I’ve been using the Motorola Droid for a few months now and I absolutely love this device. It’s been available on Verizon for quite a while now and in my opinion is the phone to get on Verizon. I have been a die-hard BlackBerry user for a while and this phone could replace my BlackBerry. That being said, lets look at what’s so great about it.
The hardware, I could take or leave. Motorola has come up with a very nice piece of hardware with the Droid. The screen is beautiful, and I had no problem watching videos on it. The one complaint I had was that viewing the screen in sunlight was difficult because of the reflection. The hardware keyboard was there for the times where I really needed it, which was nice, but after using a BlackBerry for so long I could not get used to this keyboard. Battery life was decent, I could use the device heavily all day without a charge but I wouldn’t expect more than that out of it. I got about 8-10 hours of use from the battery on a full charge to a dead battery. It comes with a 5MP camera with auto focus, but the picture quality was not great. It isn’t a camera though, so in that respect it’s a great quality camera for a phone. Overall the device is clean looking, the keyboard is nice to have for the times when you just need a hardware keyboard and the screen is great.
This is where this Droid shines. Droid ships with Android 2.0 with Google and I am sold. I use Google Apps for this site, and for work as well as the two Gmail accounts I have. In the past with other devices the Google integration has been lacking. With Android 2.0 it’s spot on. My problem with Android 1.6 which shipped on the Devor and Droid Eris is that you can only have one Google Account set up in the email app at a time, this is a problem for me as I have multiple. With Android 2.0 you can have as many accounts as you like. Google Voice integration is also remarkable, I have gone to using my Google Voice number almost exclusively for work and Android has made that possible with near seamless making and receiving calls via Google Voice app. I will say that if you do not use Google as much as I do I can see where this phone would not be as impressive.
It’s synchronization with IMAP or Exchange email accounts is sub-par to say the least and all of the app purchases have to use Google Checkout so if your a Pay-Pal user it won’t help you here. The amount of customization is unreal for Android, being that it’s open source. You can do just about anything you can think of with it, assuming that you “root” the device. Over all I love this device, I will say that in reality it’s the Android platform that I truly love. I cannot wait until the Nexus One for Verizon releases. It will then replace the Droid as the Verizon phone to get. If you want to check it out head on over to Verizon Wireless.