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Motorola and Verizon Wireless Announce the Droid

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Oct 28, 2009, 9:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today Motorola and Verizon Wireless introduced the Droid, a new Android phone that runs the 2.0 (Eclair) operating system. The Droid is a sideways slider with 3.7-inch WVGA touch display (480 x 854 pixels) and full QWERTY keyboard. It has EVDO Rev. A, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi radios on board. The camera rates 5 megapixels and has dual-LED flash, autofocus, image stabilization and DVD-quality (720 x 480 pixels) video capture at 24 frames per second. The Droid is boxed with a 16GB microSD card and runs a Cortex A8 processor. The Droid takes advantage of many of the features of Android 2.0, which includes an integrated email inbox with support for multiple Gmail and Exchange accounts; SMS and MMS search; double-tap zoom in the browser with support for HTML5; improved camera software; and improved on-screen keyboard software. It runs a new Google Maps Navigation application (in beta) that offers voice guidance and 3D navigation. The Droid will not run Motorola's MOTOBLUR, and instead is a stock "with Google" Android device with no UI customization. Verizon also said that all of its future Android devices will be released under the "Droid" branding. The Droid goes on sale November 6 for $200 with new contract.

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Nov 17, 2009, 11:49 AM

Where is the ? mark on slide out keypad?

Sorry for the simple question! And, thanks!

Oct 28, 2009, 1:31 PM

AT&T lost

The iPhone exclusivity will no longer be an issue with Verizon Wireless. Look for them to lock up a deal just as long as AT&T has.
pookie2531 said:
The iPhone exclusivity will no longer be an issue with Verizon Wireless. Look for them to lock up a deal just as long as AT&T has.

If your trying to say VZW will have an exclusivity deal with th...
And the Voyager?

Android is likely always going to lag behind the iPhone as an overall package- the best it can hope for is Number Two as opposed to Number Three where it currently sits. Let's be honest, every single Android phone up to this point...

Oct 29, 2009, 5:24 AM

Why Verizon's Droid Isn't an iPhone Killer

On paper, Verizon's Droid by Motorola seems like it should destroy the iPhone. Its 3.7-inch 480x854 display is dumbfounding compared to Apple's 3.5-inch 480x320 screen. It manages to include a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, yet at 0.54-inches it's scarcely thicker than the iPhone's 0.48-inches. It has a turn-by-turn GPS right out of the box, while the same feature on the iPhone will knock you back an extra $100. Yet, all this is not enough for the Droid to earn the status of "iPhone killer." For that, it will need to rob the iPhone of its customers, and it won't come even close.

Sure, the Droid's 5MP autofocus camera with a flash bests the iPhone's 3.2MP. Sure, it has an SD card slot, and a removable battery. The iPhone has neve
andy2373 said: ... »

Well it's about time someone said it! VZW, Motorola, Android...what do those have to do with the iPhone!
Yes, but Verizon has a captive audience.
That is when the LTE iphone comes to Verizon.

Then ATT will look like a sinking ship with rats deserting it. LOL

Until that happens, ATT is living on borrowed time.

Oct 28, 2009, 2:08 PM

What's this?

Anyone watch the video here on Phonescoop? ... »
What's the LED flashing in the top right corner of the phone? Confused
huh, didn't notice until you pointed it out...idea's anyone? message indicator?

Oct 29, 2009, 6:21 AM

No UI customization on a Verizon phone?

That's awesome!
? 2006 ? I don't follow your comment.. UI customization has been unlocked on Verizon for almost 3 years now

Oct 29, 2009, 12:10 AM

Who would you like to see make out with this phone?

Would it boost sales? Who would you chose? Will this phone kill the iphone? Will Motorola screw up another product? Will heated tension arise from apple and Motorola (apple use to have motorola make it's hardware, then realized they had crappy hardware so ditched them and now make better products FACT google it)
I would like to see Katherine Heigl make out with this phone. I think that would make it HOT. LOL Very Happy

Oct 28, 2009, 9:48 AM

It's so hard to make your mind up

when your out of contract and eligible for upgrade with verizon who has the coolest phone ever, and t-mobile has the new $59.99 for 500/text/web plan. what does verizons comparative plan cost for this phone? $79.99?
Well if your interested in Tmo's plans, isn't the Moto Cliq an oh right handset? There's also the Samsung Behold II.

No, I don't work for Tmo, I was just say'in.
A Nationwide Select 450 with Unlimited email and web would be $89.98.

Oct 29, 2009, 5:39 AM

There's a chance

Motorola is back. Surprised

The phone provided excellent call quality, even in a New York hotel lobby full of noisy Phillies fans headed to Yankee Stadium for the World Series. Parties on the other end of my calls reported no problems ... »

Oct 29, 2009, 4:59 AM


Got $800 to spend? ... »
I briefly thought about it but figured even out of contract it'd be about $300 less from VZW.

Oct 28, 2009, 12:20 PM

Verizon's iPhone Killer Do Jour....

And it'll fail after people realize for the same price they can buy the real thing.
on a network that doesn't work for a huge chunk of verizon customers. ATT's network is pathetic here in pa once you leave the city
for the same price they can get a device with 3 mega pixel camera with no flash. a device that doesn't multitask. a device with a locked OS as opposed to the open platform that is Android?? Personally I wouldn't pay 50 bucks for an Iphone.

Oct 28, 2009, 9:28 PM

No need to make comparisons

There is no need for the flame wars between Appleheads and VZfanboys. Droid looks nice and anyone who purchases this phone make sure you download the Sherpa app. It is the best app on Android Marketplace in my opinion Very Happy

Oct 28, 2009, 9:22 AM

My Tour just got shelved

Well, I love BB as much as the rest of 'em, but this phone has seriously got me drooling. Great specs, great early reviews, and a fantastic open source operating system. I really can't wait to actually play with one of these bad boys!

I have to agree CwCanty. I have traveled around (within the cellphone circle) and tried a few different hand sets recently. The iPhone, the Instinct, the Touch Pro 2 and now the Storm. The Storm works so well that I have been heard saying "BB is a all...
I want to switch also to this from my tour but I just have so many friends and BBM this phone is not a global phone Confused Confused
My Voyager and BB 8330 most likely just got shelved Smile

Oct 28, 2009, 5:58 PM

Well I got some Android useful info

I saw a video of someone installing the Android in a HTC HD & works perfectly, the ones who done this they going to release the phone models that are capable to have Android on them, I leave the link: ... »
Anyone with an existing Android device and a nasty case of DROID envy today might want to hold off before switching devices, emptying the bank account, and possibly switching carriers in the process, because HTC's got a little bit of information here ...

Oct 28, 2009, 8:56 PM

Review ... »
Amazing if you ask me....I am seriously thinking of leaving RIM for this.

Oct 28, 2009, 3:56 PM


Since the Droid is a CDMA phone, can you unlock it and run it on Sprints network?
Nope. The ESN is not in Sprints systems.

Oct 28, 2009, 12:11 PM

iDon't... a damn thing that Motorola makes until I've actually used it. These phones could have the best specs in the world, but Motorola has a way of failing at most things they do.
Very wise...
Very true. I find it hard to take Motorola serious with their phones. Now walkie talkies are great.

Oct 28, 2009, 9:22 AM

Finally announced

Now all I have to do is to wait till stores have it and then see if I can convince Verizon to sell it to me at a contract price even though I am not eligible for an upgrade yet.
its cool..but i like the sense ui on top of android. but we will see. its cdma so ill just get one and put it on sprint. i have the hero now and i love it.
good luck. Verizon don't offer other upgrade options besides the Annual Upgrade or Regular Upgrade.

In some cases when you don't have insurance and you tell them your phone is broken or damage they will offer you a phone with a 1yr pricing plus u ...
If I am not mistaken when the storm and voyager phones were released you could only get them if you were elegible to upgrade.

You could not call in and say it broke or have it replaced so many times then ask for a multi exchange.

If that is c...

Oct 28, 2009, 3:10 PM

Google Maps Navigation

My biggest question right now is: Will Google Maps Navigation incur an additional monthly fee, like their current GPS turn-by-turn option? If so, that might be a deal-breaker for me. Does anyone know the answer to that yet?

Oct 28, 2009, 1:52 PM

Iphone CDMA

If the Iphone was orginally CDMA only, would people still have the same problems for the Iphone not being a global phone as they are having with the Droid not being a global phone.

Plus it does suck that there are no GSM radio's bc I would have picked up an unlocked version
Even if they'd made a CDMA iPhone, Apple would have also likely produced a GSM one for the international market. Whether they would have included 850/1900 on the GSM model, would be the question.

The real point is that you don't base an ad campaig...

Oct 28, 2009, 9:30 AM


iThink we may have our first legitimate threat to the iPhone Shocked
The G1, the MyTouch, Touch Pro 2, the Hero, the Palm Pre, the Storm, the Cliq, the Moment, the Touch Diamond 2, the Imagio and many others have already threaten the iPhone.

The iPhone is just so conceded, it hasn't realized; and its nap by the tre...
I currently have a Voyager for my personal phone and a BB 8330 for work. I'm already sold on the Droid. This may very well replace the aforementioned phones above Smile

Luckily I'm up for NE2 through VZW, so I'll most likely be pre-ordering this one o...
Yeah, I heard that about the Storm last year.
Iphone sales are up another 7% over last quarter.

Nothing compares to iphones except for a new and better iphone.

I have used them all.

The iphone has an all around good device.

AS far as multitasking, push notification is pretty much the ...
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