Motorola’s highly publicised Droid handset goes on sale in the US tomorrow, exclusively through Verizon Wireless.
The Droid will retail at $199.99 on a two-year contract after a $100 cashback.
The handset features high-speed web browsing, voice-activated search, a customisable large touchscreen, QWERTY slider, five megapixel camera, as well as access to Android applications. It has been accompanied by a large marketing campaign with the tagline “Droid does”, comparing it to the iPhone.
Verizon Wireless chief marketing officer John Stratton said: “This is an exciting announcement for Verizon Wireless, as the Droid by Motorola is the first device that we are bringing to market under our strategic partnership with Google.
“Droid by Motorola gives customers a lifestyle device with access to more than 12,000 applications that will help them stay in touch, up to date and entertained, using the best 3G network in the country.”
Verizon Wireless spokesperson Pam Tope added: “There has been great anticipation for the Droid in the tech community because of its many technological advances, which general consumers will enjoy as well.
“The Droid launch is big news with techies and it also should be the first big hot product of the upcoming holiday season.”
Motorola co-chief executive officer Sanjay Jha said: “We’re proud to work with Verizon Wireless and Google on the first smartphone to feature Android 2.0. Droid by Motorola delivers a rich consumer experience with warp-speed web browsing, a mammoth screen, and Motorola’s expertise in design and voice quality. Combined with Android’s open, flexible graphical user interface and the power of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, Droid is a smartphone that doesn’t compromise.”