Attention Star Wars fans: Verizon Wireless will begin selling its Motorola Droid R2-D2 smartphone Sept. 30 for $249.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. It's the Droid 2, only geekier.
Verizon Wireless will begin selling its Motorola Droid R2-D2 smartphone
Sept. 30 for $249.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Available online and in some Verizon Wireless stores this Thursday, the Droid
is a Star Wars-themed version of the Motorola Droid 2 handset Verizon
for $199.99 almost 50 days ago.
That means it's heavy on the geek factor and in limited edition.
The device, which customers can see on a special Droid R2-D2 Web page
complete with a nifty introduction, will come in a custom box resembling carbonite
, the fictional ionic compound bounty hunter Boba Fett
used to encase Han Solo for transport.
The handset will also feature a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo
The Star Wars experience doesn't end there, as users who power on the device
will see such preloaded content as R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones.
There are also four live wallpapers, an R2-D2 Clock Widget, a "The Best
of R2-D2" video with the original Star Wars Cantina music and an exclusive
Beyond these cosmetics, audio and video features, the Droid R2-D2 is
straight Droid 2, sporting
the Android 2.2 operating system, a virtual keyboard
and improved slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Droid R2-D2 will also feature a 3.7-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and a
1GHz OMAP processor.
Other perks include the gesture-typing application Swype and 3G Mobile
HotSpot capabilities, allowing users to connect up to five computers and other
WiFi-enabled devices in the home.
Soon, Verizon Wireless customers with Android devices running Android 2.1 or
higher will be able to download the Empire Strikes Back app from Android
For $2.99, Jedi Masters (otherwise known as Android 2.1+ phone owners) can
download Star Wars content related to Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes
The Star Wars mobile app will offer Bounty Hunt Visual ID, Sound and Photo
Gallery, Live Wallpapers, and features such as Blast the Probe Droid, Luke
Balancing Yoda, Navigating the Asteroid Field, Watch Bespin's Cloud
City and an Empire Strikes Back
Droid R2-D2 is available while supplies last. Neither Motorola nor Verizon
responded to eWEEK's question about how many versions of the handset they have