If you can predict a device's success by site stats then we'd say the Verizon DROID by Motorola is going to be a hit. A week after launch and the DROID is still topping the charts for reader interest, and you've been peppering us with questions and comments about the Android 2.0 device. Set to hit shelves this coming Friday, the Verizon DROID is already being heralded as the device that will change Motorola's fortunes; is that hyperbole, or is the DROID really that good? We've been putting the smartphone through its paces, so read on for the full SlashGear review.
The weeks are just flying by, time change is this weekend so I hope you aren't late for anything. The holidays will be here before we know it. This has been another busy week in the gadget world. HTC has confirmed that Android 2.0 smartphones are incoming and the HTC Dragon is the likely first Android 2.0 device to come from HTC.
If you are a fan of Android-powered smartphones, you have probably been following the new Motorola DROID with interest. We got all hands on with the DROID earlier this week and the handset is very cool. Best Buy has announced that it is now taking pre-orders for the DROID in its stores at Best Buy Mobile kiosks.
We may have accused the HTC Eris - aka the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC - as having underwhelming specs this week (what can we say, we want some Snapdragon!) but according to the latest batch of leaks Verizon will at least be pricing it right. gdgt's Peter Rojas has heard from "a very trustworthy source" that the Android smartphone will be priced at $99 with a new two-year agreement, just half the price of the Verizon DROID by Motorola.
Remember the Droid Eris, Verizon's second Android handset and their first from HTC? It seems that Verizon staff are already being trained on the technical details of the smartphone, thanks to a leaked screenshot over at AndroidGuys. Meanwhile BGR are reporting on the specs of the Eris, which may come as something of a disappointment.
By now we know that the Verizon Droid not only looks good, but has plenty of technical promise too, and BGR have followed up their preliminary hands-on with a more comprehensive preview of the Android smartphone. The Motorola Droid gets praised for its "sharp, vibrant, bright and really, really responsive" 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, while the keyboard may lack travel and feature closely-packed buttons but it's good enough for "efficient" typing and is better than the T-Mobile G1. Meanwhile the charging dock/multimedia station (which you can see in a video demo after the cut) automatically turns the Droid into a weather station.
Droid feedback, plus news on AT&T's Droid and a whole Droid army after the cut
Either someone at Motorola suffers from premature posting, or they're running a particularly arch teaser campaign; the product page for the Motorola Droid for Verizon has appeared and then been rapidly pulled, but not quickly enough to prevent its specs from going public. We now know for certain that the Verizon Droid has a 3.7-inch 16:9 aspect 480 x 854 touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with 4x digital zoom and dual-LED flash, and a 1,400mAh battery which, Motorola claim, is good for up to a respectable 385 minutes of talktime and 270 hours standby.
Google has previously promised that 20 new Android handsets are coming to market this year. The year is drawing to a close so the new introductions are coming at an intense pace. The latest Android handset to tip up is the HELLOMOTODROID. Yes, that is apparently the name. I am sure it will go by Droid though. The very brief video is poorly lit and offers no details.