I have been following these forums since I got my Droid 2 August 17th to learn more about it and see what other people's experiences were. For a quick background, I'm a first time Droid and smartphone owner. Well, technically I had a BB Pearl, but without a data plan so I used it for voice and text only. I always wanted an Android phone my last one was dying, so I switched to Verizon and got a Droid 2 because of the physical keyboard.
I've had the phone for a while now and I really like a lot of things about it. Most of it is just the whole being new to smartphones and being able to do so much with just a phone. The apps are great, I use Google Maps/Navigator extensively, and I really do enjoy the physical keyboard over the touchscreen one.
My only issue with it is call quality and sometime signal reception. All of my calls seems to be very poor. I tend to hear a constant background hiss/static and often times it's dropping words (audio cutting out) in both directions (I've gotten complaints from the people I call/answer, in addition the experience on my end). I also encounter the random drops to 1X from 3G in places I don't usually expect it, but I'm also not too familiar with the Verizon coverage area.
I just don't know if this is what I should expect with smartphones. Should the call quality be less than crystal clear? I would think if my data connection is decent, then so should my voice. Also, what is an acceptable range of signal strength in dBm for a cell phone. Obviously I'm not radiating 5W peak power, but should -79dBm to -90dBm be all right?
I'm considerring sqitching to an Incredible or Droad X. I really preder the physical kb and I am not a fan of the size of the Droid X (how does anyone feel comfortable with that beheamoth in your front pocket?), but if I can't use the phone as a phone, I may want to switch before my 30 days is up. Thanks for listening to my rant, now I'm intersted in yours.