I love the physical keyboard. For some reason, the virtual keyboard doesn't allow me to type as fast as I can with the physical keyboard.
I've been on Verizon for about 10 years now and I've always been jealous of the other networks for having better hardware, but have always been satisfied w/ the call quality and service. Also the vast majority of the people I know are on Verizon in addition to all of my family. I've been waiting long and hard for a quality smartphone and nearly jumped the gun on the first Storm like so many other people did.
I read all the reviews and did my research in addition to playing w/ the dummy unit before purchasing. This is by far the best smartphone to come out on Verizon and the physical keyboard while not even close to a BB keypad is very usable and I can type decently fast on it.
They could've dropped the dpad and just had arrow buttons. But the virtual keypad is really nice. I anticipate the 12/11 update will enable multitouch on the soft keypad as well. The physical keypad is definitely a weakness, but its still decent, and the rest of the phone is amazing.
You could wait for a next better thing that fixes the problem, but the next phone will inevitably have its own problems. The problem with tech is that its constantly getting better and if you just keep waiting you'll never be able to reap the enjoyment of the good stuff that is already out.
If the next edition is that much better, I'll just do a one year early upgrade. The droid just hits all the right buttons for me. Totally open, cream of the crop as far as android phones are concerned, and all the benefits on being on Verizon's network. So for me, no regrets. This phone is too much fun.
No i don't regret it
If I were to possess your mindset, by the time Droid2 is out, I will end up regretting not waiting for the Droid3 and the same applies to Droid4+. In that sense, I'd be placed into a paradox of never achieving the next edition Droid.
Last new phone I bought was the RAZR. I have not had a new phone since or signed up for a contract since. Loving this phone more and more every day, seriously, I really am happy with it. This thing is awesome. My last phone was a WinMo vx6900 and lemme tell you, when the reviews say a phone is great (ie HTC HD2), but its still WinMo and there are undefined reasons why it sucks, just trust them.
On the other hand, I really hope WebOS makes it, that is a very smooth OS as well, but I still like the blank slate approach to android.
Last edited by arcsum68; 11-12-2009 at 10:34 PM.
Foolie and Big D have it. If you wait for the next best thing, you will never purchase anything in this fast moving tech world today. There will likely be a cooler phone in a few months, but wait, better not get it because there will be a better one in a few months after that, but wait, it you wait until next fall maybe you can get the iphone Nano on Verizon, but wait......Nope, sometimes you have to jump in the pond. I am very happy with my phone so far. With the abilty to get firmware updates, it should be able to kept up with the latest phones for quite a while.
Can't say I have any regrets. I went through 2 other phones (iPhone 3g and Palm Pre) before settling on this. I wouldn't have gone through the hassle and expense if it wasn't worth it. So far it fits my needs and expectations like a glove. What I'm particularly pleased with is the extremely crisp display, UI speed and the OS. I think I can finally settle down now. Only if you tell me there's a phone that can cook, clean, wash dishes and get the groceries would I be tempted.
What's a little surprising is how good the virtual keyboard is. I didn't think I'd be using it more than the physical. And while I agree the physical doesn't have a blackberry like feel to the keys, it's not that bad and will just take a little getting used to.
I am coming from a Tour which in my opinion had a GREAT physical keyboard..BUT, I think the Droids Virtual Keyboard in landscape is even better..I rarely even use the PK! I think they should make a droid without the PK..thats just me though!
I love this phone, leaps better than my last few phones, Nokia N95(unlocked AT&T, Treo 700w(Verizon). I find myself using the physical keyboard more than the virtual one. This phone is fun to play with. In 5 days I have already download 20 apps that are very useful. No regrets here.