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Motorola DROID Review

Motorola DROID

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Being the first to come with Android 2.0 (aka Éclair), the Motorola DROID introduces us to many new things that we haven't seen on previous devices using the operating system. You won't find a nifty looking interface like MOTOBLUR that's found running on the Motorola CLIQ, or SenseUI that is used by HTC. Instead, we are left with stock Android, which can be personalized in a number of ways. You can add a variety of items like widgets, shortcuts, folders, and wallpapers to one of the three home screens –  all of these can easily be executed and moved around for a unique look. Even though it's ARM Cortex-A8h processor is faster than what’s found on current Android phones, we noticed a slight lag when switching between different home screens. Other than that one minor issue, we had no problems navigating through the interface, but occasionally you will see some slowdown depending on the amount of apps you are running.

Motorola DROID is the first to have the latest build of Android – version 2.0 (aka Eclair) - Motorola DROID Review
Motorola DROID is the first to have the latest build of Android – version 2.0 (aka Eclair) - Motorola DROID Review
Motorola DROID is the first to have the latest build of Android – version 2.0 (aka Eclair) - Motorola DROID Review
Motorola DROID is the first to have the latest build of Android – version 2.0 (aka Eclair) - Motorola DROID Review

Motorola DROID is the first to have the latest build of Android – version 2.0 (aka Eclair)

One thing we found useful quite often was the Google Search function to accomplish a mix of operations. You can execute the search by holding down the dedicated touch sensitive button – which will then prompt you to speak. Rather than typing up web site address in the browser, you can simply say something like “phonearena” and it'll display all the sites pertaining to it. We were impressed by how well it recognizes speech and translates it into text with little problems.  It even manages to be integrated with the new Google Maps Navigation for a quick and painless way to find points of interests or navigate to a specific address.

Mostly everything else remains intact with the Android we've seen in the past. You can pull down the notification screen if something pops up that requires your attention. Notifications are generally accompanied with the phone saying the word “Droid” in an alarming androidish voice, but this can be changed to other sounds. If you don't have a specific shortcut icon on your home screen, you can always access all of the apps through the main menu, and also place any of them on the 3 home screens.

Google Search function - Motorola DROID Review
Notifications - Motorola DROID Review

Google Search function



Another neat thing about Android 2.0 is its ability to fetch contact information from a variety of sources like GMail or Facebook – it populates everything on the phone for you and organizes it to the best of its ability. With social networking becoming a centralized hub for contact information, the Motorola DROID does a good job in keeping things together without becoming overly complicated. It's similar to what Palm is doing with Synergy on the WebOS platform,and of course it's nearly flawless when it comes to synchronizing with your Google account – your contacts will magically upload to the phone. Seeing that this is an Android device, there's a a lot of details that can be saved with each contact. including typical  information like names, email addresses, phone numbers, web sites, and birthdays. You can quickly get access to information on a specific person in your phonebook by adding them as a favorite or placing a shortcut onto the home screen. Even better, you can use the Google search function to find a specific contact – you can accomplish this by either typing a name or use the voice search. It'll list everything that's associated to what you input – making it a simplified action.

Motorola DROID Review
Motorola DROID Review
Motorola DROID Review
Motorola DROID Review


Needless to say that keeping yourself organized on a day by day basis is an essential function in being one step ahead of the curve. The calendar on the phone will pull up all your appointments from Google Calendar and display it the same way you see it online. Multiple calendars will be displayed via a color coding system to allow easy distinction between everything – you can view it in either a daily, weekly, or monthly view.

Other than the main analog clock you can choose to set as a widget on the home screen, the other one you'll see is the one used for the alarm.  You can set as many alarms as your heart desires and choose from five different clocks.

The alarm clock - Motorola DROID Review
Calculator - Motorola DROID Review

The alarm clock


The calendar - Motorola DROID Review
The calendar - Motorola DROID Review

The calendar

With the stock Android UI intact, you'll find a basic calculator to perform some basic calculations. Although this is the latest and most up-to-date incarnation of Android, we're still wondering why there hasn't been a focus around the organizer functions of the phones. Still missing in-box are items that have become common to any smartphone – world clock, notes, voice recorder, or tasks, but most of these (and more) can be downloaded from the Android Market.

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Motorola DROID

Motorola DROID

OS: Android 2.2 2.1 2.0
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (265 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
TI OMAP3430, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.56 x 2.36 x 0.54 inches
(116 x 60 x 14 mm)
5.96 oz  (169 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 6.41 hours talk time

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