The 4th and final post in my series of the Motorola Droid, I wanted to write up a short and quick summary of the phone’s hardware and software. If you would like more details, please look back at the other posts in my series: Android Market vs. iTunes App Store | The Droid Hardware | The Droid Software
The Motorola Droid, is a beautiful phone, it has some great features that I love, but it also has a handful of negatives. The first great feature I love, is the integration of first-party apps with the phone itself, and the ability to run apps in the background. Ones of the worst parts of the iPhone is the limitations on applications. I wish I could accept a phone call while my GPS application keeps running in the background. Another great feature to the Motorola Droid, is the Google Navigation application. This GPS app works great, it lacks some of the common features found in other GPS applications, but the positives defiantly outweigh the negatives. If this app is released on the iPhone, it will instantly become my main GPS navigation application. I also very much enjoyed the ability to mount the device as a mass storage device on my Mac. This allows me to drag over all kinds of content on to the phone. The combination of third party players and the ability to mount the device allows me to view tons of different types of video content, and not be limited to what Google or Motorola says is ok. The final positive to the device, is the screen, this screen on the Motorola Droid is beautiful, it put all other mobile screens to shame (Yes, even the iPhone!) The combination of brightness and high resolution, really makes for a pleasant experience when using the phone.
The negatives of the device are both hardware and software related. First, is the quality of the Android Market and the third-party apps that are available. Yes, I know it is newer than the iPhone and the iTunes app store, I am just saying, developers don’t need to port apps over to Android, they need to focus on developing for Android. I ultimately think the limitations of the iTunes App Store are what will eventually lead to the end of the iPhones reign over the entire mobile phone industry. The second major negative is the physical keyboard. The physical keyboard on this device was not designed well at all, the keys are to flat and are not comfortable on your fingers. I found my typing to be more accurate on the virtual keyboard than the physical keyboard. The final negative I want to touch on, is the Verizon Network. Yes, Verizon has a ton of 3G coverage, but did you also know, that you can’t use the data connection if you are on a phone call, or vice-vers-a. That is a horrible limitation. CDMA (Verizons Network) is an older technology than GSM (AT&T,) and it has a bunch of nasty limitations. Did you also know, that a Verizon (CDMA) phone will not work internationally? With GSM networks, all you have to do is change out your SIM card and you can be up and running on another network internationally.
Overall, the Motorola Droid is a nice phone, it has some great positives but also has a bunch of negatives. For now, I will be staying with the iPhone. If the Droid fixed the keyboard and the third-party-apps became a bit more advanced, I would highly consider switching, but for now I am happy. If you need to be on the Verizon Network, the Droid is defiantly the phone to go with, but if you have network freedom, I still recommend the iPhone 3GS as the phone to get.
This article is Part 4 of my full series of reviews of the Motorola Droid. Below are links to the other parts of the Motorola Droid Review: