Posts Tagged ‘Droid’

Droid R2-D2 Now Available on Verizon

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The wait is over. The Droid R2-D2 is now available at Verizon. You can hunt for it on Verizon’s site or just go through the Droid Does site.

The Droid R2-D2 is available for $250 after a $100 discount, for both new and existing customers. This price requires a 2-year contract and a data plan at $30/month or higher. The non-contract price is $600.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.2
  • 3.7″ Touch Screen
  • TI OMAP 1GHz processor with Dedicated GPU
  • 5.0 Megapixel Camera
  • Slide–out QWERTY Keyboard
  • 8GB Internal memory
  • 8GB microSD Pre–installed
  • Exclusive “The Best of R2–D2″ movie with Original Cantina Music
  • Exclusive Empire Strikes Back Binoculars App
  • Star Wars Live Wallpapers
  • Star Wars Interactive Wallpapers
  • Bluetooth Stereo Support
  • Skype Mobile
  • V CAST Media Manager

The phone’s R2-D2 exterior took a while to get used to. There was a collective groaning among Star Wars and Android fans when pictures first leaked. While I think there could have been a bit more fidelity to everyone’s favorite Droid, it isn’t so bad.

As with the other Droid 2, this phone lacks a substantial camera. 5 megapixels is barely better than my old Sony Ericsson Walkman phone. You would think that a smartphone could pack better camera.

The Droid R2-D2 is available for a limited time, so if you are a Verizon customer this might be the Droid you’re looking for. I’m pretty happy with my Xperia X10, even if I am stuck on AT&T a while longer. I think this phone will make its way to my Star Wars collectibles once it goes on Ebay at a discount in a few years. If I were a Verizon fan though, I would probably have picked this one up, even with the small camera. I still like slide-out keyboards, even if they make a phone a bit bulkier. Motorola has done a really good job with the Droid series though. It would be nice to see something better than the Backflip at AT&T. The Flipout isn’t much better, if it even comes.

If you pick up a Droid R2-D2, you’ll have access to some exclusive Star Wars content. Some of it has already trickled out to non-Droid phones, so it may not remain exclusive for too much longer. I think it was appropriate to include R2-D2 in a Droid design though. It really fits.

What about you? Are you picking up the Droid R2-D2? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.

Droid X Coming to Verizon July 15

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Verizon announced the Motorola Droid X today. In its nutshell headline, Verizon states:

DROID X Delivers More Browsing, More Connectivity, Personal HD Video and Enterprise Features – All on a 4.3” Widescreen
Verizon

Sounds good, right? Let’s check out the specs.

  • 1GHz processor
  • 4.3″ WVGA screen (480 x 854)
  • Android 2.1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, A2DP
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities
  • Flash 10.1 ready
  • Dual-flash, 8-megapixel camera and HD camcorder, with DLNA and HDMI connectivity
  • 8 GB on board memory, 16 GB microSD pre-installed (supports up to 32GB microSD)
    • Verizon plans to upgrade to Android 2.2 over the summer, which also entails enabling some of the advertised features like Flash 10.1. According to Verizon, it is only after this upgrade that business users will gain key features including Exchange and Gmail business email support, as well as additional security protocols.

      With 24GB of memory out of the box, this phone is ready for some heavy app/music/video usage. Upgrade to the 32GB microSD card and you can sport 40GB of memory. 40GB. On a phone. I remember the first 40GB hard drive I bought back in college. Back then that was huge, for a pc. Now a phone is sporting that much memory. Pretty impressive.

      The Droid X has some impressive camera features as well. HD video and a dual flash 8MP camera aren’t too shabby. A lot of Android phones, and even the iPhone for that matter have been settling for smaller camera resolution. It is good to see some of the up-and-coming Androids going for at least 8MP. I am sure that it won’t be too long before even 8MP seems small, but for now it is pretty noteworthy.

      The Droid X will be released on July 15 for $199.99 with a two year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. You’ll need to pick up special email and web smartphone data plans as well.

      The Droid line from Motorola (and HTC) has always been high-quality, and this phone looks like it will continue the tradition. Android phones keep getting better, and the Droid X is a great addition.