Phones, United States

Verizon Droid is Official, costs $199 with contract

Verizon’s answer to the iPhone — the Droid — will go on sale Nov. 6. The after-rebate cost is $199 with a two-year contract.

Verizon finally revealed the details on Wednesday after intensely advertising the device, with “DroidDoes” campaign . Verizon has been pointing out the features Apple’s phone lacks, such as a physical keyboard and the ability to run several applications at once.

Droid represents a massive bet for Motorola, which after losing ground to rivals for more than two years has reorganized its entire mobile business around the development of phones based on Android.

The Droid is also the first phone to come with Google Maps Navigation Beta, which offers free, spoken turn-by-turn driving directions based on the Google Maps engine.

As an Android 2.0 phone, the Droid automatically syncs with Microsoft Exchange and has an improved Web browser compared to other Android phones. The browser supports HTML5 and double-tapping to zoom.


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