Encompassing much of what the MID market stands for and reaching out in terms of screen size and CPU power to become a very interesting contender in the ‘non-PC’ mobile computing space is the Verizon / Motorola Droid.
$300 + a 24 month commitment brings you the â€˜phoneâ€™ and youâ€™ll get $100 back if you remember to mail-in the coupon.
Iâ€™m going to quote SlashGear here and send you over there to wait for some live hands-on as they have a meeting with Verizon set-up. If that keyboard is good then wow! If the camera is good then double-wow. If you can fit this in your pocket, youâ€™ve got yourself an incredible device.
The Verizon Droid will be the first smartphone to arrive with Android 2.0, the latest version of the open-source OS, with native Exchange support and Google Maps Navigation Beta.Â The latter is Googleâ€™s new turn-by-turn directions app, which offers free verbal directions controlled by voice shortcuts.
Thereâ€™s also Bluetooth, WiFi and USB 2.0 connectivity, and Verizon are bundling a 16GB microSD card.Â The usual bevy of Google apps â€“ including Google Talk, YouTube, Gmail and the Android Market â€“ are also preloaded, and thereâ€™s a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash.Â Weâ€™re catching up with Verizon later on today to grab some hands-on time with the Droid, so keep reading SlashGear for that!
Donâ€™t miss that important news that Google is launching a turn-by-turn navigation applications. This is every PND manufacturers / map providers nightmare coming true.
Hoping this crops up in a GSM/UMTS version very soon. Looks like the U.S. beat Europe to it on this one!