Droid Launches Nov. 6 Priced To Match iPhone

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‘Droid,’ Motorola’s Android 2.0 handset will launch Friday, Nov. 6, the handset maker announced Wednesday. Verizon Wireless will offer the smartphone priced at $200 (after $100 rebate), matching the iPhone 3G.

Verizon will charge $70 per month for a voice and data plan when purchased along with the Droid. A $100 mail-in rebate will reportedly also be available. Droid users will use Verizon’s EVDO Rev. A 3G, along with GPS and Wi-Fi.

As far as features, the new smartphone will include Google’s Android 2.0 and be the largest rollout of an Android-based phone. The Droid will include a Web browser, a beta version of Google Map Navigation with voice commands and Gmail. Droid owners can also access the Amazon MP3 store, chat using Google Talk and access voice mail using Verizon Wireless’ Visual Voice Mail.

Physically, the Droid sports a 3.7-inch 854×480 capacitive touch screen, slide-out keyboard, a 5 MegaPixel camera and a 16GB microSDHC card.

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