Monday, December 06, 2010

Motorola Droid Pro - the Android smartphone for ex-BlackBerry and Treo users

If you've been a long-time BlackBerry user and you're thinking about switching to Google's Android OS, it's time to seriously consider the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon Wireless. This smartphone reminds me of the old Palm Treo because it has both a touch screen and a hardware QWERTY keyboard. This is not a slider. The keyboard will be familiar to many Blackberry users because the buttons and layout are very similar to those found on most BlackBerry devices.

I went to the Verizon store the other day and I played with the Droid Pro. I admit that I was more impressed than I thought I'd be. In fact, if I had to buy a new smartphone today, I'd probably get the Droid Pro. I currently use the Droid X and I like it, but it would be nice to have a QWERTY keyboard that I could use while the phone is in portrait mode. I rarely rotate the phone to use the on-screen keyboard in landscape mode. I think I developed most of my smartphone habits with one of my first smartphones: the Palm Treo. In many ways, the Droid Pro reminds me of a slim version of the Palm Treo.

Well, I'm not planning on selling my Droid X to get a Droid Pro. However, I will recommend the Droid Pro to those who are familiar with BlackBerry or the old Palm Treo. The Droid Pro is nice and slim and it's a World Phone for those of you who travel internationally. It's built like a pure business phone, but you'll still find some great multimedia features plus a 5 MP camera with a dual-LED flash.

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