On the way back from looking at a used car earlier, I stopped at the mall and got something to eat. While there, I hopped into the Verizon Wireless store to take a look at the new Droid. I hadn't been into a VZW store since before the Incredible dropped, so I figured I would go see what else the Droid line had to offer.
The Droid Incredible by far was the most impressive of the other two Droid offered. The body was beautiful, and without the giant weight that it was attached to, I'm sure it would have been light as a feather. But SenseUI sucks. I always kind of liked the look of Sense from what I had seen online, but my experience with it on the Droid Incredible (which, judging from the app list, didn't have tons of extra crap installed on it, despite being a demo phone) left me with nothing but a bad taste in my mouth. It was slow, and really didn't add anything to the phone. But still, the Incredible was the best of the 3 phones.
I can't say much about the Droid X, seeing as how both models at the store were dummy models. Guess they really are having a heck of a time keeping the X in stock. But having toyed around with my friend's HTC Evo for a little while, I can definitely say that that large of a screen is a joke. It's way, way too big.
Aaaaand then there's the Droid 2. I've done nothing but badmouth this phone so far, with MotoBLUR, a locked bootloader, and all the bloatware from Motorola and Verizon on it. And, well... having taken a good 10 minutes to play around with it in store, I can say that my opinion of the device has only gotten worse. What a terrible phone. MotoBLUR is the biggest piece of s*** on the planet. Sense kicks it's butt, and Sense still sucks. I'm thoroughly convinced that whoever designed the UI for the Droid X and the Droid 2 couldn't have been over the age of 10. I could have come up with a better looking UI when I was in elementary school. Absolutely no excuse for such a terrible looking device.
I tried out a flash game on the Droid 2, as I was genuinely interested in how well the Droid 2 would handle flash compared to my overclocked Droid 1. I just loaded up a quick game on Kongregrate that I had played on my Droid 1. It seemed marginally smoother on the Droid 2, but wasn't tons better. I think the real test would be to root that sucker and get a custom Hulu app on there (like the one from XDA), and see how well that ran. But just from the quick test, I was unimpressed.
Needless to say, all the Verizon bloatware on the phone is a joke, pure and simple.
Scrolling through the screens was an absolute nightmare. They kept freezing mid-transition. I couldn't help but laugh. I'm glad I don't work for Verizon. I would be absolutely embarrassed to demo that phone for a customer and have it keep freezing up like that. Absolutely awful.
(The only thing I will say about the Droid 2: I really like that blue color. Really like it.)
It's an absolute shame what Motorola is doing. Before Android came along, they were driving themselves into the ground. The Droid was released, and it put Motorola back on the map once more. But now, it seems as though they are perfectly content with just driving their company into the ground once more. It's like the Razr all over again -- Moto puts out a great, successful phone, and then for some reason decides that they're entitled to churn out pure crap for the next few years.
Droid Pro better be impressive, or it's Goodbye Moto!
- Droid Incredible looks decent
- Droid X is impossible to keep in stock, still way too big.
- Droid 2 is an absolute joke.
- Droid 1 = Winner.
- Motorola has proven once again that they have absolutely no idea what they are doing.