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IHEARTQWERTY
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IHEARTQWERTY,
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12/24/2013 | 11:10:01 AM
Where are the QWERTYs?
Why are there no new QWERTY keyboard phones coming out? Need a sequel to the MyTouch 4G Slide!
JC000
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JC000,
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12/24/2013 | 11:51:18 AM
Moto G
The Moto G will likely have the most lasting impact of any phone released this year. It is a solid phone for $179 off-contract, completely outpacing everything else in its price category. With Google putting the Moto X on sale for $350 off-contract, the Nexus 5 for $349 off-contract, and the Moto G for $179 off-contract, Google is putting serious price pressure on the market. But with the Moto G especially, they are dramatically redefining what a sub-$200 phone should be.
SamuelC143
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SamuelC143,
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12/24/2013 | 12:35:15 PM
The two sides of having a single aluminum shell
A single milled aluminum body can be very pretty and it literally may stop a bullet, but it dooms the phone to the life time of the sealed battery. It cannot be opened for repair, or more importantly to change the "sealled" battery. Ifixit doesn't bother doing videos on it. Will not buy one ever again.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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12/24/2013 | 4:00:00 PM
Re: Where are the QWERTYs?
I have the Moto X. I didn't get it customized; I took a special offer whereby the device was free instead for the plain matte black model. 

I'm happy with the phone. It doesn't have the greatest camera but you can use filters to cover up some imperfections. Otherwise, I'm good with it. It is snappy and does everything I need it to without feeling breakable like an iPhone often does. 
aditshar
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aditshar,
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12/25/2013 | 5:18:15 AM
Re: Where are the QWERTYs?
The user interface of Android is based on direct manipulation, using touch inputs to manipulate on-screen objects. Internal hardware such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and proximity sensors are used by some applications to respond to additional user actions, for example adjusting the screen from portrait to landscape depending on how the device is oriented.
virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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12/26/2013 | 3:42:49 AM
Re: Where are the QWERTYs?
I agree you aditshar, I guess below analysis from Wikipedia is enough to describe the Android story in short.

As of November 2013, Android's share of the global smartphone market, led by Samsung products, has reached 80%. The operating system's success has made it a target for patent litigation as part of the so-called "smartphone wars" between technology companies. As of May 2013, 48 billion apps have been installed from the Google Play store, and as of September 3, 2013, 1 billion Android devices have been activated.
SaneIT
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12/26/2013 | 8:43:00 AM
I have to agree with the Samsun picks
I've had a couple Samsung phones and they have been so much better in many ways than other Android phones I've carried.  I currently carry a Note II so I might be a bit biased but I've never had the crashing problems with it that I've had with other phones.  In general Samsung seems to get Android and doesn't go over the top to wreck a good thing.  The TouchWiz interface isn't my favorite thing ever but they do well in not stomping on Android's features in the process of skinning a launcher which I've run into multiple times with other Android devices.
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J_Brandt,
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12/26/2013 | 10:57:34 AM
Re: The two sides of having a single aluminum shell
I have a HTC one and while I like it there are lots of compromises.  I liked having spare batteries and removable data for my old phone.  We're living in a society of "disposability."  No one takes the long term look at their devices anymore, because they know they'll be upgrading and replacing before they run into serious problems or inconveniences. 


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