Droid R2-D2 Edition Goes Hands-On

While this might appeal to the Star Wars fanboys across the universe, I too think it's better looking the your typical Motorola Droid phone. Engadget has posted a gallery with their first hands-on with the new Droid R2-D2 here.

Not only will you're Droid look like an R2-D2 bot but it's got a full custom Star Wars themed user interface to complete your fantasy. It would be very cool to have custom Star Wars themed sounds as well, you would just have to wait for the review to find out.

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The Droid 2 Becomes Official... Finally


The Droid is arguably the phone that put Android on the map, and the sequel to the best-selling Android phone is here, as the Droid 2. The Droid 2 is going to come shipped with Android 2.2, the first device to do so. Aside from Froyo, the Droid 2 has a 3.7" WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 8GB of internal storage, (with support of up to 32Gb on a MicroSD card) a 1GHz TI OMAP processor and 512MB of RAM. There is a also a 3G hotspot option, but like other Verizon phones, you will have to pay $20 a month for this privilege. The Droid 2 also comes pre-installed with Swype, one of the best ways for text-imput on Android Devices.

The Droid 2 is going to be available on presale tomorrow August 11th for $199.99, with a R2-D2 Star Wars special edition coming next month.

Press Release:

See What DROID™ Does Next: DROID 2 by Motorola Pre-Sale Starts August 11 at verizonwireless.com 

Built on Android 2.2 with Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, DROID 2 Comes Equipped with More Power, More Speed and an Improved QWERTY Keyboard 

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation's largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today announced that DROID™ 2 by Motorola will be available for pre-sale on August 11. Hitting all the right keys, DROID 2 is a feature-packed device that helps manage work and social life with an enhanced QWERTY keyboard, ultra high-speed Web browsing, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, full push corporate e-mail, intuitive social messaging and Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 for access to the full web – all built on Android 2.2. 

"When we announced DROID X last month, we reaffirmed our commitment to continue to bring unique Android experiences to the Verizon Wireless network," said Jeffrey Dietel, vice president – wireless device, marketing and development for Verizon Wireless. "The DROID by Motorola was our first Android device, so it is important for us to include the successor to that phone in our portfolio. DROID 2 is not only a continuation of our commitment to Android but offers customers the features and form-factor they crave on the Verizon Wireless network." 

"With the new DROID 2, we've taken a big leap forward from the original DROID," said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer of Motorola Mobile Devices and Home Business. "We listened to consumers and are providing an even more robust experience built on Android 2.2 that includes a new keyboard, increased processing power, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities to send, access and share information even quicker than before." 

DROID 2's super-slim design helps customers e-mail, text and tweet with ease. DROID 2 offers a redesigned symmetrical keyboard with raised keys for more responsive typing to push out notes and status updates. Speech-to-text input and the virtual multi-touch keyboard allow for quick messaging; or customers can also use Swype for even easier text input. In addition, full push corporate e-mail delivers enhanced features such as remote wipe and password enforcement so that information remains secure. 

DROID 2 packs power and speed. Customers can enjoy the freedom of wireless with the 3G Mobile HotSpot and the ability to connect up to five compatible Wi-Fi® devices, and watch content on the full multi-touch 3.7-inch brilliant display, or share content captured on the 5-megapixel camera with enhanced functionality and DVD-quality video capture with DLNA connectivity to share on compatible devices. 

Customers can also download favorite apps from Android Market™, which has more than 70,000 applications, and store them on 8 GB of preloaded on-board memory and the 8 GB microSD™ card, which can be upgraded to a 32 GB SD card for a total cargo capacity of 40 GB. Popular apps available on DROID 2 include NFL Mobile (downloadable), Skype mobile™ and BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® presented by V CAST Video. Customers can even manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones with My Verizon and with Backup Assistant(SM). 

"It's great to see amazing new smartphones like the DROID 2 come pre-installed with Flash Player 10.1," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Creative and Interactive Solution Business Unit at Adobe. "With the completely redesigned and hardware accelerated Flash Player 10.1, DROID 2 users will be able to experience the full Web on the go." 

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 lets mobile users experience millions of websites the way they were meant to be seen – with rich Internet applications (RIAs), content inside the browser, including games, animations, data presentations and visualizations, e-commerce, music, video, audio and more. 

R2-D2 DROID 2 

In honor of the iconic Astromech Droid from the Star Wars™ Saga, Verizon Wireless will offer a limited-edition R2-D2 version of the DROID 2, available only online in September. The special version of the phone will feature exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the trusty Droid from the film saga. Visitors to the upcoming Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Fla., can see a preview of the limited edition phone and sign up to receive alerts when the phone is ready for sale. 

Pricing and Availability 

DROID 2 by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com on August 11, and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning August 12 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. In addition to subscribing to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan, customers will also need to subscribe to an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access. 

Customers can add the optional 3G Mobile HotSpot service to their DROID 2 smartphones for $20 per month. The 3G Mobile HotSpot allows customers to turn their phones into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi® devices. In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending by December 31, 2010, can upgrade to any smartphone, including DROID 2, without penalty.

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The Droid is Getting Froyo As Well!

Over the past couple of days, it has been upgrade crazy. Firstly, Sprint announced that the EVO 4G was going to receive Android 2.2 on Tuesday, then earlier today, HTC announced that European Desire's would get Froyoas well. And now Verizon has just said the the original Droid is going to get the update next week! 

With this many phones receiving the latest version of Android, it can only be a matter of time before everyone else jumps on this bandwagon. 

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Verizon & Motorola come clean (and offer fix) to .1% of Droid X users with defect

I'm impressed: it takes some serious guts to stand up and say: "Hey, we screwed up." Not: "Hey, there's nothing wrong with our phones but take a free bumper."

All jokes aside, you deserve some kudos, Verizon and Motorola.

According to both parties, one tenth of one percent (so .1%) of Droid X users are experiencing screen issues including flickering and banding.

Thankfully, Motorola's indicating that it has already fixed whatever was the culprit and no new units should ship with this issue.

If you're one of the unlucky few experiencing this issue with your Droid X, be sure to get in touch with either Verizon or Motorola-- they're looking to get your issue resolved.  And, be sure to check out the official statement below.

Verizon Wireless and Motorola are aware of a very small number of DROID X units that have experienced a flickering or banding display. Motorola has resolved the issue and is continuing to ship the phones. Any consumer who experiences a flickering or banding display should contact a Motorola customer support center or Verizon Wireless.

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DROID X Goes All Hollywood With Cinematic Promo

Motorola DRIOD X is coming out tomorrow and the hype must be big for it's release, so enjoy this cinematic promo.

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Droid X Pre-Orders at Best Buy


So your iPhone 4 order was cancelled and you want to switch to Android? Well the latest Android phone to hit the market is now available for pre-order, the Droid X.  Best Buy is now taking pre-orders for the best Android smartphone to date. The main features of the Droid X are a 4.3" screen at 854x480, Android 2.1 with NinjaBlur (a less intrusive version of MotoBlur) with Froyo coming later this summer and 720p video recording. 

By ordering the Droid X from Best Buy you don't have to fuss around with the mail-in rebate, you just pay $199.99 in store with 2-year contract on Verizon.

Here is the press release

Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile have truly become the leading destination this summer for all your mobile smartphone needs – from HTC EVO 4G from Sprint to the iPhone 4 on AT&T to the upcoming DROID X on Verizon. Enthusiasts of the Android platform can be the first to reserve a copy of the new Verizon DROID X by Motorola today at Best Buy. The pre-sale begins June 25 and the smartphone will land in stores on July 15.

"With the buzz we've seen around the Android platform, Best Buy is confident that consumers will be thrilled about the Verizon DROID X by Motorola pre-sale," said Scott Anderson, senior director of merchandising at Best Buy Mobile. "It has been a great summer for smartphones with the HTC EVO and iPhone 4 launches, and the addition of the DROID X adds another strong option for our customers to consider."

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Droid X Gets Officially Announced


Today in New York, Motorola announced the latest version of their Droid range of phones; The Droid X. This brand new android phone will run a less intrusive version of MotoBlur, called NinjaBlur and here is the full list of features below:

  • Released on July 15th for $200
  • 1Ghz TI OMAP 4630 Processor
  • Runs Android 2.1 with Ninjablur but going to be upgraded to 2.2 Froyo later this summer
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB Internal Memory, comes with a 16GB card which is expandable up to 32Gb
  • 4.3" Screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 854x480 Display Resolution
  • 8Mp Auto focus camera with 720p video recording
  • Duel LED Flash
  • 1930mAh Battery back available in a few months, but adds only 1mm extra thickness!
  • Full Flash 10 support
  • Data Plan totally unlimited says Verizon CEO
  • Wifi Hotspot that can connect up to 5 other devices ($20/mo extra)
  • Tethering support, that adds 2Gb cap of data
  • Enterprise support with exchange support, push email, corporate directory, security protocols and remote wipe
  • For existing Verizon customers, you can update any time in 2010 for $200 a/r

So what do you think? Will you upgrade or are you going to just ignore it?

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