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Video - what iPhone cannot and Droid can do

The Droid has finally landed and Verizon expecting to checkmate iPhone's success saga with it. After a series of iPhone-bashing advertisements, Verizon Wireless officially unveiled its first phone based on Google's Android platform, the Motorola Droid. Incidentally this is the first phone based on Android 2.0. Here are the specs/details from the press release:

High-Speed Mobile Browsing

* See the Web at break-neck speed on the largest high-resolution display with a Flash 10 ready HTML browser.
* Look up favorite sites, video and music fast with a high-speed, cortex A8 processor and lightning-fast connection.
* View it all on the 3.7" display with more than 400,000 total pixels, which is twice that of the leading competitor.
* Work faster on the Web with double tap to zoom in and out.

Google Searches Beyond the Web

* Type your search to deliver results such as contacts and music offering a complete search experience on a mobile device.
* Use voice-activated search to serve up both your contacts and Google search results, based on your location.
* Find your way with free spoken turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps Navigation (Beta), with Street View and Latitude. View geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia entries and transit lines, right on the map.

Customize Your DROID

* Access thousands of applications and hundreds of widgets from Android Market.
* Customize your home screen with preloads like Facebook and Google Maps or download applications for music, news, sports and games.
* Toggle back and forth between up to six applications at a time.

Multitask Messaging

* Integrate work (Exchange) and personal (Gmail) e-mails into one inbox with emails pushed directly to you. Plus, undo common operations in Gmail for fast corrections.
* Find your contacts using a universal list that pulls in work, personal and Facebook contacts
* Slide out the full QWERTY keyboard to comfortably text, IM and e-mail
* Have your work calendar right at your fingertips at all times

Additional Bells and Whistles

* DVD quality video recorder features quick and easy playback plus optimized YouTube uploading for sharing with friends.
* 5 megapixel camera loaded with the works like dual-LED flash, AutoFocus, and image stabilization
* Features 16GB of storage space (or upgrade to 32).
* Stereo Bluetooth® gives you the option of wireless connectivity. Or if you prefer traditional, headphones utilize the 3.5mm headset jack.
* Easily copy text and URLs to simply paste them into an e-mail, text or status update or copy images off the Web directly to your gallery.

Optional Accessories

* Use the multimedia station to transform DROID into an alarm clock, movie player or digital picture frame.
* Place DROID in the car mount to instantly launch a full-blown GPS navigation device.

Pre-loaded Applications and Enhancements to Google Mobile Services:

* Google Maps: With layers in Google Maps, view geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia, and transit lines, right on the map.
* Gmail: Multiple accounts support and undo for common operations.
* YouTubeTM: One-touch recording and playback from homescreen widget or app, one-touch sharing with friends, and the ability to view your own uploaded videos and high-resolution videos.
* Google TalkTM: Easily switch between chats, search your chat history, and preview pictures and videos sent by links.
* Android Market: Browse and download applications created by third-party developers.
* Calendar: Ability to see who has R.S.V.P.'d to your meeting invitations.
* Amazon MP3 Store: Download the latest tracks over the air.
* Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail: Delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions.

Pricing and Availability:

* DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online on Friday, Nov. 6, for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
* Experience the all-new DROID by Motorola at www.droiddoes.com.
* To get the most from DROID by Motorola smartphone, customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide voice plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide voice plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access for 450 minutes and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan is $29.99 for monthly access.
* For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

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More Stories By Hari Gottipati

Hari K Gottipati is a software professional, consultant, speaker and freelance writer who specializes in Java, mobile computing, cloud computing, virtualization and Ajax. Proven Java enterprise lead, competitive analyst, technical architect and loves coding. Expert in analyzing market landscape for startup ideas and molding them into successful products with the technical/competitive advantage. Regularly writes for Syscon media, O'Reilly publications and his quotes can be often found in various technology news/magazines. Well known blogger and his blogs can be found at sys-con.com, onjava.com and xml.com. Speaks at various events on latest technologies including Mobile, Cloud computing, Ajax, Web 2.0, Web OS and of course Java. Hari serves on technical advisory board for various small to medium size companies where he provides technical vision for the future. Worked for many wireless startups, as well as big companies including Yahoo, Travelocity, and Motorola. Passionate about technologies and spends most of his time exploring bleeding edge software technologies.

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