I'm waiting for a Samsung Galaxy Glide to get delivered to me. I'll try to share my thoughts as compared to my Pro with you guys.
To me, slide-out keyboards are inconvenient and obnoxious to use. They are too wide (can't type with just one hand) and the keys are always too flat! Also they add way too much bulk to the phone and the hinges or sliding mechanism may become weak and break over time. They just don't feel right in the hand.
As I've said before, it's unfortunate that companies won't even consider making high-end portrait qwertys, but I guess that just means I get to hold on to my current phone longer without throwing money at a new phone every month.
While I generally agree, if you haven't picked up a d3, the keyboard is the best slider I've ever used.
I understand the form factor tho (wife has a pro).
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I really miss my PRO since I went to a BIONIC..... Needed the speed of 4G and the mobile hot spot.
The only thing I don't miss is the backlight randomly shutting off
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CES 2012 show just kicked off and a whole slew of new android phones are coming out in the next few months with dual-core processors, amazing cameras, and the shiny, new Ice Cream Sandwich update. Unfortunately I haven't seen any yet with ANY type of physical keyboard (2012 must be the year of the death of keyboards).
I really don't understand why there's not more offered like the Pro--or why they're even discontinuing it. Its keyboard is horrible (at least compared to BlackBerrys) but the reason most of the BlackBerry users I know still have them is because either they (or whoever makes the phone-buying decisions) wants to keep the form factor. The BES went away as a good reason to keep RIM (at least according to the IT guys I talk to) a while ago, unless you've got some specific security concern. If someone offered the Admiral as a world phone, or the Droid Pro+ on VZW, they'd sell. Maybe not like the new Nexus, but the flip side is that you're buying multiples of phones at once, with the top-tier plans and insurance, and when it's time to replace them, there aren't contract concerns. They just pay retail.
If this keeps up too much longer, I'm actually going to have to switch to ATT for the Pro+.
Motorola Announced Droid Pro successor back in August.. the Droid Pro+. Motorola announces Pro+, slightly upgraded Pro with Gingerbread - Rethink Wireless Available in Europe in Asia, I assume it will come to USA soon. I think the Pro i such a niche that they don't but a lot of advertising into it. It will just appear in stores one day.
As for keyboard phones at CES, Droid 4 got announced and I thought a few more new ones with physical keyboard. I heard on one podcast that physical keyboards will make a come back in the next couple years.
I completely understand why the Pro is unpopular. It's top heavy and one of the ugliest looking phones to a lot of people. It's mostly about aesthetics. It has a smaller, lower res touchscreen and in this day and age people want bigger screens. It's also thick and people want thin phones that slip into their pockets. People generally prefer a sleek slab of touchscreen -- no keyboards. Look at ICS, it seems Google's pushing for phones with NO buttons.
I've been looking for a decent Android portrait qwerty for over a full year. Motorola seems to be the only ones willing to make these phones. The only thing that repelled me from the HTC Status was the Facebook button and the ugly design and minimal specs. I think I'm honestly considering giving up and switching to a (small) slider with amazing specs after dealing with the many problems of my Admiral.
But everyone's KNOWN about the Droid 4 for months. The other phones were previously unheard of.As for keyboard phones at CES, Droid 4 got announced and I thought a few more new ones with physical keyboard.