The Motorola Droid has been making big waves in the U.S., and now Europeans don’t have to feel left out: this high-end smartphone sporting a large touchscreen and the latest version of Google’s Android OS will be released by a pair of carriers across the pond, too.
Verizon has used this model’s 3.7-inch, WVGA+ display, sliding keyboard, mobile broadband, 5-megapixel camera, and other features to great effect in the U.S., and a European debut of a re-named version — the Motorola Milestone — is right around the corner.
Motorola has revealed that this device is definitely going to be released in Germany by O2 and Vodafone. Leaked information goes a bit farther, saying that 02 will be charging about €400 without taxes and subsidies, with a release coming just a week from now, Nov. 9.
This phone maker also says the Milestone will be released in Italy, but when this will happen is not yet known.
An Overview of the Motorola Droid/Milestone
This smartphone will be a slider, with a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard. It is going to have a 3.7-inch, 854-by-480-pixel (WVGA+) capacitive touchscreen with haptic feedback.
It will run Google Android 2.0, and will come with a suite of applications that can wirelessly synchronize with this company’s services, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Maps.
For professionals, the Droid/Milestone will offer Exchange ActiveSync and a Microsoft Office file viewer, and there are thousands of additional apps available in the Android Market.
This model will include a microSD card slot plus it will have a 5 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, a GPS receiver, and a 1400 mAh battery.
Not surprisingly, the Motorola Droid and Milestone will be very similar, but not identical.
The version being released later this week by Verizon Wireless will have EV-DO mobile broadband, while the European version will, naturally, sport the 3G service HSPA, in addition to Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
Verizon’s Droid is going to come with a 16 GB card, while Motorola says the Milestone will be bundles with an 8 GB one.
And the Droid will include Google’s new navigations service, but the European model is going to come with MotoNav.