State Your Droid PRO'S & CON'S

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  1. Steve

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    droid manual http://www.motorola.com/staticfiles...tatic-Files/DROID_UG_Verizon_68000202474a.pdf
     
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    OK, I've had my Droid since last Friday, so I've had a bit of time to play and add apps and see what it will do, at least for me. I'm not into music, so I haven't tried anything in that realm except to set up a Pandora radio station, which works fine. I was more interested in finding out how closely I could tie it into the rest of my home office compute environment - what things that I can do or share between my desktop (now mostly used as a file and porint server) and my laptop over my WIFI net.

    Let me preface the remainder of this post by admitting that I'm little more than a power user of PC's. I'm not a techie, although I'd admit to be a wanta-be sometimes. I've been around PCs since they were invented and worked for Digital Equipment Corp in sales when they were invented (that may give you a clue that I'm also and old dude). I'm not afraid to install hardware or software into PC's but I haven't a clue how to write software. I do create and maintain several Web sites, but that is just knowing how to use a good Website development tool. I'm basically a user, who knows just enough to get into deep dodo every now and then, but who isn't afraid to try things.

    The good news for me is that I can share almost everything that I need to access. I have installed the Estongs File Manager and the DocsToGo Apps and set up my WIFI network to allow access to my laptop and desktop files. This all works grerat. I can "see" my word and excel and powerpoint and pdf files from the phone and can copy them and paste them into the phones file space. Once they are there, I can open and manipulate them as needed with DocsToGo and then send them as attachments via email. I have all of my email accounts routed through one account that also forwards to the phone, which means that I can do useful email work while on the road. I'm currently a Realtor and I can get to my local MLS database and "see" any listed property and even schedule a showing on-line with some of them. This is all good stuff to me.

    My next challenge will be figuring out how to print a file from the phone, either over Bluedtooth or over the WIFI net. I have yet to find any printer drivers to install or haven't really even figured out what I need to do that.

    There were certainly lots of moments of frustration inthe first couple of days as I figured out how to navigate to the functrions that I was trying to use or how to order and install stuff or other "learning curve" issues; however, overall I must say that I'm quite impressed with what one can do with this little wonder Droid.
     
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    Seems to me that 90% of the questions people have involving "How do I....." can be answered by a long tap....LOL
     
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    exactly! There are all kinds of options and settings hidden by long presses lol
     
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    Speed dial for VM is on the bottom left of the phone screen.
     
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    Tons of Pro's, and POTENTIAL.

    Cons:
    No way to shut off screen while charging (burn in).
    Web page rendering could be improved, but load as fast as WiFi/3G allow - which is great.
    Few GOOD Apps, although that will inevitably change.
    No way to schedule turning on/off (great BB Feature that I miss).

    Overall, quite pleased with the Droid overall, and a lot of this stuff is nitpicking.
     
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    I would love to see an OS update that would add this.
     
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    Tapping the power button will turn off the screen even while charging.

    Scheduling turning off works with the Locale app

    What I keep finding is that for most issues, there already is a solution.:)
     
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    Thanks, I stand corrected re power button and charging!

    As far as auto on/off, this should be native function to the OS, and not an app that requires user inputs to define various non-relevant criteria (location, as an example). Again, nitpicking here but should be EASY to solve.
     
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    There is speed dial for voicemail access. Just go into phone and hold down the 1 key and it will dial your voicemail. You can also edit the number so that it adds your password in automatically every time you call.
     
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    Is there a way to program the other numbers besides the 1?
     
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    A big con for me is one that I haven't seen mentioned much: The volume rocker. It's way too sensitive. I am constantly changing the volume of my phone, and it's real annoying. Maybe with more practice I will get used to it.

    Another con I haven't seen mentioned, and I could be wrong here, but I see no way of selecting text (not entered text) on a Web page or in an e-mail. For instance, if someone sends me a string of text to type in Google, or a link that didn't get formatted by the e-mail program as a link, or a tracking number, I can't select that text, copy it, and paste it into the browser! Drives me crazy! I loved how my old Blackberry tried to find things like phone numbers in e-mails and made them selectable so I could dial directly from an e-mail or other location, on the Droid I'd have to write down the number on a piece of paper, then go to the phone app and type it in. Wtf? Copy and paste of ALL text would be appreciated.

    Those are the two major cons I haven't seen much mention of. Of course, as always, the camera needs work too.
     
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