Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
posted by John V. / Oct 29, 2009, 2:29 AM
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!
Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 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
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 9:47 AM 0
Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 08, 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.
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 11:11 AM 0
Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 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.
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 11:40 AM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 11:41 AM 0
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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
posted on Nov 01, 2009, 10:31 AM 0
Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 12, 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?
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 11:37 AM 0
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I see that the HTC android phone runs Sense UI which I really like.. Are we able to put that on this Droid?
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 11:45 AM 0
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Does anyone know what data plan this wil require?
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 1:12 PM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 3:21 PM 0
18. vzw fanman
Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008
the droid won't have vz navigator though...i wonder why??
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 2:04 PM 1
Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 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."
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 2:25 PM 0
Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 22, 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 :)
posted on Oct 29, 2009, 3:22 PM 0
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