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Motorola Droid Review (UPDATED, PHOTOS, VIDEOS): New 'Droid Does' Phone Is 'Android To Beat'

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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UPDATE: Verizon has officially unveiled the Motorola Droid smartphone and announced both the release date and price of the phone. The new Android phone will be arriving officially on November 11, 2009 and will cost $199 with a new, 2-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate.
Read more here.

UPDATE: Verizon wireless has just unleashed a new Droid commercial, nicknamed "Stealth," and the ad is an intense, sci-fi-themed short that looks like something out of War of the Worlds. Watch Verizon's new "Stealth" ad below and read more about it here.

Verizon's challenger to the iPhone, the Motorola "Droid", is rumored to be launching in late October 2009, and has already been talking a big game with its "iDon't" ads slamming the iPhone (watch it below).

From BoyGeniusReport's early preview of the "Droid Does" phone, it sounds like they've got good reason to boast.

Apparently, it's thin, has a great screen, and is super fast. BoyGeniusReport writes, "it's the most impressive phone we've used since the iPhone. It's positively amazing."

Product Review predicts,

The phone will not hurt iPhone 3GS sales, but Apple will now be looking over its shoulder, wondering what the second generation of this phone will be like.

And what does it do? According to Motorola's "Droid Does" ad campaign (see below), which squarely rips into the iPhone, the Verizon/Moto Android offers high-speed, speech recognition, multitasking, directions, video, and a 5 mega-pixel camera.

Sounds a lot like the iPhone -- guess we'll just have to wait to get our hands on one to find out more. BoyGeniusReports tells us,

  • It is the fastest Android device we've ever used. (It's running a TI OMAP3430 processor)
  • Awesome capacitive display. Plus it's huge. Easily the best screen we've ever seen on an Android handset, and an amazing screen overall.
  • Have we mentioned this phone flies? It's the Android device to beat, and easily the most impressive. From what we've been told, Google had a direct hand in the Motorola Droid. Something to the point of almost dictating every move Motorola made when designing and making the phone. Interesting, huh?
  • There's a desktop cradle/charger that will ship with the Motorola Droid that we've been playing around with. It turns your Droid into a "multimedia station" and displays local weather, the time, etc.

BoyGeniusReport has recently given us a bit more information on the device, with good things to say about its screen ("It's the largest capacitive screen we've ever seen and it's positively amazing"), keyboard ("probably better than you'd think, but it's not perfect"), the battery life ("the best battery life out of any Android device we've ever tested"), and the new Android 2.0 OS ("we think you're going to love it"). Wow.

EnGadget says of its screen: That big screen is killer. Bright, crisp, and tons of room for your icons and widgets." It also praises the phone's speed: "Speed is noticeably improved -- particularly when moving from app to app. We did notice that some of the home screen scrolling looked laggy."

The phone is running Android 2.0 and is just a bit thicker than an iPhone 3GS. See pictures below!

Motorola Droid(CLONED)

An iPhone lover (going by the name of "DroidDont" on YouTube)has struck back at Droid Does' "iDon't" iPhone app by creating a spoof of the Motorola Droid ad nicknamed "iDont Care." Watch it below--and also check out the new Verizon "Stealth" commercial.


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