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Tue, March 16th, 2010 by Graves and Allen

THE MOTOROLA DROID

I have been playing with the Motorola Droid on the Verizon network for the last couple of months.  My first reaction to the Droid was that it did not stack up to my iPhone.  While nothing has changed that conclusion, I have developed some respect for the Droid as it has proven a very decent phone.  I have not had any trouble with it; it has performed well for me and it has the advantage of using the Verizon network, which provides better coverage than a number of its competitors. You can learn more about the Droid and its features on the Motorola website at www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/ci.Motorola-DROID-US-EN.alt or on Verizon’s site at http://phones.verizonwireless.com/motorola/droid/#/home.

The Droid is a slider style phone and has a physical keyboard.  The physical keyboard is, perhaps, its weakest link.  The keyboard has small level keys.  They do not have raised ridges, such as RIM uses with some of the Blackberry models.  I prefer the raised ridges as they make it easier to use.  Raised ridges on a slider phone, however, could pose a problem as they would either require extra space making the phone cumbersome or interfere with the sliding process.  In truth, I prefer the virtual keyboard option and rarely use the physical keyboard.

The Droid has a 5mp camera, complete with a flash unit. It takes very decent pictures.  It also takes high quality movies.  As with most smart phones, you can play movies and music on it.  The Droid comes with 16GB of internal memory, but you can add more through the use of micro SD cards.  The phone came with a 16GB micro SD card installed and supports up to 32GB micro SD cards.

The Droid uses the current iteration of Google’s Android operating system.  I have worked with the Android system since shortly after it came out and I like it.  It works smoothly and easily, bringing substantial power to the smart phone without burning up the battery.  Like the iPhone’s OS, the Android system allows for the use of Apps or applications.  In fact a number of Apps available on the iPhone also have Android versions.  The variety of Apps for the Android system does not approach that available for the iPhone yet; but you can get a lot of usable Apps for the Android phones.

Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Allen.

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