Motorola DROID Does? A Deep Dive Look - HotHardware

Motorola DROID Does? A Deep Dive Look

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There's no denying that the Motorola DROID is receiving a lot of hype. Not only is this phone a big deal for Motorola, who has struggled to produce widely successful handsets since the famous RAZR flip phone, but the DROID is also the first handset that will be released as part of a partnership between Google and Verizon Wireless. Combine this with the fact that the Motorola DROID has been called Verizon Wireless' "iPhone killer" and you can see why there's so much buzz surrounding this smartphone.

The Motorola DROID has a lot of interesting and cool features that will make it a <HOT> item, including Android 2.0, the latest version of the open-source Google operating system. The DROID also has a high-resolution screen, plenty of customization options, and a thin design along with a full QWERTY keyboard.


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For some users, the fact that the DROID is on Verizon Wireless's network will also be a key factor to consider. Depending on where you live, Verizon Wireless may provide some of the best coverage available. Since Verizon Wireless' entire network offers 3G coverage, one definite benefit is that whenever you're in a covered area, you'll also have a high-speed data connection. As Verizon Wireless has pointed out in recent commercials, AT&T hasn't fully upgraded its network to 3G.


Given that Verizon Wireless has already gone head-to-head with the iPhone in its DROID commercials, it's hard not to make direct comparisons between these two phones. For starters, they're both relatively equal in sizeā€”the DROID is just a hair thicker than the iPhone 3GS (13.7mm vs. 12.33mm) with a body that's narrower than the iPhone. On the inside, the DROID uses an Arm Cortex A8 processor clocked at 550 MHz. This CPU is similar to the chip inside of the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre.


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In addition, as Verizon Wireless commercials point out, the DROID offers some features and functionality that the iPhone does not, including the ability to take pictures in the dark, a hardware keyboard, the ability to run simultaneous applications, a 5-megapixel camera, the ability to run widgets, interchangeable batteries, and the fact that the Android platform allows for open development. While these all sound like cool features to have, are they enough to convince users the DROID is better than the iPhone or any other smartphone on the market today?  Read on in the following pages as we take a closer look at the Motorola DROID.

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I'd love to have one of these but Sprint has the only decent service in my area so far and they know it. They treat people like little children here and basically do what they want to because they are the only game in town. If there ever IS a viable alternative, I'll drop them like the scurvy dogs they are.

This phone looks like it's gonna be a hit.

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Hey realneil I thought Sprint had the Droid Eris I know they have the Touch pro 2. It may not be a Droid, but from what I have heard it is comparable. The Eris on the other hand does not have the pull out keyboard. However, from what I've heard the on screen keyboard is the best anyway, and I know from several comparison test it has a more exact screen (alignment wise etc) to.

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rapid1:
Hey realneil I thought Sprint had the Droid Eris I know they have the Touch pro 2.

It doesn't matter what they have to offer. My point is that Sprint is the ONLY carrier around with decent reception in this area. As such, if you buy a plan from them in THIS area, they have the price jacked way up because of their captive audience. They charge more for data, texting, and regular service too. I went out of plan with them over a year ago and I'm now on a month to month basis with them. I'd prefer to keep it that way until someone else arrives on the scene and I can drop them. I'd love to drop them, but there is no alternative yet.

Sprint SUX.

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I believe it, but I thought they had the $69.99 all access account option nationwide? As far as Sprint sucking I agree because they misrepresented there coverage to me, and then refused to give me a household signal carrier (without me paying them another $99.00 anyway for it). There map was represented as being 4G/Wimax at my house which it is a 1/2 mile up the street in either direction. However; at my house it is non-existent coverage. Plus al we use at my house is cellular phones so no coverage at home good bye carrier. I went back to Verizon, and am now on a open contract. At least Verizon is supposed to have there true 4g (LTE) coverage here very soon. So maybe I will upgrade to one of there smart phones. There equipment market is supposed to be receiving a large refresh in late November early December which may even include the iPhone 4. I personally refuse to use an iPhone, but it does expand there market so hopefully it will also forbear some better data rates as well which is rumored. I don't mind the tiered data set up as it is generally cheaper as long as you don't go very high which will be where I will use as I have wireless at home so I can grab my data that way instead of through the 4G connection which would only be used for communication transmission rather in phone calls or app usage.

I will say one thing though for sure it sucks you only have 1 choice realneil. I live North of Atlanta about 20-25 minutes we have coverage with all large providers as well as most second tier cellular providers here. I will say one other thing about Sprint I drove all over the Southern and SW USA and was actually surprised ta Sprints coverage. I bought the phone in Illinois (Lower farm;and area of the state then drove to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and California) I dropped maybe 4-6 calls total over about 3 weeks. So with there pricing if they would have covered my house I would have actually kept them. They are the cheapest full provider nationwide when you get all services (IE: Voice, Data, Messaging) by far. If I had those services on Verizon data alone would add 30 per phone monthly, and texting another 10 on top of my standard service, and At&t is worse or the same with less coverage nationwide. I really wish we had the all carriers option like Europe does, but here's to wishes right.

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rapid1:
I thought they had the $69.99 all access account option nationwide?

There's a cap on calling other phones (land lines) with that account, (450 minutes only)

True unlimited costs $99.00 in my neck of the woods. That's a rip off. (don't forget to add all of the extra taxes and charges to the total too)

Think about something for a moment, The cell phone industry is making totally unheard of profits every year. They earn more and more every year too. I recently read an article here on HotHardware.com about those profits, but I can't remember the actual figures. It was in the Hundreds of Billions of dollars every year.

                       Many Hundreds Of Billions Of Dollars Profits Per Year!

They're in a business that has low overhead and huge profits and they could, if they had any decency at all, give us unlimited everything for $30.00 per month and still make a crapload of profit.

It will never happen though. They'll fight it tooth and nail first.

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Tough to believe this review is entirely impartial while it's surrounded on multiple sides by paid advertising for the device, including spots where there normally aren't ads. Motorola's really putting a big push behind this, aren't they?

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I'm not surprised. Verizon's decision to pass on the Iphone, while smart at the time, has robbed the consumer of a great partnership.

About time they delivered their Iphone killer, lol.

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Jeremy,

Your question is fair. The ad campaign that Verizon actually had running here that day is now done but I can see your concern with respect to objectivity. That's a natural concern but it's honestly not much different than a commercial you might hear on the radio, see on TV or read in a magazine or newspaper. Granted, we're offering product evaluations here and it's more a kin to reading something like say Car and Driver and seeing a Ford ad on the pages of the magazine. The fact of the matter is, advertising pays the bills here. It keeps the lights on and keeps people employed doing the work they do.

That said, HotHardware.com has been on the internet for 10 years+ now. It's safe to say we wouldn't be in business very long if we allowed advertising dollars to affect our objectivity in any product evaluation. If you take time to read Jen's article, you'll see where she points out the high points and low points of the product. Ultimately she was impressed. Beyond that, you'll have to be the judge as to whether you think our evaluation here was fair and unbiased.

I can assure you though, we're keenly focused on ensuring proper "separation of church and state", as they say in the industry.

Thanks,

Dave Altavilla

Editor In Chief

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eunoia:

Try to find somewhere they didn't advertise, I read they even placed an ad on google.com.

They did. Everyone seemed to be up in arms about it.

Look's like a cool phone. I still wanna wait a bit longer and let the phone field calm down some before I decide on a new phone. Been without one since my AT&T contract ran out a few months ago. I honestly don't miss having a phone one bit.

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