Motorola DROID Does? A Deep Dive Look - HotHardware

Motorola DROID Does? A Deep Dive Look

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The DROID has a boxy design in comparison to the iPhone and many other smartphones today that have rounded corners and edges. The edges of the DROID are harder with angular slopes. The body is comprised of a mix of plastic and metal and the phone has a very solid feel overall. When you consider this phone has a full hardware keyboard, the overall thickness is really quite impressive.


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The large, 3.7-inch, high-resolution display covers the majority of the front of the handset. The screen does tend to attract fingerprints but we didn't notice a problem with performance even when there were a number of fingerprints on the screen.



Below the screen, you'll find four capacitive buttons (Back, Menu, Home, and Search). There's a short ledge below these buttons since the lower portion of the slider is a bit longer than the upper. This small strip has a small microphone hole that is visible when the device is closed or open.


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The top of the DROID slides to the right to reveal the aforementioned QWERTY keyboard. The slider is smooth, though unlike other sliders we've seen, it doesn’t slide and automatically snap into place. Instead, you'll need to use a tiny bit more force to slide the screen. Once settled, it clicks firmly into place. The keyboard itself is wide and mostly flush. At first, we weren't very fond of the overall feel of the keyboard because of its flat and closely-placed keys, but soon, we felt right at home typing away. The keyboard is also backlit, which is a nice touch. A 5-way rocker is located to the right of the four-row QWERTY keyboard. For users who don't always want to use the hardware keyboard, there's also an on-screen keyboard that's quite usable.


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On the top of the DROID, you'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as the power/sleep button. Along the right edge is the phone's volume rocker and camera buttons. The left side of the DROID houses the MicroUSB port. The 5 megapixel camera and dual LED flash are located on the back of the device along with the battery cover and a gold metallic grate that covers the DROID's speaker.


When closed, the DROID measures approximately 2.36 inches wide by 4.56 inches tall by 0.54 inches thick. It weighs 5.96 ounces.  It's clean, almost minimalistic and very well made.

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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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