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Motorola Droid official, to match iPhone's price

updated 10:35 am EDT, Wed October 28, 2009

Moto Droid carries Android 2, ships soon

Motorola today officially took the wraps from the Droid, its flagship Android phone and Verizon's primary challenger to the iPhone. The touchscreen slider is the first Android phone anywhere to use Android 2.0 and carries its new web browser, Exchange mail and other boosts. Notably, it also introduces a beta version of Google Maps Navigation, Google's first turn-by-turn app: the service uses voice commands to provide constant, spoken driving directions.

The handset is also one of the most technically advanced Android phones to date with a 3.7-inch, 854x480 capacitive touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera that, again thanks to Android 2.0, now has a dual-LED flash as well as autofocusing and image stabilization. Its video capture gains extra relevance through 2.0's YouTube home screen widget that supports recording even at the top level of the OS. EVDO Rev A-based 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi are appropriately standard, though Motorola goes as far as to bundle a 16GB microSDHC card for a large amount of stock storage.

Verizon promises to leave Android 2.0 untouched and allows Android Market as the primary app portal, Amazon MP3 for music downloads and deep Facebook integration with contacts; its only main addition is its Visual Voice Mail service.

The carrier makes clear its intention to edge out the iPhone 3GS and is pricing the Droid at $200 when paired with at least $70 per month in voice and data plans, albeit with a $100 mail-in rebate when at retail. The phone should ship online and to stores on November 6th.









By Electronista Staff
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  1. sfmitch

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008

    +2

    $199 AFTER REBATE is not the same things as $199

    Everyone knows that rebates suck. Last I heard 50% of people don't get the rebate. Even on high amount rebates.

    Your headline is disingenuous. Why not be clear and change the headline to:

    Motorola Droid official, to match iPhone's price after Rebate


    You are encouraging this type of (semi-)sleezy marketing practices. Scream the low, low price while very quietly whispering all the hoops you have to jump through to qualify.

  1. Commodus

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Feb 2002

    0

    The absence of the rebate mention

    Pretty simple:

    1. "After rebate" wouldn't fit.

    2. Verizon often gives you the discount up-front when you order online.

    It's a sleazy practice, for sure, but $200 should be doable for most buyers.

  1. dpicardi

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Sep 2006

    +5

    Battery Life

    I love this as it pushed the envelope...which is what Apple needs. This is the first compelling option to an iPhone on a high quality (I know it is a stretch to call it that) carrier. However, I'm very interested to see just what kind of battery life this thing has. Can it be as good as the iPhone? (which I think it acceptable but I wish it was better). It has to drive a bigger/higher res screen.

    Again some of the feature this phone has will find it's way into the updated iPhone...and that is a good thing. Taking pictures in the dark, however,...never thought I needed that. ;)

    Still the iPhone has such a huge head start in the App Store (which I think is the main reason people are buying an iPhone - for the apps you can install on it) that it will be a long while before the droid does any real damage to Apple sales.

    the specs look great...but how's the experience and usage in the field?...that is the real question.

  1. dpicardi

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Sep 2006

    +3

    It is just me...

    Or is that one of the worst "Launch" videos you've ever seen too.

    Man that was boring and impossible to see the Droid Screen...come on Verizon...you finally get a s*** phone and you make it look like dog$%^t because you didn't take the time to produce a decent video.

  1. SaudiMac

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2009

    +2

    CDMA

    So where's the world wide/GSM version ?

  1. OtisWild

    Junior Member

    Joined: Feb 2005

    -1

    What's that thing next to the keypad?

    Is that a trackpad?

    Don't these things have a touchscreen?

    Wha'??

  1. 3dAnimation

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jun 2000

    +1

    Verizon Guy

    Wow, that guy is ripe for a parody! Is that an official Verizon video?

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