Compare: Motorola Droid Pro vs. Verizon's other Droids

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

Get ready, Android fans: Verizon's Droid family is about to get bigger.

Motorola Droid Pro vs. Droid 2, X, and Incredible

Motorola introduced the new Droid Pro smartphone at a wireless event in California this week. The Droid Pro, launching on Verizon within a matter of weeks, is a bit different from the Droids we've come to expect from Motorola. At a glance, the phone looks almost like a cousin of the BlackBerry, thanks to its smaller screen and built-in QWERTY keypad.

The resemblance is likely no coincidence: Verizon and Motorola are clearly targeting business users with the Droid Pro device. The companies are putting a heavy emphasis on the phone's enterprise-ready features, such as its built-in Exchange support and corporate-friendly security controls. The Droid Pro is also considered a "global" phone, meaning it can function on both CDMA and GSM networks -- allowing travelers to get voice and data service in more than 200 countries.

Global functionality aside, though, how does Motorola's Droid Pro stack up with Verizon's other Droid offerings -- the Droid 2, Droid X, and Droid Incredible? Check out the chart below for a side-by-side comparison, and read on for some more specifics.

UPDATE (11/22/10): Verizon has now launched the Droid 2 Global as well. See here for an updated comparison chart that includes all the current Droid phones. 

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Droid Pro vs. Droid 2, Droid X, and Droid Incredible

Motorola Droid Pro Comparison Chart

In a nutshell, the new Droid Pro is pretty evenly matched with the Droid 2, Droid X, and Droid Incredible in terms of sheer computing power. Like the other phones, it runs a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM. The Droid Pro is somewhat behind its brothers when it comes to storage, however: The device has only 2GB of on-board space and a 2GB microSD card. That said, you can upgrade the phone's external storage to go as high as 32GB.

The Droid Pro's display is the smallest of Verizon's Droid family, coming in at 3.1 inches (the next smallest Droid screen is the Droid 2's, which measures 3.7 inches). Its camera capabilities are comparable to those of the Droid 2: The Pro has a 5MP camera and can record video with 720x480 resolution.

Motorola's Droid Pro runs Android 2.2, as all of Verizon's Droids now do. As such, it has full support for Adobe Flash. The phone can also function as a 3G mobile hotspot for an added monthly fee (though, like with most Android devices, you can tether the phone for free -- if you know how).

Motorola quotes the Droid Pro as having 7.2 hours of talk time, putting it well above the Droid Incredible and slightly below the Droid X in the Android battery life department.

Neither pricing nor a specific release date have been announced for the phone so far. Stay tuned.

[UPDATE (11/8/10): Motorola Droid Pro pricing and launch date announced]

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on Facebook, on Twitter, or at eSarcasm, his geek-humor getaway.

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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