Motorola Droid Pro: An Android Phone with a Keyboard Right Under the Display

If I made a list of my all-time favorite phones, the Windows Mobile 6 based T-Mobile Dash (see bottom photo) from 2007. This non-touchscreen phone had a BlackBerry-like design with a landscape display above a QWERTY keyboard. There wasn’t any need to turn the phone 90 degrees just to type something. And, there wasn’t any need to pull down its physical keyboard. Everything was simply accessible as-is.

The Motorola Droid Pro (see photo to the left) is quite different from the Dash with its portrait oriented touch screen (taller than it is wide). However, its physical QWERTY keyboard directly under the display looks like a good design although I do not know if it provides enough tactile feedback.

It is built on the current Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) release unlike many new phones which use 2.1. It has a 5 megapixel camera, 8GB internal memory with an additional 8GB SD card storage (upgradeable to 32GB). It supports Froyo’s ability to work as a mobile hotspot. I wish it had a mini-trackball or roller right under the keyboard to reduce the need to major hand movements when moving around the display.

The Droid Pro will be available from Verizon Wireless in the U.S.

DROID PRO by Motorola Fact Sheet