One of the biggest complaints about the Motorola Droid was its sub-par hardware keyboard. The keys were all just a little too flat and bunched together in a non-text-friendly way. So the assumption is that on the upgraded Droid 2, one of the things that could (and should) change is the keyboard. Through the ever vigilant eyes at Howard Forums, have we spied the successor to the Droid’s keyboard?
While this hasn’t been confirmed, it definitely looks like a keyboard updated for an Android 2.1+ device (voice input key, anyone?), and the body style is distinctly Droid. The understanding is the actual casing of the Droid 2 shouldn’t vary that much from the original, and that is what this looks like.
Playing devil’s advocate and assuming it is real there are some things to like. More room is devoted to keys that look a bit friendlier to tactile input, but gone is the directional input pad of old. It has been replaced by a set of directional arrows and an “OK” button implemented directly in the keyboard layout. The large amount of real estate devoted to the “ALT” and Shift keys may be unnecessary, but it does give the keypad a more traditional QWERTY design.
Regardless of whether this is fact, fiction, or something entirely different I’m not all too sure how I feel about it just yet. What do you guys think?