Ok I have lurked here long enough I have not bought a Droid yet, but for some reason I am holding back tell my why I should buy one
Lay it on me.
Well, a phone, a TV, a new car or any purchase boils down to your preference. If you've already been reading on here about the Droid, it's up to you to decide if you want a device that can do everything you've read about and want to pay the $29.99 for the unlimited data. For example, the Droid does everything I want it to do, so it was the right choice for me, but my Dad who is 80 yrs. old only needs a basic phone (and texting blocked).
Do you have any specific questions about the Droid compared to another phone you might be looking for?
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If there is not already enough information on this site for you to want to buy a droid.... well nothing anyone says will be able to convince you either. Droid sells its self.
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I would have to say, as someone coming from the BlackBerry (Tour) community...
The Droid (Moto Droid) is a small step up in terms of what all you can do with it. As for Signal Strength, it lacks behind my old Tour by a long shot, Speaker Phone is inferior as well is over all audio quality.
The rest of what it is capable of, including customization is of higher caliber. Though BlackBerry (If you are a business user or apply crucial data to your phone, is far superior to just about any phone out there for it's security).
Customizing either phone is a little bit of a learning curve, though I have .... Bricked my MD far less than I used to do to my BB.
As far as applications go.... Android Market has far more apps of which are less costly if not even free, the ability to OTA an OS/ROM and many other things with a Droid is very nice.
I have to say that the physical KB (Key Board) is in my opinion far less user friendly than that of my old BB Tour. I had one hand typing down with that phone and with my MD, I still at times struggle with two handing it. As for the SKB (Soft or on Screen Key Board goes... It is about on par with that of many other phones and you do not have to worry about "features" such as "Sure Press" as you do with the BB Storm, though as with almost all SKB, it is not well designed for larger fingers/thumbs.
For Voice Dictation/Dialing/Search/SMS and so on... Quite frankly, I used "Vlingo Pro Anywhere" on my old BB and it is light years ahead of Google's Voice Dictation in just about every way, it in fact learns your speaking style.... as long as you are speaking an actual language/dialect and not just a bunch of gutter slang. I rarely use the Voice Dictation on my Droid with any success, often feeling that I must yell at my phone in a monotone/semi-robotic manor and that most often does no good. Yet with VPA I was perfectly allowed to just speak as I normally would (Given it took VPA a week or two to learn my speech patterns well enough but that is a very minimal price to pay).
In lurking I have developed some doubts I have been planning to get one since it came out and I am ready to heat to the store today. My biggest concern is First generation tech.
I have waited for years to get an iPhone and will not change to ATT
My sister has a BB Storm 2 and I was not impressed with it
I have personally used the palms and did not like those ether and currently I am using my Dare with unlimmited data (my Dare has died three times) FYI this bites
I am an engineer and I like to tinker but I need the functionality of organization and info at my fingertips
I know this is still vague I read all the posts and links I guess if anything just tell me what you like about
I won’t try to convince you of anything but I will tell you about my experience with the Droid.
I was previous using a Blackberry Tour. Except for the obvious of touch screen and non-touch they are similar phones in that they do quite a bit and do it very well.
Droid has as good or better speaker phone than Tour. I have also found reception (internal device radio) to be better with the Droid. Motorola has a reputation for having a very strong radio.
The two are night and day different in how they do things which causes a bit of a learning curve. Blackberry has spell check in almost all applications and Droid does not.
Droid I feel clearly excels in two areas. First is free turn by turn spoken navigation. Second is and AWSOME voice recognition system. It is amazing how this device integrates your phone, email and internet (specifically Google) all into one device.
These are the replies I am looking for From someone who is using the phone and what s/he likes dislikes
I have been around many years and have seen things come and go
Thank you for honest answers
Simply a great phone. If you like to tinker, there's plenty of that too.
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but some places, you can probably get a Droid for free (maybe $50) w/ a 2yr contract...