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  (Source: Boy Genius Report)
Droid called the best Android phone ever

One of the most popular smartphones on the market today is the iPhone from Apple. As such a popular device, the iPhone is naturally the target for many manufacturers when new devices that hit the market. While overseas the iPhone is going to more than one provider within a country, the iPhone is still stuck with AT&T in America.

Verizon wireless recently unveiled a new teaser campaign for its Droid handset which will be running Android 2.0 operating system and targets the iPhone directly.

Boy Genus Report (BGR) now has a hands-on with the Motorola Droid and posted up a few early details of the device. The handset runs Android 2.0 and is described as only slightly thicker than the iPhone 3GS. The Droid is the thinnest QWERTY slider that the publication has seen. The handset runs the TI OMAP3430 processor making it the fastest Android device BGR has ever used.

The capacitive display gets lots of kudos and is called the best screen ever seen on an Android device and a fantastic screen overall. The keyboard is described as very usable and the device has a desktop cradle/charger that turns it into a multimedia station. Perhaps the biggest thing that BGR reports about the Droid is that it is the most impressive handset it has used since the iPhone. Perhaps we finally have a viable threat to the iPhone coming to the market deserving the title “iPhone killer”.

BGR also goes into great detail about Android 2.0. The caveat is that both the Droid and the version of Android 2.0 are not final. Highlights include built-in Exchange compatibility, layers included in maps, UI makeover for the browser, YouTube widget, integrated haptics feedback capability, and a new app for use in your car allowing voice commands presumably while driving. A whole slew of new features have been added that should make Android 2.0 much better than previous versions.

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No Multitasking?
By Trisagion on 10/19/2009 11:18:55 AM , Rating: -1
Does Android 2.0 have multitasking? It's really silly they don't support this since the underlying Linux kernel is more than capable of it. IMO webOS still looks to be the best touch screen smart phone OS from a non Apple company.

RE: No Multitasking?
By cigar3tte on 10/19/2009 11:36:29 AM , Rating: 2
Android does support multitasking.

RE: No Multitasking?
By killerroach on 10/19/2009 11:40:30 AM , Rating: 5
What on earth are you talking about? Android multitasks. Even current Android devices have the ability to multitask... in some situations I've occasionally had a small handful of apps running simultaneously on my G1.

RE: No Multitasking?
By Bateluer on 10/19/2009 11:51:36 AM , Rating: 2
Multitasking is one of Androids highest profile features.

RE: No Multitasking?
By Jedi2155 on 10/19/2009 3:54:33 PM , Rating: 1
Multitasking has been on Android since its initial market release. All variants of Android I've used has supported it even if that hardware isn't up to the task all the time :P.

RE: No Multitasking?
By Jedi2155 on 10/31/2009 10:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
Not to say I don't love its features (I've purchased 3 G1's myself..), but the CPU/RAM size is not large enough in the first gen hardware to give the OS the leg room it needs to really make a great impression.

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