Motorola Droid Pro is here -- is it the right Droid for you?

Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

It's official: Verizon's latest Droid phone is about to land.

Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro will launch on November 18, Verizon Wireless has confirmed, with presales beginning on the 9th (yep, tomorrow). The Droid Pro will run $180 after a send-away rebate; you'll actually pay $280 up front and then get a hundred bucks back in the mail. As usual, you'll have to sign a new two-year contract in order to get that discounted pricing.

Motorola Droid Pro: A Different Kind of Droid

The Motorola Droid Pro is a bit different from its Verizon Droid brethren: The phone's main calling card is its ability to function as a "global" device, meaning it can work on both CDMA and GSM networks. Because of that distinction, the Droid Pro will allow you to make calls and use data while traveling outside of the United States -- something no other Verizon Android device is currently capable of doing.

Fitting in with its business-focused vibe, the Droid Pro features a BlackBerry-like QWERTY keypad and a relatively small screen, by Droid standards at least: The Pro's display measures only 3.1 inches, compared to the 3.7-inch display on the Droid 2 and Incredible and the 4.3-inch display on the Droid X.

In terms of software, the Droid Pro ships with Android 2.2 already up and running. Given the fact that Google's next Android release, Android Gingerbread, is likely launching any day now, one would imagine that the Droid Pro would be in line for an eventual upgrade. Thus far, however, nothing specific has been said about the possibility.

Jonesing for more info about the Motorola Droid Pro? Check out our Droid Pro comparison chart for a spec-by-spec breakdown of how the phone stacks up with Verizon's other Droids. All the details you need await you there.

Motorola Droid Pro Comparison

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Article copyright 2010 JR Raphael. All rights reserved.

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