State Your Droid PRO'S & CON'S

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  1. DroidBoy

    DroidBoy New Member

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    Droid so far

    I've had the Droid for about a week now and it's an impressive phone. I say this having come over from the 3G iPhone.
    Pros - great screen, excellent browser, good email display and (mostly) good email service. I don't really care about not having push for IMAP/POP. I have it for Exchange. Call quality has been good for me. The notification curtain and the ability to run simultaneous apps is a nice feature even though I don't use it too much.
    Cons - the notification curtain is hard to snag. Attachments sometimes take a long time to download and do not display correctly, or at all (the same attachments download fine on my iTouch). I have posted this elsewhere, but they need to fix the "empty trash" function. Now you have to effectively empty each email twice -- once to put it in the trash, then again to delete it fully. Stupid. I would have liked it if the home button (a touch actually) had awakened the phone. The little button at the top is sometimes hard to get to with a case on the phone. Finally, more apps. I know it is early, but the selection pales in comparison to you know who.
    All in all though, this is a very, very good device.:):)
     
  2. Malvado

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    actually there is a desktop software and and i kinda do miss the storm also lol...i misss the function to automatically turn on and off =[..very useful for battery life...and as for the screen not rotating it used to when it first came out but idk what happened =[
     
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    There are only a few things I would like to see in Moto Droid.

    1. More than 3 home screens buy default
    2. Contact auto orientation
    3. Better Media interface
     
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    Keyguard

    SO DO I.

    Apparently, it is semantics...

    You unlock the phone with the power button. The swipe is called keyguard.

    There is an app called Keyguard Disable. Works like a charm. Still swipe to answer, but the the power button (or volume or camera) will bring up the home page directly. Love it.
     
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    In Gmail and email app you can go into your trash folder.
     
  6. droidism

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    I like most everything but if I had to complain...I constantly hit the volume button during phone calls, when hanging up or randomly. rather annoying. I also wish that I could use voice dialing with my blu tooth.
     
  7. Richard Stanley

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    Pros
    Keyboard
    camera

    Cons
    Very Short battery when using Bluetooth and/or Wifi
    No Task List
    No sync for Outlook
    No REDIAL !!!
    Not too many apps yet
     
  8. performancedesign

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    I have had mine for just over 2 weeks now and there are many neat things that I love about it - I like the unlock/power feature because I don't have accidental calls, the phone is great as a phone, video and upload to youtube is great quality, but covering all the things I/we like I don't think adds as much value as the cons. It is the cons that hopefully will be improved and really make it a great phone.

    The "Droid Does" campaign sets expectations pretty high. And let's start off with 1) Smartphone, 2) Native Exchange, 3) Physical Keyboard. If that doesn't say business phone I don't know what does. So all those "neat" things I like are great icing on the cake...if the cake is fully there! This is my business phone, but some of the items would be annoying if it was just a personal phone. I have posted earlier in this thread already but after much more use will reiterate/add/clarify the following:

    -Notes and tasks; how can this not be native and why doesn't it sync with exchange? Yes, there are apps...but I need both to sync (through exchange) because Outlook is where I maintain tasks and notes. (more on this later) I am actually shocked there are not more people complaining about this one - a TON of business people I talk to use one or the other (or both) very intensely and rely on these functions to get work done. I had a blackberry for a month between droid and my palm and see why people say "it just works" and people who use it for work don't have time to see if they can make it work...someday, maybe.

    -Calendar - can't put in reminders past a week? or set your own time/days? I use it to remind me of things that take longer than a week to prepare for (personal example - but birthday gifts - need time to shop and ship and get there in time). Can't set custom repeat dates - it will recognize those put in from Outlook, but can't enter on the phone? Am I supposed to go to the computer to enter something that repeats every Tues/Thurs or enter them as separate entries? That is a workaround, but shouldn't be.

    -Contacts - I have around 1600 contacts in Outlook. I have 1493 in the phone...it combines contacts which, like Palm's Synergy, sounds great...except it combined contacts from Outlook that happen to have the same name. Many of them, and then I discovered it combined "Fleet Services" with my wife's contact because I had the 800# under her contact as well. From what I can tell I have to go to each combined contact and find the contact, edit their entry, click menu and "separate". WOW!! Anyone know how to "separate" globally?

    -Email - the email works. I am annoyed that I can't move the emails to folders and suspect that may be a future update (hope), but more than that, if I want 1 week's (or whatever the length) of email, sync all folders so when I go to it I don't have to menu>refresh and wait for it to download because I haven't checked that folder in 2 weeks. Even if you don't do it for all the folders - do it for Sent, Drafts and Deleted. I sent an email today, remembered I missed a point and had to refresh and wait before I could hit reply all and add.

    -Speeddial - after seeing some of the posts in this thread I have tried to figure out a speed dial on the numbers...I can't find it. I do have direct dials in my right desktop window and use "favorites" periodically, but those are nice additions to what should be built in. I have never seen a cell phone (in my 15 years of cell phone ownership - even the old clunky ones) that didn't have programmable speed dial on the number keys.


    Now - before some beat me up with "there's a solution" to the sync for email/tasks. I am going to try Touchdown, but it really irks me that I have to use a 3rd part app for what I consider base functionality of a smartphone, one that has had the benefit of watching the kings (all at one time) Palm, Blackberry and iphone for many years. Can't you at least perform as well on the base stuff and then add all the killer bells and whistles. And this isn't an "oh I love my old phone" statement. Email, calendar, tasks and notes have been base smartphone functions from the beginning - do that and do it well and maybe even innovate it beyond anyone's imagination.

    I also don't think Touchdown syncs notes from what I have seen, but will delve in this week.

    Will add two small comments:

    Ralo - I have the same problem when using speaker phone. Screen goes black, want to end call and have to hit power button then end. I think it goes back to the capacitive screen issue. I have actually had several "phone to ear" calls that when I pull it away the screen is VERY slow to turn on again so I end up hitting the power button then end in the same way. minor annoyance.

    Zenmervolt - You said you sync tasks through Exchange - I assume using Touchdown? I haven't seen anything else that will do it, but would actually prefer a Task/note standalone app that doesn't also replace the built-in email, calendar and contacts.

    Having said all this, I do love the phone and will keep it if I can get the base PIM functionality solutions figured out. I SO WANT to have a VZW kick arse smartphone...and want the Droid to be it...on paper it is everything I have waited for.
     
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    Let me add one thought - in combining contact information - it should only do this when combining contact from different accounts (personal email, facebook, exchange). Don't combine contacts that seem to be the same from the same account (exchange in my case). And only combine if there is something that can be linked to say they are the same person - because some people have the same name! If there is ambiguity on whether two contacts from separate accounts are the same - have a popup that asks me - put it in the notification bar.
     
  10. cbushnell

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    Corinacakes.... What, help... adding my Audible books, where how??? Exactly what I've been searching for YIPPEE!!!
     
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    PROS: Fun phone to use. More apps than anyone can use. Really get a kick out of Google Sky Map.
    CONS: NO auto answer or voice dial. Worthless while driving. Have to fiddle with the phone to answer on my bluetooth.
    Other thoughts: Have returned phone. Will wait for a fix on the bluetooth problem.
     
  12. hazydave

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    Here's the thing.. this isn't a cell phone. It's a pocket computer with, oh-by-the-way, a voice function. I'm glad they didn't put in buttons only useful for one out of hundreds of potential applications.

    I actually hated the "phone call" button on my Treo, as it was always getting bumped, and thus, pulling me out of my current application and into the phone. Ok, not a problem with Android anyway (that app will still be running, most likely), but still.. this is exactly what I expect in this kind of device. Like the iPhone, only better... at least the BACK, MENU, and HOME button work very nicely with the OS. Not sure about the SEARCH button yet.. I find myself using voice search more often. This is the first device of any sort I've used that seems to have voice recognition working correctly.
     
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