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Motorola Droid – the first phone from the DROID series was unveiled today in a press conference held by Verizon Wireless. Droid will be the first phone to be powered by the new Google Android 2.0 operating system and will be available, starting from Nov. 6th for $199 (after a $100 rebate) with a two-year contract on Verizon. Below is a quick rundown on how Motorola Droid stands against the ever so popular iPhone 3GS.

Motorola Droid

Motorola DroidDroid Phone

iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3GS

Operating System

Android 2.0

iPhone OS 3.1.x (OS X Mobile)

Size and Weight

Height: 115.80 mm

Width: 60.0 mm

Depth: 13.7 mm

Weight: 6 ounces (169 grams)

Height: 115.5 mm

Width: 62.1 mm

Depth: 12.3 mm

Weight: 4.8 ounces (135 grams)

Processing Speed and Capacity

550MHz CPU

16 GB Removable memory card

Supports up to 32 GB microSD.

600MHz CPU

16 GB or 32 GB flash drive

Cellular and wireless

CDMA 1x 800/1900, EVDO rev. A

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)

Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Power and Battery

lithium-ion battery

Talk time: Up to 8 hours

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Talk time: Up to 12 hours on 2G, Up to 5 hours on 3G

Changeable Battery

Yes

No

Display

3.7-inch (diagonal) capacitive widescreen touch display with 854 x 480 pixels.

3.5-inch (diagonal) capacitive widescreen multitouch display with 480 x 320 pixels.

Fingerprint-resistant oleo-phobic coating

Multitouch

No

Yes

Keyboard

Slide-out QWERTY keyboard + Onscreen virtual keyboard

Onscreen virtual keyboard

Camera, Photos, and Video

5 megapixels

Autofocus

dual-LED flash

DVD quality video recording of up to 24 fps (720×480) resolution

3 megapixels

Autofocus

Tap to focus

Video recording, VGA up to 30 fps with audio

Photo and video geotagging

Sensors

Accelerometer

Proximity sensor

Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer

Proximity sensor

Ambient light sensor

Location

Assisted + Standalone GPS

Digital Compass

WiFi

Assisted GPS

Digital Compass

WiFi

Multitasking

Yes

No

OS Updates

Yes

Yes

Proprietary 
Cloud-Sync Service

Google Apps

MobileMe

Applications Available

10,000 +

100,000 +

Motorola’s Droid is the first Android-based handset on Verizon and has been hyped a lot, thanks to “iDont, Droid Does” ad campaign, but I still don’t think it will hurt or chip away from Apple’s iPhone 3GS sales anytime soon. In the end, we, the consumers are all going to be the winners. Lets just wait and see whether the device lives up to the consumers expectations or not.

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