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Motorola Droid  (Source: Motorola)

Google Maps Navigation  (Source: Gizmodo)
Motorola unveils DROID smartphone and Google Maps Navigation ships with the handset

The smartphone market is hot right now with smartphones growing rapidly while other segments of the mobile phone market shrink. Among the hottest smartphones are those running the Google open source OS Android.

Android is quickly becoming the OS of choice for many mobile phone makers and after much mudslinging at the iPhone in a series of ad campaigns, Motorola and Verizon have gone official with the DROID. The handset is set to hit on November 6 on Verizon for $199 with a new contract after a $100 mail-in rebate.

DROID will run Android 2.0, which has been widely anticipated for a while. Other features of the handset include Visual Voicemail, a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 resolution display, 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, and a 16GB memory card bundled in the box. The handset will also ship with a beta version of Google Maps Navigation. The DROID has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, voice-activated search, and Amazon MP3 download capability over-the-air.

Google Maps Navigation turns GPS smartphones into full turn-by-turn navigation systems. Gizmodo offers more details on the free Google Maps Navigation app that Google is offering on the DROID. The app has street and satellite view and voice controls for search. The app will work with Android 2.0 only for now.

Addresses can be entered by typing or by voice commands. The app can also reportedly work with soft commands like "that museum that has the king tut exhibit" reports Gizmodo. The Maps are cached along the way so if you lose connectivity you can keep navigating. Street View images are also featured to give you a look at the actual street on which you are driving.

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iPhone Killer?
By ImSpartacus on 10/28/2009 12:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
Boy, I was a touch critical of Droid when it was first announced, but this puppy is shaping up to be a serious competitor to the iPhone and all smartphones in general.

And now we get free navigation? I think I know which phone I'm getting after my contract expires...

RE: iPhone Killer?
By Mitch101 on 10/28/2009 12:32:17 PM , Rating: 2
Caught the Verizon commercial the other day and it pokes fun at the iPhone just enough to make its point. Doesn't go overboard except when Verizon mocks AT&T's 3G coverage. You can tell Verizon might be holding back somewhat in case they get an iPhone deal with Apple.

RE: iPhone Killer?
By The0ne on 10/28/2009 12:57:00 PM , Rating: 2
no doubt. Verizon definitely wants iphone to increase or rather bring back it's customer base :)

RE: iPhone Killer?
By Omega215D on 10/29/2009 9:05:27 AM , Rating: 2
Cnet just posted a review of this phone and it did really well. Not an iPhone killer but really close. They also confirm that it is 100% open and not locked down (Verizon hadn't really locked down phones in a while anyway).

I did agree with parts of their review about the flat keyboard as I see it would be easier to type on with slightly raised keys (enV Touch) and that it would do well to support GSM as well for overseas use.

RE: iPhone Killer?
By Motoman on 10/29/2009 3:57:01 PM , Rating: 1
It has a keyboard...therefore iPhone killer.

All the other stuff is icing on the cake.

RE: iPhone Killer?
By Hare on 10/28/2009 3:27:35 PM , Rating: 2
I think I know which phone I'm getting after my contract expires...

The Nokia N900? ;)

RE: iPhone Killer?
By quiksilvr on 10/28/2009 11:58:30 PM , Rating: 2
Or the Samsung Moment? That has free navigation as well.

RE: iPhone Killer?
By Bateluer on 10/28/2009 4:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
So long as Verizon doesn't lock the phone down to prevent all the useful apps and things, then I'll get it too.

RE: iPhone Killer?
By ImSpartacus on 10/29/2009 7:57:02 AM , Rating: 2
They still claim its "wide open," but I agree with you. Until I see it, I'm not 100% sold. Let's hope big red doesn't trip and fall trying to run back to home plate.

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