Verizon Droid: It’s Official

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Today is the official unveiling of Verizon’s first Android-based smartphone. The Motorola Droid, scheduled for release next week, will be packed with high-end features, like a WVGA+ touchscreen, hardware keyboard, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, and much more.

Verizon has been aggressively advertising this model — it has been the subject of a TV ad campaign for the last several weeks that seeks to highlight its advantages over Apple’s iPhone.

Motorola DroidAn Overview of the Motorola Droid
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 on a 550 MHz processor, and will come with a suite of applications that can wirelessly synchronize with this company’s services, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Maps.

Verizon is promising advanced speech recognition to allow user to make calls and search the Web with voice commands.

For professionals, the Droid will offer Exchange ActiveSync and a Microsoft Office file viewer. For everyone, it will have video and audio software.

Android is known for its very powerful WebKit-based web browser, and the newest version is going to support HTML5, plus Adobe Flash 10.1 when it’s released in 2010.

Verizon is going to bundle a 16 GB microSD card, and users will have the option of switching this out with a 32 GB card when these come on the market next year.

More Hardware Features
This smartphone will support Verizon’s high-speed mobile broadband EV-DO Rev. A service. It will also include Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth for short range connections to the Internet and accessories.

Motorola DroidThe Droid will have a 5 megapixel camera, with auto-focus and dual LED flash. This will be able to handle high-resolution images and 720-by-480-pixel video at up to 24 fps.

It is also going to include a 3.5 mm headset jack, a GPS receiver, and an accelerometer.

This Motorola model will have a 1400 mAh battery, which Verizon says will be good for either 385 minutes of talk time or up to 270 hours of stand-by time.

Overall, this device will be 4.6 inches wide, 2.4 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick (116 x 60 x 14 mm).

Additional details on the Motorola Droid can be found in the official datasheet (PDF)

Pricing & Availability
Those who are interested in the Droid won’t have to wait much longer; Verizon promised today that this cutting-edge cell phone will debut next Friday, Nov. 6. It will be available  exclusively at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online.

This model is going to sell for $200 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.




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