It seems like we can't go a day without some new bit of info coming out about the Motorola Droid phone for Verizon. Yesterday the Droid was listed on Motorola's web site for a few hours showing all of the specs, but was then pulled down. First off today, BGR has a preview and video of the Droid, saying "We love the build quality of this phone. It’s mostly metal, and while
it’s heavy, it gives you a reassuring quality feel that you just don’t
find much nowadays as handsets get thinner, lighter, smaller, and
cheaper. It’s the largest capacitive screen we’ve ever seen and it’s positively
amazing. It’s crisp, sharp, vibrant, bright, and really, really
responsive. It’s almost iPhone-level in terms of the capacitive touch. As far as the actual keyboard goes, there isn’t as much feedback as
we’d have liked from the keys, but since the phone is so darn thin,
there had to be compromises somewhere. The Droid sounds great as a phone. Calls with the handset over
Verizon’s network sounded clear and the phone application itself
performed really well. It’s speedy and there weren’t any hiccups unlike
some other Android devices we’ve fooled around with."
Moving on, a Droid advertisement was spotted in the San Diego Union Tribune newspaper today showing a release date of November 6 2009, not November 9th that was originally rumored. There is still a press event in New York next week on the 28th, so we hope the Droid will be fully unveiled at that time.
Lastly, one of our more reliable sources told us today that pricing for the Droid has not been finalized as of yet, but employee training will begin next week and the "estimated" price is $149.99 (after $100 rebate with 2-year contract). That isn't too out-of-line, considering the Storm 2 will be $179 and the HTC Imagio is $199.
Okay, I'm sold. I've been holding out for a good Smartphone to come around: the iPhone is pretty, but way too much of a toy for me to want to carry it around (I'd be kind embarrassed to be seen with an iToy); but this Droid thing has everything on my checklist. I’m picking this one up as soon as it appears on the Verizon website. Can’t wait.
I’ve never understood the fascination with the iPhone. I’m a gadget-junky; but the iPhone just has never exited me. True story: I was with some friends (three of them) at Fenway Park in Boston last year, and they were all showing off their iPhones. After they had gone on, and on about how great it was and all the applications they had: I asked one of them if I could use it to call my wife…just to hear the call quality. None of them could get a good signal. Later, when we were going on-line to get the latest baseball scores from other parks I was the only one in our group who could call up the info on my LG Dare. “Nice toys you’ve got there” I laughed. One of my friends went to Verizon and bought a Blackberry the next day!
Yes, you will need a $29.99 data plan, as it is a smartphone/pda.
Android is a mobile Operating System developed by Google and used for mobile phones.
The excitement is that it is a open development platform, no having going through the randomness and wait of a Apple AppStore.
Also more and variety apps can be developed and not restricted to what the iPhone disallows programs to do.
Its still in its infancy but with a lot of Android phones coming out soon, expect a lot more than the 10k applications there is in the near future, along with different takes on how the phone operates.