Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
We've managed to get a sneak peak at the Android powered handset and got our first hand taste of what to expect with Motorola's latest smart phone. There's a lot of expectations with this one, especially when it's already been hype as being probably Motorola's saving grace – bringing back the once venerable company to its former glory. We have to admit from just getting our hands on it that it's built quite well with a feeling of quality workmanship from Motorola. The solid metallic feel is a welcomed sight with the soft matte rear finish complimenting the phone well. This form factor they've decided to go with isn't the traditional one we've seen in the past from them, but it's new design is a refreshing sight to behold.
Undoubtedly its the first phone to feature Android 2.0 and we hope to put it through its paces to see how this latest version stands up. So far, we just notice a little bit of lag from just moving between the home screen, but the smooth typing experience using the virtual QWERTY is a definite improvement. There's some new applications that the DROID will prominently feature out of the box – specifically Google Maps Navigation.
Finally, there will be a couple of accessories expected to launch with the release the phone to compliment some of the specific aspects of the phone. GPS users will be pleased to know that a dash mount will offered to give the phone that standalone GPS feel. Surpsingly the unit will automatically switch to the GPS mode of the phone when connected to the accessory – we're still scratching our heads as to how the phone recognizes it because the mount was just one piece of plastic. Nonethless, we're sure that it'll find its niche out there – especially when Google Maps Navigation is offered for free without any monthly subscriptions. There's even a charging stand which doubles as an alarm clock that will display useful information such as weather and time while it's connected. Both are expected to be available for under $30 each from what we were told – so it won't break you in the bank. We'll see if Motorola has an ace up its sleeve in the form of the DROID – one thing we know for sure is that this will mark the beginning of the Android explosion. Enjoy the shots from the event and expect our in-depth review soon!
1. Sethdras (Posts: 61; Member since: 22 Jul 2009)
i read somewhere that the reason the docks know to change to a docked screen is from the magnets placed in the docks. Friday the 6th cant come soon enough
2. coppertrail (unregistered)
Saw the video from the launch event yesterday, ordering mine on the 6th!
4. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)
this phone looks like its built like a tank its nice to have an all metal exoskeliton its seems like a really sturdy phone i give an A+ in my book... im getting this phone on the 6th and im not paying a cent upfront... put it on the tab
5. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
I can't buy this phone from my store till the 12th. Screw that noise, I'm buying it online.
6. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)
Why do people want this phone so much? I don't see anything special about this phone other than the Android 2.0. Plus, the phone seems too laggy and slow to compete with the phones being released these days.
8. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)
I'm just making personal comments and being curious on why people want this phone so much.. I don't see the point of your reply lol
10. rehnhart (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)
For most people it's because their on Verizon and don't have a good choice in phones. Second, as you stated, it's Android 2.0 with several improvements. Third, the new Google Maps Navigation blows away most third party nav apps that you have to pay for. Fourth, the docks are a nice feature. I'm getting the car dock with my Droid.
11. swc5062 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
The point of vzwman's reply is that you don't have the network, which seems to be true since you didn't rebut his claim, meaning you can't actually have the droid even if you did want it. If you don't understand why the droid is creating so much buzz, than you don't know anything about the phone.
14. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)
its the first android phone from verizon i hope i answerd your question
37. wishbone (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)
Everyone on Verizon wants it so bad cause it's the closet thing to an iphone they can get,,,and we all know how bad VZ wants the iphone. Shouldn't have turned it down when they had the chance,,,,regretting it now
9. MR521 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Jun 2009)
can this phone sync up your email accounts, like hotmail, yahoo, etc...?? will it support office suite docs? perhaps theres an app for that?
12. swc5062 (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
Supposedly it has a notification pull down menu that will color code your email messages based on which account they come from, so yes. Don't know about the office suite docs, maybe there is an app.
13. zfly9 (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
I see that the HTC android phone runs Sense UI which I really like.. Are we able to put that on this Droid?
26. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)
can you put touchflo3D on the Omnia or Palm Treo? Sense UI is made by HTC so it only comes on their handsets, like touchflo but for Android.
15. vzwpenguin (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
Does anyone know what data plan this wil require?
16. johnolesen (Posts: 20; Member since: 17 Oct 2009)
29.99 Data plan...just like EVERY PDA on the market for pretty much EVERY carrier
17. vzwpenguin (Posts: 16; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
well some window mobile phones have the 44.99 plan
20. VZDUBREP (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Oct 2009)
The 44.99 is for business customers... All devices require minimum 29.99 Data plan. If your accessing a corp server or backing up wirelessly on Windows Mobile you'll need 44.99. Thats the only difference.
34. rhomaion (Posts: 187; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)
What is wrong exactly? You didn't make any sense therefore you obviously don't know what your talking about.
18. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
the droid won't have vz navigator though...i wonder why??
19. mthoren68 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Sep 2009)
Have you been paying any attention at all? What is your reading comprehension level? This very article says "especially when Google Maps Navigation is offered for free without any monthly subscriptions."
21. VZDUBREP (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Oct 2009)
VZNav is a Brew application and is made specifically for the device. There isn't one for Android yet as the device is new. Plus GoogleNav is free. I work for the company and free is way better than 9.99 :)
28. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
ik but i'm just saying...thank you vzdubrep for an intelligent response.
30. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)
damn fanman 1026 postcount your a freaking veteran
33. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
actually there are many more. i registered in december because it was mandatory to post comments, i've been coming to this website for a long time...:-)
22. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)
so now that the droid has bin released phone arena we need an in dept review asap before some of us drow away our savings or for some their life savings
24. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)
Trust me.... this phone will not fail to impress anyone. its ridiculous.... in a good way.
25. zfly9 (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
So will we be able to put SENSE UI or MOTOBLUR on it? How's the Facebook application on here? Anything like blackberry's where you get specific notifications not through e-mail?
35. WinstonSmith (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)
I played w/ the 'dummy' version @ BestBuy today and the keyboard was awful. I couldn't even tell if I had pressed a button. If anyone has see a working version, please tell me that my experience was only because it was a dummy.
36. WnnaFghtAboutIt (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)
the google nav works amazingly...so does the latitude prog...i am having too much fun playing with both droid models... i am more impressed with the moto...but the htc and the sense ui is nice...as well as it feels like half the weight and alot more comfy in the hand....the moto really is iphone sized...just a little too big for most people....but the virtual keypad, especially in landscape is by far the best i have ever used... the apps are great on both, and there are specific ones that only work on the moto with it being 2.0. while the camera is 5.0mp on both, the moto far outshines the htc in everyway that i tested it, and the 16gb on board card is nice too....i wish they had put more rom in, because i went download crazy, probably about 30-40 apps and widgets and it left me with only about 200MB of free space. I want to be able to download 500 apps if i want to... the htc in that sense is nice because of the 7 homescreens....where as the moto has 3...so you're limited on what you can display as far as widgets go, especially since facebooks takes up half a screen. im going with the moto...it feels solid...has the nicest screen i have yet to see and just is amazing....this is the iphone killer
38. wishbone (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)
Below is a headline from CNET,,,,,,,everyone wants to be like the king and all anyone can do is attempt a good copy. And all you VZ people can say what you want about the iphone, but when it comes right down to it it's what you all want. So much so you're eager to hurry out and grab all those copies (i.e Storm and now Droid, even Sprints Pre) just as fast as you can. The iphone is a proven champion,,,,,good luck with your copy. Inside the Motorola Droid, an iPhone likeness