DROID by Motorola

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One more serious good smarphone after iPhone, the first real try of Motorola. Touchscreen plus mechanical keyboard plus impressive hi-res screen plus of course the Android OS. Nice.


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  • nandop

    's recommendation

    One more serious good smarphone after iPhone, the first real try of Motorola. Touchscreen plus mechanical keyboard plus impressive hi-res screen plus of course the Android OS. Nice.

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    • chad
      I'm curious about these Android phones, I just find it hard to believe that anything can really compete with iPhone.
    • nandop
      I believe they are competing fairly. But to win the competition is another story. I didn't put my hands on the Droid yet, but the demos you can see out there show definitely a great smartphone. I believe iPhone is still a more solid and consistent smartphone, with nicer design and overall quality, but Android is very promising, the features are being matched one on one and the interfaces are getting there.
    • rvaweb
      Same here the iPhone is just sooo much smoother!
    • nandop
      http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/these-may-be-the-droids-youre-looking-for/

  • jooxi

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    Don't ask how, but I managed to get my hands on a DROID (well, for now.) Here's what I think: Nice screen, super hi-res. It's relatively intuitive, with a touchscreen with much of the ease-of-use of an iPhone. After a few hours of playing, you get comfortable with the interface, which is pretty well made - this is Google's Android OS, and it kinda rocks. All the appphone goodies are here: Real web browsing (with full flash support, including hulu.com, coming with the next update), easy to use full HTML/Images email, syncing with your Google calendar, Gmail and contacts, IM'ing, and a nice selection of some cool apps. The screen has haptic feedback (which you can switch off), so when you click icons, move switches or push gizmos, you feel it. This is super helpful when dialing a number. When making calls, the screen goes off and on based on its proximity to your face. The onscreen keyboard is great - I actually prefer it to the physical keyboard. IT has landscape and portrait modes, and gives your a running suggestion box on top of auto-complete words, which saves LOADS of time. The 5 Megapixel camera takes understandably large photos, but it's also got a flash and a pretty good autofocus feature - no more blurry cam shots! The included Google Maps rocks - it's like a full GPS device in your pocket. Street view, Satellite images, Latitude and turn-by-turn directions make it easy to get around any city or town. The Android Market Place (app store) is very smooth and easy to use. Cool apps are there to be found - barcode scanners for price checking, streaming music and song finders, weather, camera and sound apps, and even a semi-workable metal detector. There;s also less filtering than on the iPhone; for example, Google Voice is avialble, and the company seems content to let users complain about apps rather than pull them from the get go. However, it resembles the iPhone app store in it's infancy - very few polished 'wow' apps as of this writing. The total number is something like 10K compared to Apple's 100,000. The pull out keyboard's nice when getting used to the phone or when you don't want to peck the screen too much. It has a convenient arrow pad for moving around the screen and selecting stuff. It's backlit as well. It's only con is the most important one - the keys. Since the whole thing must slide under the phone, the keys are rather flat, and it's easy to press the wrong one. Numbers are only available with a shift + # key, and they're laid out on the top horizontally, making it hard to input any numbers. There's NO included desktop software, making it a bit of a puzzle to load your music and movies onto the device. Other than some smallish cons, its a great phone and the first real iPhone competitor (if you don't do a head to head with the movies and music part). The OS should get (FREE) updates and the app store should only grow, so if you're hesitant now, check back in a few months and see where it's at.

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    • kryz
      the droid is scary because it's called the droid
    • jooxi
      Indeed. And those commercials?
    • kryz
      seriously. i just saw one and it looked like a bad sci fi trailer.
    • jooxi
      Ha ha, TOTALLY agree. How are you these days?
    • kryz
      not bad, just preparing for the next big adventure of the year! and yourself?
    • kryz
      not bad, just preparing for the next big adventure of the year! and yourself?

  • Sugarfoot69

    's recommendation

    I was once a BlackBerry fan.....no more! This phone TOTALLY blows the Blackberry out of the water! The apps are getting better and better, this phone just totally rocks!

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