The Droid by Motorola and Verizon
Motorola and Verizon this week, officially unveiled the Droid Smartphone. Compared to Apple’s iPhone, it’s a little thicker, with a slide-out key-board and a 3.7 inch touch screen that has a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, and is larger than the iPhone’s display screen. This is the first phone that Verizon is releasing under its partnership with Google and it includes a unified inbox that allows you to manage Gmail and other mail accounts with a single interface. It also features Andorid 2.0 with built-in support for Microsoft Exchange.
The new Google Maps Navigation Beta is another exciting feature of the Droid. It offers audible turn-by-turn directions with street names, traffic time information and the ability to search nearby locations by speaking. The voice-activation feature also allows you to search the phone or Web. The applications available on the Droid are Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Android Market, Calendar, Amazon MP3 Store and Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail. Other great features include a 16 GB memory card, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and the ability to record DVD-quality video, network, assisted GPS and Bluetooth. It also includes Wi-Fi and 3 G using Verizon’s EVDO Rev. At a cost of $199.00 after a mail-in rebate and a two-year contract, the Droid will be available to customers as of November 6, 2009.