The Droid that I have been waiting for?

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I have been wishing for a QWERTY-fied candybar Android smartphone since forever. This one just announced by Motorola looks like the smartphone that I have been fondling in my dreams.

droid pro

This is the Motorola Droid Pro. Specs? Yummy (no pun intended). Take a look:

  • 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480 pixels)
  • Android 2.2 a.k.a. Froyo
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1
  • Mobile hotspot
  • Apps installable on memory card
  • 1GHz OMAP 3620 processor + PowerVR SGX 530 graphics chip
  • 2 GB internal storage, 512 MB RAM
  • CDMA/GSM compatibility
  • GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • CDMA 1x, EV-DO
  • Wi-Fi 802.11
  • 5 MP autofocus camera, dual-LED flash
  • D1 (720×480 pixels) video recording
  • 1420 mAh battery

From Motorola’s website:

DROID PRO represents a new breed of easy-to-use, intuitive smartphones designed for both work and personal use. It addresses the growing desire from employers and employees for business-ready solutions with enhanced features for a richer personal mobile experience. As the first ever smartphone built on Android for business, DROID PRO is a new powerful, stronger, faster solution that meets business and consumer needs.

DROID PRO delivers speed, convenience, security, and all the productivity tools that businesses require.

  • Full-push corporate email with corporate level security, unified calendar with additional work features, pre-loaded QuickOffice Mobile Suite.
  • Powerful 1 GHz processor, 4GB of memory (2GB internal and 2GB removable) and a QWERTY keyboard designed for speed and convenience.
  • Personal mobile experience provides PC-like browsing with Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 on a full multi-touch 3.1 inch brilliant display – all built on Android 2.2.
  • Motorola security additions including AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, remote wipe of device & SD card, and complex password support. Plus, device and SD card encryption will be available in early 2011.
  • Capture and share content from the device’s 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash or DVD-quality video via DLNA connectivity to compatible devices.
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot for up to five other Wi-Fi®-enabled devices/laptops.

“Motorola truly understands the greater productivity needs of both businesses and their employees beyond mobile email,” said Mark Shull, Senior Vice President of Mobile, McAfee, Inc. “McAfee Enterprise Mobility Management provides Motorola smartphone users with an advanced security solution to address corporate market demand, including the increased use of mobile productivity apps. We look forward to working with Motorola to meet these needs by collaboratively harnessing the power of the open Android platform.”

If you want the BlackBerry form factor but with Android running under the hood, this is your baby.

I haven’t used a Motorola device in ages. Wait; in ages is an understatement. My last Motorola device was waaaaay back in 2003, the C336. Before that was the A008 Accompli (2003), and before that my very first GSM phone, the T2288. This should be a good reunion between two old friends, Motorola and myself.

I really, really do like the Droid Pro and hope that Motorola implements it well. Release date is first week of November. That’s not far away, but its availability is only on Verizon in the U.S. That shouldn’t stop me from arranging for one. Hopefully, I’ll be able to say “Hello Moto” in a month’s time.

Source: Motorola Media Centre

Engadget has a hands-on of the Droid Pro already.

15 comments

  1. Finally, a qwerty droid phone is available. And Motorola was kind enough to release it to GSM networks!! That’s cool. And It comes with full-blown FROYO!!! Even better. ‘Cos I’m tired of droid phones being released with January’s eclair.

    If this phone is released in Nigeria, I hope it will be the phone for current BB users, who really desire the geek functionalities of Android.

  2. “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of COVETOUSNESS for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

    Guard your financial jugular assiduously, lest you gravitate into pecuniary penury.

    Now, repeat to yourself, EyeBeeKay:

    “I shall not be tempted”

    I shall not be…”

    I shall not..”

    I shall not..”

    Good one – Moto ..

  3. We’ve all been looking for an iPhone killer all these time, but it seems this device will also be a BlackBerry killer. Having android on a Blackberry-like phone means a perfect mix of business centric phone similar to BlackBerry and a rich OS platform similar to iOS.

  4. @spacyzuma. Sorry to disappoint you! but Verizon is a CDMA network and not GSM. But you should be able to use it with Starcomms!

  5. Afewgoodmmen,

    As stated in the article, the Droid Pro supports both CDMA and GSM networks. This means that while it is available only on Verizon for now, if he gets his hands on one, he can put in his GSM SIM and use it.

  6. Sorry, my bad. This is just like the Blackberry turl with both GSM and CDMA support. WHy can’t all Manufacturers follow this example?

  7. My dear Eyebeekay, try as I may to observe the scriptures that you so graciously quoted, I find myself reluctantly a victim of gadget lust and covetousness. This gadget is a MUST have for me.

  8. This Is the form factor have been waiting for.once saw this type of form factor on htc but am not sure the phone is out.that aside the enterprise integreation is astonishing.
    I want just 1.

  9. They have cool advert(s) for the phone on tv/online, tempting ones. Forgive my ignorance,wonder if the android is compatible with apps and other cool stuffs I get from my symbian(oh oh)phone. Symbian fan in peace ….

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