Posts Tagged ‘Verizon Wireless’

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.

Verizon Waiting On Windows Phone 7

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Verizon made some news in a way not so complimentary to Microsoft. It appears that Verizon won’t have any Windows Phone 7 devices until the middle of 2011. Considering the vast array of Android devices at Verizon, this isn’t surprising.

Microsoft has been playing catch-up for a long time in a number of areas. Internet Explorer 9 is finally going to attempt to join the rest of the browsers with standards compliance. Windows Phone 7 is finally going to be available, a year after it lost its place to Apple and Google. Even the Kinect is going to take a back seat to Sony’s PlayStation Move. While Verizon claims its relationship with Microsoft remains strong, this news doesn’t seem like Verizon is playing too nice. I don’t really see how Verizon needs to though.

It is good to see Microsoft making an attempt here. Microsoft has been trying to convince customers that it is still relevant, in a manner similar to Blockbuster as it crumbled under Netflix. Windows Phone 7 looks like a big deal, but is it too late? I’m sure there will always be some market for Windows phones. Palm and Nokia have managed to hang onto many of their fans. I think this bodes well for Microsoft. Only time will tell though.

What do you think? Too little, too late? Does Microsoft have a chance? Let me know in the comments.

Verizon Tweets Pics of Droid 2 R2D2

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Confirming what we knew already about the Droid 2 R2D2 edition, Verizon tweeted about it and offered pics.

The R2D2 edition of the Motorola Droid 2 is coming September 30. There is no word on pricing, and this is a limited edition. It should sell out pretty fast. You can follow @DroidLanding or check out Droid Does to make sure you are ready for it when the time comes.