Motorola and Verizon trundle out Droid smartphone

Motorola has rolled out its long-awaited Droid smartphone. The device – which is powered by Android 2.0 – offers high-speed web browsing, voice-activated search, a customizable large screen and access to Verizon’s 3G network.

The Droid features a full-QWERTY keyboard, 3.7″ high-resolution screen and multi-window (Flash 10) HTML browser. The smartphone is also capable of running multiple applications simultaneously (up to 6) and is the first device to support Google Maps Navigation with turn-by-turn voice guidance.

In addition, the Droid boasts a 5 megapixel integrated camera with dual-LED flash, AutoFocus and image stabilization.

Additional specs include:

  • 16GB of storage space (or upgrade to 32).
  • High quality video recorder with YouTube optimization.
  • Stereo Bluetooth and 3.5mm headset jack.
  • Text and URL copy/ paste capabilities.
  • Talk and Standby Time – TT: 385 mins/6.4 hours, SB: 270 hours/11.25 days. Weight: 169 g/6 oz.
  • Email Support – Gmail, Exchange, IMAP, POP, Macmail, GmailTM, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL.
  • Display – 3.7″, 480×854 WVGA with 400,000 pixels.
  • Messaging – SMS/MMS, Full HTML5 Browser
  • Audio – AMR-NB/WB, MP3, WAV, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA
  • Video – Advanced Video record/playback at D1 resolution (720×480) with up to 24fps capture and 30fps playback, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264.

The Motorola Droid will be available at Verizon Wireless stores on November 6 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.