After being on the market a week I figured it was finally time to go & look at the Motorola Droid. Initially I was very impressed. I’ve got a laundry list of demands from my handset & this is the first phone to even come close to date. The Droid is a relatively compact device, filled with lots of features.It’s got a very speedy response time and it just simply very well polished. The calendar & contact management seem to be pretty good, & the camera looks as clear as the digital camera I carry with me next to my phone. Google maps with built in GPS navigation is really cool, and the phone copies & pastes. (This feature was a big deal to me.)A lot of people are going to really like this phone!I was however a bit underwhelmed.
While my current phone (Verizon XV 6800) is a bit buggy it’s got a lot of features, a number of which aren’t available on the Droid.(Not yet anyway.) First foremost is a tethering app.Verizon says tethering is coming in January, but unfortunately they’re making customers double down in paying for this feature.Programs such as Joikusoft & WMwifiRouter offer this feature, turning the phone into a mobile internet hotspot while using the existing data plan.(The question of whether or not it’s right to use these programs & not pay Verizon for the additional functionality can be debated in another blog post.) The browser on the Droid is nice. It renders pages really quickly, & well, almost making you forget you’re on a handheld device. I did however notice 2 major short comings in the browser. First off it’s lacking flash support, & secondly it does not load the LogMeIn interface. I have since researched & I see that there is not yet any sort of app that runs LogMeIn on Android devices. I use LogMeIn a lot, and missing this will greatly effect how helpful this phone is to me.
My overall assessment of the Droid is this; I’m quite impressed. Droid seems like the device that will finally bring Android into the mainstream. I realize however that I am a power user & this phone just can not accomplish what I need from a device. Not yet anyway. I’ll keep my ear to the street waiting for the features I want & hoping for Android’s success. In the meantime, it looks like no Droid for me. In this case, my current phone might have it’s fair share [strike that:A LOT] of issues, but I’m not in the habit of getting a new phone unless it’s an either an upgrade or I,’m replacing a broken phone.While the droid does a lot of thing better then my current phone theres still things it doesn’t do. That’s not an upgrade.