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Your daily Droid dose

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Your daily Droid dose
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.

Your daily Droid dose

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.

Motorola Droid A855 Preliminary Specifications

source: BGR, YouTube, and Phandroid

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. josuearisty (Posts: 148; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Wanna get this phone, this phone Does what iDont XD

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 07:22

2. allboutverizon (Posts: 66; Member since: 20 May 2009)

Wow... Very responsive screen

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 17:21

9. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

yeah, almost as responsive as the iphone.

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 08:28

3. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)

oooo 149 + NE2 = 100 bucks for the phone. :-)

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 09:07

4. steverunner (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Apr 2008)

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.

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 11:15

6. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

you deserve +1 buddy! thank you for agreeing the iphone is a toy. :-)

posted on 26 Oct 2009, 06:36

10. steverunner (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Apr 2008)

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!

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 09:28

5. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)

do you have to get a data plan for this phone? also i know ppl are gonna trip about what ima say but whats android and whats so good about it?

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 16:01

8. Sufcc (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jul 2008)

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.

posted on 24 Oct 2009, 11:17

7. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

it's a very exciting open development platform! try wikipedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)

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