After seeing more options, I have a greater appreciation for my Droid 1.

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    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!


    tl;dr:


    • 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.
     
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    These two statements conflict with each other. You are saying the Droid X is impossible to keep in stock which is due to overwhelming sales. Yet, you say Motorola does not know what they are doing? Since the Dx sold pretty much the first three days (in some locations the same day) and the stores seem to sell out as soon as they receive them in stock, it appears they know what they are doing; at least with the Dx.

    As for the D2, probably won't be many jumping from a D1, but I bet it sure draws a lot of other sales, and I bet a lot of them will be BB users switching to the Android platform wanting a physical keyboard. And there actually may be more sales from D1 to D2 since I would bet a lunch, the greater majority of D1 users do not root their phone. (Let's face it, the number of D1 users on this forum in small when compared to the actual number of D1 phone sold.)
     
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    It is tough to tell from a store demo phone how good the Droid 2 is. You'd have to reboot into safe mode to see what the phone is really made of.

    Verizon and or Motorola and or Google did kinda drop the ball on the Droid X software...probably the Droid 2's too. They also kinda dropped the ball on the original Droid's EARLY software. However, on the Droid 1, the big bugs were eventually killed. Theoretically, they'll do the same for the new Droids.

    That being said, Motoblur on the Droid X seems to equate to some widgets and minor UI tweaks. The phone is FAST. Plus, I see that people are currently theme-ing the Droid X. Looks beautiful. And there are rumblings that ROMs will be possible on all Droids sooner or later.

    I can relate to the OP's sentiment, but I think the kinks will be worked out soon.
     
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    Maybe because those people liked it/didn't know when the pre-ordered. These are his opinions
     
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    I wouldn't hold your breath on those custom ROMs, keep in mind, the Milestone still hasn't been broken and can't load a custom kernel. :icon_evil:

    In all honesty, I doubt it will ever been fully broken because Moto has discontinued production of it, not to mention its 'obsolete' hardware. Of course, the lessons learned from it can be applied to future phones, but if it takes 18months to break, whats the point?
     
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    I think you may be wrong about this.

    Edit: Oh, custom kernel. That's different from a ROM. I don't know if you're right. I'll take your word for it. Still, custom ROMs are nothing to sneeze at, right?

    Edit: NEVER MIND, no custom ROMs either.
     
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    Stinks, doesn't it? And the X uses a very similar protection scheme. I'm sure a lot of lessons were learned and applied by the people attacking the X, allowing them to get to almost the same point as several months of work on the Milestone in a matter of weeks.

    I really want a good phone to upgrade to when my contact runs out on my D1, but there is zero choice my buying a phone with a locked boot loader.
     
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    droid 1 is still the winner for me too...droid x is not getting cracked anytime soon, nor is the droid 2. i like being able to customize my phone any which way i want
     
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    Whats so wrong with blur?

    I saw it on the Droid X and it didnt feel intrusive or anything. Felt very close to the Google Android experience.

    I played with the Incredible and the screen was having a lot of problems capturing my touch.
     
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    Admittedly, Blur has been much improved since it was first introduced on the CLIQ and Devour. People dislike because it cannot be themed easily, cannot be removed, is always running regardless of your launcher, because of how it handles contacts from various sources, because it slows the phone down, and because it restricts their choices.
     
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    Moto did it right with the D1. Hopefully they will wake up and do it right with the Pro. Pro should be pure Gingerbread and no blur. I too have played with the X and was not that impressed (liked the big screen though).