The Sunday Post #86: Motorola Droid

It’s the hottest phone available on the Verizon Wireless Network. It was created by the same company that brought us the Razr (don’t lie, you had one). It shoots photos at 5MP and video 16:9 (not HD). It does apps and it’s a brilliant telephone.

The Motorola Droid

After having all I could stands I couldn’t stands no more with the Blackberry, I finally jumped on board USS Cool Phone like the rest of the kids and got a Motorola Droid. I’ve been using it for more than 24 hours now, and instead of slowly starting to question my decision, I am enjoying it more and more.

The main reason is the screen. At 480×854 resolution, it’s positively brilliant. I can read items on the screen without any problems at all, like a wp-admin screen for example. Even small text is clear, unlike the iPod Touch that lives in the house (current generation). I’ve loaded an HD movie onto and playback is smooth and the video is crisp and clear. Cruising through Flickr photos look vibrant as well. The screen is awesome.

Navigating around makes sense as well. Moving icons, adding icons to screens and navigating between apps is fairly seamless. Notifications all land in a special notification pull down that lives at the top of the screen, so no matter where I am in the phone, I can pull down to check email, messages and other status updates. Accessing everything on the device is equally easy by pulling up a screen. A quick button tap and it’s gone.

Call quality is fantastic. Easy to hear on both ends, and the phone feels comfortable against my face. It’s even smart enough to know when it’s near the face or not, much like the iPhone.

One of the best features is the Google integration. Within 5 minutes of turning the phone on I already had access to all of my email, contacts and calendar entries. Exactly the way it should be. As expected, everything Google works great on the phone as well, including Buzz. It’s on a mobile device where that actually makes sense. And all of the Google apps works exactly as great as you have heard. Including Nav. And Goggles. And pretty much everything.

And for those that prefer, it does have a real live keyboard. I haven’t used it yet more than a few times, and I don’t care for it, but I do have small hands. When teh lad plays with it, he flips it open and takes to it like a bum to a bottle of cheap scotch. I think it’s one of those things you would get used to, but it might take some time, especially if you are coming from a Blackberry or similar device.

I mentioned it had a camera. Here are a few test shots. Click through to see them full size.

Droid Test #3 Droid Test #2 Droid Test #1

It also does video, but I’ve only shot one, at night, using the built-in flash for that Blair Witch Project effect. Upload to YouTube was seamless and the quality is actually pretty good.

Of course, it’s not perfect. Battery life doesn’t seem too great yet, but I haven’t used it for a ‘real’ day either. With my constant playing, fiddling and tweaking the best I have managed is about 10 hours before the battery meter turns yellow. Luckily, the Blackberry car charger works with the Droid, as do all of the USB cables that I’ve collected. Keeping it charged shouldn’t be a problem.

And the touch is a different experience. It’s not that it works weird, more that I haven’t gotten the use down. I have to remember to not brush the screen with my fingers and to make sure it’s locked before sliding it into my pocket. I haven’t butt dialed anyone yet, but if I do and it’s you, apologies. Luckily, it locks pretty much the same way as the Blackberry and I’m already used to doing that.

It also didn’t come with any software. Not that it’s needed since everything sync’s to Google or elsewhere. I’m still trying to find a way to back up my phone locally, just in case. For getting media on and off, there is DoubleTwist which works very well. I also hear that the Missing Sync works with this too, so I will be trying that since it’s installed from the Blackberry.

Overall I think this is a great device and it’s already changing my game. I can’t wait to see how far this particular rabbit hole goes. If you have any questions, hit me up in the comments!

Anyone want to buy a Blackberry Tour 9630?

Published by Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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6 Comments

  1. I’ve had a lot of phones over the years, but I have never EVER EVER had a razr. Heck I’m not even sure I’ve even used a friend’s razr.

  2. Heck, I just realized. I’ve had so many phones I don’t even REMEMBER them all! I might need to go over to Howard Forums and see what phones are still listed in my profile…

  3. So glad to hear that you are happy with your Droid. Love mine and yes it replaced my motor razar!

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