Motorola DROID Pro Review

Interface and Messaging:

The Motorola DROID Pro ships with Android 2.2 on board, and like the DROID X it has a custom layer of software on top of it. This less-intrusive version of Blur makes some small changes to the overall interface, but for the most part leaves it alone. There are 7 homescreens and several custom Motorola widgets and toggle switches and expanded support for contact, mail and social networking integration from the likes of Skype, Yahoo, Photobucket, Exchange and a few others. The widgets do offer some functionality, and one feature we like is the ability to resize widgets which sometimes changes their overall appearance.


Still, for the most part this is stock Android. Motorola has added some business twists, however. For starters it has a unified calendar for both Exchange and Google calendar syncing and a corporate directory lookup feature. On the security side the Motorola DROID Pro features AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, complex password support and, coming in early 2011, remote device and SD card wipe capabilities. Lastly, the full version of Quickoffice is included which allows users the ability to view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Motorola calls the DROID Pro a “business-ready” smartphone, basically putting it head-to-head with BlackBerry devices and the security and enterprise features they offer.

Motorola has left the core Android apps- calendar, text, alarm, contacts, etc- virtually alone. There is a unified inbox for various email accounts (not including Gmail) and text messages, but in general we find this to be more annoying than helpful. The phonebook is pretty much stock, but does have a form of contact match integrated into the dial pad. HTC does this the best with their Smart Dialer, but Motorola is more successful at this trick than Samsung. Visual Voicemail is available from Verizon for $3/month.




Connectivity and Software:

The Motorola DROID Pro is a global 3G phone with dual band CDMA, quad band GSM and tri band UMTS. In the States it operates over Verizon’s EVDO Rev. A network. Motorola boasts a 3G diversity antennae that “provides customers with enhanced data speeds and range,” but in comparing speed test results with other Verizon and Sprint Rev. A phones we noticed no difference. In fact, the entry level LG Vortex consistently outperformed the DROID Pro on the down link when running simultaneous tests on the Speedtest.net app. The Pro can be turned into a 3G mobile hotspot for a fee. The stock Android browser performed as expected, which is to say generally quick and snappy with little load issues. As an Android 2.2 device the DROID Pro supports Flash content.


The phone of course has support for Wi-Fi b/g/n as well and Bluetooth clocks in at 2.1+EDR with support for the HSP, HFP, PBA, OPP, A2DP, AVRC and HID profiles. GPS performance was fine outdoors, locks were usually achieved within 30s or so, but indoors it could take well over 5 minutes, even in an upstairs corner room with windows in a house we don’t generally have issues getting a reliable lock in.

The Motorola DROID Pro runs on a 1GHz TI OMAP3620 processor with 512MB or RAM and 2GB of ROM. Quadrant Standard scores were the highest we’ve ever seen with the DROID Pro pushing 1600. It ships with lots of preinstalled software, but still has about 900MBs available to the user of the original 2GB. Examples include City ID, Skype Mobile, My Verizon, Need for Speed Shift demo and VZ Navigator. The latter has gotten much better thanks to several updates, but we still prefer the standard Google Maps Navigation to any of the carrier-installed alternatives.



Camera and Multimedia:

Despite its business focus, the Motorola DROID Pro does have some entertainment features with it. The 5-megapixel camera was very disappointing though. Images were grainy, details were poor and colors were oversaturated. With perfect lighting images were acceptable, but otherwise they were more on par with an entry level phone than a mid-range smart phone, even one with a business focus. Controls are limited; the exposure can be manually adjusted, and there are several scenes and effects, but that is it. The scenes are: auto, portrait, landscape, sport, night portrait, sunset, macro and steady shot for those without steady hands. As you can see from our results the macro mode had problems focusing, even from 24” away. Images can be geotagged and, if the user so chooses, automatically uploaded to a Facebook, MySpace or Photobucket album or email address. The camcorder can shoot at DVD quality (720x480) and only offers an auto and night scene.




Motorola DROID Pro Sample Video:



Motorola utilizes the stock Android music player, but others are of course available from the Market if stock does not suit your taste. The DROID Pro was able to play DivX, XviD and H.264 videos up to 800x480, but could not handle test files at 1280x720. It was curiously also incapable of playing any of our MPEG-4 test files.

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9 Comments

1. effdee1121

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 05, 2010

i think phonearena needs a new reviewer. sounds like you're reading us a script or telling us some boring story.

2. fakhri unregistered

i like phonearena's reviews. consistent, and the website looks great. clean, organized, structured. besides, its a phone review, its supposed to be dry n technical. lol

3. ghost_uwi

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

i like there reviews always have.

4. Kirk unregistered

have you tested the battery life or just checked the rating? I have heard the battery life is worse than the Droid incredible, which means its pathetic.

5. licious32 unregistered

Nah the battery life is actually decent on the pro. I've had the device for almost a month, and had the htc eris and the lg ally prior to that. The battery life is definitely better on the pro than those 2 phones. You just have to go in the battery manager settings and you'll get better battery life by adjusting the settings to your liking.

6. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

what!! are you kidding!!? i never thought i would find something with a worse battery life than the htc incredible, BUT i did! and this is it! i charged the phone all the way up, unplugged it, and while not even activated, left the phone sit on a table for 4 hours, checked it and it was at half battery already. while using it, i would get an average of 3 hours before i had a low battery warning. Also, they should have made the screen 3.5" or so with higher resolution, and slightly bigger keys on it, and the battery from the droid x (or at least a battery that will last all day) and THEN you would have a phone.

7. Abelis unregistered

Now that I've had the Droid Pro for over a week I'm ready to comment. This is my first Android phone as I've been waiting for this form factor to arrive. Let me first say that I like the phone a lot and will likely keep it. I have not had any problems with the call quality. I've found the battery performance to have improved after a few charges. That being said, it is still a clear weakness. The screen brightness set high sucks the life out of the battery. I've also found that Skype and some other programs will randomly be running in the background for no apparent reason. I've found the keyboard to be cramped compared to the Blackberry, Ozone or even the Moto Q. The top row of keys is too close to the HOME key so I often hit the home key accidently when typing. Initially, this happened a lot and made me crazy but I've found myself adjusting my typing method. All that aside, I love the operating system, processor speed, and google integration has been easy.

8. orielwindow

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 23, 2010

Just thought I'd chime in. I replaced my Droid Incredible with the Pro about a week ago. So far I am really liking it. I don't have as nice of a camera any more and the screen isn't as big, but I'm honestly surprised how little I am missing the Incredible. I really wanted a physical keyboard and I am liking the feel of this Qwerty. Also even though the screen is smaller, it surprisingly doesn't feel like a "down grade". I also think the Pro feels better in hand compared to the Incredible, even though they are roughly the same size. So, I really liked the Incredible but the lack of a physical keyboard eventually drove me to the Pro. Now when HTC eventually puts out a touchscreen handset with a physical Qwerty for Verizon, that will be another story ;)

9. DeeTee

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

The worse smart phone ever - Although I did enjoy the actul keypad it wasn't worth the headache. The battery life was poor, but it too was the least of my worries. It would freeze and you have to take the battery out to reboot. Poor reception often my other party could not hear me or I could barely hear them. This was not the carrier service it was clearly the phone I had three different phones because my carrier kept replacing it with the same horrible phone it's a manufacturing issue.
DROID PRO
  • Display 3.1" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP3620, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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