Verizon’s Droid phone is one of several new Android devices on its way to the U.S. smartphone market. Here’s a look at what’s known about it and the other upcoming Android-based options.
The only direct information about the Verizon Droid comes by way of that aforementioned iPhone-attacking ad. The commercial says the device will have a physical keyboard, interchangeable batteries, and a 5-megapixel camera with a flash. It’ll also boast the ability to run simultaneous apps and widgets. Moreover, Verizon says its Droid will be fully customizable and built for open development — two capabilities notoriously absent from that popular Apple product.
The remainder of the info on the Verizon Droid comes to us via vaguely sourced blog reports, primarily from a site called Boy Genius Report. The site claims to have gotten its hands on a prerelease Droid handset (and it has the pictures to prove it). According to the blog reports:
• The Verizon Droid will run the Android 2.0 operating system.
• It’ll be about as thin as the iPhone, with the fastest Android processor seen so far (a Texas Instruments OMAP3430 chip, to be precise) and a 3.7-inch touch screen.
• It’ll have a custom Motorola user interface different from the MOTOBLUR skin.
• The phone will also feature GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack.
Verizon’s Droid ad suggests the device will be available sometime in November. Pricing information has not been released.
T-Mobile Motorola Cliq
Motorola’s first Android phone, the T-Mobile Motorola Cliq, hits the hands of existing T-Mobile customers this week and reaches new users on November 2. The device sells for $199 with a two-year contract.
The Cliq runs on a Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 Mhz processor. It has a 3.1-inch touch screen, a physical keyboard, and a 5.0-megapixel camera. It also includes GPS, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, Exchange support, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack.
Sprint Samsung Moment
Announced just weeks ago, Sprint’s Samsung Moment smartphone is due in stores on November 1 with a $180 price tag (when purchased with a two-year contract). The Samsung Moment runs on an 800 Mhz processor. It has a 3.2-inch AMOLED display, a physical keyboard, an optical mouse, and a 3.2-megapixel camera with a flash, autofocus, and video camcorder. The Moment will include GPS, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, calendar sync, Exchange support, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack.
T-Mobile Samsung Behold II
Samsung’s Behold II also has a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen but lacks a physical keyboard. A retooled version of its first-generation predecessor, the Behold II promises GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 5.0-megapixel camera. Not much further information, including pricing or a specific release date, has been announced; the phone, however, is expected to be available by the 2009 holiday season.