The Droid Pro is set to launch today and is armed with features that targets the business consumer.
We heard a bit about this handset last week, when the word of Verizon’s “Iconic Device” started circulating around the internet. Many speculated that it may be the iPhone on Verizon, which would be iconic indeed. That was later debunked by website Android Central and it was found that the device in question was actually the Droid Pro.
Yesterday Motorola issued a press release for the newest member of the Droid family:
DROID PRO by Motorola Now Available on the Nation’s Largest and Most Reliable 3G Network
DROID Does Business with Global Android Smartphone from Verizon Wireless
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), today announced that DROID PRO, the first Android‚Ñ¢-based smartphone optimized for business use, will be available as a pre-sale order at select Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com starting Nov. 9 and for purchase in stores starting Nov. 18. The DROID PRO will be available for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.
Full Press Release: Here.
We are taking a look at some of the previous Droid models such as the Droid X and the Droid 2 to see how they compare to the Pro.
$149.99 W/Contract $199.99 W/Contract
The above information comes from Google’s Phone Gallery
Time to take a look at what the Droid Pro is equipped with:
Name: Droid Pro by Motorola
Buy From: Verizon
OS Version: Android 2.2
Radio: 800/1900 CDMA EVDO Rev. A with diversity antenna, 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM, GPRS Class 12, EDGE Class 12, 850/1900/2100 WCDMA (category 9/10), HSDPA 10.2mbps, HSUPA 5.76mbps
Type: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) (1420 mAH)
Talk Time: GSM up to 8 hours; CDMA up to 6.5 hours
Standby Time (Max): GSM & CDMA up to 330 hours
Storage and Memory
Removable Storage: Up to 32GB microSD (for total of 34GB storage.)
Ram: Not Specified
Internal Storage: 2GB on board, 2GB microSD installed
Wifi: 802.11 b,g,n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Size and Weight
Demensions: 2.4×4.68x.46 in
Weight: 134 grams
Screen Size: 3.1-inch TFT
Screen Resolution: 320×480
CPU: 1GHz TI OMAP
USB: USB 2.0
Audio/Headphone Jack: 3.5mm
FM Radio: N/A
Primary: 5.0 MP
Features: Flash, Video
QWERTY Keyboard, Touch Screen, Haptic Feedback, Virtual Keyboard (Additional Details)
Is It Worth the Upgrade?
To put it lightly, we don’t see any reason why a Droid 2 or Droid X user would want to make the switch to the Droid Pro. For as heavy-hitting as a phone with a name like Droid Pro may sound, it’s being marketed at the business consumer, which is where the name Pro comes in–it’s a professional’s phone.
Compared to the Droid X (8MP), the Droid Pro has a weak camera, (5MP) which is more on par with the Droid 2.
The Motorola BlackBerry
When looking at this phone and its tech specs, it’s obvious that Moto had the BlackBerry user in mind when designing this handset. BlackBerry still seems like the go-to phone for the business-type user and a quick look at these pictures will show you some of the similarities in design:
Droid Pro BlackBerry Curve BlackBerry Torch
The phones above all feature a physical keyboard and a similar layout. The smaller 3.1-inch screen of the Droid Pro is more along the lines RIM’s smartphones. Looks like Motorola’s next target is the BlackBerry user who’s looking to make the switch to a new mobile OS.
What About A Verizon Phone for Apple Fans?
It’s interesting to note that the Droid Pro is both GSM and CDMA-enabled, part of the Pro branding is that the phone can go global with a chip that supports both types of networks. This is much like the long-rumored iPhone for Verizon that the internet is so sick of hearing about. Currently the iPhone is GSM, but it seems that Verizon also supports GSM phones, which is shown by the Droid Pro’s spec sheet. It just leaves us asking why the phone doesn’t just happen already.
Leaving a Bit Disappointed
In the end, the Droid Pro isn’t what the name originally seemed to imply. Yes, it makes sense “Pro” for professional user, as in the business-minded, suit-and-tie consumer. But had you asked us two days ago what we expected from the Droid Pro, we would have imagined a much more powerful phone. Other users may end up feeling the same way after looking at the device and its specs. Those with phone like the Droid X or the Droid 2 will probably want to hold on to their device. The Pro may not be the phone you want to switch to.