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ComputerWorld.com - Droid (5 out of 5 stars)

Discussion in 'Android News' started by SEGA, Nov 12, 2009.

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    Motorola Droid vs. iPhone: It's on!


    By Keith Shaw
    November 12, 2009 10:51 AM ET

    Network World - I found some time away from producing this year's holiday gift guide to try out one of the hottest smartphones of the season.
    The scoop: Motorola Droid smartphone (Verizon Wireless service), about $200 (with two-year agreement, plus $70 monthly voice/data service).

    What it is: With apologies to Terrell Owens, "Get your popcorn ready!" The Motorola Droid smartphone is ready to take on the iPhone for the hearts and minds of consumers (and, gasp, enterprises). Running on Google's Android operating system, the Droid features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as a way to combat the lack of a physical keyboard on the iPhone -- but like the iPhone it has a touchscreen (3.7 inches with 480 x 584 resolution) with an iPhone-like UI. In addition to the cell phone, the Droid lets you access e-mail, send text messages and download additional applications from the Android Market.

    Why it's cool: The Droid's 5 megapixel digital camera is a step up from the iPhone's camera (the iPhone 3GS has a 3 megapixel camera), and the addition of Wi-Fi on a Verizon Wireless smartphone is a much appreciated feature (unlike last year's BlackBerry Storm, which was Wi-Fi-less).

    Accessing applications from the Android Market was as easy as an iPhone, although some of the applications available were not completely formatted for the Droid (I tried the apps out before the phone's official launch, so hopefully they will conform more to the Droid's screen size). Connecting to Verizon's 3G wireless network was especially appreciated in New England. The built-in GPS and navigation application was very cool (and free), especially when it gives you a street view photo of your location when you arrive at the destination (it's possible Street View can be active while you're driving, but I had other things to worry about -- driving -- when I was trying that application.

    Some caveats: I'm not completely sold on the slide-out keyboard. The physical placement of the keyboard (it slides out from the side, or the bottom if you rotate the phone 90 degrees) becomes an issue on the right side -- extra space is used, making it harder for people with smaller hands to do the thumb-typing method. Since I have smaller hands, typing on the keyboard was more difficult. I gave the phone to a colleague with larger hands, and he was not bothered by this feature.

    Bottom line: I've seen a lot of iPhone clones and alleged "iPhone killers" come and go by the wayside. It's possible that the Droid will join them as well, but I don't think so. I think this device has legs, and it seems to have the support of Verizon Wireless behind it, based on some of their latest ads challenging AT&T's 3G coverage (somehow I think it means hopes for a Verizon iPhone has dimmed).

    The final decision on whether to go with a Droid vs. an iPhone could ultimately end up being a choice of whether you prefer AT&T's network or Verizon's.


    Grade: 5 stars (out of five).
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    Droid is undoubtedly a contender. It's not an "IPhone Killer" but it can defiantely got all 15 rounds.
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    Glad to hear. I hope that it doesn't get the same popularity of the iphone
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    Good review, just restating what we already know as owners ;)
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    are they using the GSM model? how could they say the camera is good? mine is still in POS mode.
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    I'm finding depending on 'photo subject' some decent photos BUT at least 3 out of 5 photos are pretty average.

    Motorola need to get working on this in a hurry.
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    Well as in just about every camera/phone camera I have taking pictures of you will get great shots if taken in good lighting. Outside of good lighting (the flash is not "Good lighting") you will get just ok pics.
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    taken good pictures with* sheesh I need to start viewing my post before i post it >.<
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    I did speak with a vzw rep yesterday and they did confirm the update for the autofocus to hit dec11. I kinda wish it wasn't out of my 30 days.
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    Screen is 480 x 854. He must of had a typo when he put 480 x 584.

    Funny that this same guy knocks the Droid for many of the things he praises here in his Droid vs iPhone Shootout here.
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    I don't own the phone, yet..

    I just got back from playing around with the camera and I do not see a problem with it.

    It's like the LG Dare, press down slightly on the camera button until the red bars go green (to focus) and it snaps the pic, in perfect focus.
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    Try taking a photo of text material, if you're autofocus works, then it will show up sharp
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    I doubt I will be all that impressed with the camera. The Blackberry Storm has taken plenty of decent pictures. If they come out a bit blurry, that is what I am used to. If they come out really sharp, then it is a small upgrade for me.
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    Um....you said " but like the iPhone it has a touchscreen (3.7 inches with 480 x 584 resolution)" Wrong, the droid screen is bigger by .2 inches! Also the resolution is 480x854 not 584! It's the sharpest display I have ever seen on anything period! All those pixels compressed into a mobile screen, incredible!
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    Am I the only one who's camera works perfectly fine? I have no focus issues at all.

    I press the capture button lightly, it focuses (takes about 1 second or less) and then i press it fully.. and voila! a great picture. IDK...
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    Best I can tell you are the only one.
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    My camera focuses fine. But unless it is in bright sunlight, the pic looks hazy and/or grainy. The video, on the other hand, looks great.
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    He must have hands the size of a six year old's.
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    Droid camera a "step up" from iphone 3gs?????

    NONSENSE!!!!! This reviewer have no idea what he is talking about.

    The Iphone camera is far superior to the Droid. The 5mp camera on the Droid is one of the most complained about feature of the phone. The 5mp sensor they use is too desnse of pixels which make for poor low light shots, the clarity of the Droid camera is a step down from Iphone.

    The reviewer has no idea what he is talking about.
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    Keith Shaw is a marketing fraud. He knows NOTHING about phones or the hardware they are disgned with..

    The article should be dismissed and removed from this website.
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