Thursday, April 01, 2010

Impressions of the Motorola Droid (Android)

I'm not going to write a review about the Motorola Droid. You can read plenty of great reviews on sites like Engadget, CNET, PC Magazine, and others. I'm just going to share a few of my impressions of the Motorola Droid.

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.
Now, the cons:
  • 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.
So, if I had to buy a new smartphone on the Verizon Wireless network, which one would I get? I'd get the Droid.  What if the iPhone became available on Verizon? I'd still get the Droid. What about the HTC Google Nexus One? Hmm, now I need to think about that one.

I want to thank the folks at Epocrates for lending me a Droid so that I could test the beta version of Epocrates.

1 comment:

  1. When it is time to renew my contract (30 days),
    Droid is the way I will go also. Thanks for your evaluation.