First, the pros:
- It's a very fast device and I really like the large capacitive touch screen. Great overall performance. Compared to other Android phones like the HTC Droid Eris, the Droid has exceptional performance.
- The Android OS is very easy to use for both beginners and seasoned smartphone users.
- The device is very thin and still has respectable battery life. In fact, this device is only barely thicker than the iPhone.
- The voice recognition built into Google search and Google Maps works really well. Loved using the spoken turn-by-turn GPS navigation. No need to purchase 3rd party GPS navigation software.
- You can tether. Can't do that (easily) with the iPhone.
- The slide-out QWERTY keyboard buttons are small and shallow. Not great for heavy typing if you have large fingers. My HTC TouchPro2 has a much better keyboard.
- The camera was only mediocre, although the camera button is easy for anyone to use. I liked the built-in flash.
- Sorry international travelers, but the Droid is not a World Phone. CDMA only. No GSM.
I want to thank the folks at Epocrates for lending me a Droid so that I could test the beta version of Epocrates.