Motorola Droid Smartphone Joins Verizon Wireless Stable

Verizon Wireless has officially unveiled the new Motorola Android-based smartphone, aptly named, Droid in a bid to fight back the iPhone and AT&T with a device that looks noticeably better than its predecessors.

The Droid - which Motorola has announced will also be the name of its new line of Android-based handsets - comes with Eclair, the v2.0 of Android and is packed with some great features. Being the first officially out on the market with that brand new platform, it comes with some nifty capabilities including the all new Google Maps navigation (unfortunately only available in the US) and the whole array of Google services.

It has a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, 16MB storage (with a microSD card reader), a 5-megapixel camera with two LED flashes, 3G, WiFi, GPS and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. No official details about the type of processor, the amount of memory and the CPU speed.

The screen is comes with a staggering 854x480 pixel resolution, the highest that we've ever seen on a smartphone. In comparison, the iPhone has a resolution of 320x480 pixels. The Droid has 2.6 times that amount on a screen slightly larger.

Verizon has already announced the price of the phone - $199.99 on a two year contract - and it seems that amongst the first casualties, it will be superseding the Motorola Dext (or Cliq) which is being sold at the same price and is arguably an inferior product.

Motorola has yet to announce the Droid here and given the close relationship between Verizon and Vodafone, one can expect it to arrive here via the latter. That said, Orange has the exclusivity for the DEXT for the time being and has forged a good partnership with Motorola as well.

Our Comments

This is yet another iPhone killer and possibly one which will do more harm to the Palm Pre than to Apple's iconic smartphone. As for Motorola, we're quite happy to see the resurgence of the other US-based manufacturer which will give some serious competition to the rest of the players.

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