Motorola Droid - a guide to Android

Motorola DroidAnnounced: Oct. 28, 2009
Carrier:
Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ)
Vendor:
Motorola (NASDAQ:MOT)
Price:
$199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate

Pros: When it was released, the Droid had the most complete feature set of any Android phone; the Droid is remembered as the first phone to run Android 2.0, which includes Google's free navigation application.  

Cons: NPD's Ross Rubin said the phone's keyboard can be "mushy" at times. Current Analysis' Avi Greengart added that because the device is running a "plain vanilla" version of Android, it is only differentiated at this point by its hardware, which does not count for that much.

Impact: "It put Motorola back on the map in smartphones," said Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies. Rubin agrees. "If the G1 was the device that put Android on the map, this was the one that got it pointed toward its destination," he said. The Droid was Verizon's flagship device for fourth quarter, and helped deliver strong results for the carrier.

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