Oct 25 AT 4:01 PM Taylor Wimberly 14 Comments

Hands-on the Motorola Droid Pro coming soon to Verizon for $299

If you are looking to pick up the BlackBerry-inspired Droid Pro on Verizon, circle November 11th on your calendar and expect to fork over at least $300, according to a leak from our friends at Droid Life. This high-end Android phone is one of the first to be specifically targeted at the business crowd, so it makes sense that Verizon is pricing this as one of their most expensive smartphones.

Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha thinks it will be a hit with the business crowd and says that 34% of BlackBerry users are ready to switch to Android. We recently go some hands-on time with the device at CTIA earlier this month and I was really impressed with the overall build quality, but the style just isn’t for me.

If you were waiting on Verizon to ship the Droid Pro, does the high price change your mind about buying it? Or are you ready to pay whatever it takes to have a BlackBerry styled Android phone for business use?

Via: Droid-life

Source: Motorola

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  • http://Website dylan

    $299? for what, a keyboard? If someone wants a blackberry that bad, they’ll get a blackberry.

    • SGB101

      beat me to it.

  • SliestDragon

    I’m surprised how much I like the way this phone looks. I still prefer a slate look, but if I had enough money for 2 phones(and 2 carriers) I would definitely get this phone.

  • http://Website mike

    i hope this pricing doesnt become the standard

  • http://Website msjeep

    I’ll pass on the price. Waited this long I guess I will wait for the iphone.

  • http://Website pas

    Um the subject says hands-on… you gotta write more than “I was impressed with the build quality but the design isn’t for me.”

    • SliestDragon

      This is a hands on, not a review. He will definitely have more on this phone later on.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      That’s what the video is for. The phone doesn’t excite me that much and I don’t have a review unit yet so there isn’t much else I felt like writing about.

  • http://thephonenerd.com The Phone Nerd

    $299 at the store is $99 elsewhere. I’ll bet that you’ll be able to find it here:http://thephonenerd.com/?p=434 for less than the prices you’ll find it in the stores.

  • http://Website Jeff

    I used the Palm Treo (and then Centro) for quite a while, and I wouldn’t mind a phone with this form factor. But no trackpad/ball? I think that was a big mistake. Without it, you’ll have to constantly switch your hand positions from keyboard to screen.

  • http://Website Mike

    This is the form factor Droid I’ve been waiting for ever since there were Droids. Due to the price, it being Motorola, and the low resolution of the screen I’m going to pass.

    1. $299 – $100 MIR or even $100 online instant rebate would be more reasonable.
    2. I dislike the look of Motorola’s UI they put on top of Android. I love Sense.
    3. Android development team stated somewhere that screens under a certain resolution would not be included in future updates. Why did they go so low?

    So, I’m back to waiting. Waiting for a version of the Dell Venue Pro that runs Android. Or, for my fantasy device. Check out this old form factor of the HTC Trophy 7,

    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/5194/htctrophy7.jpg

    If that had DINC level of specs and ran Android, SOLD no matter the price.

  • http://Website Bobba

    I really miss the simplicity of just typing a contacts name and it quickly coming up. I hate having to search in android for a contact. It’s a sore point for me. I’ve setup a Launcher pro widget that takes up an entire one of my home screens with faces of contacts to make it a bit easier. I much rather prefer the way blackberries handles this though.

    • http://Website Rafeek Inani

      Try Dialer One. It’s free & awesome.

  • http://Website Eric

    I think the price is because its a worldphone, blackberry worldphone was overpriced as well… the lower resolution screen doesn’t bother me that much because I think it would be almost impossible to tell the difference without a side by side comparison. The beefed up security that also makes it more business’ish, which is the crowd they are targeting. This seems like an excellent upgrade from a blackberry and I think it will see very well in the demographic they are focusing on… only time will tell. I personally am waiting for that new LG… it looks unbelievable.

  1. dylanGuest 5 years ago

    $299? for what, a keyboard? If someone wants a blackberry that bad, they’ll get a blackberry.

  2. I’m surprised how much I like the way this phone looks. I still prefer a slate look, but if I had enough money for 2 phones(and 2 carriers) I would definitely get this phone.

  3. mikeGuest 5 years ago

    i hope this pricing doesnt become the standard

  4. msjeepGuest 5 years ago

    I’ll pass on the price. Waited this long I guess I will wait for the iphone.

  5. pasGuest 5 years ago

    Um the subject says hands-on… you gotta write more than “I was impressed with the build quality but the design isn’t for me.”

    • This is a hands on, not a review. He will definitely have more on this phone later on.

    • That’s what the video is for. The phone doesn’t excite me that much and I don’t have a review unit yet so there isn’t much else I felt like writing about.

  6. The Phone NerdGuest 5 years ago

    $299 at the store is $99 elsewhere. I’ll bet that you’ll be able to find it here:http://thephonenerd.com/?p=434 for less than the prices you’ll find it in the stores.

  7. JeffGuest 5 years ago

    I used the Palm Treo (and then Centro) for quite a while, and I wouldn’t mind a phone with this form factor. But no trackpad/ball? I think that was a big mistake. Without it, you’ll have to constantly switch your hand positions from keyboard to screen.

  8. MikeGuest 5 years ago

    This is the form factor Droid I’ve been waiting for ever since there were Droids. Due to the price, it being Motorola, and the low resolution of the screen I’m going to pass.

    1. $299 – $100 MIR or even $100 online instant rebate would be more reasonable.
    2. I dislike the look of Motorola’s UI they put on top of Android. I love Sense.
    3. Android development team stated somewhere that screens under a certain resolution would not be included in future updates. Why did they go so low?

    So, I’m back to waiting. Waiting for a version of the Dell Venue Pro that runs Android. Or, for my fantasy device. Check out this old form factor of the HTC Trophy 7,

    http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/5194/htctrophy7.jpg

    If that had DINC level of specs and ran Android, SOLD no matter the price.

  9. BobbaGuest 5 years ago

    I really miss the simplicity of just typing a contacts name and it quickly coming up. I hate having to search in android for a contact. It’s a sore point for me. I’ve setup a Launcher pro widget that takes up an entire one of my home screens with faces of contacts to make it a bit easier. I much rather prefer the way blackberries handles this though.

    • Rafeek InaniGuest 5 years ago

      Try Dialer One. It’s free & awesome.

  10. EricGuest 5 years ago

    I think the price is because its a worldphone, blackberry worldphone was overpriced as well… the lower resolution screen doesn’t bother me that much because I think it would be almost impossible to tell the difference without a side by side comparison. The beefed up security that also makes it more business’ish, which is the crowd they are targeting. This seems like an excellent upgrade from a blackberry and I think it will see very well in the demographic they are focusing on… only time will tell. I personally am waiting for that new LG… it looks unbelievable.