UPDATE: This preliminary review was written after a limited time with this device. A more in-depth review is now available. It can be found here:
Verizon Wireless’ latest high-end smartphones is the Motorola Droid Pro, a model that runs Google’s Android OS and is strongly focused on business users.
I’ve had this phone for short while, but so far I’m extremely impressed. I’ll have a full review in a few days, but here is my first impressions.
BUILD & DESIGN
While many of the current Android OS-based devices are thinly veiled attempts to mimic the iPhone, the Droid Pro clearly has another target: the segment of business users that are mostly addicted to the Blackberry. To that end, it features a QWERTY-bar shape, fairly unusual in an Android OS device, as well as a suite of office software and security management tools.
Considering everything that is packed into this smartphone, the Droid Pro is surprisingly compact. Compared directly to my usual phone, a Samsung Jack, the Droid pro is slightly taller, by only about a third of an inch — and that’s it. They’re the same width, and roughly the same thickness, though the Droid Pro is actually a tiny bit thinner over most of the casing. Even granted that my Jack is cheaper and a year old, that’s still a very nice surprise.
On paper, the Droid Pro has almost everything you could possibly want packed into a business phone.
It starts with a basic hardware set designed for performance: a 1 GHz TI OMAP 3620 processor, and 512 MB of RAM, plus 1.5 GB of internal flash storage for user data. There’s also a 2 GB microSD card included.
Graphics are handled by a PowerVR SGX530 dedicated GPU.
And the hardware is worth it: the performance is like glass, with the longest lags and wait times being a result of consulting Internet resources, not due to the machine.
So far, I’m very much loving both the Droid Pro and the Android OS platform as a whole. The device is solid, and other than a few nitpicks I’ll get into in the full review, the software is sleek and powerful.
The worst thing I could say about it is that the battery power may be a little low for a business device — you might have to recharge partway through a heavy use day. But having only had the thing about a day, I’m reserving final judgment on that until I’ve used it a bit more.
Stay tuned, because Brighthand will be publishing a full review in a very few days.
If you just can’t wait, Verizon is selling the Droid Pro now for $180 with a two-year contract, or $480 without.