It’s Official – Droid Arrives November 6th, Costs $199

droid_official_01Verizon Wireless officially announced today that the Motorola Droid will be launching on November 6th with a $200 price tag.  We have to admit, the cost does come as a surprise considering the specs.  It’s considerably beefier than anything else we’ve seen so far from T-Mobile or Sprint but in the same ballpark in terms of cost. 

Among the other items confirmed via Motorola and Verizon:

  • Android 2.0 (Eclair)
    • Support for HTML5
    • Exchange support
    • Multiple GMail accounts
    • Improved keyboard
    • More
  • 3.7-inch WVGA touch display (480 x 854 pixels)
  • Slide out full QWERTY keyboard
  • 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, autofocus, image stabilization
  • DVD-quality (720 x 480 pixels) video capture at 24 FPS
  • 16GB microSD card
  • EVDO Rev. A, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and WiFi

Also included in Android 2.0 is the new Google Maps Navigation application.  Keeping with Google policy, the app is beta and offers voice guided 3D navigation. Verizon also admitted that all of their Android-based devices going forward will fall under the “Droid” moniker.

Pick your Droid up for $200 next week at Verizon Wireless locations around the country!

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  1. David
    October 28, 14:53 Reply

    And now, the only question for me is whether it's worth an extra $50 to drop T-Mo now, or wait until February.

    I don't think I'll be waiting.

  2. Josh
    October 28, 15:55 Reply

    What is the standard procedure if you want to upgrade but still have a lot of time on your current verizon contract? Pay out of the nose for it?

    • Ian
      November 03, 04:40 Reply

      I asked about that today. A 2 yr contract starts at $175 cancellation fee and drops $5/mo after that…looking at it now, the math doesn't add up, but that's what I was told by a store manager.

  3. hazydave
    October 28, 17:58 Reply

    I let my Verizon contract expire nearly a year ago, in anticipation of someone releasing a decent smart phone (eg, not an iPhone or a Blackberry, probably Android-based) on a decent network (eg, not T-Mobile or Sprint). Looks like I'll be packin' a Droid come next Friday!

  4. David
    October 28, 21:02 Reply

    The following is from Verizon's website:

    "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."

    I saw it written elsewhere, though, that this plan doesn't include *any* text messages. Does anyone have any other info on pricing?

    • tim tim
      November 01, 22:04 Reply

      you can get the selcect plan and get text with itit is a bit more bit more but yeah

  5. pinoytutorial
    October 28, 23:36 Reply

    November 6, 2009. Mark that day "Droid Will Kill iPhone lovers" 😀

    Aside from BGR, engadget had finally "touched" the droid in the flesh. See their "mini" preview clip plus a boring yet informative "trailer" of droid's marketing consultant to let newbies know what they will be having.

    video clips + more:

    Somebody call 911 for the new droid! 😀

  6. TareX
    October 29, 03:52 Reply

    Killer phone, killer OS, killer NAVIGATION. Wow….

    Now that Google put two companies out of business, I think it's fair to assume that Android 2.5 will finally get "Live" mode, otherwise known as "Enkin"? Those guys have been buried….

    But I mean with the navigation and fluid browsing, this phone will be used a lot…. I still think it's a shame battery life won't live up to this phone's potential… In addition to that, the keyboard looks ugly, and the back of the phone looks uglier…

    So basically, since I'm in no rush, I think I should wait for HTC's qwerty phone response… if it doesn't have Tegra 2, at least it will be a Snapdragon….

    But all in all, I've backed down of my Windows Mobile switch intentions…. Android it will be… Eclair is REALLY good….

  7. @kylepozan
    October 30, 21:28 Reply

    Watch the videos of this phone. It lags switching between homepages. I think it'll be a disappointment, especially with an HTC branded Snapdragon phone packing Sense UI around the corner.

    Watch this video and see for yourself:

    • GBH
      November 01, 18:37 Reply

      Didn't look laggy at all to me… Actually look pretty impressive.

  8. Tea Vui Huang
    November 01, 17:28 Reply

    Motorola DROID emulator skin now available for Android 2.0 SDK!

    The emulator skin faithfully brings the DROID to the Android 2.0 SDK in the original WVGA854 resolution (480×854 high density, normal screen). The emulator skin package, screenshots and installation instructions are available at

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