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The Motorola Droid (development codename "Sholes") is powered by Android.

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Pros

WiFi

24 agree

large 3.7" touchscreen with high resolution (854 x 480px)

24 agree

3.5mm headphone jack

23 agree

fast processor

23 agree

open Android 2.0 OS

22 agree

multi-tasking capable

21 agree

first phone to offer up a beta version of Google Maps Navigation - a free turn-by-turn GPS app

19 agree

comes with 16GB flash memory (microSDHC, expandable to 32GB)

18 agree

slide out QWERTY keyboard

17 agree

solid build quality

16 agree

facebook integration into contacts

16 agree

virtual keyboard for quick entries or those uninterested in sliding out the physical QWERTY

16 agree

very slim

14 agree

takes decent quality 720 x 480px video

14 agree

home dock with device stand and microUSB connector for charging/syncing/etc available

13 agree

car mount and nightstand docks - alters the Droid's interface/functionality to better suit their situation (eg/ alarm clock)

11 agree

stereo Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR with A2DP & AVRCP

11 agree

great sound quality (any output)

10 agree

haptic feedback

10 agree

car holder available (for GPS navigation with Google Maps Navigation in Android 2.0)

9 agree

5MP auto-focusing camera with dual LED flash

9 agree

Motorola also makes a GSM version of the phone (doubtful if US GSM carrier will pick it up though)

3 agree

Tons of free excellent apps

3 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

camera is slow to take photos, properly focusing is hit or miss

13 agree

no multi-touch as in the GSM version for Europe (and though Android 2.0 would support it)

11 agree

annoying $100 mail in rebate to get to $199 price point

10 agree

Ugly

6 agree

flash memory isn't integrated into the device, the only option is microSDHC (not as fast)

5 agree

strange notable lag when flipping home pages etc...

5 agree

Poor physical QWERTY keyboard design (buttons too close together).

4 agree

No physical call/send button on the device.

4 agree

all plastic enclosure

4 agree

Pinch zoom enabled on Google Maps and select 3rd party browsers (xScope, Dolphin)

3 agree

Sliding qwerty keyboard gives the phone added bulk that isn't present on pure touchscreen phones

3 agree

no MOTOBLUR (the lower-end Motorola Cliq has this)

3 agree
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Edit

 

The Motorola Droid (development codename "Sholes") is powered by Android, an operating system developed by the Open Handset Alliance to provide an open Linux Kernel platform for independent developers. This means that there is a whole realm of unique widgets, programs and features that can't be found on a traditional Windows based operating system. The Droid takes full advantage of this, providing top of the line hardware to back it up. It has a large 3.7-inch 854 x 480 pixel screen and a 5-megapixel camera that comes with flash, auto focus and video recording capabilities. The GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and 3.5mm headphone jack are only to be expected for the Motorola Droid phone. Additionally the smartphone is reportedly the slimmest phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Features
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (including A2DP and AVRCP profiles)
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • Flash, auto focus, video recording
  • 3.7-inch screen
  • 854x480 pixels
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Developed by Motorola and Google
  • Currently only available through the carrier Verizon (CDMA) in the USA
  • CPU: Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 (also used on Palm Pre)
Post Review
Onyxravine
12/10/2010 04:54

Excellent phone, no bloatware, you can do anything with it! The only downside is the 600mhz processor. It makes multitasking a little laggy at times. Regardless I loved this phone and keep it as a spare. I recently upgraded to the Samsung Fascinate which has the 1ghz processor. What a difference!

Erik

Erik

12/10/2010 06:56

Why not upgrade to the Droid 2? Just curious. It looks pretty awesome, too.

Reddan
11/12/2009 04:11

do not compare to the iphone; they are for different users. most people would probably prefer the iphone. the droid is for techies and verizon-loyal customers(my part of the family plan is $45, as opposed to $70+ w/ new AT&T contract)

there are many times when i wish i had the iphone, because i am a mac, and iphone integrates so well. i have remotedroid and it does not come close to the same functionality of the airmouse app. also the media player has some usability drawbacks.

i look forward to multitouch in the us. also let me know about any great remote apps and media players and controllers.

meNNis
11/10/2009 07:53

Have this phone. Love it so far. Even more beautiful than the iPhone screen

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