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Motorola DROID Review

0. phoneArena 31 Oct 2009, 05:00 posted on

With a lot of attention in both ads featured online and television, the Motorola DROID is fast becoming a household name. We found very few faults with the phone – specifically the minor ...

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posted on 07 Nov 2009, 23:03

41. efarmdog (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jul 2009)


"The original iPhone's camera got a rating of 7.5" - Right, that was how long ago? Technology better have evolved by now... it's been a while.

posted on 08 Nov 2009, 03:05

45. sgtslayer321 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


but thats what peole see when they go to check the phone out on this sight not to mention they see other(smarphones) that aren't that good with higher ratings

posted on 01 Nov 2009, 16:54

12. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


I just want to say a few things. One they gave Pre a 9.9 and its battery is far worse than Droid. I have a an I phone 3gs and it is a great phone but if I use it hard as they did the droid for test it would not even last a whole day. 12 hours at best.It also took three updates to correct issues with it. I have both Verizon and ATT. I am a little sick of phonearena being so unfair in there reviews. I read everything I can find on cell phones and feel this phone is finally going in the right direction for Verizon. I have Pre Ordered at Best buy and cant wait to use this phone. After using and giving a fair use I will then give my review here. Looks at least as good as I phone Much better than Pre. Come on Phone Arena Pre 9.9 and Droid just a 8.5. Funny thing I phone 3gs was 8.5 and it got much better reviews from people who accually use the phones. Pre was way less and build was junk. Droid by all accounts is built great. Just my view.

posted on 08 Nov 2009, 03:08

46. sgtslayer321 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


I think you nailed it

posted on 22 Nov 2009, 22:30

66. weedalin (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


sigh . . . These ratings aren't absolute or conclusive, merely relative, which you would have known, had you read the 'how we rate' link on the review. The ratings are all relative based on the current competitor set and the technology available. They DON'T serve as an absolute rating for all phones.

posted on 01 Nov 2009, 22:02

14. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)


i dont see what the big fuss about this phone is. android 2.0 is its biggest selling point, and its already unofficially available on the tmo g1. htc has said it is coming to the hero, and the sense ui is the best thing android has going for it. the droid may have a huge screen, but a huge screen means a huge bulge in my pocket. about 2/3 of the reviews ive read say the keyboard is blah, and some go as far as to say the onscreen one is better. like the storm, this seems like a product of vzws marketing rather than an honest-to-goodness great product. the eris, once updated to 2.0, looks to be where its at for vzw customers.

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 07:49

16. secondcor517 (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 Oct 2008)


you say big screen means big bulge in your pocket, if you review the measurements or even the comparisons with other phones you will see that this phone is basically the same size as the iphone.

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 12:01

18. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


yea I agree lol and when I said it before, people flamed like crazy but seriously, whats up with these people? they just click - whenever they see a negative comment about the phone lol. Sorry I meant a non-positive comment. I'm sure more than half of them haven't even got the chance to use the phone or seen the phone in real life. Apparently it's the first android phone in vzw I heard.. I guess it's a big deal for them but not for many of us who arent with vzw.

posted on 01 Nov 2009, 22:37

15. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


We appreciate everyone's comments regarding the Droid. As we have only had it a couple days, we will continue to use it, and will make any changes to the review or ratings that we feel are necessary. We will be power-cycling the battery several times and will see how much time we then get using it. -Thank you.

posted on 08 Nov 2009, 03:19

47. sgtslayer321 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


come onyou got to admit thow the battery isn't all that bad. I got this phone and have been so excited that I messed with it nonstop so far and the battery was know worse than the storm maybe better and was much better than the Imagio. I really liked the video review but the final rating just doesn't seem right. It is what everyone will look at before they go to buy it and the phone is absolutely in the top three phones in the united states (maybe) even the best.

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 10:07

17. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


It seems like a lot of supporters here. Seriously though, the people wrote the review have had the chance to use the phone and this is what they came up with. I'm sure they have done all the tests and etc before writing the review and they probably know more about the phone than these supporters. You guys should talk after trying the phone out and you'll know how bad/good the battery life, keyboard, etc are.

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 12:20

19. yhbae002 (Posts: 46; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)


This phone looks real nice. Pity its not available in Canada yet. It has pretty much everything I need - CPU speed, high resolution, good volume, sleek look, physical keyboard, etc. For me, Android 2.0 is just more gravy on top - but even without it, the phone still looks good. The reviewer was very harsh on the final score. I looked at the score first them read the review. I was expecting some _significant_ negative comments but couldn't find one. Battery life is ok. I went through HTC Diamond then to the current Magic. I'm sure Droid will outperform battery life of Diamond by a good margin. I (and most others) charge daily. Currently using Hero ROM on Rogers Magic.

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 14:01

20. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


We've been using the Motorola DROID for a longer period now and in the end decided to bring its battery rating up a bit. We've also taken into consideration the performance of the other CDMA Android phone that's currently out, Sprint's HTC Hero. Having in mind the Hero is capable of delivering about two days of relatively heavy usage, we think the DROID's one day deserves its new rating of 6.5. Thank you for your patience!

posted on 08 Nov 2009, 03:23

48. sgtslayer321 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


still could have been a little better but thats just my opinion but I think that is really cool to give it a second chance.

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 16:34

21. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


i say we have a open vote. say yay or nay if you believe they should retest or atleast rescore this device. the cons are pretty pitiful and gimmes with every single smartphone/touch screen out there.... come on phone arena, really?

posted on 08 Nov 2009, 03:25

49. sgtslayer321 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


yay

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 20:45

22. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


.... along with that. you gave the storm 2 camera a 7.5 which is only a 3.2 mp and has never been very responsive and doesnt have the dual flash. how do you justify giving a 5 mp with a higher resolution screen a lower score?

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 21:01

23. koustik (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)


I should be the first to be the first to tell you that sadly the storm 2 has better picture quality than this phone. The color shows better on the storm 2. FYI: just because 5mp sounds better, it only makes the pictures bigger. And the storm 2 actually has a brighter flash than the dual flash, which is quite peculiar.

posted on 02 Nov 2009, 21:02

24. koustik (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)


I was really hopeing for motoblur :((

posted on 03 Nov 2009, 05:18

26. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


So was I. The regular android UI isnt appealing to me.

posted on 03 Nov 2009, 08:47

27. testman22 (Posts: 338; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


Going with everyone else, this score is truly absurd... Each one of the cons listed are completely ridiculous. I could go into debunking every incorrect con they mention, but I'll just say this- The Droid is truly a revolution (notice phonearena even uses the word revolution themselves). The design is different, with an air of functionality that not many phones have. And the possibilities of the android platform on the best carrier are endless. I'm not claiming the phone is perfect. Yes the keyboard may be a bit cramped, and it lacks the physical send/end button. (Know what phone doesn't have a keyboard at all, or any send/end buttons? hmm...) And of course the media synchronization is a big miss. But all in all, for a first generation, the Droid got it right. Sorry Phone Arena, this phone is gonna be huge no matter how hard you try to tamper with its score

posted on 03 Nov 2009, 11:47

28. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


i say we have a open vote. say yay or nay if you believe they should retest or atleast rescore this device. the cons are pretty pitiful and gimmes with every single smartphone/touch screen out there.... come on phone arena, really?

posted on 03 Nov 2009, 14:20

29. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


I can't wait for all the user reviews, the score should much better reflect the phone.

posted on 03 Nov 2009, 20:41

30. JasonWood (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


Ok just an FYI on the Battery issue There are several Apps on you can download to conserve your Battery power. Just look on the Android Market place.

posted on 04 Nov 2009, 11:32

31. josuearisty (Posts: 148; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


wanna get the GSM version...

posted on 05 Nov 2009, 12:18

33. Griz (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2009)


This is a tough one for me since up until now I've been very much the opposer of Motorola products. But now, having handled the device and having had a chance to utilize alot of the features including Android Market, I'd have to say its a top-performer. Having the keyboard is nice and the web is lightning-quick. The device is very heavy but i think the benefits of having a dual-processor and the Google 2.0 OS certainly outweigh their impact on battery life and chassis weight. As compared to the Eris, however, this one is tough. The Eris has more of a Palm Pre feel while opening new web pages and interacting with its 7 home screens (page preview) which adds to the ease of use over Motorola's list view style and choppier navigation through its 3 home screens. I personally dig the "Andy Warhol" mode in the photo customization menu; gotta check that out! Expect the launch of both Droids tomorrow to be big! Nice work Motorola....finally!!

posted on 05 Nov 2009, 17:44

35. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


ya the eris is legit too. id say the biggest difference is the droid is a little bit faster with the better processor, but the Eris does have the seven panels vs droids 3. beside the obvious keyboard vs trackball physically.

posted on 05 Nov 2009, 16:19

34. Mayday3420 (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Here is what bothers me about the review. How does the andriod phone on sprint get a higher rating on things when it's newer software. Then they have things that they put on the pros list that only recieved a 7 or 8 in the rankings. Organizer, sprint gets a10 and vzw gets an 8 when it's the same opperating system? Multimedia, sprint gets a 9 and vzw gets an 8 when actually the newer version has more multimedia functions on it? I have no idea how they do reviews here but it's a very poor job they do.

posted on 08 Nov 2009, 03:32

50. sgtslayer321 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)


I agree

posted on 07 Nov 2009, 17:03

40. vmatikov (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)


fuck you.

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