To say the launch of the Bionic has been a long time coming is quite the understatement. Motorola’s latest Droid handset was announced way back in January, and now–eight months later–it’s finally being sold at Verizon Wireless outlets everywhere. So the question on your mind right now should be: was it worth the wait? Check out these specs… The Droid Bionic is Verizon’s first dual-core and LTE-capable smartphone. It packs a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4.3-inch qHD screen featuring scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, an 8MP camera with AF, flash, and 1080p video capture, a front-facing cam for video chatting, 16GB on board memory and 16GB microSD card pre-installed, and HDMI out. It can serve as a Mobile Hotspot with up to five WiFi-enabled devices. This beast runs the latest version of Android–2.3.4 Gingerbread, that is. And it’s all jammed inside a slim 2.6(w) x 5.0(h) x0.4(d) shell weighing 5.6oz. Ah, what a mouthful. In short, if you’re a VZW customer and on the market for the latest and greatest and the best of both worlds (dual-core power and 4G LTE blazing speeds), the Bionic is a clear choice. How long it will remain on top is yet to be seen; I hear the iPhone 5 (4S?) is just around the corner.
Right–pricing. The Bionic runs a Benjamin higher than most smartphones. Order one today from VZW for $299.99 on a new two-year contract. Full PR sits after the break.
A few weeks back Motorola started a viral video campaign called “SECRET MOTOROLA DROID UNLOCK CODES.” In the videos a group of guys enter a series a numbers into a Motorola Droid to enable hidden features. Some of the new videos have picked up in popularity and are actually quite entertaining. In the video above, one of these special unlock codes turns the Droid into a bra size and underwear detector. Look after the break for two more videos featuring the Droid as a taser and animal translator. Man, what can’t Droid do?
Today Verizon finally released solid information about the first Android 2.0-powered device, Droid by Motorola. The Droid is a Verizon Wireless exclusive and will be made available to purchase on November 6 for $199 (with a two year contract, after a $100 mail-in rebate). So it costs as much as an iPhone; is it worthy of its price tag? Seeing the handset in pictures and specification on paper alone make it look like a strong competitor. We already knew this but here are a bunch of the official specs: 3.7-inch display (854 x 480 resolution), 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, a bundled 16GB memory card, and a full slide out QWERTY keyboard (Verizon notes that it is the world’s thinnest slide out QWERTY), 3G, WiFi, and over-the-air Amazon MP3 downloads. A home dock accessory will also be available to purchase. Oh, and it’s also the first phone to support Google’s brand new Maps Navigation software. Get learn’d and preorder Droid here. Look after the break for the official press release and a hands-on video from Engadget.
At today’s press conference Verizon also confirmed that Droid is indeed a family of phones, though there was no mention of the oft-rumored Droid Eris by HTC.
All in all the Droid by Motorola looks great on paper and even better in pictures. Once it releases this November it will have to face the test of real usage. Who knows, this may be the competition the iPhone has been craving for over three years.
Someone over at Motorola accidently spilled with beans the other day when they accidently revealed the product specs of the upcoming Motorola Droid (codename Sholes) smartphone (of “Droid Does” fame). Though the product page was taken down shortly after it was posted, the guys over at Boy Genius Report were able to screen capture all the juicy details: “550MHz Texas Instruments OMAP3430 processor, separate PowerVR GPU, 256MB of RAM, CDMA Rev A., Wi-Fi, GPS, a digital magnetometer, accelerometer, proximity sensors, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, notification LED, four touch-sensitive navigation buttons, a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port.” It sports a 3.7 inch, 16:9 capacitive touch screen with 480 x 854 resolution, a 1400 mAh Li-ion battery (up to 385 minutes usage time/ 270 hours standby time), and comes pre-installed a 16GB microSD card. It weighs six ounces and has measures 2.4 x 4.6 x 0.5-inches. Also, BGR says that the browser supports HTML5 and Flash 10 is coming in 2010.
Here’s some even more interesting news. Apparently “Droid” is not just a device; it also represents a brand–Verizon’s Android-powered devices. Although the discussed device here is called “the Droid” the name will be carried with other Verizon/Android phones. In fact, the second phone in the line-up has been leaked. According to Engadget’s source, what the tech world has been calling the HTC Desire will be the “Droid Eris.” The source claims that the Eris will be released on November 6, shortly after the Droid will likely be released. Speaking of release dates, an official date has not been pegged yet, but Verizon is holding a special event for the press on October 26. More information will be relayed then. For now, indulge yourself in BGR’s up close and personal shot of the Droid in the gallery below.
APPLE, WATCH OUT. Verizon is taking the battle to you, not AT&T, with this advertisement that is pushing over the airwaves on major networks such as FOX.
The 30 second spot begins with a bunch of “iDon’t” phrases, clearly bashing the Apple iPhone for all the things it can’tdo. This plays alongside an Apple commercial-esque playful tune. About 20 seconds in the viral fun begins. The phrase “Droid Does” forms in a futuristic and mechanistic way and it leaves the viewer with a hint: something is coming in November. Those who closely watched the ad caught the text visible on the bottom of the screen. This is a commercial for Verizon, and, interestingly, Verizon had to state that “Droid is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd., licensed to Verizon.” (It seems as if Mr. George Lucas owns the word “droid.”)
Anyway..after further investigation, all signs point to this being a commercial for Verizon’s first Android-powered cell phone, properly called “Droid.” (For all you fellow techies, its code-name was Sholes.) This device is developed by Motorola and will run Google’s Android operating system, version 2.0. The teaser page includes an “alien counter” that has been decyphered; the timer ends on October 30. Will more information be released about this mystery device on that date? We shall wait and see…
Well, looks like we don’t have to wait thatlong for some new info. The fellas at Boy Genius Report have captured some images of the Motorola Droid. Here’s a summation of their “hands-on:” it runs Android 2.0; it’s very thin (for a QWERTY smartphone); it’s fast; it has a 3.7 inch capacitive display; it runs on a TI OMAP3430 processor; it has a 5-megapixel camera (with flash). Will report on more information as it comes. For now, check out images of the Droid below.