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Motorola Droid (2 GB) Smartphone
Price Range:$99.94 to $489.99
Motorola A853 Milestone is high-end smartphone notable for its large, high-resolution touch display and thin body with ... Read More
Motorola A853 Milestone is high-end smartphone notable for its large, high-resolution touch display and thin body with slide-out keyboard . Other key features include GPS navigation with full turn-by-turn directions, 5.0-megapixel auto-focus camera with video capture , EVDO Rev. A data, WiFi , 3.5mm headphone jack, memory card slot , and voice search . Minimize
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Dec 15, 2009
A Geeks review of the Droid!
Pros: Functionality, Features, Service provider, Battery Life, Applications, Future potential
Cons: The accessories cost too much.
The Bottom Line:
This phone can do anything it's rivals can do, and can do it better, faster for less and on a better network.
You can find specifications on the Motorola Droid at the end of this review, I won't bore you with that just yet.
Let me boil it all down for you amidst the pomp and circumstance of the naysayers and champions.
Plain and simple, the Droid is THE smart phone for Geeks!
Contrary to what you might have read, it looks and feels nice in the hand, it's touch sensitivity is spot on and the slide out keyboard is much better than being reported. In fact the on screen keyboard is so fantastic you'll hardly ever need the slider. The notification system is intelligent, you see tin icons on the top bar and flick it down to see all that's new on the phone, updates, emails, message, status etc..
Battery life is superb, although if you are not used to charging your phone everyday it might seem poor, but after you've surfed the web, watched some TV and movie trailers for 6 to 8 hours, you'll be on board. get a charging dock and never look back!
So what does it do out of the box immediately after unwrapping the packaging?
1. Makes phone calls (duh)
2. Checks email on multiple Gmail and Corporate or POP/IMAP accounts
3. Automatically syncs contacts and calendars
4. Fully featured GPS (with fantastic voice navigation)
5. Browses the web (with voice searches)
6. Plays Music
7. Customized ringtones based on contact.
8. Searches the phone via Voice for contacts, music, shortcuts.. everything.
9. Takes 5 megapixel pictures. (great after the recent fix)
10. Full motion video (very decent quality)
Oh, I forgot to mention the best part...you can download thousands of apps FREE.
Plus this phone runs the Android OS and is fully supported by Google and thousands of developers.
One of the "drawbacks" some people point out is that this phone "only" has about 10,000 apps.
Only 10,000? Really? That's a complaint? I spent over two hours on the Android market (one press of a button on the Droid) and sorted through thousands of very useful very FREE applications for just about everything I need!
I am a geek.. I need to control both my desktop and my work computers while I am away from my desk.
Yes, there's an app for that.
I need my phone to shut off the ringer when I walk into a certain area..there's an app for that.
I need it to be louder when I am at a party and softer when I am in a library, you guessed it, there's an app for that.
Sound familiar? The only difference between the 99,000 apps the iPhone has and the 10,000 the Droid has is that you have to wade through 80,000 crappy apps to get to the good stuff on the iPhone.
Did I mention that the Droid is on Verizon? Yea.. nuff said I think.
Now this isn't a comparison review but I will say that after using both this and the iPhone, I much prefer the Droid.
Why? Simple, out of the box, the Droid does some impresive feats and the near future the potential of this phone is enormous. It's an open system, which means anyone can develop for it and you can do what you want with it. You might wonder why this "open" thing is so important...
Being open, no one can prevent a developer from creating an application, the apps, widgets and other special features of the Droid cannot be prevented by some big brother hand wringing. This opens the door for some unsavory apps or sure, but at least you'll have the choice. Big Brother.. go away!
This is the best phone I have ever tried out and I love it. You';d have to pry it out of my cold dead.. we'll you get the idea.
If you are on the fence.. hop off and get one.
This is the Droid I was looking for.
- Carrier: Verizon
- Networks: CDMA dual band (800/1900 MHz); CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEV-DO rev.0/1xEV-DO rev.A
- Display: 3.7-inch screen with 854×480 (16:9 widescreen) capacitive touchscreen
- Camera: 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash and video recording
- Operating system: Google Android 2.0 OS
- Input: QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen
- CPU: 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 Processor
- Memory: 256 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM
- Memory card: microSD/microSDHC
- Connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm HeadPhone Jack
- Misc: AMR-NB/WB, MP3, PCM / WAV, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, WMA
- Media: MPEG-4, H263, H264, WMV
- Form factor:
- Battery: 1400mAh Li-ion
- Talk Time: 420 minutes
- Standby Time: 450 hours
- Dimensions: 60.00 x 115.80 x 13.70 mm
- Weight: 169g
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