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ygohome 12-07-2009 03:45 PM

Motorola Droid? - Android 2.0 phone
 
What do you think about the new motorola droid phone?

I currently have an HTC Touch Pro running Windows Mobile 6.5. I was considering going to the Touch Pro 2 which has a much larger screen, faster processor and is just really nice. But same old Windows Mobile (actually its ony 6.1... but there are some cool ROM upgrades available to 6.5.1).

I was at the local Verizon store to look at the HTC Touch Pro 2 in person and I'm impressed with the nice display. But then I saw the Motorola Droid and I like it more. It has tons of cool apps that are free for downloading... similar to iphone apps but FREE! They actually compare it alot to the iphone... I like the iphone but not the ATT service :(

SO, anyone have the Motorola Droid and what do you think of it? Tell me the good and the bad.

Thanks,

Ben

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ygohome 12-07-2009 03:51 PM

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AzTJ 12-07-2009 03:54 PM

I got to play with one and I have to say I'm extremely impressed. A friend of mine has G1 with T-Mobile and it's also very nice. I think I'm more impressed with the customization of these phones more than anything, and the free aps and gps and everything really sells me on them. If you do get one Ben, let me know what you think of it.

TheGG54 12-07-2009 04:05 PM

I'm pretty impressed with it! The only thing that I found I didn't like is that the slider to get to the key pad is really rough...

KBR97 12-08-2009 08:21 PM

getting mine Jan.8...cant wait.
2 key factors that make it better than the ipod... removable battery, and expandable memory.

APPSTATEwrangler 12-08-2009 08:43 PM

take a look at the htc droid as well if you want the android os...
it is cheaper and i think looks a little better than the moto.
bit it does not have the slider keyboard, just a ts

njatrtljp 12-08-2009 09:08 PM

make sure you are happy with verizon and that you like the phone within the first 30 days. the driod is one of the phones with the new early termination fee. $350!!!!

kg4kpg 12-08-2009 09:16 PM

Heard this morning Verizon was going to get the iphone in 2010 (possibly). Guy said AT&T just needsto admit they suck and be done with it. Plus to stop using lame actors in their commercials.

kaycee83 12-08-2009 09:50 PM

I wouldn't buy anything with Windows mobile on it, or Windows for that matter. Vista/Windows 7 Nightmare :rofl: BTW you do know that you can unlock the iPhone to work with any service provider right?

stevens243 12-09-2009 12:14 AM

Had mine for about a month now. Love it!

Biggest issues: Kinda heavy. Battery hog (it's ok once you learn to control what/when things are on/working).

Otherwise, great phone. If you have a google (gmail/picasa etc) account, just wow. Contacts sync to the phone right after you activate, gmail is a single button touch, search, maps/navigation (free) et al. Just love it.

I didn't have to sign up for the $350 early term fee when I signed up but that has been a month now...

mrcarcrazy 12-10-2009 05:19 PM

I'll stick with my iphone.

ATT is leagues better than Verizon here...I hear that's uncommon though.

But for some reason its true.

not to mention 12 out of the 10 Motorola's I've owned has been a POS. yes 12 out of 10.

1BLKJP 12-11-2009 03:19 AM

I've messed with the Droid a little bit recently and I'm pretty impressed. Plus Ben it's steel so will survive wheelin easier.

ygohome 12-16-2009 05:57 PM

My sister beat me to it. She bought one and loves it. I think I'll wait a few more months and see if HTC comes out with any real competition to this motorola droid like the HD2 but with Android 2.0 instead of Windows Mobile.

Here's a review of the sexy HD2: HTC HD2 review -- Engadget


The only things I don't like about the Motorola Droid after studing my sister's new phone are:

- Android OS doesn't have an easy way to do a 2 way sync with Outlook contacts unless your contacts are on a MS exchange server, which mine aren't. You can use a gmail account and forward your contacts to it and that will auto sync with your droid phone... but thats too much work for a lazy person like me :) I just want to either plug it into my computer via a usb OR BY bluetooth pan connection and "WHAM!", contacts and notes have sync'd.

- And there is not a means to perform a broadband tether with a laptop. That is a big one because I use my current HTC Touch Pro as a broadband modem and it sends out a wi-fi signal that can be picked up by any computer, console, or other device within 25 or 30 ft and has wep encryption (google wmwifirouter if you have a ms windows mobile phone... its awesome). My cell phone is my only internet connection I have at home. I use the broadband for console gaming too :) And its practically free to me because I have Verizons unlimited data plan.

- downloaded apps can only run within the devices main memory... so even with a 16gb microSD card you have to run and load your apps in the main system memory. Good news is that the device has ALOT of main memory.

All of those "issues" will probably be resolved sooner than later via some freebie downloadable app.

jeep41 12-16-2009 06:15 PM

[QUOTE=mrcarcrazy;502902]I'll stick with my iphone.

ATT is leagues better than Verizon here...I hear that's uncommon though.

But for some reason its true.
QUOTE]

Same here, I love my iphone. :D

ygohome 12-16-2009 06:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaycee83 (Post 501557)
I wouldn't buy anything with Windows mobile on it, or Windows for that matter. Vista/Windows 7 Nightmare :rofl: BTW you do know that you can unlock the iPhone to work with any service provider right?

yeah, I like apples stuff way more than MS. The iphone still has the best user interface in my opinion. Apple just knows how to do things right. I am aware of unlocking the iphone. I've read up on and studied the steps involved. The concern I have with unlocking an iphone to use with Verizon's service is that Apple sends software updates to the phone when you sync the iphone through itunes. So, after a few weeks or months you may forget and plug in the iphone to sync your music library and then Apple will send their "update" and it will re-lock the phone. And at that point you may not be able to use either service provider... you could unlock it again assuming the unlocking software your using keeps up to date to match wits against apple's update that "re-locks" the phone. But what if you can't unlock the phone after apples update relocks it? Your screwed! Even if you can unlock the phone again, your without phone service until you do.

ygohome 12-16-2009 06:35 PM

[QUOTE=jeep41;506742]
Quote:

Originally Posted by mrcarcrazy (Post 502902)
I'll stick with my iphone.

ATT is leagues better than Verizon here...I hear that's uncommon though.

But for some reason its true.
QUOTE]

Same here, I love my iphone. :D

I like the iphone alot too. But out here it's a 50-50 chance of making/sending phone call, email, or sms. I wish it wasn't that way but it is.

ryt2112 12-17-2009 12:53 AM

The droid is pretty nice, but the keyboard doesn't have that great of a feel to it. It is like the old Nokia keyboards - you can't feel the individual keys all that well.
On the other hand, the operating system is fantastic, and growing more so every time they do an update. I actually use a G1 that I have loaded with the custom rom from Cyanogenmod, which incorporates a lot of the features of Android 2.0 and also a lot of things still in development (and considerable speed increases as well).
I got to play with the Droid for about a week, and I liked it. The hardware felt solid, and the touchscreen was nice. If they could put the nice keyboard that the G1 has on it(chiclet style), it would make it much better ;)

ryt2112 12-17-2009 12:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaycee83 (Post 501557)
I wouldn't buy anything with Windows mobile on it, or Windows for that matter. Vista/Windows 7 Nightmare :rofl: BTW you do know that you can unlock the iPhone to work with any service provider right?

I like the Iphone a lot also... The only problem with unlocking them to work on other networks, is that you can't always get 3g on them. T-mobile, for instance, has a 3G network that works on a frequency that the Iphone does not work on, so you are limited to edge data speeds. Still not too bad, but 3G is so much better :)
Now, the minute they have an Iphone for use natively on T-mo, I'm totally there!

csamn2007 12-17-2009 01:19 AM

I have considered paying to get this. But i have a touch screen now and i really hate it. I cant text and drive with a touch screen!

Jerry Bransford 12-17-2009 01:30 AM

I'm also super interested in the Droid OS for a phone and like the fact it includes Google's GPS system. I've been eligible for a Verizon phone upgrade/replacement for nearly 3 yers now and would pull the trigger to sign up for another 2 year committment to get the Droid but it requires I get the Data plan. I use my phone for everything but internet access and would HATE paying that extra $30 per month for something I don't need. I'd use it if I had it but I'd rather not be forced to go with the data plan.

My current Palm OS Treo 650 is looking pretty crude next to the moto droid, I wonder how long I can hold out before finally being forced into the data plan to get it.

ygohome 12-17-2009 01:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ryt2112 (Post 507040)
The droid is pretty nice, but the keyboard doesn't have that great of a feel to it. It is like the old Nokia keyboards - you can't feel the individual keys all that well.
On the other hand, the operating system is fantastic, and growing more so every time they do an update. I actually use a G1 that I have loaded with the custom rom from Cyanogenmod, which incorporates a lot of the features of Android 2.0 and also a lot of things still in development (and considerable speed increases as well).
I got to play with the Droid for about a week, and I liked it. The hardware felt solid, and the touchscreen was nice. If they could put the nice keyboard that the G1 has on it(chiclet style), it would make it much better ;)

I agree about the keyboard. The motorola droid qwerty keys are too flat with no distinction, by feel, when one key ends/begins. I think I could get better at it though over time.

ryt2112 12-17-2009 01:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 507066)
I'm also super interested in the Droid OS for a phone and like the fact it includes Google's GPS system. I've been eligible for a Verizon phone upgrade/replacement for nearly 3 yers now and would pull the trigger to sign up for another 2 year committment to get the Droid but it requires I get the Data plan. I use my phone for everything but internet access and would HATE paying that extra $30 per month for something I don't need. I'd use it if I had it but I'd rather not be forced to go with the data plan.

My current Palm OS Treo 650 is looking pretty crude next to the moto droid, I wonder how long I can hold out before finally being forced into the data plan to get it.

Yeah, I think you will really like going to an Android based phone Jerry, especially seeing how big of a jump it is from the 650 you have. The GPS system works quite well, infact, I am surprised by how fast it locks in to Sats - even indoors - and they have been adding a ton of features lately in the updates, like navigation etc... I use it a lot when I'm walking around even.
Then there are the apps... Even though there are nowhere near the number of apps that the apple store has, the numbers are growing really, really quickly as Android starts to gain more respect. I have a ton of them on my phone now, and I use them all the time. Google Sky is one of my favorites.. very cool.
Android phones have a lot of nice features and are easily modded / upgraded as well.

burton160w 12-17-2009 05:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaycee83 (Post 501557)
I wouldn't buy anything with Windows mobile on it, or Windows for that matter. Vista/Windows 7 Nightmare :rofl: BTW you do know that you can unlock the iPhone to work with any service provider right?

lol no you can't. The iPhone is a GSM phone and is not capable of the CDMA spectrum. So yes, you can unlock for t-mobile or other GSM networks, though you may not receive the 3g speeds or all features, but no, you cannot unlock for Verizon or Sprint.
:9lame:

Jerry Bransford 12-17-2009 10:44 AM

One thing I just learned about using the Droid based GPS from Google is that unless you want a huge phone bill, it requires the data plan due to how much data it continually downloads in GPS mode. Damn, I'm trying to avoid signing up for the $30 monthly data plan but it's getting harder to avoid if I ever want to have a cool phone again. :eek:


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