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To celebrate 30 years since Star Wars hit theaters, Verizon Wireless presents the DROID R2-D2 by Motorola--featuring a graphic design that looks like the iconic Astromech Droid. It also comes packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite and it includes a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset. The phone also comes pre-loaded with exclusive content, including R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones, four live wallpapers, R2-D2 Clock Widget, "The Best of R2-D2" video with the original Cantina music, and exclusive Empire Strikes Back Binoculars app.
A natural combination--R2–D2 with the inner workings of the Motorola DROID 2 (see larger image).
Based on the Motorola DROID 2, the DROID R2-D2 runs the latest Android operating system--OS 2.2 (aka, Froyo)--which provides a faster overall Android experience as well as greater multitasking capabilities. You'll be able to receive notifications, listen to music, and even record GPS data without keeping the application open. And it features a plethora of new enhancements, including an improved QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web. It also offers enhanced Exchange support, with Calendar syncing, Global Address Lookup, improved security, auto-discovery, and more.
Sporting a new super-slim form factor, the DROID R2-D2 offers a redesigned symmetrical keyboard with raised keys for more responsive typing to push out notes and status updates. Speech-to-text input and the virtual multi-touch keyboard (accessed via the 3.7-inch touchscreen) allow for quick messaging, and you can use the Swype keyboard enhancement for even faster input--with up to 50 words per minute using one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard (learn more about Swype below).
With integrated Google technology, DROID R2-D2 brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa. The DROID R2-D2 also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
In addition to high-speed connectivity on the fast and reliable Verizon Wireless 3G network, you can also share the built-in 3G Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among five devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge). (See more details on optional Verizon Wireless services below.)
You'll also enjoy a wide range of multimedia entertainment with the DROID R2-D2, including BLOCKBUSTER On Demand presented by V CAST Video for purchasing, renting, and viewing movies right on the phone and the NFL Mobile app for live news and game updates.
Preloaded social networking widgets allow you to sync and stream your feeds and updates from Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace all to one screen in real time. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with DVD-quality video capture, 8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 8 GB memory card, ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, GPS turn-by-turn directions via free Google Maps with Navigation (Beta) as well as VZ Navigator, and up to 9.5 hours of talk time.
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The DROID R2-D2 features a no compromise Web and entertainment experience, advanced social messaging and a redesigned QWERTY keyboard (see larger image).
The exclusive Empire Strikes Back Binoculars app, only for Verizon Wireless customers, allows Jedi Masters to browse, preview and download Star Wars content related to Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Verizon Wireless customers can access premium Star Wars content for a one-time charge of $2.99. The Star Wars mobile app includes the following features and content:
Loaded with Android 2.2, the DROID R2-D2 offers greater multitasking capabilities, enhanced corporate e-mail, and Adobe Flash 10.1 support (see larger image).
What's in the Box
DROID R2-D2 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 8 GB microSD card, USB cable, wired stereo headset, multimedia station, quick start guide
The service offers unlimited viewing of Basic Videos and the ESPN MVP channel. You can choose from 14 categories, including Entertainment, Kids, Music, Sports, Comedy, News, Pop Culture, Information, Women, Latino, Home & Leisure, Multicultural, Cutting Edge, and Hollywood. Additional subscription charges applicable.
An alternative to the Android virtual keyboard, the Swype virtual keyboard allows you to input text by swiping the finger with one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard. Based on testing, speed, and accuracy are equal to or better than the traditional keyboard-tapping method. You can activate the Swype keyboard by pressing and holding in a text field, wait for popup to appear, click Input Method, and then select Swype.
In the image to the left, the word "mind" was generated from tracing the path shown above in a fraction of a second, by roughly aiming to pass through the letters of the word. A key advantage to Swype is that there is no need to be very accurate, enabling very rapid text entry.
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Being a Star Wars enthusiast, my family got me the R2D2 phone for my birthday in January of 2011. In the 2 years I have had it, I have only had a few issues and all were able to... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Amy E. Rhodes
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