Beware of The Droid, Mozilla for the iPhone and Rock on the iPhone

Seems like Verizon isn’t getting the iPhone anytime soon with its latest ad blitz showcasing “The Droid” – the introduction of their first Android 2.0 phone.

Due out some time between late October and early December. Rumored specs include a powerful OMAP3430 processor, 5 megapixel camera, slideout QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. Hell there are even some glamor shots you can ogle at.

Verizon isn’t pulling any punches: it calls out basically every major weakness on the iPhone, from its inability to run background applications to the App Store’s walled garden. The site kicks off with a stream of things that the iPhone can’t do, mimicking the black text-on-white background commonly seen in Apple ads but replacing it with statements like iDon’t run simultaneous apps. After a handful of these, the site kicks you to a page with the heading “DroidDoes”, with a banner rotating through a number of the Droid’s features that include Android 2.0, background tasks, and video recording support. Some of the differences mentioned, like the Droid’s inclusion of a physical keyboard, are really a matter of personal preference. Others, aren’t. For one, Droid can claim to run on “The Network”, which runs circles around AT&T. [#]

Talking about the iPhone, Mozilla isn’t giving up on getting some product on the iPhone.

[Mozilla] hinted that the company was going to launch a brand new application for the iPhone, though he declined to reveal any details. “Mozilla will release an app to the iPhone App Store in the next few weeks,” Lilly said. “It’ll surprise people.” … Now, I am kinda intrigued about this new application and most importantly wondering if Apple is going to approve it. The iPhone maker has been pretty hostile toward anyone making apps that compete with what Apple thinks is the core functionality of its phone. And 330 million people know that Mozilla makes browsers and mail clients. Interestingly, Mozilla Weave is pretty competitive with Apple’s dot.mac service. [via]

also…. Rock on! RockBand is available for the iPhone!

EA’s newly released Rock Band [App Store] on the iPhone.

Rock Band allows gamers to choose from playing the guitar, bass guitar, drums, and even singingwhile rocking out to a particular song. In console versions, you use plastic guitar, drum kit, and microphone. On the iPhone and iPod Touch, each of these instruments are played by tapping four areas on the screen to match up with the musical notes coming down the screen. […] Rock Band for the iPhone comes loaded with 20 songs, and additional songs can be purchased in game in packs of two for 99¢. This is not only cheaper than buying the songs themselves from iTunes, but also significantly cheaper than buying them inside of any other iteration of Rock Band. [via]