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Droid preview: will "murder" non-iPhone devices

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Fri October 23, 2009

Moto Droid previewed well

Although not due to be unveiled until next week, Motorola's Droid stands to be Verizon's best phone to date, a preview finds. The first look at BGR characterizes it as one of the best Android devices to date, with high build quality, a fast processor with PowerVR graphics, good call quality and a long-lasting battery that can run for an entire day. Android 2.0 is also significantly more polished and brings a much improved browser and e-mail.

The hands-on also goes into more detail about the Droid's unique dock, which cradles the phone on its side and changes the interface of the phone itself. When attached, the smartphone starts into an alarm clock mode and gets new, large icons to switch to music playback, displays the current weather and has oversized controls. Motorola's design is also intelligent enough to automatically invoke the GPS-oriented Car Mode with a special, as yet unidentified dock.

Combined, the Droid's features are enough to cast doubt on the prospects for all of Verizon's existing phones as well as flagship phones at other carriers. It's not expected to significantly damage iPhone sales, but its quality is sufficiently high that it may explain Verizon's rumored decision to downplay the Storm2 and hold up the Droid as its actual iPhone rival.

"The Droid isn't an iPhone competitor because nothing at this point in time is an iPhone competitor besides the new iPhone," the site says. "And things don't have to be right now. Everyone can eat. So will the Motorola Droid be successful? Absolutely, we think. It will eat in to BlackBerry sales, Windows Mobile sales, and positively murder any lingering Palm Pre sales."

by MacNN Staff



  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Non-iPhone Killer

    At least reviewers may at last be dropping that ridiculous description "iPhone Killer" (I think "iPod Killer" is already dead).

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac user without iPhone

    I'm a big-time Apple/Mac fan, but do not have an iPhone due to the odious carrier they use. As it turns out, the best carrier in my area happens to be Verizon. If they happen to carry the iPhone next time my contract renews, I'd get it, but if droid is the only smart phone on the menu, then I'll look into that. Whatever else happens, this offering will--at the very least--keep the creative folks down in Cupertino on their toes.

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm switching away from my iPhone to this. I didn't really use too many iPhone apps, and I'll probably get an iPod Touch for the few I did use. But this phone looks slick. And the screen resolution (852x480) is mind-bogglingly sharp.

    Plus, AT&T sucks. I'll see if the Verizon network passes muster, and then away we go! :)

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But it's Verizon

    What part of the hardware did they cripple?

  1. Former Rube

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I agree

    ...with Monde. I'm in the same situation; waiting for AT&T's exclusive contract to end next year and hoping Verizon will wise up, finally, and get their Zen aligned with Apple's. Don't blow it this time, guys.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hmmm. Well then

    What are those Droid commercials targeting the iPhone doing on my TV? (very clever commercials, I might add :D )

    Comment buried. Show
  1. pinoytutorial

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's pain the town RED! said by "Motorolla Droid"

    We hate to say this to some apple fans, but this droid release by Motorola seems to be a killer for iPhone.

    Thanks to boygenius, we can finally see first-hand what should the look and feel of the hottest droid phone

    Our summarized review:

    for newbies who want to know the 101's of Droid Phone

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If it's made by Motorola...

    It's bound to be a failure. It was rumored that Google helped Motorola build this device, so maybe it'll only be a slight failure. Anything that Motorola gets their hands on is usually messed up in some way. Maybe if the software on this device is good it won't be the mess that previous Moto phones have been. Time will tell whether anyone will even bother to try it now that Moto's cellphone business is just about on the brink of disaster.

  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone on Verizon-

    If sales of Droid become an issue- all Apple has to do is break contract with ATT and start selling on Verizon as well. The number of applications will be hard for droid to match.
    There would be a huge move to iPhone all over- however, ATT would be the real loser.
    Long term view for Apple- it has to maintain it's growth of market share- so developers keep busy.
    Maybe the tablet will be a verizon exclusive first- as a way to keep Apple in the game.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ah, the magic, ridiculous crystal balls...

    I love how everyone has one but me. :(

    None of y'all know what would happen to Apple if they did x, or what the results would be if a certain carrier had product y. The majority of people here predict such stupid things as:

    1) Product x by manufacturer y will put Apple out of business.
    2) Apple will fail if they proceed with doing x.
    3) Apple will succeed if they proceed with doing x.
    4) Apple needs to produce a midi-Mac because I know the market better than Apple.
    5) Apple can just up and break a contract, and that would be good business (flip-flopping from carrier to carrier).
    6) Everything Motorola does will be a failure.
    7) Everything Google does will be a success.
    8) More people would definitely buy an iPhone if it were on Verizon's network rather than AT&T's.

    Every day I wake up, check the papers, and breathe a sigh of relief that I don't see a headline such as, "Crystal-ball using MacNN forum user to replace Steve Jobs at the helm of Apple after proving Apple doesn't really know what they're doing or how to please their customers -- profits finally expected to go through the roof now that Apple has pulled their collective heads out of their collective arses."

    If you guys truly could predict the future you'd be playing the lottery or betting on horses, not telling us what Apple, Motorola and Google *should* do in order to stay in business.

    I remember fondly the days when there was actual, intelligent discussion on these comment forums instead of a bunch of idiots predicting the future and thinking they know better than Apple.

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