Droid Unveiled in NYC

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droid-by-motorola-front-open-vzw-eyeMotorola’s (s mot) 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 (s goog) 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.

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Mishan Kontroll

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.

Mishan Kontroll

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

Paul

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

Setu

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

gbp

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

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