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Droid by Motorola and Verizon Wireless

A gallery of several angles of the new Droid handset by Motorola powered by Google Android 2.0 (a.k.a. Eclair) running on Verizon Wireless. The last several photos show the Droid side-by-side with the iPhone for comparison.
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By Jason D. O'Grady on
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Front 3/4 view of the Droid. It's a boxy, industrial design, to be sure. The micro USB port is visible on the left hand side.

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Front and center. The reason for the little "chin" at the front is debatable (carrier silkscreen praps?) but it houses the microphone so I guess that's something.

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Right 3/4 view of the Droid. At right is the volume rocker switch with the camera shutter release button in gold on the left.

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The Droid requires a positive slide up to reveal the keyboard. It's not spring loaded or assisted (like the Sidekick) in any way so it's a bit of a drag. The gold rectangle on the right is the directional pad, and the keyboard? Pretty mediocre.

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The rear displays one of the Droids best hardware features: it's 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, auto-focus, etc. Oh and how about the Verizon and Google silkscreens?

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Here's Droid with the battery door removed. What's that? A battery door? You betcha iPhone. Underneath that door is a 3.7V removable Lithium Polymer battery.

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In addition to a removable battery, Droid also comes with a 16GB microSD card - two major omissions on the iPhone. The microSD slot it poorly located though, requiring the removal of the battery to access it.

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My very much used iPhone 3GS next to the brand new Droid. The Droid is slightly larger than the iPhone and weighs more (6 oz. compared to the iPhone's 4.8 oz.)

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The iPhone 3GS stacked on top of the Droid. Right profile.

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The iPhone 3GS stacked on top of the Droid. Top view.

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The iPhone 3GS stacked on top of the Droid. Left profile.

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The iPhone 3GS stacked on top of the Droid. Bottom view.

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The rears of the iPhone 3GS and the Droid.

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