CTIA Fall 2010
Oct 5, 2010, 9:42 PM by Eric M. Zeman & Philip Berne
updated Oct 7, 2010, 5:36 PM
Phone Scoop is on site in San Francisco to take in all the breaking news and hands-on experiences of the fall CTIA trade show. Be sure to check for full coverage and handset first impressions here.
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The Droid Pro is the premiere Android device being shown off by Motorola at CTIA this year. It resembles the older Q-style devices in that it offers both a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard in a portrait-style orientation.
Motorola made no bones about the fact that it is targeting business users more than consumers with this device. In addition to the BlackBerry-like form factor, it also has a lot of IT-friendly software on board.
The display is a bit tight at 3.1-inches, but it looks good. The keyboard feels excellent. The keys have a nice shape to the, and them have excellent travel and feedback.
The controls on the outer rim of the device all work well, including the volume toggle and camera key. I am glad to see a 3.5mm headset jack on the Droid Pro.
The Pro is a world phone, meaning it can be used on Verizon's 3G network in the states, as well as the networks of Verizon's roaming partners over in Europe and other regions.
The overall feel of it is a bit large. It is not a svelte device. Not only is it a bit on the thick side, but it is long/tall, as well. Some might find it awkward for pants pockets, but hey, this is destined for a sports coat pocket, right?
It ships with Android 2.2, and the units Motorola had on hand all worked well, with no visible problems or hiccups. The interfaces look clean, and were befitted with the latest version of Motoblur.
T-Mobile's inexpensive new Android offers the newest version of Google's OS in a compact package. Did it sacrifice too much to get here?
The LG Optimus S offers Sprint ID and Android 2.2 in a compact, inexpensive touchscreen phone. Does a newer Android OS help keep this phone up to speed?
Kyocera (Sanyo) bangs out its first Android handset in the Zio. The Zio, which runs Android 1.6, is one of the only smartphones available from Cricket Wireless.
Sanyo has refreshed the Zio for Sprint with Android 2.1 and Sprint's new iD personalization tool. Phone Scoop demonstrates what iD is all about.
Motorola's latest Android handset for AT&T skips the goofy hardware designs and takes a more straight-forward tactic. The result?
2.4" display 240 x 320 pixels
950 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Hardware Text Keyboard, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)
3.5" display 480 x 800 pixels
S1 MSM7627 processor
1,130 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)
is it just me....
Is it to not steal the thunder from the iphone or is there a deal with Verizon to keep the uber nice Driods away?
Now that ...