Now, while Verizon ships the Motorola Droid with a SIM card, the carrier will unlock the SIM as long as you've been a Verizon customer for more than 60 days and are in good financial standing. This means you'll be able swap out the included SIM for one you buy from an international carrier, which can often be cheaper. Regardless of which option you choose, be sure to check out Verizon's international coverage map and roaming rates, so you're fully informed and prepared before you make your trip.
The other key feature of the Droid Pro is the enhanced security capabilities. This includes the ability to remotely wipe your device and SD card in case your phone gets lost or stolen. The smartphone now also supports complex passwords and comes preloaded with a VPN client. In addition to these features, Motorola plans to add device and SD card encryption in early 2011, meaning that if someone were to hack your password, the content of your smartphone would still be unreadable. Still missing, however, is data encryption for anything sent over the network, which is an advantage RIM and BlackBerry have over Android and other mobile operating system.
One other area Motorola improved the Droid Pro's business friendliness is complete support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. We had no problems hooking up our Exchange account to the smartphone, and received messages around the same time they arrived in Outlook. The handset also offers corporate directory lookup and a unified calendar that syncs your enterprise calendar with your Google calendar.
The Motorola Droid Pro's got plenty more to offer. The smartphone runs Android 2.2, and in addition to the standard Google services, you get the QuickOffice Mobile Suite, a task manager, backup assistant, and several Verizon apps, such as Skype Mobile and VZ Navigator. The Droid Pro features the full range of wireless options and can be used as a mobile hot spot for up to five devices. To use the latter, you will have to sign up for a Mobile Broadband plan, which costs $20 per month and has a 2GB data cap (Verizon charges 5 cents per MB for overage fees).
The smartphone isn't all work and no play. It comes with the standard Android media player, which isn't particularly pretty or advanced, but allows you to play MP3, AAC, AAC+, H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, and AMR NB music and video files. The Droid Pro only has 2GB of onboard memory and ships with a 2GB microSD card, but the expansion slot can support up to 32GB cards, so you might want to go ahead and pick up a higher-capacity card.
Finally, the Motorola Droid Pro is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash. You get a decent set of editing options, including different scene modes, effects, face detection, and geotagging. Picture quality was OK. Though we could make out the objects in the photos just fine, shots taken indoors looked a bit soft and colors were slightly dull. The camera did much better with outdoor shots. Recorded video at the highest resolution (720x480 pixels) looked slightly hazy but still watchable. Like Moto's latest Android devices, the Droid Pro has DLNA support, so if you have a compatible device, you can wirelessly stream content from your phone to that product.
We tested the dual-mode Motorola Droid Pro in New York using Verizon service, and call quality was mixed. At times, the audio was clear with very little background noise. There was also plenty of volume but we should note that at the highest level, the noise was a bit piercing and we even heard some reverberation. At other times, the call quality was pretty bad. There were more than a few times when the audio cut in and out, so we had to ask our callers to repeat themselves, and there was some slight crackling as well. However, it seems like the problem was only on our side, as our friends reported good results and didn't have any complaints.
Motorola Droid Pro call quality sample
Speakerphone quality was decent. Calls sounded a bit tinny but still clear and loud enough to hold conversations in noisier environments. We were able to pair the smartphone with the Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset and the Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones with no problem.
We got reliable 3G coverage throughout Manhattan, and Verizon's network provided decent data speeds. CNET's full site loaded in 26 seconds, and the mobile versions of CNN and ESPN came up in 9 seconds and 7 seconds, respectively. YouTube videos, including high-quality videos, loaded within several seconds and played back continuously and synchronized picture and audio. We also used the Droid Pro as a mobile hot spot for our MacBook Pro, and averaged download speeds of 1.42Mbps and upload speeds of 0.61Mbps. With those speeds, we were able to upload five photos, ranging in size from 443KB to 888KB, in about 40 seconds.
Powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP, the Droid Pro performed smoothly during our testing period. Most apps launched immediately. Occasionally, we experienced some delays but they were brief and never affected our productivity. We played the preloaded demo copy of EA's Need for Speed Shift and Angry Birds and had no problems. Video playback was also smooth and continuous.
The Motorola Droid Pro ships with a 1,420mAh lithium ion battery with a rated talk time of 6.5 hours and up to 13 days of standby time.The smartphone beat the rated talk time by a full hour in our battery drain tests. In general, we were able to get through a full day before needing to recharge, but it doesn't compare to the excellent battery life on BlackBerrys. According to FCC radiation tests, the Droid Pro has a digital SAR rating of 1.39 watts per kilogram and has a Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating of M3/T3.