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Motorola’s Droid, the first handset running Android 2.0, was unveiled by Verizon Wireless at a press event at the W Hotel in New York this morning. The phone, which will be available Nov. 6 for $199 with a two-year contract and after a $100 rebate, has […]

droid-by-motorola-front-open-vzw-eyeMotorola’s Droid, the first handset running Android 2.0, was unveiled by Verizon Wireless at a press event at the W Hotel in New York this morning. The phone, which will be available Nov. 6 for $199 with a two-year contract and after a $100 rebate, has all the bells and whistles that are becoming standard in today’s high-end superphones. James over at jkOnTheRun has a rundown of the specs:

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  • EVDO Rev. A
  • GPS – Assisted and standalone
  • Removable memory – 16 GB
  • System memory – 512 MB
  • Removable battery
  • Wi-Fi
  • 5 MP Camera
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Onscreen virtual keyboard
  • Android 2.0

As he notes, “The Droid will have the standard three-screen home screen that Android provides but will be augmented by widgets from Verizon for user customization It will support Exchange email out of the box, in addition to POP3 and IMAP.”

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Droid, though, is that it comes with all the typical Google apps for mobile, including Maps, Latitude, Talk, Gmail and Calendar. It’s also the first Android phone to ship with Google’s new GPS-enabled Maps Navigation features. The abundance of Google applications is  to be expected, of course, but it also underscores an important strategic about-face for Verizon, which has consistently tried to “own the customer” by closely regulating third-party apps and preventing outside brands from approaching its subscribers. It’s long overdue, but it’s a move that will pay dividends going forward.

  1. True iPhone competitor.
    Google will be gaining some ground in this battle with APPLE.
    I wish SPRINT carries it.

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  2. may be Nokia should take over Motorola :-)

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  3. This is a little underwhelming…. at least the pictures don’t impress me.

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    1. You are right. Why did they use this stupid photo? There are millions of impressive screens of DROID….

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  4. Great – Nice to see that them support Exchange. Now let’s see a UMTS version.

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  5. Mishan Kontroll Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    The question always unanswered in items like this is what do the voice/data plans cost? If they’re charging $199 for the phone on a two-year plan, the plans had better be cheaper than the iPhone’s.

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    1. Minimum plan for the Droid is $39 a month for 450 voice minutes and $29 for email / web data.

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      1. Mishan Kontroll Wednesday, October 28, 2009

        Oh, okay. So $70, which is the same as the minimum for an iPhone. What’s wrong with this picture?

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  6. Sounds like a Blackberry competitor and not the iPhone.

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  7. [...] “The abundance of Google applications is to be expected, of course, but it also underscores an important strategic about-face for Verizon, which has consistently tried to ‘own the customer’ by closely regulating third-party apps and preventing outside brands from approaching its subscribers.” –GigaOM [...]

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  8. [...] Did Droid Just KO the BlackBerry Storm2? By Om Malik No Comments 0 0 0 I just got off the phone with jkOnTheRun’s Kevin Tofel, and like every other geek, we were talking about Droid and its impact on the market. We were both wondering if Motorola’s release today of its Verizon-focused Droid handset killed the BlackBerry Storm2, the new version of the touchscreen device which also launched today. My argument is that Droid and other Android-based devices are much closer to the BlackBerry and, thus, are a bigger threat to the Canadian giant than they are to Apple. One of our commenters thought so as well. [...]

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  9. [...] I just got off the phone with jkOnTheRun’s Kevin Tofel, and like every other geek, we were talking about Droid and its impact on the market. We were both wondering if Motorola’s release today of its Verizon-focused Droid handset killed the BlackBerry Storm2, the new version of the touchscreen device which also launched today. My argument is that Droid and other Android-based devices are much closer to the BlackBerry and, thus, are a bigger threat to the Canadian giant than they are to Apple. One of our commenters thought so as well. [...]

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