Motorola Droid Pro Hands-on Preview

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The Motorola Droid Pro was officially unveiled last night at the CTIA tradeshow going on now in San Francisco. This is going to be a very business-oriented smartphone running Google’s Android OS 2.2.

I was at the Motorola event, so I’ve had a bit of time to play around with this upcoming model. I’d like to share my earliest impressions of it.

BUILD & DESIGN

The Droid Pro is not going to be a slightly modified version of the Droid 2, as had been rumored. Instead it will have a slab design, with a small portrait-oriented keyboard fixed below its touchscreen.

Motorola Droid ProBecause it has to have room for a keyboard on its front, this smartphone is going to have a smaller display than many other high-end devices. Rather than 3.7 inches or larger, it’s going to be 3.1 inches.

Still, the Droid Pro will be being marketed to a group that generally uses BlackBerrys, and this group will likely be pleased by the WVGA touchscreen.

Keyboard
Motorola says it put a great deal of thought into this model’s keyboard, and insists that it is noticeably better than anything on a BlackBerry.

I tried it out, and I like the shape of the keys, which have been highly shaped to make them feel as separate from each other as possible. Still, it feels a bit cramped after using a landscape-oriented keyboard on a rival device.

I’d say this keyboard is about as good as the ones found on RIM’s device, as it strongly reminds me of the keyboard on the BlackBerry Bold series.

PERFORMANCE

The Motorola Droid Pro is going to run Android OS 2.2, the latest version of this operating system. This means its web browser will support Adobe Flash.

It will be based on a 1 GHz processor, just as many of its high-end rivals are. This gives it generally snappy performance.

This device is going to have 2 GB of internal storage, plus it will be bundled with a 2 GB microSD memory card — which isn’t much compared to some of its competitors, but up to 32 GB cards can be used.

Business Friendly
Google’s operating system is generally business friendly, but Motorola is extending it to make the Droid Pro as appealing to business users as possible. Naturally is will come with software for working with Microsoft Office files when on the go. The designers picked Quickoffice, which is a good choice.

In addition, this smartphone is going to include security software for performing tasks such as remote wipe.

This model is going to have just about every kind of wireless technology packed into it expect for 4G. It will work on Verizon’s network in the U.S. as well as GSM networks when roaming in other countries. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS Wi l also be included.

User Friendly, Too
The chief advantage of choosing the Android OS for this model is it brings the features users want, like a good music and video player. And there are cross-over features, like an outstanding web browser.

These are important, because these days a smartphone has to appeal to both companies and employees.So far, the Droid Pro looks like it will accomplish this goal.

The Droid Pro is going to include a 5 megapixel camera, but I didn’t have a chance to try it out in my preliminary tests.

 

CONCLUSION

The Motorola Droid Pro seems to have been designed to lure companies away from their long-running addiction to the BlackBerry.It includes the features BlackBerry users like — a secure device with a physical keyboard — but brings the power of the Android OS.

This smartphone is scheduled to launch during the first week of November, but the price has not yet been announce by Verizon.

A full review will be published by Brighthand as this model gets closer to its release.

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