Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories

Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
On a wet and rainy Wednesday in the big apple, there is much going on even when rain is steadily dropping down with no end in sight. The World Series will commence in the Bronx with the New York Yankees set to play against the Philadelphia Phillies – with much of New York's attention focused on that. Right in the heart of Times Square, there are many people eagerly awaiting the anticipation of players from the popular ball club to make an appearance at a pep rally. Further down the street away from the noise of people chanting, nestled slightly at a corner, is an event being helmed by Verizon Wireless and Motorola to promote their latest premier handset – the Motorola DROID.


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.


Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories

Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories


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!

Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories
Hands on with the Motorola DROID and some of its optional accessories


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38 Comments

1. Sethdras

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 22, 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!

3. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

same here

4. vzwman

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

5. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 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: 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.

7. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

you probably dont have the network

8. shgam2

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 08, 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: 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.

11. swc5062

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 29, 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: Oct 26, 2009

its the first android phone from verizon i hope i answerd your question

29. shgam2

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 08, 2009

oh okay it makes sense to me a bit now lol

37. wishbone

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 30, 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: 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?

12. swc5062

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

32. MR521

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

sweet, thanks for ur reply.

13. zfly9

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 29, 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: Sep 25, 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: Oct 29, 2009

Does anyone know what data plan this wil require?

16. johnolesen

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 17, 2009

29.99 Data plan...just like EVERY PDA on the market for pretty much EVERY carrier

17. vzwpenguin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

well some window mobile phones have the 44.99 plan

20. VZDUBREP

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 22, 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.

23. nalu808

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

wrong

34. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 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: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

the droid won't have vz navigator though...i wonder why??

19. mthoren68

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."

21. VZDUBREP

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 :)

28. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

ik but i'm just saying...thank you vzdubrep for an intelligent response.

30. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

damn fanman 1026 postcount your a freaking veteran

31. MR521

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

HAHAHA thats funny...made me laugh bro.

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