Droid Unveiled in NYC

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 isĀ  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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