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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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style
By aapocketz on 10/28/2009 1:32:22 PM , Rating: 1
generally I am not one to criticize the way something is styled, but what is with the gold trim? The 80's called and betamax wants its design back -
http://www.sympathypain.com/wp-content/uploads/200...

And why put the d-pad on the right side? Its on the left with the motorola CLIQ (another motorola android phone), which makes more sense to me because its like a d-pad on a game controller. I wish they would just stay consistent at least.




RE: style
By aapocketz on 10/28/2009 1:36:03 PM , Rating: 2
seriously, the betamax photo I posted above reminds me of it, but I had a old VCR or some Receiver in the 80's that had a square piece of circular polished gold trim. it looked the same as the dpad on the droid, though I don't recall it did anything, it may have been just for looks. It was a while ago.


RE: style
By acase on 10/28/2009 1:47:17 PM , Rating: 2
While I don't think the looks are that bad...I would agree on the d-pad. Mostly because there is already a decent size gap you have to reach over for the right thumb, and next to nothing on the left. If you moved it the keyboard would be almost centered. I believe one of the biggest complaints on the G1 was having to stretch so far with one thumb, IIRC.


RE: style
By aapocketz on 10/28/2009 3:05:34 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, the style isn't that bad really, but something about that d-pad. The gold looks odd to me. It is kinda spaced out from everything else, like you said.

Whats with the blank buttons next to the 2 alt buttons? Do they do anything? I cant say I love the keyboard buttons but if it keeps the phone thin I can accept it.


RE: style
By mcnabney on 10/28/2009 10:29:14 PM , Rating: 2
It might make more sense if you think of the Dpad as the equivalent to the arrow keys on a standard keyboard.


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