DROID!


Yes ladies and gentlemen, I am the proud owner of the Motorola Droid.  This phone IS the iPhone killer. I know that’s a bold statement, but that’s how I feel.  This phone does everything from 3G web browsing, real time map updates while running a GPS, media playback, YouTube integration, thousands of apps, and more.

The following is a breakdown of my favorite features on the Droid:

3G Web Browsing. The web browser built into the Droid is much like the one implemented into the iPhone.  It allows for scrolling and zoom capabilities by the touch of the main screen.   A lot of phones on Verizon’s network up until now have great phones but terrible mobile web browsers.  If you wanted to navigate to a site that did not implement a mobile version of its site, you were screwed.  The Droid however allows you to view web pages in their original format.

802.11g capabilites. The Droid also has the ability to connect to access points for quicker browsing if you’re at home, work, Starbucks, or wherever.  Thanks to the nice little alerts bar at the top of the interface, its easy to connect to open WiFi connections that you may have stumbled upon.  You can also set up secured APs through the Droid’s settinsg app which will keep a database of SSIDs and their keys.   Once the Droid picks up one of the saved SSIDs, it will automatically connect to it.

WiFi

Google Maps/GPS/Car Mode. I absolutely love these features.  The Droid has an App that comes preloaded that changes the desktop layout of the droid into an easier to navigate while driving interface.  Instead of having to search for basic features such as phone, maps, and Google voice search on a cluttered desktop, they’re placed on a neatly organized toolbar.

The google maps and GPS integration is amazing.  This feature makes car GPS’s obsolete since Google maps never gets outdated.  What I mean by this is when you set up a route that you would like to travel, the Droid queries Google Map databases for the best route and then sends the latest map to your phone for navigation.  This is a great feature as long as you start your journey in a place that has 3G.  Maps will be unable to load if you attempt to set up a route from outside of the 3G network since Google databases will be unreachable.

Car App

Google Maps

Media Playback. The Droid comes default with a 16Gb micro SD card installed.  This allows for a lot of storage space for apps, music, videos, and other data.    Most of my 16Gb card is filled with mp3.  The music player is somewhat limited in features but organized neatly and efficiently.  When you first open the Music Player you are greeted with 4 options: Artists, Albums, Songs, and Playlists.  Each one respectively shows what it’s title describes.  Once you choose how you want to play the music, you are taken to the player itself.   The player comes equipped with Album art, playlist, shuffle, repeat, song information, play/pause, rewind/backtrack, fast forward/skip to next track, and a progress bar.

Multitasking. The Droid allows for true multitasking.  For instance, I use my Droid basically as a media center for my car.  I have the Droid connected to an FM tuner and resting on a dashboard mount.  It is common for me to be running Google Maps and Music Apps simultaneously.  The Music plays constantly until google maps has to tell me something or a phone call comes in.  In that case the music pauses and picks back up where it left off once the other apps are done alerting me.

YouTube Integration. I haven’t used this feature to its fullest potential yet, but it seems like a great idea.  With this preloaded app, you are able to view YouTube videos on your phone.  There is a built-in YouTube search button which allows you to search the YouTube database and load up videos.

The other feature in this app is the ability to record videos with the Droid’s built-in camera and then immediately upload it to YouTube via WiFi or 3G.  I’ve only tested this by uploaded a 30 second video, but it did in fact upload it pretty quickly (probably about 1 minute).

Youtube

Sliding Keyboard. The Droid is the only Android phone in Verizon’s arsenal that has a physical keyboard.  All other’s have touch screen keyboards much like the Dare’s or Env Touch’s.  The touch screen keyboard is nice, but I like to know that I’m actually hitting buttons.  This also allows, for me atleast, to minimize errors and compose e-mails/texts quicker.

Through all of its glory and majesty, there are some problems that I have with the Droid:

Screen is not multitouch. The screen on the Droid does not support multitouch which only really hurts the use of the on screen keyboard.  For instance, if you are typing something and accidentally have two fingers touching the screen at once, the Droid will only accept whatever the last key you typed was.  So if I typed the letter D and then had two fingers on the screen and tried to touch F, the Droid would register it a D.

Making phone calls. It seems like making a call is more of a hassle than it should be.  Say I wanted to make a call to my friend Todd.  There are 5 + ways I can go about this.  1) Open the phone app and dial his number 2)Open the phone app, hit the Contacts tab, scroll down to his name, touch his name, and finally pick whether I want to call his home or cell 3) Open phone app, hit contacts, touch search icon on phone, and begin to type his name out, touch his name, and choose whether to call his home or cell 4) Make a shortcut of his contact information on the Droid’s desktop 5)use google voice/text search and use keywork “Call Todd.”   It just seems that it takes too many touches to call anyone.

Overall, I give the Droid a 4.5/5

One Response to DROID!

  1. Scott Graham says:

    download go launcher ex. Allows you to change your screen layout and how many screens open plus horizontal layout. Now if that. Go has a widget to make your onscreen widgets as quick message/phone buttones. 1 or 2 pushes. I am sorry you didn’t research the technology infront of you and seen it as open source as this is easily modified using the market without entering the “rooting” of the phone and well intack of warranty and easily change back to your launcher app to basic usage. THere is other launchers out there. Like 7.apk. gives you option to make phone to look like the windows mobile phones. I am sure there is also one that actually looks like window7 on the computer but that one is better with a stylus or smaller tiny hands like way beyond the small hand dude on the bk shows. ADW is neat n evil looking but force quits. Plus what about hooking a pc gamepad to your android to play a game. 2.3 supports 3rd party hardware install. A mini computer. No way.

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