Droid Slider: Can Motorola, Android Succeed Where Kin, Pre Failed?
With the portrait-oriented sliding form factor, Motorola and Research in Motion with its Bold 9800 model will be entering into a territory that has proven to be both attractive–in a nostalgic sense with the HTC Blue Angel of yore and uncertainty, as the Palm Pre and Microsoft Kin One have proven to be lackluster with rumored low sales volume. With MOTOBLUR on board and Android’s integration with Exchange, social networking sites, and Google services, the Droid Slider could give webOS a run for its money.
It looks like Google’s assault on Research in Motion, with the help of Motorola, is going full steam ahead with rumors of a Motorola Droid Slider destined for Verizon Wireless. The slider, which takes a similar form factor to the BlackBerry Bold 9800 Slider rumored for AT&T. With the slider, Motorola and Google will be competing in all form factors currently employed by Research in Motion–the Motorola Droid and Droid X are great weapons against the BlackBerry Storm and Storm2 and the T-Mobile Motorola Charm running Android is a great weapon against more traditional BlackBerry smartphones, like the BlackBerry Bold 9650.
Is the vertical slider something you’d be interested in? In theory, you do get the best of both worlds–a capacious touchscreen for a rich experience especially if it entails multimedia, and also a comfortable keypad, something that Motorola has proven it could achieve with the Motorola Q9. Additionally, as a bonus, unlike a landscape slider, there is no lag for screen rotation.
(via: Android and Me)