Whether it's because of Apple-bashing commercials, brief appearances on vanishing Web sites or hints and hype about features, the Verizon Droid has been attracting a lot of attention over the past few days. Here is a breakdown of what we know so far:
iPhone Killer: Maybe
Verizon doesn't seem to be getting along with Apple these days. The Droid's iDon't ad clearly goes after the iPhone and when combined with the recent "There's a map for that" commercial (which bashes AT&T's network) it would seem Verizon is preparing for all-out war for smartphone dominance.
Although the open source Android platform has earned a lot of praise and Verizon claims to have "five times more 3G coverage than the nation's number two wireless company," any vendor hoping its device will dethrone the iPhone will face a long, uphill battle.
The iPhone is consistently credited with an extremely reliable, easy-to-use interface and operating system, and has more than 85,000 applications already available in App Store.
Android and Verizon have a lot of catching up to do.
Impressive Build: Yes
Killer hardware and software are key to any device claiming to be the next "iPhone Killer" and (looks aside) the Droid certainly seems promising.
The Moto Sholes/Droid will be running Google Android 2.0, on a 550MHz processor and feature a sliding QWERTY form factor with a 3.7-inch, 480-by-854 display; 5-megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and DVD-quality video recording; and 16GB of microSD storage (upgradable to 32 GB) as well as support an array of Google Services. Oh, and the Droid will be able to run multiple applications simultaneously -- a feat the iPhone is capable of but not currently supporting.
Brennon Slattery compiled a more complete list of features from when the phone briefly appeared on Motorola's Web site.
These aren't the Droids You're Looking for
It turns out "Droid" is more than just a single phone -- it is branding that will be used for multiple Android devices heading to Verizon's network. Engadget reports the Droid Eris, also known as the HTC Desire, will be released on November 6.
We don't know how much the Moto Droid will cost, or when it will become available. Verizon will likely announce all the details on October 28 when it and partner Motorola will announce their "must-have device of the year."
This story, "Verizon Droid FAQ: What We Know So Far" was originally published by PCWorld.