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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 think the interesting thing to note is if this phone or any other new Verizon phones take off will Verizon's great network begin to suffer? I mean AT&T's network really wasn't that bad before iPhone. Verizon has the best network because they lock down their phones or chage you extra for everything keeping the network safe.

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     I will be upgrading all 3 users on my family share Verizon account as upgrades become available to a Droid I am thinking. I have also thought of flipping to Sprint for a palm, but I like the droid better. There also does not seem to be much price difference when you have 3 phones on sprint. It is 10 bucks a phone basically on Verizon, where Sprint the first 2 phones are discounted heavily, then the third phone is full price which makes no sense (and is more expensive). Either way I refuse to use At&t because of some past experiences and of course there wonderful coverage.

     One more thing I of course like this phone in all aspects, hopefully prices will drop to (the first available upgrade is in December, but the other 2 are in April and May), so the price should drop. I also from what I understand see one other very positive point the I-phone does not update from what I understand they force you to upgrade to a new phone. While as hardware functionality may wear out with a android phone it is open source. So updates and changes software wise will be by default. That will even be true if Verizon and Google/Motorola don't want it done. I think it will be jail broken before it is ever implemented from there side.               

I consider that a major positive because I am a Mischievous bastage.

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That XKCD comic is pure win..

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Thats cool but here is the GSM version MILESTONE I refuse to become a CDMA user just for a phone.

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Rocci what is your aversion to CDMA especially over GSM between Verizon sprint and At&t at least in the USA the CDMA network for Verizon and Sprint is considerably larger especially since Verizon bought Alltel Wireless.

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The technology level is also above the GSM services in the US where generally CDMA is actively moving to 4G where GSM is still moving to second stage 3G.

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Yeah, but the big advantage for GSM phones is pop in your SIM card and you're good to go. No activation etc necessary. Also GSM phones are more convenient for international travelers.

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yeah GSM pop in the sim card CDMA save it to the memory card throw your memory card in another CDMA phone and you off to go takes about 15 seconds to do, and I have done it several times for me and mine. All you get with a sim card anyways is a saved schedule or calendar and phone numbers. I save those to my mem cards anyway so if the phone ever goes out I don't loose anything. I have done it on at least 6 different CDMA phones  and I have 1-16GB of memory versus a dinky sim card.

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Hmmm...I didn't know that. So would you be able to take a Sprint phone and use it on the Verizon network?

Do you suppose CDMA is one reason Apple has shied away from Verizon?

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