Verizon’s (Stock Quote: VZ) latest Android-powered smartphone, the Droid 2 by Motorola, will be available for sale in stores today.
"With the new Droid 2, we've taken a big leap forward from the original Droid," Bill Ogle, Chief Marketing Officer for Motorola, said in a prepared statement yesterday. "We listened to consumers and are providing an even more robust experience."
The phone will retail for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending before Dec. 31 can upgrade to the Droid 2 without penalty.
Incidentally, this is the same pricing plan Verizon used when it released its last Android-powered smartphone, the Droid X, in July. But don’t worry Android lovers, the phones are totally different—well, sort of.
The Droid 2 features the Android 2.2 operating system, which supports Adobe’s latest Flash Player 10.1. The Droid X, on the hand, utilizes Android 2.1, though an upgrade to the newest version is expected to be released this September. Droid 2 sports a 5 megapixel camera, while the Droid X has an 8 megapixel camera.
Also, the phones look completely different. Droid X is a smartphone monster, featuring a 4.3-inch screen, blocky lines and no keyboard. Built to resemble its parent, Droid 2 features a 3.7-inch screen, curvy edges and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard redesigned with larger, raised keys and no directional pad. It is also boasts a silver lining.