Motorola Droid Pro Android Phone Falls Short of BlackBerry
Have smaller fingers? The Android 2.2-based Motorola Droid Pro for business users on Verizon Wireless may be the smartphone for you. To all others, get a BlackBerry.Motorola's Droid Pro, which Verizon Wireless is selling now for $179.99 after a $100 rebate with a two-year deal, presents a case study in smartphones that look great, feel great in the hand, but whose user experience is wanting. That sums up the Droid Pro hardware, which I will circle back to after covering the basics of the device and what worked for me.
Weighing at an industry average 4.73 ounces, the Droid Pro comes with a 1 GHz processor and measures 4.7 inches long, 2.4 inches wide and about a half inch thick. The screen is a compact 3.1-inch, HVGA 480 by 320 pixel display.
I quickly installed the new Twitter for Android and Facebook for Android apps from the Android Market, both of which were improved from the last handset I tested, the Samsung Fascinate. These apps are looking more and more like their desktop counterparts. I used the Droid Pro to easily sync these feeds with Motorola's social networking app. I find on these Android gadgets that once you sync your social feeds by entering your ID, it makes life a lot easier to sit back and wait for the streams to come to one of the five homescreens. You never have to dial up the app on the browser. Calls were crisp and clear; I didn't get any dropped calls in San Francisco or here in Connecticut on Verizon. The camera, a standard 5 megapixel utility, was serviceable, as was the video, which is listed at "DVD quality." However, I really felt the degradation after using the 8 megapixel camera and HD videos apparatus offered on the Motorola Droid X and HTC Evo 4G. That was to be expected; this is not a media-savvy phone. I still enjoyed snapping photos with the virtual camera button -- there is no physical button for the camera (more on that later) -- and "quick uploading" them to Facebook, Gmail, etc. Battery life was below what I've been accustomed to of late with other Android units, but accurately reflected its list life of 390 minutes. I turned it on at 8 a.m. and had to recharge it by 6 p.m.