Motorola Droid Pro Video Hands-on: This Android Phone Means Business

Can BlackBerry addicts finally jump to Android without any switcher’s remorse? From the looks of the Droid Pro, coming to Verizon Wireless, Motorola makes a pretty strong case. During our brief hands-on time with this world phone, we really liked the feel of the terraced keys, and Motorola promises that the error correction is top notch. The 3.1-inch display is on the small side, but we think plenty of users will be willing to put up with less real estate in exchange for a keyboard you don’t have to slide out to access. Too bad the resolution of the screen is just 480 x 320 pixels, which is less than the BlackBerry Torch (480 x 360).

Check out more details, a full gallery, and video below and let us know if you’d trade your current smart phone for this Android-powered business workhorse.

Business-friendly features of this 1-GHz smart phone include easy access to your corporate directory (for checking availability, proposing new meeting times, etc). You also get QuickOffice Mobile for editing documents on the fly. As with the Droid 2 and Droid X, you can use this handset as a mobile hotspot for up to 5 devices. IT managers will breathe easy knowing that the Droid Pro has corporate-level security. That means the ability to wipe the phone and SD card if it’s lost or stolen, remote password management, and data encryption on the device (coming early next year).

As you might expect, this Android device runs the 2.2 OS, so you get full Flash Player 10.1 support. The Droid Pro doesn’t include an HDMI port like the Droid X, but you can stream content via DLNA.

We wish the Droid Pro had a bigger and high-res screen, but its other features could be enough to lure away BlackBerry Curve, Tour, and Bold owners.

DROID PRO by Motorola

Talk and Standby Time1

CDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 430 mins / 320 hrs

WCDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 420 mins / 320 hrs

GSM TT/SB Time (up to): 470 mins / 300 hrs

WLAN TT/SB Time (up to): 580 mins / 135 hrs

Bands/Modes

CDMA 800/1900 EVDO-Rev.A, Dual-band Rx Diversity, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900/2100, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps (Category 9), EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12

Weight

134 grams

Dimensions

60(x) 119(y) 11.70(z)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth Class 1, Version 2.1+EDR

OS

Android 2.2

Battery

1420 mAH Standard & 1860 mAH Extended

Connectivity

3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync,  DLNA,  GOTA,  NGP,  PC Sync

Display

3.1” 320×480 HVGA

Messaging/Web/Apps

EMS,  MMS,  SMS, Email (EAS,  Google Mail,  POP3/IMAP embedded,  Push Email,  Yahoo Mail) IM (Java, Embedded), WebKit browser w/ Flash

Audio

AAC,  AAC+,  AMR NB,  AMR WB,  MIDI,  MP3,  WMA v10,  WMA v9

Video

Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263,  H.264,  MPEG4, D1(480p)

Camera

5 MP, Auto Focus, Digital zoom, Dual-LED flash

Memory

8GB internal memory, 8GB pre loaded – expandable to 32MB with SD

512MB RAM x 2GB ROM, 1.5GB user available memory

Form Factor

Touch QWERTY bar

Antenna

Internal, dual diversity antennae

Location Services

aGPS (assisted), Standalone GPS, Google Maps™, Google Maps™ Navigation, Google Maps™ with Google Latitude, Street View, and eCompass


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