Motorola Shadow: Sequel to which? Nexus or Droid?

We’ve been yearning to learn more and more about the Motorola Shadow, and even with the upcoming Motorola Android smartphone’s leak from the WiFi Alliance, we just can’t get enough! Hearing anything about this device is music to my ears. That is, until a rumor surfaces saying that the Shadow isn’t the new Nexus Two, but the Droid Two instead – as possibly a Verizon-only handset. While this isn’t necessarily bad news, I just don’t want to switch to Verizon for this thing.

If the Motorola Shadow is in fact the Droid 2, I’d be a little annoyed that one of the best phones to become available again is going to Verizon. I’m not willing to switch to Verizon. Been there, done that. I love T-Mobile, they are too good to leave, especially when it comes to customer service and pricing. Coverage? Not so much, but in this day and age, who uses their phone as a phone anymore? Also, If the Shadow goes to Verizon, it could leave original Droid owners a little miffed.

The Motorola Droid was released in November of 2009. While it’s technically not too soon for a Droid sequel, the introduction of a much better device with a full QWERTY keyboard will cause many Droid owners to be pretty annoyed with Verizon. The HTC Droid Incredible just launched as the latest Verizon Android device to one-up the Motorola Droid, and another Droid follow-up might be more than some Droid users out there can stand to bear. That’s how technology goes though, it’s getting faster and faster. Where ever the Motorola Shadow goes, all we can do is wait and see where it lands. Still, I have a feeling that Google will offer it in their online store. But I would not be surprised if it was also made available to the corresponding carrier.

There’s  also a rumor that the Shadow will come in two different variations, one with a full slide out keyboard, and one without. That makes sense, but which is which? A lot of these rumors are getting confusing, and I’d rather just wait and see whether or not this is a Droid or a Nexus device. It could be both, but I just hope that there will be a GSM version in the mix somewhere.

Rumors aside, the Motorola Shadow is coming. Whether it will be the Nexus Two, or the Droid Two, it will be a great phone. I have my bets on an announcement at the Google I/O this month, so we may not have much longer to wait.

[Via: PocketPicks]

  • roiji

    i hope that a GSM version will be released too…
    the best phones go to CDMA networks.. verizon (droid, droid incredible) and sprint (evo 4g) :'(

  • Steve

    Why would you think this was the Nexus 2? HTC made the Nexus One soooooo why would Motorola be making Nexus 2?

    • blake

      HTC does not own the Nexus name. Google does, and they are the ones who decide what is the next Nexus. It has nothing to do with manufacturers.

      At the launch event for the Nexus One, the CEO of Motorola was on stage as well. Why would the main Android competitor take the stage at an event for a rival’s device? Doesn’t make sense. Many believe that the Motorola CEO’s presence at the event was more of a foreshadowing of what’s to come in the Nexus line.

      People need to understand just because HTC made the first ‘Nexus’ device doesn’t mean that only HTC can make those phones. Google has a good relationship with both HTC and Motorola, and there is absolutely no reason to rule anyone out.

      Right now the only phone that could possibly fill the shoes of the Nexus Two is the Motorola Shadow.

  • hasib

    Its rumoured for ATT………. the shadow uses 850 and 1900 and so does ATT if i am correct. Verizon uses 800 and 1900

    • blake

      There no hard specs on the device yet. The only thing we have is a WiFi Certificate.

      It could very well come up on multiple carriers at once, so we don’t have what happened with Verizon nixing the Nexus One and telling people to buy the Incredible instead.

  • jimmy

    Like blake said google choose what phone will be the nexus if u guys for got the xperia x10 would have been the nexus one but sony turned it down but I also believe that there are two different models the black one which is droid2 that’s has a keybored and the nexus two which is the white one without the keybored

  • shea

    Blake Stimac, I'm not so sure about you. Your article is full of holes. You say you love T-mobile cause who uses a phone like a phone anymore? Well, recent surveys show that smartphones are used far more frequently for web browsing much in line with your sentiments. Trouble is T-mobile has the number 3 wireless broadband network in terms of coverage and speed, possibly even number 4 considering they roam off of plenty of ATT towers. Oh, and I must have missed something – cause your statement that Motorola Droid owners would be pretty pissed about a newer phone coming out into the midlife of the Droid. Are you kidding me? Since do users of a sub-par phone in the keyboard dept get pissed that a newer better version is coming out?

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