Verizon & Motorola Unveil The Droid
As the first device that Verizon is launching under its partnership with Google, the Droid will also feature Android 2.0 with built-in support for Microsoft Exchange. The phone also has a unified inbox feature that lets you manage multiple Exchange, Gmail, and other email accounts using a single interface.
Another cool feature of the Droid is the new Google Maps Navigation Beta service, which was also unveiled today. Google Maps Navigation provides free audible turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names, real time traffic information, and the ability to search nearby locations by voice. The phone’s voice-activated search feature also lets you search the phone or the Web.
Other high-end features of the Droid include Wi-Fi, 3G using Verizon’s EVDO Rev. A network, assisted-GPS, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and the ability to record DVD-quality video. You’ll get a 16GB memory card with the Droid. Unlike some of the other Android devices we’ve seen to date, the Droid will not have a customized user interface on top of the Android platform.
Like other smartphones in its class, the Droid will cost $199 with a new two-year contract after a $100 mail-in-rebate. It will be available to customers starting November 6; preorders are currently being accepted.