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Motorola Droid Pro features a QWERTY keyboard

We first brought you news about Motorola's new QWERTY keyboard-equipped Droid Pro back in early October. Today, Motorola has announced that the Droid Pro will be available for pre-order on Verizon for $179.99 (after $100 mail-in rebate) with a qualifying two-year contract starting tomorrow.

Motorola is aiming the Droid Pro at business users; most likely those that have an affinity for RIM's popular Blackberry smartphones. The Android 2.2-based smartphone supports "corporate level security" for its push email, AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, remote wipe, complex password support, unified calendar, and comes with Quickoffice Mobile Suite preinstalled.

“The DROID PRO is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID,” said Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility.

“DROID PRO combines the feature-packed, high-level user experience that customers look for in an Android smartphone plus the security that enterprises require, all with the reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network,” added Mike Lanman, president of Enterprise and Government Markets for Verizon Wireless.

The Droid Pro features a 3.1" display, 5mp camera with dual LED flash, Wi-Fi/DNLA, and 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities.

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RE: More Androids
By Lord 666 on 11/8/2010 11:13:09 AM , Rating: 0
I see a lot of planned obsolence with Droid. Not to mention that 2.2 has 88 confirmed security holes, staying away from this platform for now

RE: More Androids
By kaosstar on 11/8/2010 11:33:25 AM , Rating: 2
Planned obsolescence and lots of security holes...just like every other platform?

RE: More Androids
By grant2 on 11/8/2010 1:30:35 PM , Rating: 2
These issues are not "confirmed", they are purported to exist by 1 private firm.

"planned" obsolence... what do you mean by that? Droid is a fast-evolving OS so of course old phones have become obsolete rather fast (even by cell phone standards) but why do you call it "planned"?

Anyways stay away from droid if you want, nothing wrong with that, apple & blackberry are both popular alternatives.

RE: More Androids
By mikeyD95125 on 11/9/2010 3:13:33 AM , Rating: 2
Planned obsolescence is a business practice that allows companies to release incrementally better hardware that will be usurped in a very short amount of time. Instead of taking the time to release a product that will last a long time they can make far more money slowly adding features by phasing in several product models. Many companies(Intel comes to mind) even tell the public want they are going to release several years in advance knowing it will become obsolete in 6 months. While the semi conductor industry is extremely fast moving, it is not all due to technological progress. I'd bet if it wanted to, Intel could have released next year's processors today, but they are going to make a lot more money selling 4 different revisions in between now and then.

RE: More Androids
By Alexstarfire on 11/8/2010 1:57:51 PM , Rating: 2
Even if the security holes do exist they wouldn't mean much without knowing the vulnerabilities of the other OSes out there. While having no security holes would be perfect, it's very unrealistic.

RE: More Androids
By The Insolent One on 11/8/2010 3:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
I see a lot of planned obsolence with Droid.

Sidestepping the obvious troll bait yields a concept taught in Business 101. Introduce a product and sell it as many times as possible. Improve upon said product and sell the new version as many times as possible. Rinse/repeat.

Where do I pickup my Nobel prize for economics?

RE: More Androids
By Souka on 11/8/2010 5:21:47 PM , Rating: 2
So what does this Droid "Pro" offer, that's unique, over existing Droid2?

Aside from the physical keyboard, you can then include Verizon phones like the Incredible and DroidX to the comparision.

I really don't see any SPECIAL featues that makes this any different than a 2.2 Droid with a keyboard.

I know some/many of you will critise me...fine...just be polite.

My $.02

RE: More Androids
By InvertMe on 11/8/2010 7:46:21 PM , Rating: 3
One huge feature is that it's a world traveler phone. Very handy if you make lots of trips. I could have used it five years ago but I don't do so much traveling any more.

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