Motorola Droid Pro First-look Review

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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:

Motorola Droid Pro Review

 


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.

Motorola Droid Pro from Verizon WirelessConsidering 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.

PERFORMANCE

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.

PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION

Motorola Droid Pro from Verizon WirelessSo 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.

 

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