Is it just us, or the DROID line-up is starting to lose its appeal?

Is it just us, or the DROID line-up is starting to lose its appeal?
We know that everything that has a beginning, has an end, but don't you feel that the Motorola DROID series (we mean the DROID DROID, not the RAZR, PRO, XYBOARD, BIONIC or any other of the DROID models) is starting to lose its appeal, and it looks like no one is doing anything to change this situation? This thought hit us shortly after the announcement of the new DROID 4 at CES 2012. Here's what we mean...

There are three main reasons why we think the DROID line-up is in decline. These are: “more of the same”, “lack of hype” and “uninspiring design”.

More of the same

Ever since the original Motorola DROID came out, the company hasn't made a single change in the main concept behind the phone. Yes, a DROID is a DROID, so it has to have some characteristic features, but then again, history has proved that people get tired when they are continuously presented with more of the same. If Motorola wishes the DROID phone to live on, it will have to bring some kind of change to the basic idea of the model. I'll have to innovate it.

Lack of hype

Have you noticed that the last couple of DROIDs were announced suddenly, with almost zero presence in the news prior to that, no teasers, and overall – no buzz created around these models whatsoever. This is sad, considering the tremendous success their oldest predecessor had. Once launched, these newer models live a somewhat quiet life on the shelves, often overshadowed by some other premium phones. What Moto and Verizon need to do is to make the DROID hot again. Especially once they have brought some of the innovation that we mentioned above, they'll have all the prerequisites to build some hype around the series again.

Uninspiring design

By “uninspiring design” here we mean that almost any appeal in terms of quality construction and materials has been stripped off the DROID 4. Firstly, even though the handset features elements of the DROID RAZR's design language, this does not include the details that made the RAZR cool, namely the Kevlar back and diamond-cut accents. Secondly, the phone is entirely made of plastic, with no metal parts in its casing to give it a more premium feel. Unfortunately, it doesn't stop here, as the DROID 4 has even lost the most characteristic appearance feature of its predecessors – the protruding screen area. For us, that change is more of a loss than a win.

We're interested in hearing your opinion on the matter. Do you share our observations that the Motorola DROID line is no longer as exciting as it once was? C'mon, sound off in the comments below!

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  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
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57 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol, I lost interest in the droid line one Bionic ago....Just saying...Don't bash me.

30. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

"(we mean the DROID DROID, not the RAZR, PRO, XYBOARD, BIONIC or any other of the DROID models)" did you read the article?

47. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Question: Is it just us, or the iphone 4 line-up never had appeal?

2. walmes27

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Droids are still popular, its the Iphone thats overrated who on earth can text on that small as screen. yea the bionic is a ok phone but i prefer the droid razr. the rezound is not a droid, its a good phone.give it time, it might be boring to some, but i still enjoy the droid series.

7. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I watch people on their 4S and very few people were texting like the old days. It's like texting is so old fashion.

15. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

"very few people were texting like the old days" The old days... As in 90 days ago? Com'on man. Siri is cool, but it hasn't really eliminated texting just yet.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Wadayamean?

22. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I did not find "iphone" anywhere in the article ... I just don't understand why you people simply include "iphone bashing" in your comments .. Please stop this non-sense .. :(

48. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Cuz Itunes has and always sucked A%%!!

31. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

"(we mean the DROID DROID, not the RAZR, PRO, XYBOARD, BIONIC or any other of the DROID models)" did you read the article?

3. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

I agree, that the Droid line is losing its appeal, but to me, what matters more is the specs. While still definitely within the "high-end", it is often near the lowest of the high. For example, the Droid 4 has a 1.2GHz, while by now 1.5GHz is the default for high-ends, and quads are looming just ahead. The Droid 3 had a 1.0GHz while the default then was 1.2GHz Also, the screen. TFT screens? Really? It is/was such a reputable lineage in the Android family, I think it deserves minimally an AMOLED screen. The keyboards and RAM are sweet, though. I'd reckon most people would be willing to pay another $50 for a Droid 4 with a Super Amoled+ and a DC 1.5GHz, bumping its specs, and price, to true high-ends. However, sadly the Droid line has always represented the best(in specs) for QWERTY phones, with most, if not all, other phones with qwerty having entry-level specs.

25. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

More MHz does not equal more speed, the only CPUs going with 1.5GHz are the S3 Snapdragons since they can't keep up with the based on the Cortex-A9 in the market (Exynos, OMAP 4430-4460, A5)

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

welcome to the gang that knows better. respect from the King!

52. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Not true. The 4430 goes between 1.0GHz and 1.2GHz, which was in the Droid 3, and will be again be in the Droid 4. The 4460, on the other hand, goes from 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz. It would be much better if they put a 4460, even if it's at 1.2GHz, into the Droid 4. There is no 4440 or 4450. Gang that knows better? Better in uninformed speculation?

53. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

what are you talking about? the clock frequency has little to do with what makes the OMAP4 better than the S3. it has more up to date architecture and a way better GPU among other things. in reality a 1GHz OMAP4 is better than a 1.5GHz S3. you sir are apparently in the gang that reads the specs but seems to only think that higher numbers is what makes things better than the rest. :P

54. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

My point still stands even if you had a couple of days to look it up, even if the 4460 goes that high I have yet to see 1 clocked at 1.5 get to the market, OEMs get more emails from people complaining of bad battery life than from geeks like us crying for an extra .3 GHz, my "uninformed speculation" comes from real things I see in the real world, maybe you should try to back away from your computer once in a while and take a look around the real world before talking or you run the risk of sounding stupid...

4. davin8r

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

They really screwed up by not (at the very least) improving the screen quality and/or resolution on the Droid 4 compared to Droid 3. Very disappointed.

5. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Yes I never really like the branding by Verizon of their og Droid but i feel as though the iPhone name itself needs improvement. just think about it, really iPhone 4, iPhone 4S. Sounds like the name is getting rusty, as if the there was a giant iron metal 4 being rusted by years of rain showers. all apple did was add a new shiny metal S and only while looking at it you see the the true picture. My imagination went a bit wild... Oh Same thing with the Droid Name. It Be cool if Apple started to use the code names they use internally and market them just like they do with Mac OS.

6. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

as I said before.. there's no innovation in this droid 4.. -__- im just tired

8. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Droid 1 and 2 were good and added something different. 3 and 4th are the same. If they did not introduce the Razr this would have seemed like a new and good design.

9. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I don't even understand what the second paragraph is getting at. Was change not achieved when the droid lineup branched off into the DroidX and Droid Pro and other devices? How much more different can a landscape qwerty slider get? The D4 has lost the chin, taken on the Razr and Photon's edges, and steadily and noticeably improved the keyboard with each generation, the back panel is different etc etc. What exactly is the carryover from the D3 through D1 that you guys think will bring the D4 down? because I just don't see it. And while we're on the subject don't your 2nd and 4th paragraph contradict somewhat? You want it to be differen't, but you didn't want it to lose the raised screen housing? So then what did you want? a raised screen and...? As far as aesthetics I think it's right on, though I too am dissapointed by the lack of some of the Razr's bits and pieces, but I imagine most of the budget went into that keyboard so if that part holds up I'll easily forgive the lack of some of the Razr's build elements...I hope at least even though it is made of a plastic shell that that plastic feels at least thick enough to feel like a well built(if not expensively built) device. As far as the screen goes I'd hope that that's an issue with Samsung, as they always seem to not have enough capacity for either their screens or chips. It would've been nice to see them go with an LG IPS display but I'll settle for a decent LCD. Like I said before my acceptance of these compromises all hinges on that keyboard. That said it isn't like it's a step down in anyway from the D3 and I was about 1 millimeter away from buying that 3 months ago.

32. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i agree jimstar. i think what has happened with the droid line is it has just fallen down the list of "best" and "featured" for vzw motorolas. the first was the one and only. the second was just paired with the X (and had similar specs, the global having a better processor). by the time the 3 came out, it was released hand in hand with the X2, but people were focused on the bionic, and soon after the razr. now the 4 is just doing two things. first it is keeping up with the jones. the needed the spec bump. second, it is THE physical qwerty option. this was a big deal with droid 1, since their main focus was offering everything the iphone couldnt. but now, qwertys are all but a thing of the past.

10. HyperM3

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

At least VZW has all these options. On ATT the pickings are slim. I'm very disappointed with my options at this point. Where's my RAZR or Nexus?

40. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Vivid, skyrocket, galaxy s2, atrix 2, captivate glide.

44. HyperM3

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

How about phones that arent nearly extinct already? The only one there thats viable still is the GS2.

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thanks also to the Bionic ...and the Charge... the "Droid"... will follow the Optimus line....

12. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

if that were true it would have failed the first year.

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

after the Doid X no other Doid have created the hype Droid used ot make...

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i agree that there should be more hype and that it should have been constructed more "premiumly" but as far as it being the same then i think the "if it's not broke don't fix it" philosophy still sticks here.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think is simple droid campaign sucks. The droid does was a nice campaign but this new commercials are dumb. People need a commercial where smart actions work where voice commands work, where you show people how nice the GPS is or how cool the apps are on the market I don't care is my phone can slice cake. But if you show me a phone that turns into a computer and how cool that would be then you will have people getting it even if they don't use it. We need commercials with people doing things to make people feel like they have to go get this to do it show people what Droid does! Before its too late

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