Good things come to those who wait: Motorola Sholes spied sans keyboard

by Mike
Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

keyboardless-sholes

Upon hearing news of a keyboardless Moto Droid (Sholes), two groups will instantly form. For one group the lack of a keyboard and thinner overall construction depict the perfect Android device. Others however will find the lack of the keyboard a major knock as that was one of the big selling points of the phone to begin with. Personally, I’d fall into the latter as I love the Droid’s keyboard and don’t find Android’s onscreen keyboard quite refined enough to be the sole provider for text input. Remember, I have slender, long fingers. Because of that, the close non-existent spacing between keys doesn’t bother me nor does the small chin on the right side of the keyboard. Still, removing the keyboard on the Sholes was one of the most voiced reasons for not picking up the first iteration. Apparently the old saying “Ask and ye shall receive” still holds true. Thanks to Mobile Android China, shots of a Moto Sholes prancing around the camera without any legs have surfaced.

Specs for this touchable beast are fairly similar to the keyboard toting cousin with the same 3.7″ 800 x 400 display, 550MHz OMAP processor, 3.5mm audio jack. Some small differences on the “Sholes Tablet” do seek to differentiate the two siblings with the most notable being the tablet’s HDMI port and higher quality 8mp camera. On that camera: hopefully Motorola does a better job on the software front concerning the camera as the Droid’s current 5mp shooter isn’t exactly stellar. With the specs listed and the pictures above, how stoked are you? Feeling buyers remorse on that keyboard equipped Sholes/Droid you bought, totally loving the Sholes Tablet touch only design? For me, I’m interested, but not enough to drop my current love.

BGR > Mobile Android China (Beware — Mandarin ahead)

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