Hands-on with Motorola Droid Pro

Hands-on with Motorola Droid Pro: A BlackBerry killer?

Watch out RIM, the Motorola is out to get your enterprise customers with the just announced Motorola Droid Pro. I got a first look at this device at Motorola's press event at CTIA in San Francisco and was really impressed with this latest addition to the Droid family on Verizon.

The first thing I noticed about the Droid Pro is its BlackBerry-esque design. The first Droid to sport a vertical physical keyboard, the Pro is made for one-handed texting. I was able to quickly bang out a few messages and was pleased with how comfortable the keyboard felt in hand. The second thing I noticed, regrettably, is that this phone isn't exactly eye-catching. The Pro is incredibly lightweight, but it also feels plasticky and not all that durable. I didn't get a whole lot of time with the phone-and as you can see from my photos, the lighting was quite dim-so I might change my mind once I get my review unit.

Besides the keyboard, the Pro packs in a slew of features for business users. It has VPN support for multiple profiles, enhanced data encryption for both the phone and your microSD card, a built-in task manager (so you don't need to download a third-party manager), remote wipe capabilities, Exchange-based device management and advanced password protection. You can also edit documents via the preinstalled Quick Office Device management application.

And, as the rumors surrounding this device predicted, the Pro is a global handset and will support voice calling and data in over 200 countries worldwide.

Powered by a 1GHz processor, the Pro is on par with the Droid X and Droid 2 in terms of its responsiveness. Apps opened quickly, page loading time was snappy over Verizon's network. The 3.1-inch 320-by-480 display looked bright and crisp

The Droid Pro is likely to convert a lot of business users who were skeptical about Android as an enterprise platform. We'll put the Droid Pro through our full tests once we get a device in-house, but my first impressions are overwhelmingly positive. The Droid Pro will launch next month on Verizon, but pricing has not been announced.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MotorolaPhonesconsumer electronics

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ginny Mies

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

Brother MFC-L3745CDW Colour Laser Multifunction

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?