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    Ok... Yes, they got me... OUCH!!!!!

    As i sit here playing with it as i'm doing this review, i will start off with a few Quick Hits.

    The phone's thickness is close to the DARE'S, even with the addition key board slide.

    The data plan is unlimited access to the internet/email and includes GPS


    The camera view and video view screen on the phone is in HD, its like looking at a plasma TV.

    They have an app which was downloaded for me by a tech, where you can SCAN a bar code on an item, and google will search it and get its info... cool

    You can speak into the phone and goggle will search the net... i gave it an audio search command.... CELL PHONE FORUM... GOGGLE SEARCHED... I touch the link and it navigated me to CELL PHONE FORUM HOME PAGE... and FAST!

    The phone has a double lock, a button on the top of the phone which activates the screen, and then, with your finger... you slide the LOCK icon over to the other side of the screen to a speaker icon to unlock the touch screen... nice

    The USB for charging and computer docking are the same as the DARE'S, and so is the car charger, i did have to get a larger landscape holster because its slightly longer than the DARE. The SD-card from my DARE was 8G which is compatible, but the DROID comes with a 16G

    These are a few quick hits in first two hours of receiving the DROID, i will update this review as i explore my new phone as it happens.

    Stay tune!!!


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    Re: The Droid Review... IN REAL TIME

    I'm excited about this phone, each time i want to post an update here, i discover something new about the phone capabilities, so my journey continues.

    Right now i'm tackling this BATTERY LIFE and CAMERA gaggle by running some of my own test.
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    Re: The Droid Review... IN REAL TIME

    OK... i put together a few thoughts, opinions, and hints, i hope they help.




    The Droid has taken the DARE to the next step into a smart phone class. Appearance is great and the feel is even responsive, I mean I like holding this phone and its weight feels like POWER with quality.

    Yes you’ll hear why doesn’t the DROID have this and not have that, its call marketing, if they gave you everything… why would you buy another phone… lol

    The DROID gave us a touch screen and a keyboard, I don’t use a keyboard to me its there as a bonus, I like a touch screen, and its great and responsive. For you keyboard/QWERTY people… it slides out like an android body part. Of course the size of your hands will dictated the comfort of holding/using it.



    The face screen is large and has HD quality offering three optional screens to scroll and add favorites, like Apps, Direct Message Contacts, and Phone contacts.



    An issue I had with the DARE was accidental engagement of the screen while carrying it in your pocket/jacket/holster/pouch. The DROID has two steps, one is to awake the screen by pressing a button with some force on the top right, and the second step is to unlock the screen by touching and sliding an Icon from one side of the screen to the other side. The DROID also offers a PATTERN LOCK to prevent anyone from entering into your DROID. THE PATTERN IS A TIC-TAC-TOE design in which you draw a pattern by connecting the dots (4) that unlocks the phone, which is really cool.




    Battery life has and will be talked about, get over it, you want power, well it takes JUCIE, so until they develop a new battery technology, you’ll have to rethink your cell phone usage… i.e. chargers, and extra batteries. Both the iPhone and now the DROID will eat up battery power, the DROID advantage is, the ability to change batteries, no external hook-ups hanging from the phone. As of now there are no extra batteries available in stores, they can be order online, and NO extended batteries available yet, but I’m sure they’re coming.

    I just finish my test about the CLOSING APPS CRISIS TO SAVE POWER… don’t, I left my phone idle with sending and receiving a few texts, calls, and about 12-15 Apps running in the background for 24 hours… I ONLY USED APPROXITMITLY 30% OF MY BATTERY.

    Do not run GPS, Wi-Fi, Maps, or Bluetooth constantly because it will drain your battery big time, so make sure their off when their not in use.

    Battery chargers home/car for the DARE will work on the DROID.

    Texting became easier with a great touch screen, suggestive word *****ing, copy, cut, and paste option. I haven’t found and nor do I think the DROID offers an “insert quick text” option like the DARE had, I really liked and used it with the DARE, Oh Well.

    The camera is great even though you’ll here some negative opinions about grainy snap shots and/or focusing problem, it takes great photos. The video camera is great, HD quality. The screen is large, bright, clear, and the audio makes watching and hearing video and/or music … SHOCK & AWE.

    I was told the movie formats for the DROID are…AAC, H263/264, MP3, Mpeg4, Wav, WMA, EAAC+, OGG, AMRWB, AMRNB, AAC+, and MIDI

    If you want to take great Photos get a 12mp camera, they’re cheap. I like a good camera/video in a cell phone for convince of needing camera on a moments notice, the DROID does that, yes I wish it was better, an update is suppose to come out in December to improve or solve some issues… will see.

    park8.flv video by f721 - Photobucket


    If you like surfing the Internet you’ll like the Voice Command Search with a Google search bar always at hand and a microphone icon on the face screen next to the search bar. Surfing the Web is SURFING with ease. The DROID offers Wi-Fi connection, so I hooked it up with my FIOS for an Internet connection, FLAMES came out of my DROID as I touch and flew. The celerity of the DROID”S screen makes looking at web pages with flash video a pleasure.










    The Apps are cool and there is a ton of them, FREE and/or pay Apps. The DROID Apps will take a while to explore, so using it for less than a week is not justification for a final or complete review of all Apps available. The operating system that drives this ANDROID is Dalvik/linux that operates these Apps and still protects the phone.

    Dalvik virtual machine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Linux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



    DO NOT use a carrying case with magnets, this will affect the system of the phone, use a Velcro/pouch or snap fastens.

    Motorola Droid OTA Update Coming December 11th? | Android Phone Fans


    Another cool thing is the status bar on top of the DROID; there are the usual icons, and then there are PENDING NOTIFICATIONS and MESSAGES. All calls, text, emails, or update icons; will appear in the status bar until you address them. If you’re away from phone and you get a text/email/call, a green light will blink on the top right hand side of the face screen, I haven’t found nor do I think the DROID offers AUDIO MESSAGE REMINDERS. So when you see the green light blinking, you activate your screen, and with YOUR FINGER you touch the status bar, hold, and scroll down, this gives you your notification screen with pending actions… and all you is touch your selective message, cool.







    A good reminder about this phone is remembering touch, press, and hold, for menus/actions options.

    The DROID does not have an easy access to its 16g SD-CARD, its inside the Battery area and not outside like the DARE. You can purchase a 32g SD-CARD.




    My journey continues to discover the DROID…STAY TUNE

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    Re: The Droid Review... IN REAL TIME

    Here are some photos i took while jogging this morning, you judge on how good they are, i think they're good enough...





    The one below was take indoors, people talk about grainy photos, i think it looks pretty good.






    THE CAMERA....

    Unlock your phone, press and hold the gold color bar on the side of the phone, or the camera icon App on your screen/Apps menu, and the camera screen appears. The default settings are… Super fine, 5mp, and auto focus. Looking at the camera screen, a side window can slide open by swiping it with your finger that will give all the camera settings. On your right hand side of the camera screen top right, you have a small screen that will display your photo AFTER you take it, below that is a slide that you can swipe and go to the video camera if you decide to shoot a video, and below that is another button which snaps the picture instead of using the gold bar on the side or top depending your view.

    Once you take the shot, it will appear in that small viewing screen on the top right hand side of the camera screen, touch the photo/small screen and it will appear full screen. Now a set of options/icons will appear on the right hand side now... the delete, share, set as, and done icons. Let’s say you want to send it to a friend or to your computer, you press SHARE, your screen will switch to a list of options, Bluetooth, facebook, GMail, messaging, or Picasa. Hit Gmail, you fill in the blanks with the touch screen pop up keyboard, and hit send.

    I find using the camera simple and easy, now I don’t get into all the options of taking a photo or playing around with the photo after its taken, I’ll do that on my computer if I need to. Don’t let the bad wrap the Camera's getting scare you, its good.

    My Battery is at Approx 50% right now, the last charge ended early yesterday morning, this DROID'S battery is not bad at all.


    Stay Tune...


    You Need a MANUAL for the DROID, go to http://cache.vzw.com/multimedia/mim/mot_droid/droid.pdf

    The DROID does not come with a manual; so don’t look for one or think you were short changed; it only comes with a QUICK START GUIDE


    On your DROID touch the MARKET icon in the Apps menu and a window will appear where you can shop for Apps, Games, or √erizon apps, and there is a TON of them.

    What you can do is go to AndroLib, Find all applications and games available in the Android Market for your Android Phone, HTC Dream, HTC Magic etc... and surf around for apps also.

    What I wanted to mention is when your phone is off, and let’s say you open the slide QWERTY, the phone awakes, but you still need to slide that lock icon to the other side of the main screen, and if you do the opposite... and slide the speaker icon over to the lock icon ( left to right), the DROID unlocks in the silent mode. Great for a quick Speaker off.

    I love *****ing QWERTY on a keyboard… lol


    Until Next time...
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    I am jealous, good sir. This phone is looking fantastic! As for the camera, does it take pictures pretty fast? My ol' i760 has a crappy delay and causes pictures to blur if I don't hold it steady for a few secs.
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    So... jealous!



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    I hooked up the Bluetooth between my computer (Apple) and The DROID without any Novocain… lol

    Click on the Bluetooth in the setting-wireless/networks on my DROID. Then I click on my Bluetooth icon on my APPLE to allow discovery.

    I went to and touch my GALLERY icon, it opened my photos, touch one, touched SHARE, and the option list window opened, touched Bluetooth, and it was down loaded to my APPLE. Done.

    I then turned off the Bluetooth on my DROID when I was done to save battery life, Bluetooth is a battery killer if you leave it running.

    The DROID does a ton of stuff, I don’t use/play MUSIC on my cell phone so I can’t talk about it through experience, but talking to √erizon reps there’s many apps which plays MUSIC/RADIO on the DROID.


    You’ll hear some troubling stories about the DROID, all kind of problems with its operation and software, but, I think a lot comes from… and created by the user, don’t be intimidated, this is a good phone. The more out-of-network Apps you load to this phone the more chances there might be problems, or, not working right in general. There people at tables right now figuring ways to hack/root this phone try-in to make it what its not. Their underground inventors… lol

    I don’t work for or get paid for any √erizon promotion talks/opinion; I’m just a satisfied customer who tries to call as I see it, using common sense. The DROID is not a perfect cell phone, there is NO such thing as perfect cell phone; no cell phone does EVERYTHING great and has options/Apps that everyone wants/needs. Purchasing cell phones there is always gives, takes, and priorities, and that’s how choices are made.


    I didn’t want the DROID until I went to a quite √erizon store and talked to a rep that demonstrated/operated the DROID, I was happy with my DARE. I looked at the Eris but I felt the 2.0 was the way to go, always try to buy the best you can with the money you have. Technology Rule.

    Don’t think the ERIS is a let down, for the money you can’t go wrong with the ERIS.

    Bluetooth earpieces have worn me out, I use a 3.5 jack earpiece now, when they come out with a solid reliable Bluetooth earpiece, I’ll buy it. I will not attempt to match a Bluetooth earpiece to this phone, and from what i hear the problems just keep rolling along.

    Bluetooth earpieces are frustrating to say the least; I’ve had about 5-6 different top name earpieces over the years and they all been frustrating at one time or another. The 3.5 jack plug’s in and has a clear and solid connection. Most of the problems with Bluetooth’s pieces occur with voice command calling, what you up end doing is pulling out your phone and hand dial anyway.

    Another cool feature/shortcut for travelers, sales people or if you need predetermined travel directions.

    Go to your main screen, press and hold on a empty space, a menu will appear, touch…ADD TO HOME SCREEN… then touch SHORTCUTS… out of the next list that appears… touch DIRECTIONS… then fill in destination, give it a SHORT CUT NAME, touch save, and a ICON will appear on your home screen. When you need the directions to that or other predetermined destinations, jut touch that ICON, and off you go.

    Google maps are good, I tested from home to a destination (near by highway), and it made me take unnecessary turns instead of going a straight route, for what reason I don’t know, it was no big deal but there was some write ups about this and it said it had to do with BETA or something to do with the program. The app is good and google satellite views are really cool, I like √ERIZON’S NAVIGATIONS the best, if I had to, I know I can download the √erizon program for a 24 hours time period for a fee of 1.99 or 2.99 as a back-up.



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    This phone is amazing!



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    Re: The Droid Review... IN REAL TIME

    A Few Quick Hits…




    If you want to sync iTunes to the DROID look at…
    Motorola Media Link - Motorola USA


    Motorola Droid Syncing Music With Apple iTune | Mobile Technology Deals and Help


    You want more options in sending text messages look at…
    Handcent sms HomePage --sms plus software for android


    Do you like to listen to Podcasts look at…
    Google brings Listen podcatcher to Android devices | Smartphones and Cell Phones | ZDNet.com

    Then go to…
    InfiniMusic Podcatcher v1.2.002 Application for Android | Multimedia

    Any frequent Flyers here look at FLIGHTSTATS App
    FlightStats for Android Android App Review by AndroidTapp.com | Android Tapp. Android App Reviews

    Keep track of your financing look at…
    EasyMoney v1.2.3 Application for Android | Finance

    Backgrounds v1.9.9 Application for Android | Entertainment

    Do you like streaming look at…
    StreamFurious v1.0.4 Application for Android | Multimedia

    Do you want to tether look at…
    Motorola Droid - How To Tether via USB | Mobile Technology Deals and Help


    I do not use any of the above Apps, but you can check them out for yourself and make your own decision.
    DROID Apps can be shopped for and downloaded from the MARKET app on your DROID.

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    The data plan really has no effect on GPS, since Google maps for Android 2.0 was intended on being free to start with.

    Well, I guess it covers the data you may use...but other than that the app itself is free.

    Luckily, it's not like VZNav and requires a subscription.


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    The data plan is unlimited access to the internet/email and includes GPS

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