The Motorola Pro+ is the latest work-and-play Android smartphone from the phone maker being acquired by Google. This one runs "Gingerbread" and is headed to Europe and Asia.
Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI), which is being acquired by
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) for $12.5 billion
, introduced the Motorola Pro+ Android
2.3 "Gingerbread" smartphone as an alternative to Research In Motion
(NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry devices overseas.
Available in Asia and Europe in October, the Pro+ is powered by a 1GHz processor and splits input between a 3.1-inch touch screen (640 by 480 pixels) made of Corning
Gorilla Glass and a full QWERTY keyboard
to satisfy users who prefer to email
or text via touching or typing.
At just under 4 ounces, the handset is super
light at a time when most Android smartphones weigh 5 or 6 ounces.
A true corporate road warrior handset, Pro+ users' Exchange or Gmail email and calendars are
scrollable from the home screen. Users may arrange, edit and respond to
meeting invites, and access conferences with one touch.
The handset is also
preloaded with Quickoffice Connect to
let users create, edit and access documents. The handset, equipped with a modest 1,600-mAh
battery, 4GB internal storage and 512MB of RAM, also has 3G mobile hotspot to
let users connect up to five laptops or tablets to the Web.
The device has tools that will make IT administrators
comfortable, too. There is remote wipe of the device and SD card, password
expiration and history, and full encryption. The phone also comes loaded with 25
Exchange ActiveSync security policies, from PIN lock to auto-discovery of
Exchange Servers, and other perks.
With those enterprise security specs, the Pro+ is the
overseas answer to the BlackBerry, which has maintained momentum there despite
falling off considerably here in the United States, largely due to the success of
Android and Apple's iPhone.
The Pro+ also followed the Motorola XPRT Android 2.2
enterprise phone and Motorola Photon 4G Gingerbread
gadget in the United States, both of which split duties
between workers and those at play.
Following this the footsteps of those U.S.-based handsets,
the Pro+ has a music player complete with personalized song recommendations
and videos and a photo gallery to support the 5-megapixel camera. Social
widgets are also available on the home screen to let users access contacts.