written by: Balachandar Radhakrishnan•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/18/2011
With the Motorola Droid, Droid 2, Droid Pro and the Droid X, there is a bit of confusion regarding which to buy. In this article I will give you the details of all the major Motorola Droid phone models.
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Motorola launched the original Motorola Droid more than a year back. Its finances were in very bad shape and its smartphone division was going nowhere. It was then that the Motorola CEO, Sanjay Jha, decided to go with Android, firing on all cylinders.
He decided to shut down development on all other platforms and concentrated all his efforts on Android. With the Droid, Motorola and Verizon bet very big on Android, and all three profited greatly. The Motorola Droid was a huge hit, one of Android's first.
Soon after, Motorola followed up with the Motorola Droid 2, Droid Pro and the Droid X. All of them have been quite successful. The Droid 2 is a sliding QWERTY smartphone with nice hardware specifications. The Droid Pro is aimed at BlackBerry users while the Droid X offers a huge display and an 8 MP camera.
In this article, I will give you an overview of all the Motorola Droid phone models.
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As I mentioned before, the Motorola Droid was one of the first Android phones to achieve mass market success. It had some of the best hardware of its time and came with Android 2.1 Eclair when it was just launched. It can be upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo though, and you can also install Android 2.3 on the Motorola Droid now.
It has a horizontal QWERTY slider form factor and comes with a 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display. It has a 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and comes with a PowerVR SGX530 graphics accelerator. It also has 256 MB RAM and comes with 133 MB internal storage. It also supports up to 32 GB microSD cards. On the multimedia side, 5 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash. It has almost every connectivity option, including 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
However, if you were to buy a new Android phone now, I wouldn't recommend the Motorola Droid. It is now outdated and there are much better phones available, like the HTC Desire Z and the Motorola Droid 2 (if you want a QWERTY phone).
The Motorola Droid 2 is yet another "Droid" phone by Motorola. It is quite similar to the Motorola Droid but offers much better hardware and comes with Android 2.2 Froyo. It might also get the official Android 2.3 upgrade.
It has the same 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen as the Motorola Droid, and comes with a similar sliding QWERTY keyboard. However, it has a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM and comes with 8 GB of internal storage. It also supports 32 GB microSD cards.
It has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and lacks flash. Like all other Android phones, it offers you all the connectivity options you might need in a smartphone as well as GPS.
It is a nice Android option. I would definitely recommend buying it if you want a QWERTY slider.
Of all the Motorola Droid phone models, the Motorola Droid Pro is the one that was launched last. It was just released in November and offers a superb mix of great hardware. It has a great 5 MP camera with autofocus and a dual LED flash and comes with Android 2.2 Froyo.
It is powered by a 1 GHz TI OMAP processor and comes with 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. It also supports up to 32 GB microSD cards. It also offers every connectivity option that you might need - 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. It also comes with a GPS transceiver with A-GPS support and FM radio.
The best thing about the Motorola Droid Pro is its design and form factor. It sports a BlackBerry-esque form factor with a small 3.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display and a QWERTY keyboard below it. It is exactly what you would expect if you slapped the Android OS on to a BlackBerry.
I would definitely recommend buying the Motorola Droid Pro. If you are switching from a BlackBerry, this might be the perfect option for you.
It comes with a mammoth 4.3 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display and a very powerful 1 GHz TI OMAP processor. It also has 512 MB RAM and 6.5 GB internal storage with support for up to 32 GB microSD cards.
It was launched with Android 2.1 Eclair but has received an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo. It has one of the best smartphone cameras - it comes with an 8 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash which captures excellent still images and can record 720p HD video at 24 FPS.
It has everything - 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS. It also has a stereo FM radio and is powered by a 1540 mAh Li-ion battery which offers superb battery life.
It is one of the best Android options available. I would definitely recommend it. However, if you won't be using the camera much, I would suggest that you go with the Google Nexus S. Check out this Nexus S vs Droid X comparison for more information.