Another Gizmodo score: the Motorola Shadow

May 25, 2010: 12:10 PM ET

Since it's only an Android phone though, don't expect the police to kick down any doors.

It is pretty striking how dissimilar Apple leaks are compared to the rest of the tech industry. Details of the Motorola Shadow have been leaking for the past few weeks, but very few outside of the gadget community seem to care.  When Apple's (AAPL) next iPhone gets leaked, the world gets flipped upside down.

According to Gizmodo, this product was found in a Verizon corporate gym, likely photographed by a Verizon employee  or Verizon-outsourced employee who found it.  Soon after discovered, it was remotely wiped, just like that iPhone 4/HD.

Perhaps the reason for such little hoopla is that Motorola's new high end Android phone isn't much more exciting, specs-wise, than the HTC EVO.  Both Superphones have roughly the same details.

Both have 4.3 inch screens and 8 megapixel cameras capable of shooting 720P video with HDMI-out according to the latest leaks.

One extra for the Droid Shadow is that it is supposed to have 16GB of internal memory and will ship with Android 2.2, Froyo in June or July, About the same time as Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.

One interesting thing about Motorola's Droids vs. HTC's Android products  is that they seem to have a wider aspect ratio with more pixels.  Both Droid and Droid Shadow share 850x480 pixel screens while HTC's high end phones are only 800x480.

Also, if this leak is to be believed, the new shadow will do 1080P out, a first for a mobile phone.

Also, note that this Verizon phone is rumored to be using a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor while the original Droid used a TI OMAP processor (like the Palm Pre).

If you are a Verizon customer looking for a high end Android product, you now can buy the cheaper Droid which was released in November, the new HTC Incredible or wait a month or two and pick up the Motorola Shadow.  Choose wisely.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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