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Motorola shows off yet another Android device

Verizon seems to be on a roll these days when it comes to Android smartphones. Yesterday, we saw the launch of both the Droid Pro (with a built-in QWERTY keyboard) and the Continuum (with a "secondary" display). Today, Verizon is ushering out another offering from Motorola: the Droid 2 Global.

The Droid 2 Global improves upon the standard Droid 2 by incorporated a 1.2GHz processor, quad-band GSM, and tri-band UMTS. As result, the Droid 2 Global lives up to its namesake as it can practically be used anywhere in the world.

Other features include a 3.7" display (854x480), 5mp camera with dual-LED flash, and 16GB of storage (8GB from internal storage, 8GB via an included microSD card).

The smartphone will be available in Winter White and Dark Sapphire, and retails for $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

In other news, Samsung is reporting that it has shipped over 3 million Galaxy S smartphones. "We're in a situation where we wish we had more supply," said Samsung CMO Paul Golden to Reuters.

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Epic Sales
By Jedi2155 on 11/9/2010 12:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
I have 3 Samsung Epic's heading towards my house for my family and I. Certainly an awesome phone....

RE: Epic Sales
By zaaf on 11/9/2010 3:53:03 PM , Rating: 2
I have the Epic and it is quite impressive, tho the keyboard makes it bulky and imo is not necessary. Swype is much faster than typing. My friend just picked up the Captivate and i like the form better. Wish Sprint had that one.

RE: Epic Sales
By Jedi2155 on 11/9/2010 4:36:00 PM , Rating: 1
Coming from a T-Mobile G1, I absolutely loved my hardware keyboard as it was so much nicer to type on than any of the software one's I've tried so far (iPhone, iPad, DroidX, Droid, HTC Evo etc.).

RE: Epic Sales
By tallguywithglasseson on 11/9/2010 5:25:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'm trying out an Epic for work. The function buttons under the display drive me crazy. Why do they disappear? Seems like a style-over-function choice, one I don't think I agree with. Then, one press turns them on, second one activates them - sometimes. Sometimes recognizes two presses, sometimes none. Haptic feedback is a little lackluster. The touchscreen also seems a little less responsive than the other one I've tried out (EVO 4G). The GPS has not been particularly friendly. Seems these things may be global to all Galaxy S phones.

Even with all that, I still have to say it's a nice phone. I do love using Swype, pretty sure I'm going to have to get one that has it (and no HW keyboard).

RE: Epic Sales
By Solandri on 11/10/2010 6:06:11 AM , Rating: 2
Just go to menu -> settings -> sound & display -> keyboard timeout

Set it to same as display timeout. That will make the function buttons (and keyboard backlight when the keyboard is drawn out) stay lit as long as the display is lit. But yeah, I agree they could've just painted those buttons on the screen instead of making them OLEDs which light separately.

RE: Epic Sales
By Solandri on 11/10/2010 6:17:07 AM , Rating: 2
I love Swype too, but where I've found the keyboard to be really useful is when editing. Moving the cursor around by touching the screen makes me want to pull my hair out. It's rarely accurate, and usually takes me 3+ tries to get it right in front of the letter I want to delete. With the keyboard, cursor control is precise and exact.

If you don't do much editing, then yeah I can see the Captivate's form factor being better for you. But at least it's a nice keyboard. It has a number row as well as letters, so you don't have to switch entry modes or hold down a key for longer to type in numbers. The keyboard buttons are nice and clicky too, like the old HP calculators only without as much keypress travel.

RE: Epic Sales
By Jedi2155 on 11/19/2010 3:47:45 AM , Rating: 2
After using Swype for over a week now I'm shocked at how little I've been using the keyboard as its just that dang good. Really needs a trackball though...

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