It started with a massive and mysterious advertising campaign that was clearly targeted at Apple's iPhone. When the secretive marketing dust settled, Verizon unveiled the Motorola Droid, a challenger to iPhone's recent dominance in the smartphone market.
Droid features Google's Android operating system and is the first phone to come with Google Maps Navigation preinstalled. It has WiFi networking capabilities, a 3.7-inch (9.4-centimeter) touchscreen, sliding QWERTY keyboard and a 5-megapixel camera that's designed to take crisp pictures in dim light [source: Topolsky].
Droid comes with an Arm Cortex A8 CPU, which is the same processor in the iPhone 3GS. That CPU, paired with 256MB of RAM, is one reason Droid runs applications faster than most comparable smartphones. The extra horsepower also means Droid captures 720 x 480 video clips with ease, and unlike iPhone, it can run multiple applications at the same time [source: Topolsky].
But does powerful hardware and a selection of unique applications mean Droid will hack out a place in iPhone's market share? That remains to be seen, but one verdict is in for sure -- competing products are finally catching up to the iPhone in terms of usability and features. That's a big deal, especially for all of you who really adore gadgets but can't afford all of the high-priced fun.
This year's technological triumphs mean you'll have plenty to look forward to in 2010. For more on gadgets and other related topics, take a look at the links on the next page.