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Is That a Q in Your Pocket?

3:10 PM -- The Qusers discussion forum notes that pictures of the much-anticipated Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) smartphone have started to turn up on the Verizon Wireless Website.

Regular readers will doubtless recall the -- ahem -- skinny on this phone from January when Moto executives showed it off at CES. (See CES: Moto's Slim RIM Killer?) The Windows-powered device is an extremely slim smartphone, with a keyboard, that won't look and feel like a brick held up to ear.

Funny thing is, a few years ago I went to dinner with a group of Motorola engineers and showed off the then-new Sidekick PDA/phone that I'd just been given to test. The original Sidekick was the definite hot-ticket device at the time, if a little clunky in its implementation.

Most of my dinner companions were fascinated by the gadget, but all said that their team could improve on the size and shape of the device. And here we are, although our dinner was perhaps not the defining moment. The RAZR and Q are the latest signs that design should always be the upmost consideration when a vendor is dreaming up any new gadget. (See Moto Rides RAZR to Strong Q1.)

Oh, by the way, how can you have a user site for a device that you can't buy yet? Riddle me that.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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