Verizon Wireless and Motorola have unveiled what could be their best shot yet in the battle against Apple Inc’s iPhone — the long expected Droid. Motorola says Droid is the most technically advanced smartphone out there. Its promises:
A speedy Cortex A8 ARM Processor and a Texas Instruments OMAP application chip that it says makes the device run 30 percent to 50 percent faster than other smartphones, including iPhone.
First dibs on Android 2.0, the newest version of Google’s mobile software.
A new free navigation service to battle dedicated GPS makers like Garmin and TomTom.
A higher resolution screen that’s better than iPhone
“Once they see the display I think they’ll be hooked,” Motorola Chief Executive Sanjay Jha told Reuters.
Verizon’s Chief Marketing Officer John Stratton promised to spend more money advertising this device than any phone in its history. He said that it could be seen as a ”big risk” for Verizon, which started working with Motorola a year ago, to bet on a handset maker that had been steadily losing ground. But he said his company liked working Motorola so much that it plans to sell more Motorola Android phones in 2010.
“It almost looks like there’s a whole Droid army lining up,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at research firm Interpret. Gartenberg likes the phone’s design, but reserves criticism for how it syncs consumers’ music. Not easily, apparently.
Verizon and Motorola showed off the highlights of the device today.