The Droid that I have been waiting for?

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.

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

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.


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