I didn't want anyone to complain about Droid, its only been out for 3 days, but a phone like this just has Pro's and Con's, what they are might depend on individual needs.
Don't understand this comment.
All the other Android phones (and every cell phone/blackberry I've ever seen) have dedicated call and end buttons. I don't think I'm the only one that will miss them here.
Honestly I can only think of 3 cons which are all minor:
One is the keyboards backlight. It looks great when its on but it times out so fast and I couldn't find an option to make it longer! This seems like it could be worked around somehow.
The second is the camera of course. Unlike many others I don't hate it or think its a piece of crap, but it does need a little tweaking with focus and speed.
The third is the icon grid on the homescreens. It is 4x4... I know they could have fit more than that. However I do know WHY they did it this way. When you go from portrait to landscape, the icons all rotate so the grid needs to be a square. Otherwise, if it were 6x4 or something, when it rotated it would have to try and cram 6 icons into the short side of the screen. So yeah this is a minor con because its very understandable and doesn't cause me any trouble, it would just be nice to fit more on the screen.
Honestly everything else about this phone I love! The screen is amazing, the sound quality for music is great, if I get tired of the stock mp3 player app, there are a few others that offer different features. The keyboard on/off screen is great in my opinion and I can even download a different onscreen keyboard if I want. The onscreen call/end buttons don't bother me. Look at the iPhone, it has ONE button haha. As far as looks I think it screams "I am a badass phone and I'll beat your phones ass" (pardon mah french). The phone is fast, battery is great, especially if I plug it in when its just sitting on my desk or in the car, it will NEVER die on me. The selection of apps is great and will just grow bigger.
So yeah I love this phone.
Because I'm used to having a dedicated call/end button. Makes for some good shortcuts - in other phones, if I wanted to re-dial someone, I'd just press call to bring up the recently dialed list. And I could do it no matter what app/setting/etc. I was running. iPhone aside, I think they're useful buttons. And I'm not alone on this! From CNet:
In a baffling change from previous devices, the Droid does not have a physical Talk control. Instead, you'll have to access the calling functions through a widget on the display. We're not in love with this change, mostly because we prefer to be able to call up the phone dialer without having to go through the home screen. For example, you have to close the browser if you want to make a call while viewing a Web page.
I'll preface - been waiting 2 years beyond my contract being up, nursing a treo 650 waiting for a phone with specs like this to come out. Exchange was a must have deal killer as it is a major part of my business and communications. The treo died before this came out so borrowed someone's Blackberry 8830 and became pretty familiar with it (although couldn't get it to sync wirelessly or through computer).
1)Lost entire email and calendar after one day. Account was still there but couldn’t get into settings, had to reset it up (but for some reason it kept all contacts).
2)It doesn’t push calendar – must hit refresh. Entered something on computer – after 10 – 15 minutes still hadn’t updated on Droid. No setting options to change on this.
3)Can’t save .jpg attachments from email - just says "Fetching attachment photo.jpg" for 5 minutes. I cancelled it. Photo was only 164kb.
4)Email – can’t put a signature in. Can’t select to delete only from handheld (this isn't as big)
5)Can’t file an email into another folder
6)Can’t keep more than a month of email, can’t mark an email to save on Droid indefinitely (if you need for reference for example)
7)Can’t change display style of contacts (last, first)
8)After ending a call, can’t easily pull up contact’s alternate phone numbers (my old Palm Treo 650 was awesome - hit end and it goes directly back to the contact entry and one down click and enter and it dials the contact's next number). Perhaps there is another way? Haven't actually played with this too much.
9)NO TASK LIST application native????? Obviously doesn’t sync with exchange. There are apps you can download – but not sync natively with built in EAS in Google.
10)NO MEMO/NOTE application native???? Same as task list – there are apps, but not to sync natively with EAS. To sync tasks/notes, appears to require two separate apps, not use built-in EAS and they may conflict – haven’t tried it.
11)Camera is so slow to take a picture it is almost useless, picture quality – fair at best indoors (if the business end of exchange active sync actually worked I wouldn't care much about this)
12)Screen protectors are impossible to get on without dust entrapped – almost a dozen other phone/camera screens and I have never had a problem before – went through all 3 and last was best but still had a spec caught. My suggestion is find some 3rd party offering before buying the Verizon offering.
How can you classify anything as a business oriented smart phone without a task list???? And one that syncs so you don’t have to maintain two task lists separately.
*Mapping – overlaid with satellite is fast and beautiful.
*Marketplace seems pretty robust with more than one option for everything I searched for, sometime ridiculous number of options.
*Fluidity - although I had to remove a calculator app that slowed it to a crawl.
*Vertical on-screen keyboard - I am shocked how well I can type on it. I have tried on many an iphone and couldn't get much right. This seems pretty good.
*I agree with another post - I think it is awesome design and all business.
*hard keyboard better than I initially thought - in store I couldn't spell a single word right (was hoping I would get used to it). Quickly learned I had to use my thumbnails and do much better.
If someone has solutions for my cons above I would love to hear them. I am shocked at the lack of options and settings - I guess typical of Google. My 4 year old Treo could sync better, had more options to save, delete, add signatures, etc. To be an iphone competitor they better up the game on the options as it severely limits the "experience".
I'm very new to the phone - just got the DROID today. So far a CON I have encountered is the inability to delete individual calls from the call log. The only option is to delete the entire log? That doesn't seem right - I must be missing something.