Posts tagged with: Droid

[Full Droid Review] Released in November 2009, the Droid by Motorola is the first in Verizon's growing series new of Droid phones. The Motorola Droid smartphone comes loaded with Google Android 2.0 with Motorola's Motoblur UI. Inside is a 600MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 processor with 256MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. Its color transflective TFT display has an FWVGA 480x854 resolution and measures 3.7-inches. The Droid phone also features a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and a landscape slide out QWERTY keyboard with a directional pad. Read on for the latest Motorola Droid reviews, smartphone news and videos:

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    It is rumored that Verizon Wireless is ready to say goodbye to its flagship HTC Droid Incredible, which has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and high-resolution WVGA AMOLED display--the latter of which may be the issue with the success of the device on Verizon Wireless. When it was released, the Droid Incredible displaced the Motorola Droid as the carrier's flagship model, but because it uses an AMOLED display, the device has been delayed on many occasions because of constraints in AMOLED supply from Samsung, prompting a rumor that HTC may use Super TFT touchscreen panels from Sony in ...

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    Usually, you'll have to beg and plead with your device manufacturer to get an upgrade to the most current operating system on the market, but Motorola is being particularly generous with customers who have bought the Motorola Droid for Verizon Wireless. The device originally shipped with Android 2.0 and subsequently saw an OS update to Android 2.1. Now, Motorola, according to leaked internal documents, will be issuing yet another major OS upgrade for the original Droid bringing Android 2.2 to the device. The Android Froyo build will also bring Flash 10.1 Mobile from Adobe to the Droid. ...

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    We've gotten the day to play with the Motorola Droid X--announced today by Verizon Wireless and due in stores on July 15th--and we'll post videos in the coming days. However, we wanted to give a brief update on battery life of the monstrous 4.3-inch capacitive multitouch Android tablet form factor smartphone from Motorola. The Droid X uses a 1500 mAh battery, which is larger than the 1400 mAh battery on the Verizon Wireless Motorola Droid. Verizon and Motorola had said that battery life should be comparable on the two devices--the Droid is a battery champ and our experiences show that the ...

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    I've got two really cool Android items to share with you today. One is useful, the other is not. One requires Froyo, the other does not. First off we've got a whimsical throwback to days-gone-by. Remember the After Dark screen saver collection for your Mac and Windows 3.x PCs? No, not the band, the screen saver featured 1940's style toasters with bird-like wings flapping across your screen with slices of toast mixed in for good measure. You probably bought the whole pack just to get Flying Toasters. On Android you can set the number, size, and speed of the toasters, but you can't set the ...

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    At a technology expo at NASA, a Verizon Wireless booth was hosting a device that looks to be the next-generation Motorola Droid 2, a device that boasts a larger, more useable keyboard, 1 GHz processor, 8 GB of internal memory, and a 5-megapixel camera. According to the watchful eyes of an intern at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, "The device was running 2.1 and it had 8GB of internal memory as well as an 8GB micro-SD card. The model number says A955 and on the bottom of the device it said "G4DR 4722," but I believe this is just because it is a demo device. The representative did tell me ...

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    It looks like Verizon Wireless now has a webpage up that features the the Droid X smartphone, a Motorola Android device that competes squarely with rival Sprint's HTC EVO 4G--both devices have HD video capture, HDMI output, and a large 4.3-inch display. However, the display on the Droid X uses the FWVGA resolution making it a 16:9 aspect ratio screen while HTC went with WVGA for the EVO 4G. Other than the basic specs given on the placeholder webpage, no additional information is available at this time.

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    Back when we reviewed the HTC Legend, it didn't have the proper bands to do USA 3G. That's now a different story. Negri Electronics is selling an HTC Legend with the 850/1900 UMTS bands, which will allow you to get on AT&T 3G. They're shipping unlocked for around $498. By the same token, you can get the HTC Desire with USA 3G as well (though with a USA release imminent, you might want to hold off on that purchase).

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    This latest leak of the Motorola Droid2 shows that it retains its styling from the original Verizon Wireless Motorola Droid. The new photo shows a device with the same 3.7-inch FWVGA capacitive touchscreen display, a landscape-oriented sliding QWERTY keyboard, and a zippier 750 MHz TI OMAP processor. Unfortunately, this Droid successor lacks the front-facing camera that's been the talk of newer handsets like Sprint's HTC EVO 4G and AT&T's Apple iPhone 4. Here are some of the specs of the latest Droid upgrade: -Android 2.1 (unless Verizon pumps out a last minute 2.2 update to it) ...

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    Another image of the Droid2 being leaked on the Internet looks different than the Shadow/Xtreme images that we had seen prior. This one looks like the original Droid with a nice chrome trim going around its sides. The model name being shown on the OS side is the A955. (via: Engadget)

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    The keyboard-less Milestone XT720 looks a lot like the next-generation Droid 2 in terms of specs, but shares a similar form factor to the tablet-shaped smartphone Motoroi release in China. The device has 720p HD video recording at 24 fps, an 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, an ARM Cortex A8 processor that clocks in at 550 MHz, and 3.7-inch FWVGA screen like the original Verizon Wireless Motorola Droid. Motorola's not talking about the US market, though the Milestone XT720 should fall in the Milestone lineup for Europe. Hopefully, since the Milestone is the Droid equivalent for Europe, ...

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    There's a new leak of the keyboard-less version of the Droid successor that shows the device's slim side profile. The front of the tablet form factor smartphone has been shown before and now we're seeing a thin device with a little bump at the top similar to how the Windows Mobile Samsung BlackJack looks. It is widely believed that Motorola is working on two devices for Verizon Wireless; one of which is expected to have a keyboard and to succeed the original Droid and the second device will be keyboardless and have a tablet shape. Like the original Droid, the camera button depicted in the ...

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    While the Motorola Droid 2 Shadow was originally believed to be a slate/tablet form factor smartphone, newer evidence suggests that the Shadow moniker will bear a sliding QWERTY keyboard like its predecessor, the original Droid (or Milestone for international markets). The rumored keyboard layout shows a larger keyboard area that is achieved by the removal of the directional pad on the original Droid. In the new Droid 2 Shadow arrangement, arrow keys are integrated into the keyboard layout with larger keyboard keys. The keys are also more domed shape, which should ease in typing, rather ...

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    Two new Android smartphones made by Motorola have recently begun to appear in Verizon Wireless's computer system bearing the codenames or names of Motorola Droid 2 Xtreme and the Motorola Shadow. The Droid successor from Motorola has been caught on film before, but now we are seeing two different models containing some different specs. The Droid 2 Xtreme is said to be a keyboard-less tablet form factor smartphone with a 4.1-inch display and 16 GB of internal memory. That model was previously thought to be the Shadow, but now is believed to bear the Droid 2 Xtreme branding. The second model ...

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    Leaks of the Motorola Shadow have been slowly emerging on the web recently. The device was recently caught on camera by Android and Me, but a parallel leak by Howard Forums shows some different specs regarding the device's screen size as well as choice of ARM-based CPU. Here's what's being reported by Android and Me: It appears Motorola has finally dropped the Texas Instruments OMAP processor and adopted the more popular Snapdragon platform. In addition to a 1 GHz CPU, the Motorola phone sports a 4.3-inch screen, 8MP camera (capable of shooting 720p video), 16 GB internal storage, and HDMI ...

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    A leaked advertisement image for the next generation Motorola Droid successor was leaked earlier and now we have a picture of someone's hands holding the keyboard-less smartphone that appears in tablet form. Rumors have it that Motorola will be using a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset instead of the Texas Instruments OMAP CPU in the original Motorola Droid. Other features, according to Android and Me, include "a 4.3-inch screen, 8MP camera (capable of shooting 720p video), 16 GB internal storage, and HDMI out." Along with Android 2.2, it appears that an updated version of MOTO BLUR, the ...

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    Motorola is saying that it will be releasing an OS upgrade for the Motorola Droid that should bring the device up to the latest release of Google's mobile OS, Froyo, otherwise known as Android 2.2. According to Motorola: "We're excited to see Google's news of the next version of the Android operating system and look forward to integrating it on our Android-based devices as it's made available to the open source community." While I can't comment on specifics, we do expect DROID by Motorola users will receive Android 2.2 as a software upgrade in the near future." The Motorola Droid was ...

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    The GSM version of the Motorola Droid, also known as the Milestone, will be making a debut Stateside courtesy of regional carrier Cellular South. Thus far, only the CDMA-based Motorola model has been available in the US as a Verizon Wireless exclusive, which received a massive marketing blitz that brought Android as a mainstream household name. Cellular South posted a teaser about the Milestone on its Facebook page: Many of you have asked, "What's next for Android?" It won't be long now. Look out for an announcement very soon. Everyone is going to be excited when they see what's next. ...

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    Here's another thing that Droid actually does--in just 25 seconds, the Android-powered Motorola Droid with its ARM Cortex processor is able to solve a Rubik's cube. A Lego-made fixture places the Droid above the cube and utilizes the smartphone's camera to see all the action going down below. The Motorola Droid instructs the Lego robotic arms below to turn the cube to solve the puzzle. (via: IntoMobile)

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    Today I thought we'd take a break from "useful" tips that help make your life easier, and go with a neat little hack that will make your Nexus One, Droid, Liquid, or Milestone just a bit cooler than your friend's Android. What does it do? It replaces your stock boot animation with a retro-style BIOS animation, which makes your Android look like it's a full-fledged computer (which it basically is). Does this hack give you any extra capabilities? No. Does it add any features or benefits? No. What it does do is increases the geeky coolness factor of your phone during boot time. First off, ...

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    Verizon Wireless has chosen to keep the same "dark" style when advertising the HTC Incredible as they did with the original Droid. In the past Verizon has taken a fairly pointed stance against not only Apple's iPhone, but AT&T's alleged spotty 3G coverage. Rather than the light and "one-size-fits-all" approach that the iPhone ads take, Verizon's campaigns are dark and brooding. They paint the picture that you're not one of the crowd, you're not the kind of person to get tied in to a fluffy interface, you know what you want out of a phone, and Verizon's offerings match you better than ...

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    When people began reporting on the Motorola Droid one of its more remarkable attributes was the screen: it's not just beautiful, it's gorgeous. Shortly thereafter Google's Nexus One came on scene, sporting Android 2.1. The Droid was stuck at 2.0.1, but an update was promised "soon" to satisfy early Droid adopters. People loved the new Photo Gallery app that came included with the Nexus One. With its animated photo stacks, 3D "depth", and connection to your Picasa Web Albums the app was initially given very high marks. Before long an update to Android 2.1 for the Droid was made available ...

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    US Cellular isn't among the big four carriers in the US, which consists of Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. However, the company is listing a handset on its rebate form, which gives subscribers a $70 debate card, with the nameof HTC Desire. However, IntoMobile is speculating that the Desire that's coming to US Cellular may not be the HTC Desire, but rather another device with a codename of Desire. That device happens to be the Droid Eris released on Verizon Wireless. Whether or not US Cellular scored a major handset in the Android 2.1 HTC Desire or the codenamed Desire that ...

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    I should preface this post by mentioning that these codes are not real, but the results are highly entertaining. Motorola has put together a series of videos showing some "hidden features" of the Motorola Droid when you enter secret unlock codes. They feature tasks like turning stop lights green, finding the sweet spot on a pool ball, and even translating your dog's barks into English. Take a look at some of the videos below! (via: m80im)

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    Adobe has put up a little PR demo on how easy it is to develop for multiple platforms by using Adobe Air to create apps. The video shows an Adobe developer creating a simple game of Reversi for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android, and iPad--the iPhone and iPad should be counted as the same development platform. Adobe's multi-platform development platform is cool, and hopefully developers will find it easy to take advantage of the engine. (via: Engadget)

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    Laptop Mag is doing a March Smartphone Madness and it's now the final four. The first playoff in the Final Four is between the Palm Pre Plus on Verizon Wireless and the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile USA. The BlackBerry Tour, which is similar to the Bold 9700 will face off with the Motorola Droid in the next match. The winners from both matches will then battle it out to victory. For now, go to Laptop Mag to vote between the HTC HD2 and the Palm Pre Plus.

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