After much hype and anticipation, the Motorola Droid is officially official. It's hitting Verizon on November 6th (like previously rumored) for a very reasonable cost of $199 on new 2-year contract. It's a 'Google Experience' Android device that won't rock Motorola's own MOTOBLUR but will run Android 2.0. Android 2.0 comes with its own social networking features so you'll be fine Mr. Facebook Fiend. So Big Red customers, are you already lining up to buy the DROID?

The official specs of the Motorola DROID:

  • 3.7-inch 854x480 display
  • 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • DVD-quality video capture and playback (720x480)
  • 16GB microSD
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS (with Google Maps Navigation)
  • Android 2.0

This is the first device in Verizon's DROID series and my does it have a look of a winner. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day!

Full press release after the jump!

Verizon Wireless DROID By Motorola: World's First Smartphone with Android™ 2.0

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – High-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets and the best 3G mobile network in the country: DROID by Motorola arrives on Nov. 6.

Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation's largest wireless 3G broadband network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today unveiled DROID by Motorola, the first smartphone powered by Android™ 2.0. DROID by Motorola features the brainpower and breakneck speed of a modern smartphone, designed to outperform where other smartphones fall short.

"We're proud to work with Verizon Wireless and Google™ on the first smartphone to feature Android 2.0," said Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices. "DROID by Motorola delivers a rich consumer experience with warp-speed Web browsing, a mammoth screen, and Motorola's expertise in design and voice quality. Combined with Android's open, flexible graphical user interface and the power of Verizon Wireless' 3G network, DROID is a smartphone that simply doesn't compromise."

"This is an exciting announcement for Verizon Wireless, as the DROID by Motorola is the first device that we are bringing to market under our ground-breaking strategic partnership with Google," said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "DROID by Motorola gives customers a lifestyle device with access to more than 12,000 applications that will help them stay in touch, up to date and entertained, using the best 3G network in the country."

DROID by Motorola has a solid exterior, intelligent interior and is one of the thinnest full-QWERTY slider phones available. It is a no-fuss, high-tech, location-aware, voice-recognizing, over-the-air updating, multi-tasking machine – and it is available just in time for holiday wish lists.

With DROID by Motorola, you can:

· Zip through the Web: Access the Internet at 3G speeds via the nation's largest and most reliable 3G network or from any Wi-Fi hotspot. The multi-window HTML browser with a massive processor delivers the Web the way you expect.

· See it all in cinema-style: View the Web, e-mail, Google Maps™, videos and more in widescreen on a brilliant 3.7" high-resolution screen. Boasting a width of 854 pixels to reduce the need for side-to-side panning and more than 400,000 pixels total, DROID has more than twice that of the leading competitor.

· Run multiple applications at once: Customize your DROID with thousands of applications and hundreds of widgets available on Android Market™. Toggle back and forth between up to six applications at a time to juggle the universe and your apps.

· Perform Google Search™ at the speed of sound: Simply tell DROID what you're looking for using voice-activated search, and it will serve up Google search results based on your location. If you want more, simply type what you're looking for into the search bar on the home screen and DROID will also search content on your phone, such as apps and contacts, and the Web.

· Capture moments: Snap digital camera-quality photos with a 5 megapixel camera loaded with the works, such as a dual-LED flash, AutoFocus and image stabilization, or capture your friend's antics in 16 million colors with DVD-quality video capture and playback. Store it all on the included 16 GB memory card, so you always have it on hand.

· Multi-task like a master: Keep tabs on all your messages with integrated Gmail™ and Exchange e-mail pushed directly to you, but don't let them get in your way. With the handy Android notification panel, go straight to the message or simply ignore it, and get back to the task at hand. And, a smart dictionary learns as you type and automatically includes your contacts.

· Get where you need to go with Google Maps Navigation (Beta): DROID is the first device with Google Maps Navigation, providing turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps. It's powered by Google and connected to the Internet. Use voice shortcuts and simply say "Navigate to [your destination]," and you'll be on your way. See live traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps without ever needing to update your device.

Pre-loaded Applications and Enhancements to Google Mobile Services:

· Google Maps: With layers in Google Maps, view geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia, and transit lines, right on the map.

· Gmail: Multiple accounts support and undo for common operations.

· YouTube™: One-touch recording and playback from homescreen widget or app, one-touch sharing with friends, and the ability to view your own uploaded videos and high-resolution videos.

· Google Talk™: Easily switch between chats, search your chat history, and preview pictures and videos sent by links.

· Android Market: Browse and download applications created by third-party developers.

· Calendar: Ability to see who has R.S.V.P.'d to your meeting invitations.

· Amazon MP3 Store: Download the latest tracks over the air.

· Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail: Delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions.

Pricing and Availability:

· DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online on Friday, Nov. 6, for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate. 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.

 
There are 18 comments

tdawgui says:

Any idea what sort of deal will be given for those of us who have our NE2 ready for redeeming? Will it just be the $199.99 or will there be another $100 knocked off or something?

Gettin way too excited, dude!

Anonymous says:

If it's anything like in the past, you'll pay $299 for it with a new 2 year contract, less your $100 new every two, and have to mail in a rebate form for the $100... so total cost $99.

peetee says:

yep, 199USD man and you can get in on bestbuy, though the problem is- it has a 2 year contract, now that's a different story. It's where Verizon will nabs our piggy-banks.

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Anonymous says:

this sounds like a great phone i just cant get past how ugly it is. i wish there was more information about the htc dragon out.

David says:

How much will the Droid be at full retail?

tdawgui says:

I'd imagine probably your first born daughter, 20 acres of land, 9 cows and 23 sheep... but I'm unsure on the conversion rate to american dollars.

Anonymous says:

If Verizon really want's this thing to be a hit and take on the iPhone then they must let people who are not eligible for a upgrade to get this phone at the $199.99 pricing. That's what the iPhone did when it was coming out. If they don't do this, I will not buy the phone. It's not worth my first born child.

Anonymous says:

This phone looks great. I pre ordered mine today. Coming from the Storm which has been a nightmare for me.

Jack C says:

Just guessing here, but normally the NE2 is the same as a new 2 year contract. That means look to pay the $199 either way. The burner will be for us that are not at that NE2 date and will have to pay $500 to $600 for it.

AJ says:

I just went to Best Buy to try and pre-order the Motorola phone. They said that because I wasn't eligible for the upgrade, I'd likely have to pay about $600.00 for the phone... REALLY? That's pretty crappy. I switched to Verizon with high expectations for the Omnia, which I've been sorely disappointed with. I think they knew it was a dud. On the website, it's only $49.99 now. Alot less than what I paid for it when it came out. I'm not keeping this Omnia. Too many tech issues. My early termination fee is only $125. Might be worth it to pay at this point.

baycruisers says:

While I'd like to pay as little as possible, $199 is within my comfort zone (I'm coming from a Blackberry Pearl and use a Curve at work). My NE2 was due 10/1 and I was planning to get a Storm2 when I began to consider the Droid. It seems to me that the Droid is getting better reviews than the Storm2.

The Droid is a little boxy, but frankly I'm buying it for its features, not to stare at it. When I use it I'll be looking at the screen, not it's shape. The Storm2 is nice looking, but unimpressive. I'll take functionality and features over appearance any time.

baycruisers says:

While I'd like to pay as little as possible, $199 is within my comfort zone (I'm coming from a Blackberry Pearl and use a Curve at work). My NE2 was due 10/1 and I was planning to get a Storm2 when I began to consider the Droid. It seems to me that the Droid is getting better reviews than the Storm2.

The Droid is a little boxy, but frankly I'm buying it for its features, not to stare at it. When I use it I'll be looking at the screen, not it's shape. The Storm2 is nice looking, but unimpressive. I'll take functionality and features over appearance any time.

Anonymous says:

Just back from BB pre-ordered my Droid with my purchase of the $50 gift card, appears it will be simple enough to do come Nov. 6. Should be a big upgrade from my blackberry pearl.

Mike B says:

Just talked to a Verizon rep, and she said the early termination fee for a 2-yr contract with the Droid was only $175. Apparently, they don't have data on the full retail cost of the phone. She even stated that they don't have information for the monthly cost of an unlimited data plan with the phone?!

Maybe I just got a bad rep and all this information is incorrect, but the $175 early termination fee sounds great!

peetee says:

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

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Anonymous says:

nobody dont want no 2 year contract

I can't my receipt for this phone anywhere. How do I go about getting the $100 rebate from Motorola? I'm hoping it's automatic. Silly time to lose a receipt, gah!

Anonymous says:

do u have to be a custerm to get the droid?