Droid a Savvy Choice for Smartphone Fans
Users sick of AT&T now have an option
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2009 5:38 AM CST

(Newser) – Verizon has finally come up with a phone that will satisfy users who want an iPhone-quality smartphone to run on the firm's zippy 3G network, writes Walt Mossberg. The Motorola Droid, is, like the iPhone, "a powerful hand-held computer that happens to make phone calls," Mossberg writes. The Droid, at an iPhone-matching $200, runs the smooth 2.0 version of Google's Android which adds some functionality Apple's platform lacks, Mossberg notes.

Calls are crisp and clear on the "handsome" Droid, and web surfing is fast and reliable over Verizon's network, writes Mossberg. The Droid has some drawbacks, incuding "a pretty awful" keyboard, but "I regard it as a success overall," Mossberg writes in the Wall Street Journal. "It's the best super-smart phone Verizon offers, the best Motorola phone I've tested, and the best hardware so far to run Android."