-Mobile announced that it will be offering the LG G Flex and the Optimus F3Q on its network. As expected, both devices are now available starting today. The LG G Flex uses a 6-inch curved display and cost $672 outright or $0 upfront but with monthly payments of $28 for 28 months. The Optimus F3Q on the other hand comes with a QWERTY keyboard making it an ideal device for those who do lots of messaging is priced at $312 or $0 upfront with monthly payments of $13 for 24 months.

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LG G Flex

Aside from its unique curved display this device also has a revolutionary self-healing coating on its back. This makes it recover from most scratches made through regular everyday wear and tear.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.32 x 3.21 x 0.31/0.34 inches
  • Weight: 6.22 ounces
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Processor
  • Battery Life: 27 hours talk time, 26 days standby time
  • Camera: 13MP Camera with 1080p HD Recording
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth, WiFi,4G Capable, Wi-Fi and Mobile Calling

Optimus F3Q

This device is similar to the previously released LG Optimus L3 but with the addition of a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.80 x 2.55 x 0.55 inches
  • Weight: 5.64 ounces
  • OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Battery Life: 16 hours talk time, 15 days standby time
  • Camera: front facing camera
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G Capable, Wi-Fi and Mobile Calling

Both devices can be availed of under T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plans which provides unlimited talk, text and Web with up to 500MB of data as well as unlimited text and data in 100+ countries without any additional charges.

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LG Optimus F3Q leaks again, causes QWERTY keyboard fans to rejoice

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Back in December, @evleaks tweeted an image of LG’s upcoming Optimus F3Q handset including T-Mobile as its destination. A new image, posted by him again, surfaced today and @evleaks says that this is the final design. Also, he leaked some of the specifications. Inside will be a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and a 2460mAh battery. The 4-inch WVGA display sits in front of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (that is now blue) and the device runs Android 4.1.2. A 5MP camera sits on the back.

If you are a QWERTY keyboard fan, this is likely the best that an Android OEM will put forward anytime soon.

LG Optimus F3Q for T-Mobile USA (final design): 1.2GHz x 2, 4″ WVGA, 5MP, 2460mAh, LTE, JB 4.1.2 pic.twitter.com/oLRGsdMNvj

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T-Mobile to get LG Optimus F3Q with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

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No, the slide-out QWERTY isn’t dead just yet because LG is going to launch the Optimus F3Q on T-Mobile soon. Unfortunately, these slide-out QWERTY devices usually don’t sport specs any better than mid-range. We don’t know for sure what the specs of this device are yet, but don’t expect much since the Optimus F3 (non QWERTY version) is a mid-ranger in itself.

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LG proves the QWERTY isn’t dead as F3Q leaks for T-Mobile

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The physical QWERTY keyboard will live to see another day thanks to LG. Their upcoming F3Q handset for T-Mobile has leaked, revealing what looks to be a midrange handset along the lines of the LG Optimus F3. That device landed with the carrier earlier this year.

The Optimus F3 features a 4-inch display at 800×480 resolution, dual-core processor, and 5MP camera. The F3Q looks to be more of the same, save for the addition of a five-row QWERTY keyboard.

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The QWERTY Lives on – LG Optimus F3Q for T-Mobile Render Leaked

While many have accepted the fact that phones with QWERTY keyboards are basically dead, there are still a few folks out there who would love to see them return to the mainstream. The last time we talked about a QWERTY keyboard was the DROID 5, a device we never quite saw come to fruition from Motorola, even though evidence pointed to its existence. Regardless of that, a new QWERTY-toting device looks to be making its way to T-Mobile from LG, a device named the F3Q

Beyond the name, not much is known. From what we would assume, the device doesn’t appear to be anywhere near a flagship model, given the capacitive buttons on the device and an overall “plasticy” look to it. A release date has still yet to surface as well, so until we get more details, a press render is all we have to work with.

We know you may not pick up the F3Q, but if the DROID 5 came alive, who here would jump all over that?

Via: @evleaks

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LG Optimus F3Q With Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard Leaked For T-Mobile Release

optimuuuuuuuuusAlas poor QWERTY, I knew him, Horatio! A fellow of infinite texts, of most excellent data entry. Here hung those keys that I have tapped I know not how oft. Where be your Tweets now? Your emails? Your Google+ posts? Nowhere around here, that’s for sure – the QWERTY slider phone has become rare in the last year or so, with only the Samsung Stratosphere II, the LG Enact, and a BlackBerry or two filling the once-swollen ranks.

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Leak reveals T-Mobile bound LG Optimus F3Q with a slide out keyboard

T-Mobile LG Optimus F3QEvleaks is at it again and this time with a new T-Mobile bound midrange smartphone. The smartphone in question is the LG Optimus F3Q and will bring back some old memories from the looks of it, as it packs a slide out physical QWERTY keyboard. It’s a 5 row keyboard layout, providing ample room to type the old fashioned way. But as with most slider smartphones, the hardware inside is pretty unflattering.

It is claimed that the display has a resolution of 480×800 with no word on the size just yet. The handset could also come with a dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and possibly Android 4.2 although the UI resembles the Android 4.1 interface. Pricing shouldn’t be too steep and we can expect the smartphone to be sold for under $200. Luckily, the image reveals 4G LTE signage, so the smartphone will be compatible with T-Mobile’s quickly expanding range of 4G LTE networks. There’s no ETA on the launch just yet, but we expect T-Mobile to unveil the handset before the end of December.

Source: @evleaks – Twitter

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[REVIEW] One2Touch Softpad S1 and Softpad C1, Keypads That Finally Put NFC To Good Use

one2touchNFC technology has been somewhat disappointing in the Android space; while pundits lambasted the iPhone 5 for lacking NFC, Android has since failed to truly capitalize on Apple’s folly by not investing heavily into the technology. As it stands, the NFC ecosystem is mainly made up of NFC enabled tiles and a slowly growing market for Google Wallet NFC payments, but nothing has really put NFC to good use in a way that’s tangible in a more everyday manner. One2Touch and their NFC keypads, however, attempt to do just that by utilizing NFC to let you type with a tactile, mostly complete QWERTY keyboard. We’ll be taking a look at One2Touch’s two keypads on offer at the moment, its original Softpad S1 and its newer Softpad C1.

The overview

one2touchOne2Touch’s first NFC keypad was the SoftPad S1. The S1 has a very simplistic design: a NFC pad in the centre flanked by two halves of the QWERTY-esque keyboard. Why do I say QWERTY-esque? Because although the letters are in the correct positions for a QWERTY keyboard, there are a number of keys that are additional or in a different position. The entirety of the S1 is covered in a rubbery plastic that is loosely fitted over its innards. This looseness isn’t poor manufacturing, however, as the keypad needs this extra material to be able to flex into all sorts of positions, but most importantly, fold up into a travel-sized package. Included with the S1 is a One2Touch branded rubber band which can be used to keep the keypad bound when travelling.

one2touchIn terms of size, the keys of the S1 are small, however, even with my large hands, I didn’t feel too much discomfort typing on the keypad. Owning a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, though, my primary issue with the S1 is the fact that the centre pad where you phone should fit is just a tiny bit too small for the Note 2 in landscape mode. Seeing as most phones are smaller than the Note 2, this probably won’t be an issue, and of course, you can always just use your phone in portrait mode, which might actually work better in general. The actual tactility of the keys, while obviously greater than a touchscreen keyboard, is still very soft with very little feel of when you’ve actually pressed a key or not.

one2touchSetting up the SoftPad S1 (and C1) is very simple. All that’s required is to download the One2Touch app, activate NFC on your device, make the NFC keyboard your default and place your device on the NFC pad. It’s a pretty simple affair, though it may take you some trial and error to find the sweet spot where your device with definitely pick up the NFC keyboard, particularly in portrait view.

one2touchThe SoftPad C1 builds on the S1 strengths, changing up the format so that the two halves of the keyboard are now next to each other, instead opting to have the NFC pad above the keyboard. In addition to this, the NFC has its own little stand which elevates the NFC pad giving you a better viewing angle and doubles as a clip when folding the keypad for travel.

one2touchIn terms of construction, the C1 is essentially the same as the S1, with the same rubber exterior and the same ability to be folded up for travel purposes. The stand is a nice touch though as typing with the S1 required you to be looking at your phone from directly above; on the C1, the stand does give the viewing angle an improvement, but it still isn’t enough of an angle to stop your neck hurting after a long typing session.

The toughness

Being almost completely covered in a rubber, the One2Touch keypads are quite durable. Because the keys are all part of the rubber cover, the keys are essentially watertight, so you won’t have to worry about crumbs or water getting into the keyboard while you’re having a snack. Likewise, folded up, the keypads are unlikely to take any damage.

one2touchIn terms of typing durability, it is actually hard to judge whether the keys beneath the rubber cover will eventually start to wear out; often I found myself tapping the keys a lot harder than I thought I was, but the keypads didn’t show any signs of wearing out during this review.

The practicality

As travel keyboards, the Softpad S1 and C1 are fantastic; I’ve never seen any other mobile keyboard that offers an almost complete QWERTY set of tactile keys which can also be folded up into something the size of a wallet. As a nifty side note, it’s possible to use the directional keys to navigate your homescreen and in apps, and there is a back button at the top left of the keypad which is a nice touch.

one2touchUnfortunately though, the layout of the keyboard is my primary gripe with both keypads. While most of the QWERTY layout is there, the layout of the keys (and the additional function keys) is significantly different enough from a PC keyboard that it can feel a bit awkward typing for some time. It’s possible this is actually a limitation of the Android system and it may be possible that if you continued to use the keypads that you would become used to the keyboard layout, particularly if your phone is your primary device.

The tactility of the keypads is also a concern for me. Although the fact that they are soft keys does mean they can be waterproofed and protected, the ability to feel what you’re typing is extremely poor, and as the keyboard is scaled down, typing accuracy is usually affected as well. Along with this is the fact that the keypads are relatively flat (though the C1 does tilt your phone a little). This creates very awkward viewing angles, forcing you to look down at your phone and more often than not I got a sore neck using the keypads. That said, if you are looking for a travel-convenient keyboard for your smartphone, you’re hunting for tactile keyboards and you have NFC capabilities, the One2Touch keypads do put up a great argument for giving you at least some tactile feeling while typing.

one2touchThe layout of the S1 does actually give it a small advantage over the newer C1; although the C1 is able to tilt up slightly giving you a better viewing angle, this prevents it from being able to support a phone in portrait view. The S1 is able to accommodate a portrait oriented device no problems, as such would be my personal preference between the two keypads, particularly as many phones are unable to rotate the homescreen into landscape by default.

The verdict

Rating: 3.5/5

The One2Touch Softpad S1 and C1 are a fantastic idea to utilize NFC pairing with a mostly complete QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately, it’s not immediately intuitive to adopt as a keyboard and the tactility isn’t quite as close to a PC keyboard’s as we would have liked, but given enough time you will likely come to love the keypads for their versatility and portability. The Softpad S1 is priced at MSRP $49 USD and the Softpad C1 is priced at MSRP $59 USD, which puts both at a decent price for casual users. Though for power-users who need the ultra-portability of these keypads, the fact that it can be tucked away so effectively yet offer so much, will likely make the One2Touch keypads an invaluable choice.

For more information about the One2Touch Softpad S1 and Softpad C1, you can visit their product pages at the links below:

One2Touch Softpad S1 product page

One2Touch Softpad C1 product page

 

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More images of QWERTY keyboard bearing Motorola DROID 5 surface

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A couple weeks ago images surfaced of a new device from Motorola thought to be the DROID 5 bearing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. New images of the device have surfaced on Chinese web site Weibo.com, still sporting that physical keyboard. We do get some additional details about the device which appears to have a 4.3-inch 1280×720 resolution screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD slot available. Reports indicate the DROID 5 will support wireless charging and NFC, but will not be water- or dust-resistant like its predecessor.

No information on markets, pricing or a launch date is available yet. Hit the break to view the gallery of images.

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More images of QWERTY keyboard bearing Motorola DROID 5 surface

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A couple weeks ago images surfaced of a new device from Motorola thought to be the DROID 5 bearing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. New images of the device have surfaced on Chinese web site Weibo.com, still sporting that physical keyboard. We do get some additional details about the device which appears to have a 4.3-inch 1280×720 resolution screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD slot available. Reports indicate the DROID 5 will support wireless charging and NFC, but will not be water- or dust-resistant like its predecessor.

No information on markets, pricing or a launch date is available yet. Hit the break to view the gallery of images.

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The mid-ranged-ish Motorola DROID 5 shows up Again

While most of us drool over the thought of the next Nexus, Galaxy S5, Xperia Honami or whatever the next BIG thing is going to be in the flagship line from our manufacturers, there are still plenty of other devices popping up that should at least be talked about. The Motorola DROID 5 falls into that category. While it won’t be a game changer or out sell Samsung, it does keep an attribute that some people can’t live without, a slide out QWERTY keyboard. I know I miss mine from the G1 on occasion.

Motorola DROID 5 VerizonAnother round of images accompanied by some specs have made their way to the wonderful world-wide web. The depict the latest mid-ranged slide out QWERTY with all the glory of those old school hidden keyboards. It is sitting next to a Sprint Photon Q (on the left and DROID 5 on the right) for a better visual of its size. The latest round also comes packed with some specs. THe source claims the DROID 5 sports a 4.3-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor with an Adreno 255 GOU, 1GB or RAM and 16GB onboard storage. Moto is keeping a micro SD slot on this guys along with wireless charging abilities and some NFC action.

Motorola DROID 5 Verizon logosIs Motorola really going to be launching this at some point, or was it already scrapped and just now making an appearance. It is a good way to watch the worlds reactions to such a device. It isn’t to hard to think that they will put it out and keep at an affordable price tag for pre-paid or free with a contract to get the younger, keyboard needing kids, in the game a little. Seeing the Verizon logo though only makes me think $199 with contract.

Let us know if you think this is a yay or nay.

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Motorola DROID 5 spotted in images with a QWERTY keyboard

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The Motorola Droid 5 has just leaked in a flurry of images and comes with some specs to go along with it. This certainly brings back memories of the Motorola’s iconic droids with slide out QWERTY keyboards. The smartphone seems to have a prominent Verizon branding at the bottom, so we know where it’s heading. The specs sheet of the smartphone doesn’t suggest that it’s a high end device, so we might not see this selling as much as the Moto X or the new Droid lineup on Verizon.

The leaked specs sheet reveals that the smartphone packs a 4.3 inch 720p display, 16GB of internal storage with microSD support, 1GB of RAM, a dual core Snapdragon S4 Plus chip and an older version of Moto Blur probably with Android 4.1. There’s also support for wireless charging.

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Looking at the hardware, one can’t help but imagine if this was a shelved product which is only seeing the light of the day now. So don’t hold your breath to see this QWERTY Motorola droid to make its way to Verizon’s shelves anytime soon. However, if Verizon actually plans to bring this smartphone to the market, you’ll be the first to know.

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Pictures of Motorola Droid 5, still with QWERTY keyboard, leaked

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What you see above is what is thought to be the Motorola Droid 5. As you can see, it has that old-school QWERTY keyboard that we saw on the Droid 4 back last year. What we can also see is wireless charging capabilities, a shockproof water/dust resistant design, and a screen that looks to be around 4.3-4.5 inches.

The Droid 5 comes on the heels of the announcement of another QWERTY keyboard laden phone, the LG Entact. We don’t know much more about the device, but we’re sure more info will be leaked before a launch.

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Pictures of Motorola Droid 5, still with QWERTY keyboard, leaked

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What you see above is what is thought to be the Motorola Droid 5. As you can see, it has that old-school QWERTY keyboard that we saw on the Droid 4 back last year. What we can also see is wireless charging capabilities, a shockproof water/dust resistant design, and a screen that looks to be around 4.3-4.5 inches.

The Droid 5 comes on the heels of the announcement of another QWERTY keyboard laden phone, the LG Entact. We don’t know much more about the device, but we’re sure more info will be leaked before a launch.

Source: Weibo (1)(2)
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Pictures of Motorola Droid 5, still with QWERTY keyboard, leaked

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What you see above is what is thought to be the Motorola Droid 5. As you can see, it has that old-school QWERTY keyboard that we saw on the Droid 4 back last year. What we can also see is wireless charging capabilities, a shockproof water/dust resistant design, and a screen that looks to be around 4.3-4.5 inches.

The Droid 5 comes on the heels of the announcement of another QWERTY keyboard laden phone, the LG Entact. We don’t know much more about the device, but we’re sure more info will be leaked before a launch.

Source: Weibo (1)(2)
via: Engadget

 

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Pictures of Motorola Droid 5, still with QWERTY keyboard, leaked

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What you see above is what is thought to be the Motorola Droid 5. As you can see, it has that old-school QWERTY keyboard that we saw on the Droid 4 back last year. What we can also see is wireless charging capabilities, a shockproof water/dust resistant design, and a screen that looks to be around 4.3-4.5 inches.

The Droid 5 comes on the heels of the announcement of another QWERTY keyboard laden phone, the LG Entact. We don’t know much more about the device, but we’re sure more info will be leaked before a launch.

Source: Weibo (1)(2)
via: Engadget

 

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Did the Motorola DROID 5 Just Make Its First Appearance?

Earlier in the week, we were joking about the death of the QWERTY keyboard after seeing LG’s new low-tier slideout device called the Enact. We even wondered during the DL Show if there was a chance that we would ever see a DROID 5 since it has been well over a year since the DROID […]
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Verizon Motorola DROID 5 possibly spotted in the wild

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The Original DROID smartphone is long known as the device that started the Android craze, and it doesn’t look like Verizon’s ready to kill off the original slider keyboard smartphone yet. According to Chinese blogger from Weibo, the above images showcase the upcoming Verizon Motorola DROID 5.

From the photos above, we can instantly tell that the DROID 5 will have on-screen buttons, which is a depart from the recently released DROID Ultra/Maxx. It looks like the DROID 5 will have NFC support as well as wireless charging. Obviously included as well is a 5-row QWERTY keyboard, which looks really spacious.

Screen size wise, the display looks somewhere in between 4.5-4.7 inches. No screen resolution was reported, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Motorola decided to stick a 720p display on the phone, as well as throwing in a few touchless control features onto the device.

What do you guys think? Should the QWERTY keyboard smartphones live on or should they be completely killed off?

Source: Weibo Image Via: Phandroid

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Verizon LG Enact launched with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

LG EnactLeaked just a day ago, Verizon has today launched the LG Enact, which we're pretty sure is the first Android-powered QWERTY slider to land on a major U.S. carrier this year. The Enact is a budget handset, selling for $20 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) on a two-year contract or $349.99 outright.

That'll get you a device with a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU at 1.2GHz, 8GB of internal storage and microSD expandability. There's also a 5-megapixel rear camera. The software suite is powered by Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, on top of which sits LG's own custom interface.

So it's not the most advanced handset, but it looks like something that'll handle the smartphone basics without too much trouble. Anyone still in the market for a QWERTY slider? Check the source link for more details.

Source: Verizon Wireless

    



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LG Enact Now Available On Verizon: $20 On-Contract For A Budget QWERTY Slider

enact-learn-featuresThe QWERTY-equipped smartphone is a dying breed. The LG Enact is the only one running Android that has come to Verizon all year, and it’s not exactly looking to set the world on fire. After a pair of leaks, it’s now available on Big Red for $19.99 with a two-year contract or $349.99 unsubsidized.

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What can twenty bucks get you? Aside from the slide-out keyboard, you get a 4-inch, 800×480 LCD screen, a 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 8GB of storage plus whatever you put in the MicroSD card, a 5MP rear camera, and a skinned version of Android 4.1.

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LG Enact, a 4-inch QWERTY slider for Verizon, shows up in leaked render

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The LG Enact is a mid-range slider device headed to Verizon sometime in the near future, and thanks to @evleaks we’re getting a good look at the device. The specs are definitely mid-range, with a 480 x 800 resolution screen and a Snapdragon 400 or S4 Pro CPU for the processor.

It definitely looks like it’ll be a solid choice for anyone who wants a more affordable device or can’t live without the QWERTY keyboard, (and Verizon seems to the be the only carrier still catering to that market) but it won’t compete with the HTC One or LG G2 that we’re expecting soon on Big Red. But at a fraction of the cost of those bigger name devices, it might be worth a look. Anybody planning on picking one up whenever it launches?

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Verizon LG Enact leaks in press image, proves QWERTY sliders still exist

Verizon LG Enact leaks in press image, proves that the reported death of the QWERTY slider was exaggerated

According to serial leak merchant @evleaks, the LG Enact is days away from making an official appearance on Verizon, a carrier that reckons there’s still life in the ‘ole keyboard-packed form factor, with a phone that looks a whole lot like the Android sliders of the past. Yep, LG’s new Android smartphone houses an increasingly rare full QWERTY keyboard, a pretty old-school four-key capacitive button layout, and a mix of Verizon and LG-skinned app icons. However, we’re already wary of how the Enact’s keyboard will handle — with space at a premium on these keyboards, that substantial border either side of the keys could result in some cramped thumbs. However, at this stage we’re not certain of the screen-size and dimensions of the slider, so we’ll hold our judgement until we get to tap away on it in real life.

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Surprise: Leaked LG Enact Photo Shows Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard, "Days Away On Verizon"

BSK--LvCIAENrUG (1)When last we saw the LG Enact, it was looking like a decidedly ho-hum budget phone for Verizon whose only differentiator was an oddly retro 4-button layout. Evleaks has graced us with yet another look at the phone and… well, it still looks pretty ho-hum, but now it’s a slightly more interesting QWERTY slider. Verizon hasn’t had a new Android phone with a physical keyboard since the Pantech Marauder over a year ago.

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Motorola DROID 5: Would you buy a QWERTY slider?

The Motorola DROID is a friend that I’ll never forget. Hailed as one of the best Android smartphones back in the day, and one that truly helped put Android on the mobile map. The last Motorola DROID slider was launched back in February of last year. The DROID 4, and today I found myself wondering if we’d ever see a DROID 5. If we did, would you buy it?

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The Motorola DROID 4 was finally a smartphone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard that had top-tier specs. It’s crazy to think just last February it was the first Moto slider with both a dual-core processor and 4G LTE speeds, and it didn’t even have an HD display. Fast forward to 2013 and we have quad-core smartphones with 1080p displays and beyond. The slider is in need of a serious upgrade.

The DROID 4 was fatter than the 3 before it thanks to 4G LTE, a qHD display, bigger battery, and a 5-row LED backlit keyboard. It was a pretty impressive device, even though many don’t like keyboards. So today we found ourselves questioning if the Motorola DROID that started it all was finally dead. Is it time for the DROID QWERTY to RIP?

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With the way things are shaping up at Motorola now that Google is in charge, we don’t see a smartphone with a dedicated hardware keyboard ever coming out of that camp again. But if one did, would you buy it? Imagine a Motorola DROID 5 with a 4.5-inch (or bigger) 1080p HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM speeding along at 2.3 GHz, a 13 megapixel camera, and of course a QWERTY hardware keyboard sliding out from underneath.

The DROID 5 would probably be running nearly stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean too, so that would be a major plus. The Motorola DROID 4 was updated to Jelly Bean back in March, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that is, and likely won’t see anything further aside from some incremental updates.

While Verizon is busy with the DROID RAZR and upcoming DROID ULTRA, Google has the rest of the team working on the Moto X. We know there’s still a few DROID keyboard lovers out there, and would love to hear your thoughts.

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AT&T NEC Terrain now available online for $100 with a 2-year agreement

The rugged NEC Terrain is now available online from AT&T. The device packs the rare 4-row physical QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1-inch display, and Snapdragon S4 processor, and is even waterproof. Only $100 with a 2-year agreement.

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AT&T’s QWERTY-Packing NEC Terrain Now Available: $100 On-Contract, $430 Outright

Picture 1793NEC’s first entry into the American Android market isn’t exactly auspicious, but it does fill a much-neglected niche. AT&T is now offering the NEC Terrain for sale, right on time and online only. $99.99 on contract gets you the QWERY candybar phone with a miniscule 3.1″ screen, or you can shell out $429.99 to own it outright. Considering its ruggedized, semi-waterproof build, that’s not such a bad deal… but you will have to live with Ice Cream Sandwich, a year after Jelly Bean 4.1 was released. Ouch.

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That small screen hides some pretty respectable specifications: the NEC Terrain is powered by a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, with a full gig of RAM to back it up.

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Rugged NEC Terrain officially announced for AT&T

NEC_TerrainDetails of the NEC Terrain leaked a few months ago, but today AT&T made things official.  As you can see from the picture above, the unique thing about this phone is that it has a physical QWERTY keyboard and is candy bar style – something we haven’t really seen in smartphones  in years. Also, it is very rugged – water-resistant, dustproof, and shockproof. There’s even a dedicated push-to-talk button.

The Terrain is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.5 GHz and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 5-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front camera comes along as well. Since the keyboard takes up much space, the Terrain has just a 3.1-inch display.

You can get the NEC Terrain beginning June 21 through AT&T Business Solutions for $99 with a two year contract.

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AT&T Announces Ultra-Rugged NEC Terrain

Rugged Android smartphones are slowly making their presence felt in the market as more people are looking for devices that can survive water-splashes, drops and dust. While we’ve seen rugged touch screen Android devices NEC is offering one with a physical QWERTY keyboard.

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AT&T just announced that they will soon be launching the NEC Terrain on their network. This is a tough 4G device that exceeds the MIL-810G specifications for water, dust and shock resistance. This means that you will be able to use it even under the rain.

The device will become available exclusively online or through the AT&T Business Solutions channels starting June 21. It’s priced at $99 and comes with a two year contract.

Mike Troiano, vice president – Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions, announced this device saying that “Businesses have become increasingly mobile and employees need a smartphone that allows them to stay connected no matter where they are. With AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk, access to the nation’s largest 4G network and fastest 4G LTE network, communicating is even easier than before so businesses can operate more efficiently and effectively.”

NEC Terrain Technical Specifications

  • Dedicated Enhanced PTT key
  • Speedy 4G LTE connectivity
  • Wi-Fi availability
  • dual core 1.5GHz QualComm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Android 4.0
  • earSmart technology by Audience and NEC Terrain’s dual speakers
  • Physical QWERTY keyboard with a 3.1” high resolution screen
  • 5 MP rear camera and 0.3 MP front camera.
  • Up to 8GB of internal memory and MicroSD up to 32GB of expandable memory

The NEC Terrain is enclosed in texturized rubber making it look indestructible. You can throw it on the ground, dunk it in water or smear mud on it and it will still work perfectly fine.

One downside to this model is that because of its extra protection the device is bulky. While this won’t bother people looking for tough devices it will be a minus factor for those who want a slim smartphone.

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Rugged NEC Terrain officially announced for AT&T

NEC-TerrainDetails of the NEC Terrain leaked a few months ago, but today AT&T made things official.  As you can see from the picture above, the unique thing about this phone is that it has a physical QWERTY keyboard and is candy bar style – something we haven’t really seen in smartphones  in years. Also, it is very rugged – water-resistant, dustproof, and shockproof. There’s even a dedicated push-to-talk button.

The Terrain is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.5 GHz and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 5-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front camera comes along as well. Since the keyboard takes up much space, the Terrain has just a 3.1-inch display.

You can get the NEC Terrain beginning June 21 through AT&T Business Solutions for $99 with a two year contract.

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AT&T NEC Terrain official: 3.1-inch screen, PTT, QWERTY keyboard and ICS for $100

AT&T NEC Terrain official 31inch screen, PTT, QWERTY keyboard and ICS for $100

We knew it was coming, but AT&T has now officially announced the NEC Terrain. Set to become available on the same day as BlackBerry’s physical QWERTY-packing handset, the LTE-ready Terrain boasts a “high-resolution” 3.1-inch display, a decent 1.5GHz, dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 8GB of built-in storage which can reach up to 32GB via microSD — all while running a not-so-fresh version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. Given that NEC designed it with the business folk in mind, this little ruggedized (MIL-810G) smartphone also offers on-device encryption for VPN access and compatibility with AT&T’s Enhanced Push-to-Talk services, which the company says makes for the perfect blend of “the necessary features needed for work and personal use.” As stated earlier, the NEC Terrain will be hitting shelves on June 21st, carrying a $99.99 price tag with the accustomed two-year deal on the Rethink Possible carrier.

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