Verizon reportedly plans to release its first two Android-powered smartphones early in November. The Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris will give customers a choice between a high-end model with a built-in keyboard, and a mid-range one without.
This carrier has been advertising the “Droid by Motorola” on TV for over a week, in a campaign that seeks to highlight its advantages over Apple’s iPhone. This model will be a slider, with a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard and a large touchscreen.
Coming Next Week
According to an unconfirmed report, both of these smartphones are going to be launch on Friday Nov. 6.
There is no word yet on pricing, but the Droid is expected to cost more than the Droid Eris, as it will have a larger, higher-resolution display, hardware keyboard, and other high-end features.
Droid vs. Droid Eris
As mentioned earlier, the Motorola Droid will be a slider, with a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard. It will have a 3.7-inch, 854-by-480-pixel (WVGA+) capacitive touchscreen with haptic feedback.
The HTC Droid Eris, on the other hand, will have an 3.2-inch HVGA screen, and an on-screen keyboard rather than a physical one.
Still they will have much in common, including support for Verizon’s EV-DO Rev. A mobile broadband service, Wi-Fi, microSD card slots, and 5 megapixel cameras.
Both these smartphones will run Google’s Android OS, which includes a suite of applications that can wirelessly synchronize with this company’s services, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Maps. They will also include video and audio software.
In addition to consumer e-mail services, these devices will offer Exchange ActiveSync, allowing users to access their work e-mail.
The Droid will debut with Android 2.0, but it’s not clear which version the Droid Eris will run at launch.
A Third Model Coming Later
These first two Android-based smartphones are expected to be followed by a third before too much longer, currently known only by its code-name, the Motorola Calgary.
Like the original Droid, this will reportedly be a slider, with a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard. It will apparently have a smaller, lower-resolution screen than the Droid. While the Droid is expected to be a high-end model, the Calgary will be more mid-range, or possibly even entry level.
More information on the Motorola Calgary can be found in this article: Details on Verizon’s Second Android Phone Leak Out