Verizon Officially announces the Droid: Updated with Video

Verizon Officially announces the Droid: Updated with Video
Just a few hours before the DROID DOES event scheduled for today, Verizon and Motorola hurried up to announce the upcoming availability of the largest U.S. carrier’s first Android handset, the Motorola DROID. Customers will be able to purchase it, starting November 6, at a price of $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.

But here goes the most interesting part – the Motorola DROID will be powered by Android 2.0 and will feature a massive 3.7-inch touchscreen with a resolution width of 854 pixels, which is way higher than current HVGA devices. Other hardware highlights include a microSDHC slot and a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash to enable users to take shots in the dark. Of course, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity are also available. On the software front, Google Maps Navigation (Beta), a turn-by-turn voice navigation feature for Google Maps is to make its debut on the DROID. That, along with allegedly more than 12,000 apps currently in Android Market should make for quite a decent software experience.

So, how do you feel about the Motorola DROID? Are you going to shell out that $200 (after rebate) Verizon wants in a week?

Stay tuned for our Hands-on with the Motorola DROID later today!

Motorola DROID Specifications

source: Verizon



1. msb175

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

sweet! finally!

2. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I am not a huge fan of Verizon. Really, I'm not a fan of any carrier, I just picked the one that worked best for me. I'm really not a huge fan of Motorola. That being said, this phone looks amazing... except for that navigation key by the keypad. Yech.

3. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

when can we start to preoder this machine?

4. dandirk unregistered

Can't wait to hear the reviews and wonder how different the functionality of standard android vs htc sense ui

5. ssjassassin

Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

I will buy this phone. Not like i have much in other choices. I expect this to hold my interest for at least 12 months. In addition android is going to take the mobile device world by storm in 2010. Here's to hoping for a large amount of useful applications.

6. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

i got off the phone with a verizon sales rep and he told me that there will be no pre-order set and that all sales will be taken starting Friday the 6th. He said it can be overnighted to arrive saturday for $20 extra. Yes i will be buying this as i setup a call back for 9am friday morning for me to put in the order. He also said that the in store would be more expensive but didnt give me a reason why, maybe the online/phone orders get the $100 rebate immediately instead of mailing it in. oh yea, im psyched for this phone

8. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

im calling verizon @ 12:01 am friday

17. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

haha, nice nice

18. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Online orders only get the $100 rebate instantly, call centers cannot price match the website. Go online.

7. techie123

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

WOW! This is is a sweeeet phone. Gotta love the new Google Nav (beta) - blows the sox off everything else out there. Yes I'll be in line to get one the day it comes out!

9. coppertrail unregistered

Could very well replace both my BB 8330 and Voyager . . .

10. dpchris

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 20, 2009

This phone looks nice, but I think I may hold out for the HTC Passion. Snapdragon!

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i'm very satisfied with the price!!!

12. pusherofhondas

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

I have held and played with the device...screen is incredible...but....the keyboard is really disappointing and has totally given me a 180 to go with the HTC Eris and man when you hold the thing it is all metal...feels like a brick in your pocket great pics though!

13. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

I'll ride the hype out, see what in-depth reviews say, then probably still wait to see if these HD2/HTCLEO rumors do pan out for a CDMA version in Verizon. I've got a NE2 discount that just kicked in, so I can't wait to take the jump if it's worth it. ps: And I totally just updated to a enV Touch, so it's not like I'm in a hurry, haha. :-)

14. johnolesen

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 17, 2009

so..i remember reading / hearing this supported FLASH video on the phone. does it?

16. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

i saw that flash will be on an update for andriod in 2010, so yes it will support flash, but not yet

15. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

I just finished taking the training on this device and all i can say is...... "GOOOOOOOOOBYE iPHONE!!! Its been nice using you!" :D sooooo excited about this device.....and about my return to big red! :D

19. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

thank you trent for joining the most reliable network once again. :-)

20. locoboy808

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

While the DROID's overseas cousin, the MILESTONE, supports multi-touch on core items like pinch to zoom on the browser, DROID's support is limited to third party apps... that phone and the iphone is cool but with out the apps it sucks i mean you can hack it but you can get windows mobile on it i say the omnia 2 beats them hands down and if you like to know why read the info on them and with the new omnia 2 thats the i920 you can turn it in to anything you like windows xp and more the Motorola DROID can be hacked but it cant do what windows can on my omnia i910 i can play psp games on it and do so much with out paying for sissy apps just to make your phone look good lol i say think and look before you buy i dont need a iphone thats only cools with the apps or the Motorola DROID that only cool with the apps if you love your home computer and thats what you like to do with your phone get a windows mobile phone and on the Motorola DROIDs internet it sucks look at skyfie that the same thing with that omnia or omnia 2 i can do almost everthing my PDA and its all for free no apps to buy just good clean hacking so read before you buy what your phone can do for you and what you need i like my cell to do everything like my pc lol anyways thats my 2cents and dont get mad sorry to everyone if you got mad but its realy what you like to have llol

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