Motorola Droid! The Best Android Smart Phone

3 Nov

I have been using the Motorola Droid for almost a week. Here are my impressions:


Slick and Smooth are the two words that come to mind to describe the device. The sharp angles enable a comfortable grip in the hands and the slider keyboard is easy to use. To assist with web navigation – Motorola has incorporated a touch pad – which works effectively. The resolution from the 5 Megapixel still and video camera was impressive. Some customers may be able to ditch their camcorder and camera in favor of the integrated camera in the Droid.


We have used virtually every Android device on the market and can anoint the Droid as the best Android smart phone.


Display

The Droid has an amazing 3.7” capacitive display. Being addicted to the iPhone I did try to “pinch” the screen – no response. As some of you may know Apple has a patent on “pinch.” As a consolation – the screen did enlarge and reduce by pressing soft keys.


Navigation

The turn-by-turn navigation provided by Google maps was accurate in my multiple tests. Although be advised that a couple of 15 mile trips will drain the battery. I believe turn-by-turn navigation will become an important differentiator for smart phones that use Android.


Integration with Google

Setup of my gmail was relatively simple and it was pleasant to have a little extra real estate to view my e-mails.


Keyboard

I found the slider keyboard not only aesthetically very pleasing but also comfortable to use. The appearance was much better than the keyboard found on the Palm Pre and the G-1 by HTC. I made a limited number of typos and was able to type fairly accurately at a decent speed. I sense the keyboard on the Droid will be appreciated by folks who have been accustomed to using a Blackberry keyboard.


Device Speed

The processing power on the Droid was impressive given how quickly I was able to move from one application to another. I will not be shy in saying that the Droid is the fastest smart phone that I have tested.


Network Speed

I did a network speed comparison test of the following devices:


Apple iPhone 3 GS – AT&T

Blackberry Bold – AT&T

Blackberry Tour – Verizon

Droid – Verizon

Palm Pre – Sprint

HTC Hero – Sprint


I enlisted the support of five friends and all four us visited four different sites simultaneously. The Droid was the  fastest in loading websites. Also, the integrated Facebook application was quick to load and update.


The only negative I can alert you to is the battery life. This is not unique to the Droid but is a challenge with most smart phone batteries. After two hours of web browsing/e-mail, one hour on the phone and two fifteen minute navigation sessions, the battery was 85% drained.


We sincerely hope devices like the Droid and the Cliq that Motorola has developed enable a resurgence in the mobile device division of Motorola. I will not be surprised to see some Blackberry customers migrate to the Droid.


The Droid goes on sale on November 6th at Verizon for $199 after a $100 rebate. I will go out on a limb and proclaim that the Droid will be the highest grossing Android phone.


No Responses to “Motorola Droid! The Best Android Smart Phone”

  1. karun November 3, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    The XPERIA X10 is easily the better device. We’ll just have to see if sony ericsson gets the launch timing right.

  2. Rajat Agrawal November 4, 2009 at 3:22 am #

    Umm, the XPERIA X10 is running Android OS 1.6, whereas the DROID runs on OS 2.0. Apart from that, the X10 is expected to be available next year only, by when there would be lots of other devices from other vendors.

  3. Brad Cook November 4, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    MOT…..I guess a blind squirrel eventually finds a nut. Sounds like a good device……but can you have apps by Duck Duck Moose that babysits your kid for hours on end?

  4. Tejas November 4, 2009 at 5:42 pm #

    I was gearing up to jump out and get the Droid but then I saw that MS Exchange access will be an extra $15 / mo?? If that’s on top of the excessive $45 data plan then I can’t justify that much… plus I’d have to re-up for another two years… i can already feel that pound of flesh being cut

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