5 Motorola Android Phones that Can Increase Google's Reach

on August 18 2011 11:48 AM

Along with a portfolio of 17,000 patents, Google also stands to acquire a profile of super Android devices from its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.

Google has acquired a company that has the pedigree to manufacture cutting-edge devices. Motorola has been offering excellent Android phones, a lineup that consists of stalwarts like the Droid X series of phone, Atrix, Photon and the upcoming Droid Bionic and Droid HD.

Google has its Nexus series of phones, to which it can add these Android superphones. Here are some Motorola Android devices that can fuel Google's hardware ambitions:

Motorola Droid Bionic:

The phone from the Motorola camp was first showcased at the CES 2011. But since then its launch has been delayed, and rumors suggest that the phone is due to arrive in August with superlative features.

The phone was spotted on Best Buy with a promo which called it an all-powerful, unstoppable machine and is slated to be released for the Verizon 4G LTE network. It is rumored that the phone will feature 5-inch display with qHD TFT capacitive screen which offers 960x540 screen resolution.

Droid Bionic first showed up with a Tegra 2 dual-core processor; however rumors now suggest that the Bionic will be fitted with a TI OMAP 1.2 GHz processor. It will offer 1GB RAM and will come in 16GB internal memory configuration. It is also expected to don 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and is expected to feature 1080p video capture capability. Droid Bionic was first showcased with 5.5-ounce weight and 0.52-inch thickness. It comes pre-installed with Android Gingerbread.

Motorola Photon 4G:

The phone from the Motorola camp was released for the Sprint Network. Photon offers worldphone like characteristics, as it is both 4G and 3G compatible and it can be used on CDMA and WiMAX networks in the U.S. and on GSM internationally.

The Gingerbread-based phone features a 4.3-inch qHD display with 960x540 screen resolution. It weighs 5.6 ounces and is 0.5-inch thick. Motorola Photon sports a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core chipset and offers 1GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. It has an 8MP rear-facing camera and front-facing VGA camera and offers 720p video capture capability.

Photon comes with a 1700 mAh Lithium battery and a spare battery with a battery charger. Photon also offers an HD Station which comes with a wireless remote and HDMI cable which transforms the phone into a large screen computer. Once docked Motorola's Webtop application fires up with instant access to Firefox browser. However it does not offer the laptop dock which comes with Motorola's Atrix model.

Motorola Atrix:

The docking-phone features a 4-inch display with 960x540 screen resolution. It is powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and runs Motorola's customized Android 2.2 or Froyo build Motoblur.

The phone offers 1GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. It sports a 5MP rear-facing and a front-facing VGA camera. It offers 720p video capture capability. The phone weighs 4.8 ounces and is about 0.43-inch thick. The phone's differentiating factor is that it comes with an 11.6-inch laptop dock. The phone has software called Webtop, which fires the laptop when the phone is placed in the docking cradle.

The software provides Firefox browser, flash support and doc editing. Thus a user can access the content which resides in the phone on a bigger screen through the laptop dock and an HD Dock. The laptop dock is only available with Motorola Atrix.

Droid 2 Global:

Motorola's Droid 2 Global, according the report titled iPads Drive iOS Dominance in the Enterprise from Good Technology, was the most highly activated Android smartphone by enterprise customers.

The phone was launched last year in November and thus, in spite of being an older phone, it has won the hearts of enterprise users. The phone was targeted at business customers. It offers a 3.7-inch display with 850x480 screen resolution. The phone runs on Android 2.2 or Froyo juice and is powered by a 1.2GHz TI OMAP processor. It offers a 5MP camera with 720p video capture capability. The phone offers 8GB internal memory expandable to 32GB.

It also has a QWERTY sliding keypad. The phone comes with Verizon SIM and works Verizon's global plans. The phone can also be used as an unlocked phone. It weighs about 6 ounces and is 0.53-inches thick.

Motorola Droid X2

The new avatar of Droid X, the Droid X2 with upgrades is now in the league of top superphones. The phone ships with Android 2.2 or Froyo and packs in a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core chip. The phone has a 4.3-inch screen with 960x540 screen resolution. It is 0.39-inch thin and weighs about 5.4oz. It offers 8GB internal memory. It sports an 8MP rear-facing camera with 720p video capture. Droid X 2, however, does not offer Atrix like docking features.

Another phone which is creating a buzz on the Web is the Droid HD. Engadget posted the pictures on its Web site. A snapshot of the phone lying next to a Droid Bionic reveals that the Droid HD is much thinner than the Bionic. It is believed that Droid HD will bring the goodness of Gingerbread on a 4.5-inch display with a whopping 1280x720 screen resolution.

The phone is expected to sport an 8MP camera capable of shooting videos in 1080p. Snapshots reveal that the phone has a SIM slot and a MicroSD slot on the left side and a volume rocker and power button on the right side.

The phone is around 8.5 or 9 milimeters thick. Samsung Galaxy S II is 8.49 milimeters thick, thus, Droid HD could join the league of super-thin Androids if the report proves true. 

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