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Review: Motorola Droid Pro

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The Motorola Droid Pro is a device with very few shortcomings. I didn't find the body especially attractive, but it has a great keyboard and a very nice touchscreen up top, offering the best of both worlds. It's surprisingly more compact than the competition, and it almost keeps pace in terms of features, screen size and resolution. If you've never considered an Android phone for business use before, the Droid Pro offers more extensive security and IT management features, plus more customization options, than your standard Android phone. After the work day is through, the Droid Pro also handles social networking as well as any Motorola Droid phone, even though Moto isn't bragging about its Motoblur feature set. The great camera is a nice bonus, too, for taking pictures after work or on the weekends.

There were a few oddities on the phone. The call quality was lousy. At best, the phone had a digitized sound, but at worst it could be difficult to understand my callers. I'd also like to see much better battery life, or at least an extended-life battery in the box. BlackBerry phones are still wiping the floor with the competition when it comes to power consumption, and BlackBerry is definitely the target for the Droid Pro. I'd also like to see more emphasis on corporate instant messaging, which is another area where BlackBerry retains a loyal following.

Overall, I was impressed with the Motorola Droid Pro, except for the sound problems during calls. It's a nice riff on the portrait QWERTY keyboard design, keeping all of the best Android and Motorola social networking features, and adding a few extras that will satisfy business users. It doesn't match a BlackBerry phone shot for shot, but for every aspect that falls short, there's another positive to keep the game competitive.

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