The Verizon Droid: The Next Evolution in Cellular PDA Smartphones

In November 2009, Verizon Wireless customers will have the opportunity to take a peek at the Droid, a brand new Google Android cell phone. The new phone will cost a little under two hundred dollars with a 2 year contract.
What does the new Droid have in store for Verizon customers? Is it really an iPhone killer?

From the looks of it, the Google Android is quite impressive. The display measures 3.7 inches with a bright and rich high resolution screen, at 480×854 pixels. The screen’s touch interface is highly sensitive. Unlike the iPhone, the Droid has a sliding QWERTY keyboard for texting and other applications.

The Droid is relatively heavier than other smart phones. It weighs almost 6 ounces, outweighing the BlackBerries and the iPhone. However, this makes the Droid feel a lot sturdier.

What are the other features of the Droid?

The phone has a roughly the same basic features as previous Android versions. The user interface offer 3 main home screens. Each screen offers a different set of widgets and short cuts to access a variety of applications.

Applications and shortcuts include Facebook, YouTube, calendar, and the cell phone’s control panel. The control panel allows you to adjust the phone’s settings such as the phone’s wireless connection, display brightness, and more.

Other features include enhanced e-mail, calendar, and address book functions. The Droid will also offer support for Gmail and POP3 accounts. You can have messages from different e-mail accounts in one inbox. The e-mail are color coded so you can easily differentiate and tell which e-mail came from which e-mail account. You can also separate the message, if you wish. This can come in handy if you want to keep your personal messages separated from your work and business related correspondences.

Another interesting feature is the Droid’s integration with Google search capabilities. The universal search fetches everything on the phone and the Internet. For example, if you wanted to do a search on a particular topic, your results will include saved items on your phone, YouTube videos, local results, and more.

Users will find Google’s Navigation Maps is pretty impressive as well. Features include turn by turn directions, street views, satellite views, and traffic status.

Needless to say, the Verizon Droid poses a serious threat to other smart. Many companies have claimed in the past to have built the iPhone killer, but nobody has actually come close to doing so. Will the Droid actually be ‘the One’. Will people ditch AT T; and turn to Verizon? Are you going to be the first in line to get one?

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