I also got my Droid on the morning of release date and have been nothing but happy with it. Everything they advertised worked flawlessly for me. I even had it navigate me back home from getting it just to try it out. It has surpassed all expectations it advertised of that i could give it. My guess would be that you have just had very bad luck with getting bad hardware/software with your droids. This may not be the case but for so many to be working great and a relatively small number experiencing problems I would have to guess it is just your phones. Also, i have never rooted or used anything other then market apps.