Droid Doesn't? Why?

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    In a world that Droid does, and does it for everyone... One guy apparently says it doesn't, well for him anyways. In an article he posted on Zdnet, Ed Bott, wrote saying why he doesn't like the Droid X and why he returned his right away regardless of what the reviews have been saying.

    Now this is unusual for a person to pickup a Droid and put it back down, but I guess not everyone will have to like it.

    Here is an excerpt from his article:

    Now what do you think about a statement like that... Do you think your love for the Droid is as far as what the reviewers say, or is it just because the Droid X is the greatest black slab to be released with Verizon's logo on it. Reply with your comments.
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    he didnt really say anything that was untrue. The droid X is big and for some people thats a deal breaker. And we all know that the display is the number one battery drain on our phones, and with the X's large screen thats even worse. Everyone I talk to who owns an X complains about the battery life being short and not lasting a day without constant charging. In terms of complexity, I agree that android can be a bit overwhelming for someone who just wants their phone to work and doesnt want to explore it. Thats why people who arent tech savvy love the iphone and think its the best.

    Can't win everyone over I suppose. Aside from the battery issue though, everyone I know who owns an X loves it.
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    Wasn't the X rated as having the best battery life among androids recently?
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    I dunno. I had an iPhone 3GS that is now my wife's. Whenever i have to use it, its frustrating to use. Seriously. Its kind of odd becuase its pretty much a kindergarten phone, but in how much Apple has dumbed it down, it is almost too dumb now.

    I love my DroidX. Not because of the network either. Where I live, AT&T and Verizon are both great services. I switched from AT&T because of the tiered data plans at AT&T (which now Verizon may do soon...grrrrr). I use a lot of data. I stream a lot of music, at times download large files from my FTP server at home and a tiered plan would kill me big time. Though I was grandfathered in with AT&T, I wanted a new phone. I also wanted an Android phone. AT&T's selection was dismal and was all yahoo branded.

    Anywho, it sounds like this guy is a tech dullard and if it has more than one big round button on it, its too complicated. People that want options buy Android, people that want style/current trend get an iPhone.
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    Not Making Much Sense

    As a previous poster said, he didn't really say much. I know 2 people with X's. One loves it, the other hates it. Battery life being the reason for the latter. I tried to explain to him (like the other post mentioned), that the bigger the screen, the worse the battery drain is. I have an OG Droid, and love it. Best phone I've ever had. I'm not even rooted, and am impressed with just the stock features and battery life. The X for me is just too big, same with the EVO. I wouldn't mind having a D2, but I'm under contract and as mentioned, happy as can be with what I've got. All that being said, even with the D1, if you're on the internet a lot burning the screen, it's going to run the battery down too. I think this is why Blackberry users seem to like the performance of their batteries. As logic tells us, the screen is half the size, so it "should" last longer. I typically get a normal days charge out of my D1. I have several programs that run all the time, and dabble with Facebook, ESPN, ect and make 10-15 calls. I probably fit into the "normal" user class. The one complaint I've had from day one about the Droid is the lack of Bluetooth dialing. That is the one thing Droid doesn't do. Even with 2.2 it's not the same as with every other cell phone made in the last 10 years. You should be able to just hit your earpiece button like normal. I haven't tried it with a built in car Bluetooth system yet. I just can't beleive Android was released this way. Especially with all of the laws regarding headset use.
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    I haven't read the article yet. What I can say is, the X is the best phone I have ever owned. The battery is no worse than the 6900 or my old Storm. And, the tradeoff in useability vs. battery life is well worth it. Besides, with all the great apps out there (thank you, app makers), the phone is just plain fun.

    Size? Obviously we have short memories for the Motorola Brick and even more recent evolutions from Audiovox. You'll get my X back when you pry it from my cold dead hand... or a better phone comes along.

    Regards,

    Jeff
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    After reading this article, either this person isn't a smartphone user or he never owned the Droid X. His complaints for returning the phone are minimal and the fact that be states that he had the phone for two weeks and then ends the article by stating that after a fees hours of phone use, he returned the phone leads me to believe that he never actually owned the phone. Also if he was returning the phone what was he going to go back to.
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    Whoaaaaa, wait a minute. I just read the article and decided to go to Ed's main blog page. I don't get it. He is primarily a microslob reviewer. He can't actually say he likes Windows Mobile over Android? Actually, he never did say what phone he came from or went to. Will we ever know what Ed chose?
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    When one of your primary complaints is about the icon layout that you receive directly from Verizon, and you can't even be bothered to get rid of icons you don't use and customize your home screen, etc... I think it's safe to say you have missed the point.
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    Well, if you look at the header, it all makes sense. "Ed Bott's Microsoft Report"
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    Sad to say, I usually respect Ed's views on a lot of things, but he didn't even give this phone a chance. For the techie that he claims to be, he sure seems to want simplicity (read: handholding) when it comes to a phone. Android is like an automobile or a computer; many different varieties and you can customize it to what YOU want on the vehicle/device. I have over 110 apps on my Droid X, and I think I use the battery MORE because of the screen size. Since I know I use it more, I got the extended battery. I kill my battery because there's so much to do and the larger screen actually keeps me off of the main pc more.

    No, the screen size isn't for everyone, but at 5' 4", it still goes into my pocket and fits into my medium sized hands quite nicely. Also, I've had the original bad boy Droid 1 and I still have an HTC Incredible (but it hardly ever sees usage). The Droid X is what I was waiting for. I miss a keyboard, but the screen real estate more than makes up for that.

    Now let's put a dual core processor in a phone this size, and that will be my next device.
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    Precisely.

    No. Ed Bott is a primadonna who wants a phone he doesn't have to actually use to understand. He notes:

    Complexity, WTF? Dude. It's. Not. That. Hard.

    -Matt
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    He should have bought an Eris if the X was too hard and big for him. The X was made for men who have grown size hands.
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    dumping the droid

    maybe this guy should have gone with the Droid 2 if the X was too big.
    if he took the time to read droidforums.net maybe he wouldn't have had so many issues.
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    I sometimes wonder if we need a subforum for discussing...how to put this...the more "psychological" side of ownership. For example, I think rooting is a big step for many people, and looks pretty intimidating. Then you do it, begin to feel comfortable with the process--go through a few recoveries :icon_eek:--and it becomes pretty easy. But from the beginner's side, I can understand the fear and hesitation.

    The funny thing is...I ultimately decided to root my D1 and now I play with it all the time. And yet I can buy an entirely new device (e.g., Android tablet), and begin to feel that same "Oh, I don't want to mess it up!" anxiety.

    -Matt
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    I've own my DX since the day it released on Big Red. For me, the hardest thing to adjust to coming from a BlackBerry Tour was of course the size of this beast. The overall size of the DX turned a lot of people off and made me nervous if I made the right choice to get the DX over the DI which was at that time on a back order.

    After a few days of use, I did notice the battery life issue that was mentioned by others already but I found it to be along the same lines as other phones I've had including WinMo and BlackBerry based devices. And after one problem with my device which was related to SMS, my DX has been running great.

    This is by far the best mobile device I've used to date both for personal use and work use. Yes, it isn't the device for everyone but then again I feel there will never be a device that fits the wants and needs of everyone looking for a device. I think the guy that wrote the article may or may not have been making a snap judgment of the device, maybe there are some reasons he hasn't talked about in the article but either way, I don't think the DX is as bad as he tries to make it out to be. The device is a good device for a lot of people and so if one guy trashes the device so be it, I think there are plenty of us out here that really like the device. The recent update to Froyo only added to the power of the DX and I think it will be interesting to see what Motorola has planned next after the D2Pro.
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    You know, as 'techie' as I can be, I don't root. Mainly, because I don't want to engage the non-believers in discussions where they say I justify everything because I rooted my phone. I stay stock and still prove to them that I can do just about anything without having to do so.

    Still, I did put the 2.2 leak on prior to the official release last week, and I got that twinge of a feeling when I had to perform the procedure to roll it back to stock, but as you said, I did it, and it was cake. No issues at all. So, yeah, it just takes getting your 'cherry popped' to understand that these processes to root aren't difficult at all. Still, much like with installing an OS or flashing a bios, there are just some things that some people should NEVER be bothered with doing (and you know who you are). dancedroid
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    If owning a Droid requires you having your hand held, then go ahead and get an iPhone (or WP7 phone in this case? Hmm...). The iPhone does plenty of things well, but it also limits users from doing some cool things. If you want to take your phone out the box, immediately start using it and never customize it, then again, go ahead and get an iPhone. But I know most of us on this forum would rather set our phones up exactly the way we want them. I think it ultimately leads to a better user experience. And barring much more restriction from Verizon, we'll continue to do that. Considering all the technology that can be packed into this one little device, it seems like a waste of said technology to just grab a locked-down device, never customize it and just take what you've been given.

    But hey, that's just me.
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    Oh no he didn't!

    "The first app I downloaded was a Task Killer, which I used to shut down all of the running apps (more than 20) that were starting by default on this phone, including Skype, which I don’t use. But within a minute or two, all of those apps restarted themselves. Gee, thanks, Verizon"
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