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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Review

This week we've had a look at the next slide-out QWERTY smartphone to hit the 4G LTE universe in the Motorola PHOTON Q. This device represents some of the best and the worst in the smartphone market today, starting with Motorola's lovely take on a QWERTY keyboard, complete with light-up keys that feel rather nice to tap away on. The Sprint network, on the other hand, has been a letdown - both to the operating system and the hardware it's working with.

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Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE: August 19th for $199.99

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE: August 19th for $199.99

Motorola announced that the PHOTON Q 4G LTE would be coming sooner rather than later, and now the company has confirmed that the handset will be available to pre-order starting from today, with the phone expected to hit retail shelves this Sunday on August 19th. The phone commands the typical $200 price tag on a new two-year contract, and packs a five row horizontal QWERTY keyboard in conjunction with the latest internals.

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Motorola Photon Q confirmed for 2012 LTE launch

Motorola Photon Q confirmed for 2012 LTE launch

Motorola's Photon Q Android smartphone will go on sale later in 2012, it's been prematurely confirmed, an LTE smartphone for the US market. The QWERTY slider format is an underplayed one in the smartphone segment, with touchscreen-centric candybars most common, and so fans of the form-factor generally get more excited than most to see a new option on the horizon.

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Microsoft readying Wedge keyboard with new Window 8 logo

Microsoft readying Wedge keyboard with new Window 8 logo

Microsoft may be preparing a massive software launch for Windows 8 later this year, but it looks like the company is also readying some new accessories to go along with the update. A new keyboard made by Microsoft has been spotted by Czech site WinMAG that seems to be designed for portable use with mobile devices like tablets. On top of that, the keyboard will feature the new Windows logo.

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RIM CEO: “We own QWERTY market” so we’re chasing full-touch BB10 first

RIM CEO: “We own QWERTY market” so we’re chasing full-touch BB10 first

RIM plans to trim its product line-up and lean heavily on BlackBerry 7 devices as it puts the finishing touches to BlackBerry 10, focusing on BBM connected services to provoke consumer interest. As for the decision to push a full-touchscreen device running the new platform initially, rather than playing to RIM's obvious strengths in devices with keyboards, Heins said that it was an intentional strategy rather than a company gaffe.

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Motorola DEFY PRO targets bored BlackBerry users

Motorola DEFY PRO targets bored BlackBerry users

It's obviously the week for Android QWERTY candybars, with Motorola following Samsung's Galaxy Chat with a touch-and-type of its own, the Motorola DEFY PRO. Built around a thumbboard and a 2.7-inch touchscreen, the DEFY PRO is targeted at the business user who might be bored with their BlackBerry, promising document handling as well as multi-mode support for work and play.

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Samsung Galaxy Chat pairs QWERTY candybar with Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung Galaxy Chat pairs QWERTY candybar with Ice Cream Sandwich

Android smartphones with non-sliding QWERTY keyboards are still something of a rarity, so forgive us for getting unduly interested in Samsung's Galaxy Chat, freshly announced today. Pairing a 3-inch QVGA touchscreen and a thumb-board, the Galaxy Chat may be something of a disappointment in most of its specifications, but a footnote by the Korean company confirms at least one curious tidbit: an LTE version is in the pipeline.

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Android BlackBerry could be QWERTY heaven says Google design chief

Android BlackBerry could be QWERTY heaven says Google design chief

Things aren’t looking good for RIM. The Q1 2013 fiscal results showed a massive loss, 5,000 jobs need to be cut from the company, and BlackBerry 10 has been delayed until next year. Reuters reported earlier this morning that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer approached the troubled company in the past, courting them for a potential Windows Phone tie-up. RIM could turn towards Android too, with Google’s Matias Duarte believing the company could make some great Android hardware.

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RIM confirms first BlackBerry 10 device won’t have physical keyboard

RIM confirms first BlackBerry 10 device won’t have physical keyboard

RIM confirmed today that its very first BlackBerry 10 device will not be featuring a physical keyboard, which has been iconic of the brand. Instead, it will go the route of touchscreen only, featuring a soft-keyboard like the one previewed on the developer version back at BlackBerry World. However, RIM does note that Blackberry 10 devices with physical keyboards will be available in the future.

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Swype Beta June 2012 hands-on

Swype Beta June 2012 hands-on

The first really giant 3rd party keyboard for Android, Swype, has released a brand new iteration of their still-beta build for all to see and love. What we've got here is a brief hands-on with each of the new features that this keyboard for your touch display-having Android devices is bringing forward this summer season. This build is being called "the next generation of Swype!" Can it live up to its own hype?

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RIM: BlackBerry 10 phones with physical QWERTY in pipeline

RIM: BlackBerry 10 phones with physical QWERTY in pipeline

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has insisted that there will be QWERTY-keyboard blessed BlackBerry 10 handsets when the new platform launches, despite the developer device being touch-only. The company prompted speculation yesterday that it was shifting away from its legendary hardware keyboards, when it confirmed plans to distribute a full-touch BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha to developers attending BlackBerry World 2012 this week, and spent keynote time demonstrating a new on-screen keyboard with predictive text.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Mini Keyboard gets official

BlackBerry PlayBook Mini Keyboard gets official

Frustration with text-entry on the BlackBerry PlayBook probably hasn't been the main cause of the tablet's commercial shortcomings, but it's the challenge RIM has taken on with its new BlackBerry Mini Keyboard. Hooking up via an encrypted Bluetooth connection, the Mini Keyboard also has a touchpad for navigating PlayBook OS 2.0 without reaching up to the touchscreen.

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