R.I.P: Motorola DROID?

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R.I.P: Motorola DROID?
With the Motorola DROID 2 expected to launch sometime next month (after all, it is featured prominently in Verizon's Summer catalog), a leaked internal Verizon document shows that the original DROID is now considered "End of Life". This means no more shipments from Motorola are expected to replaced sold units. The original DROID lit a fire under Android and became the first handset offered by the nation's largest carrier that could keep up with the iPhone. In fact, Time Magazine named the device its Gadget of the Year for 2009, beating out the iPhone 3GS. For Motorola, it was the manufacturer's first bonafide hit since the RAZR. For a few weeks until the Nexus One launched with Android 2.1, the DROID was the only phone running the 2.0 version of Google's open source operating system and that in turn started the current demand for Android models. The DROID is survived by it's brothers, the DROID X and the upcoming DROID 2.

Other devices on the list include the Motorola DEVOUR (bathtime is over), the Nokia 7705 Twist, the BlackBerry Tour-with or without camera, and the Samsung Knack, Intensity, Smooth and Saga.

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26 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Kinda figured that would happen. I wonder if people will still prefer the droid over droid 2. for instance will it be cheapper built.

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1124; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I think it depends if you are into customizing your droid, the Droid 2 is likely to have the same boot loader as the droid X so custom roms are difficult. I have a droid running the crygonmod and @ 1.2ghz so no need to get a new droid if it is not customizable

3. josuearisty

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

One of the best smartphone to date. Im sad you gone.

9. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

The Droid is a great device but I played around with the Droid X at a Verizon store yesterday and it rocks! For those who don't have a Droid device yet don't be disheartened, the Droid X will fill the void. It's super fast, great customizations and features, more home pages (Droid has 3, Droid X has 7) and many more features and such. I had to stop testing it out because several other people were "in line" to check it out so I humbly moved along. As soon as I'm able I'll more likely upgrade to the Droid X.

4. Glorfindale

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

I'm going to stick with mine for a while. Simply not enough reason to upgrade. It's almost a perfect phone, minus a couple of things.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

If my store (indirect) still has them by the time I have the money I may still buy it. The phone s definitely a classic now. It was impressive in its general lack of major issues and its quality construction when it came out. It also rekindled my love for Moto, a love which stretches back to my original V195.

6. mstacdlite

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I didnt own a droid, but I worked for an indirect store and I know many that had it as well. Truly a remarkable device that even though its end of life through vzw, will not be obsolete for some time. Motorola was always an innovative manufacturer, (think back to vzw's first color flip phone T720, or the pimpin' StarTac back in the day) they just fell behind after the Razr craze. What a way to bounce back with their much needed Droid! In my opinion, one of the Best devices to ever hit the mobile market.

7. kdlj

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 23, 2009

So if my Droid breaks they would replace it with a Droid 2?

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, warranty department will still keep plenty of Droids on hand for any claims which need to be filled. I doubt they'll run out for a long time.

15. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

nope. you will just keep getting shitty replacement phones with the same defects motorola is known for. display failures, proximity sensor failure, no power...the list goes on and on. go motorola!!

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"The same defects Motorola is *known* for." Oh really? Please tell this former warranty department employee what your preferred phone brand is, and if it's sold by Verizon I can pick at least one or two models from that brand that had major issues. For example: you say LG. I say: EnV 2, which had outer keys which would stop working, inner screen not working, outer screen not working, charging port would stop working, charging port would pull OUT, hinge would break, phone would shut off and come back on, phone would shut off and never come back on, etc. The only Motorola recall Verizon ever experienced had to do with their Mot Bat 1 batteries, which sucked. Other than that, Motorola phones were actually about as reliable as any other brand Verizon's sold. Their only crimes were that they were a little boring and a little slow. The KRZR, RIZR, and Rival were the only models which just sucked period when I worked there. I know several people who own Droids, have had them for months, and swear by them. My dad had a Razr for three years and only gave it up because his company forced him to upgrade to an EnV 2. He never had a single issue with the phone. Not one. So, let's try and get our facts straight, shall we?

21. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Motorola does suck, pal. Droid was the only good phone in a loooooooooong time, and that's because Google was over their shoulder the whole time it was being built. The Entice gets a free pass, it's the only flip they've made that hasn't glitched since...ever. Every other flip they've made, one out of three had a bad tech-flex wire. Close the phone, it never has a screen again. The idiots at Verizon that let the Rival hit the market and the team that built it should all be fired.

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The Entice and its predecessor the W755 were both damn good phone models. If anything ever went wrong with the W755 it usually had to do with the battery. The VU204 was only slightly less reliable. The Krave kinda sucked, but it bnever sold well enough to gauge its reliability. Same for the...crap, forget what that little flip was with the jewel buttons. The RAZR was a pretty good phone too. When I was in warranty department there was not a single phone by a single manufacturer which I never got a call on. Almost every LG phone in the same time period would get multiple calls a day. Samsung had the same track record to a lesser extent. At the same time, I have a T-Mobile Motorola sitting in my car right no which I could use if I charged it and threw in a SIM card. The V195s, look it up. It was still being sold on T-mobile's website last year, and it was an old model when I got it three years ago. Had Bluetooth and web browsing capability, and when it was new I got 28 days out of its battery. Even at the end of the time I used it I was still getting over a wek out of a single charge, constant texting and web use included. Also, even if Motorola's software was a little slow, their reception on their phones has always been great. So what I'm trying to say is: I've paid attention to Motorola, along with several other phone companies, and I don't rank them any worse than any other maker. Hell, I'll pick on Nokia first. Now THERE'S a company that's gone down the tubes.

8. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

I'm still rockin my Droid A855 I'm not upgrading till December remember vzw always saves the best for last

10. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

i kind of think that that's the right decision to make. it reminds me of Michael Jordan retiring lol (the legacy will continue!)

12. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

In my opinion I think that they should have just upgraded the original model and re-released it with higher specs. I mean it's a little fast for a sequel model to already be on it's way out and the original droid didn't show many signs of slowing down in sales anyway. Either way it's an excellent device and will be honored well by the X and the Droid 2.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, one of the things addressed in the Droid 2 is apparently the keyboard, which didn't have the best physical design. So I don't mind them coming out with a new model *so soon.* It's really not any faster than the release schedule for other phone sequels, like the Intensity 2, Accolade, etc.

13. CODYPHOBIA

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 21, 2008

R.I.P. Droid =( Woohoo Droid X

14. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Lets bow our heads and pay our respect to "Droid". This is truely a sad however realistic part of life: the droid is a special handset and will go down in history as one of the greats

16. xmguy1

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

I like the Droid 2. But If the only change is the over all design and the faster processor than an upgrade isn't really needed. I love my Droid.

17. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i've enjoyed my droid since november 9th! now i'm onto the droid x which should last just as long!

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am waiting for DROID 3D, comings soon in OCTOBER of 2011!!

25. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

I want that one also, but the X is awesome so far, and the 3D if offered will be my next upgrade.

23. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

XDA develpers and the apps will keep the droid going.

24. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

I highly doubt that Verizon will get rid of the Droid 1 at least not right away. Its still a solid device, and not everyone will want a larger device like the Droid X, and the physical keyboard might be prefered.

26. RC unregistered

I purchased a Droid in Nov 2009 the month it was released. I'm locked into a 2 year contract but looks like Verizon isn't locked into supporting it for the length of my contract. My hard shell case broke so I went to buy a new one and was told all they have are Droid 2 accessories. All accessories for the original Droid have been pulled for all the stores. You can bet when my 2 years are up with Verizon, all they'll see is my ass as I walk out their door for good !!!

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