• Motorola, Verizon offer special R2-D2 smartphone


    Smartphones are the new ubiquitous travel gadgets, as the wide range of applications available means that travelers have access to guidebooks, GPS systems and more at the touch of a button. While the iPhone may have invented the concept, Google's Android operating system has been gaining market share on Apple every quarter since its inception.

    The company has had a number of high profile phones launch in recent months, many of them branded as "Droids" on the Verizon Network. The latest to launch is the Droid 2, and Motorola and Verizon are giving Star Wars fans a little special treatment with the release of a limited edition phone.

    Motorola licensed the name "Droid" from LucasFilm, who originated the term in the Star Wars films. Now, Motorola is taking advantage of the deal by releasing a special R2-D2 themed Droid 2 alongside regular versions of its new phone.

    The R2-D2 edition is essentially the same phone as the Droid 2, with features like the a slide out QWERTY keyboard and 5.0 Megapixel camera. But the device is designed to look like R2-D2 and comes with a few exclusive changes, like R2-D2 sounds replacing normal notification noises, a special wallpaper and startup screen and several apps.

    Whether they're headed down the block or to a galaxy far, far away, budding Jedi have only one choice when it comes to a new phone.

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