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Best for Business
motorola Droid Pro
(Verizon Wireless) (with two -year co ntract)
Motorola brings business to Android 2.2 with the
Droid Pro. It offers a physical QWeRTY keyboard, a
pre-installed light version of the Quickoffice Mobile
suite, and Microsoft exchange support for secure
corporate e-mail. But while Motorola has added
these pro amenities, you’ll need to make some
sacrifices to carry this BlackBerr y alternative.
In many ways, the Droid Pro is a throwback to
the many BlackBerry black slabs—an elongated
3.1-inch, 480 x 320 hVGA touchscreen is situated
above a three-line QWeRT Y keyboard. The Droid
Pro’s screen is not only smaller than other Droids’;
it’s also not as crisp. You’ll definitely need to zoom
in. The device weighs 4.7 ounces and includes 2GB
of built-in memory and only a 2GB microsD card.
The keyboard features tall rectangular keys
with wedges to the outside edges. overall, the keys
are large enough; you’ll type with more accuracy
and confidence on this layout than you would on
a touchscreen-only phone.
The Droid Pro’s small on-screen icons mean
you’ll need better aim to ensure you hit the one
of your choice. As with many 2.2 Froyo phones,
there are seven home screens, and each
can be filled with a variety of widgets and
“l ive” shortcut icons for functions such
as Calendar, Data Usage (handy for
tracking roaming charges), Messages,
social networking, Weather, and more.
Most of the Droid Pro’s primary busi-
ness features aren’t all that special for
Android. nearly all new Android phones
runningos 2.0 or later includeMicrosoft
exchange. Also included is corporate
directory lookup, and, like the Droid 2,
a unified calendar to sync an enterprise
calendar with Google calendar.
You’ll also find a multi-headed VPn
Client app for secure communications
within a company’s secure telephone
network, especially handy for accessing
voicemail from an office phone. The
security-conscious will appreciate the
Droid Pro’s remote-wipe capabilities
for both the phone’s internal and sD
card memory and password support.
encryption for the phone and the sD
card is due to be available sometime
early next year.
The Droid Pro’s other business feature
is Quickoffice Mobile suite lite, which lets
you create and edit Microsoft Word and
excel documents and read PowerPoint
and PDF files. The full Quickoffice suite in
the Android Market is $9.99, the so-called
discounted price for Pro owners.
Like all Droids, the Pro is powered by a 1-Ghz
processor, which seemed speedy. The Droid Pro
scored about the same as the Droid 2 in LinPack.
Its An3DBench score is about 1,000 points higher
than the average.
Verizon Wireless includes a mobile hotspot
app that can connect up to five users. Connecting
external devices—such as a Wi-Fi -only iPad—is
ridiculously easy. Data rates were decent; the full
Cnn, esPn, and The New York Times pages on an
iPad each loaded in about 20 seconds.
A 5-megapixel camera with an LeD flash and
a video recorder can capture 720 x 480 video,
though not hD. Photos often looked smudgy,
especially in low or poor light, but indoor shots
were surprisingly sharp.
The Droid Pro’s call quality was just okay. We
could make out most of the words from another
caller, but some of her words were clipped, and we
heard an echo on our end at the beginning of our
conversation. The speakerphone is nice and loud.
The Droid Pro’s rated talk time battery life is
6.5 hours, average for today’s smart phones.
on the LAPToP Battery Test, the Pro lasted just 5
hours and 8 minutes, a full two hours less than
the Droid 2.
The Motorola Droid Pro is not a BlackBerry-killer,
but it is a fairly good Android device for business
users who want a keyboard that’s always at the
ready and an extra layer of security. Plus, you can
access a heck of a lot more apps on this device
than on anything from RIM.
Comfortable QWeRTY keyboard
Includes Quickoffice Mobile suite
Mobile hotspot for up to five users
exchange and remote wipe support built in
Relatively small display with low resolution
skimpy included memory
shorter battery life than BlackBerry devices
Laptop | February 2011
Quickoffice light comes pre-loaded on the
Droid Pro, but you can upgrade to the full
version for $9.99.
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