Motorola has been generating a lot of buzz with its Motorola Droid which is all set to beat the iPhone. After the entire sneak peak on the pictures and specs, it has finally been given a test run and the reviews are out.
The Motorola Droid will be launching on the Verizon network on November 6. It will be $199 with a two-year contract and a $100 mail-in rebate (just a note, Verizon, those are terribly annoying).
Verizon is rolling out a line of Android phones, the next one being the Droid Eris by HTC which is also set to be rolled out on Nov. 6.
Motorola Droid Specs:
The slider-style Motorola Droid runs Android 2.0 and supports CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) 1X 800/1900 and EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) Rev. A networks. The phone weighs 6 ounces, measures 2.4 by 4.6 by 0.5 inches and features a full QWERTY keyboard and a 3.7-inch WVGA 16:9 widescreen that's 480 by 854 pixels.
Motorola Droid comes with a 550MHz processor, A-GPS and the battery offers 385 minutes of continuous usage time.There's a 16GB MicroSD card pre-installed and up to 32GB of expandable memory is supported.
Below is a round up of reviews from top Tech sites and blogs:
Boy Genius Report: When the Motorola Droid is released in the coming couple weeks, it will be the most advanced Android device on the market as far as specifications go.... We love the build quality of this phone. It's mostly metal, and while it's heavy, it gives you a reassuring quality feel that you just don't find much nowadays as handsets get thinner, lighter, smaller, and cheaper.... It's the largest capacitive screen we've ever seen and it's positively amazing. It's crisp, sharp, vibrant, bright, and really, really responsive.... Sure, there's a little hype sprinkled in because this is the first Android 2.0 device I've had the pleasure of using, but once you move past the initial wow factor, the Droid really delivers.
Gizmodo: Not to mix droid metaphors here, but I feel like it's the phone Darth Vader would use. And after a couple of minutes using it, I'm still excited about it.... It's not a light phone-it's mostly metal and glass, which is why it has that little chin on the bottom (for the RF antennas).... You can really feel the screen's extra resolution-it's nicer than the Moment's AMOLED screen.... Facebook powers are built-in, and contacts integration isn't all or nothing like the Pre-you can assign by groups and stuff.
Engadget: That big screen is killer. Bright, crisp, and tons of room for your icons and widgets.... Speed is noticeably improved -- particularly when moving from app to app. We did notice that some of the home screen scrolling looked laggy.... Android 2.0 is definitely cleaned up -- but it's most definitely still Android.
CNET: The Droid is a real competitor to Apple's device. Perhaps one of the top highlights of Android 2.0 is the expanded capabilities of the personal information management tools, including e-mail, calendar, and contacts. The Droid now offers native Microsoft Exchange synchronization out of the box for e-mail, calendar, and contacts, in addition to support for Gmail and POP3 and IMAP accounts.