Verizon (s vz) has officially joined the Android (s goog) party with the announcement of the Droid by Motorola (s mot). The Droid has a 3.7-inch touchscreen, delivering an unusual 854×480 resolution. The phone is jam-packed with all of the usual components that a high-end phone must have these days:
- EVDO Rev. A
- GPS- Assisted and standalone
- Removable memory- 16 GB
- System memory- 512 MB
- Removable battery
- 5 MP Camera- DVD quality video recording supported
- Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- Onscreen virtual keyboard
- Android 2.0
The Droid will have the standard 3-screen home screen that Android provides but will be augmented by widgets from Verizon for user customization. It will support Exchange email out of the box, in addition to POP3 and IMAP. All of the expected Google apps are present and accounted for: Maps, Latitude, Talk, Voice Search, Gmail and Calendar. Verizon is also shipping the Droid with these apps: Corporate Calendar, Amazon MP3, Gallery, Music, Visual Voice Mail, Android Market and YouTube.
Droid is the first phone to feature the new Google Maps Navigation, offering free turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps. The phone will be available Nov. 6 for $199 with a 2-year contract. This price is after a mail-in rebate of $100.