Motorola has been drifting aimlessly for about as long as we can remember, but with the Dext it showed the grass roots of recovery and now the newly official 'Droid' could seal it...
The Android 2.0 (complete with Google Maps Navigation) based smartphone will christen the first in a whole range of 'Droid' handsets in what looks to be not only a smart marketing move, but also a hugely appealing line.
We've known the specs of the Droid from sometime, but as a recap highlights include HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, a 5MP camera and at just 115 x 60 x 13mm it is one of the slimmest full Qwerty keyboard sliders we've seen. On top of this you'll find a 3.7in WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 1400 mAh battery capable of 6.4 hours of talk time and up to 11 days on standby, plus a 16GB microSD card bundled for the expansion slot.
Tasty? Yes indeedy.
Also encouraging for the company is its return to the black in its latest financial results that see it turn a $397m loss this time last year into a $12m profit. Again mobile phone sales were shambolic dropping from 25.4m units sold to just 13.6m, but success in its networking and enterprise class divisions held the fort.
Updated: In related news the HTC 'Eris' has been leaked. Previously widely reported as an HTC made model for the Motorola Droid line, it will in fact be HTC only (we got to the bottom of this!). Specs include HSDPA, GPS, WiFi and a 5MP camera. The styling is also a beautiful evolution of the Hero and the touchscreen is capacitive and multi-touch enabled. US claims are that the Eris will be just $99 on contract, a definite 'from free' equivalent in the UK.
Droid Eris via Phonearena