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Tell me Why I should buy a Droid!

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid' started by Striderdotcom, Mar 7, 2010.

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    Ok I have lurked here long enough I have not bought a Droid yet, but for some reason I am holding back tell my why I should buy one

    Lay it on me. :motdroidhoriz:
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    Well, a phone, a TV, a new car or any purchase boils down to your preference. If you've already been reading on here about the Droid, it's up to you to decide if you want a device that can do everything you've read about and want to pay the $29.99 for the unlimited data. For example, the Droid does everything I want it to do, so it was the right choice for me, but my Dad who is 80 yrs. old only needs a basic phone (and texting blocked).

    Do you have any specific questions about the Droid compared to another phone you might be looking for?
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    If there is not already enough information on this site for you to want to buy a droid.... well nothing anyone says will be able to convince you either. Droid sells its self.
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    Eh... tough one really

    I would have to say, as someone coming from the BlackBerry (Tour) community...
    The Droid (Moto Droid) is a small step up in terms of what all you can do with it. As for Signal Strength, it lacks behind my old Tour by a long shot, Speaker Phone is inferior as well is over all audio quality.

    The rest of what it is capable of, including customization is of higher caliber. Though BlackBerry (If you are a business user or apply crucial data to your phone, is far superior to just about any phone out there for it's security).

    Customizing either phone is a little bit of a learning curve, though I have .... Bricked my MD far less than I used to do to my BB.

    As far as applications go.... Android Market has far more apps of which are less costly if not even free, the ability to OTA an OS/ROM and many other things with a Droid is very nice.

    I have to say that the physical KB (Key Board) is in my opinion far less user friendly than that of my old BB Tour. I had one hand typing down with that phone and with my MD, I still at times struggle with two handing it. As for the SKB (Soft or on Screen Key Board goes... It is about on par with that of many other phones and you do not have to worry about "features" such as "Sure Press" as you do with the BB Storm, though as with almost all SKB, it is not well designed for larger fingers/thumbs.

    For Voice Dictation/Dialing/Search/SMS and so on... Quite frankly, I used "Vlingo Pro Anywhere" on my old BB and it is light years ahead of Google's Voice Dictation in just about every way, it in fact learns your speaking style.... as long as you are speaking an actual language/dialect and not just a bunch of gutter slang. I rarely use the Voice Dictation on my Droid with any success, often feeling that I must yell at my phone in a monotone/semi-robotic manor and that most often does no good. Yet with VPA I was perfectly allowed to just speak as I normally would (Given it took VPA a week or two to learn my speech patterns well enough but that is a very minimal price to pay).
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    It's interesting that you've "lurked" in the forums and want people to convince you to buy a phone...

    You either want it or you dont...
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    In lurking I have developed some doubts I have been planning to get one since it came out and I am ready to heat to the store today. My biggest concern is First generation tech.

    I have waited for years to get an iPhone and will not change to ATT

    My sister has a BB Storm 2 and I was not impressed with it

    I have personally used the palms and did not like those ether and currently I am using my Dare with unlimmited data (my Dare has died three times) FYI this bites

    I am an engineer and I like to tinker but I need the functionality of organization and info at my fingertips

    I know this is still vague I read all the posts and links I guess if anything just tell me what you like about
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    I won’t try to convince you of anything but I will tell you about my experience with the Droid.

    I was previous using a Blackberry Tour. Except for the obvious of touch screen and non-touch they are similar phones in that they do quite a bit and do it very well.

    Droid has as good or better speaker phone than Tour. I have also found reception (internal device radio) to be better with the Droid. Motorola has a reputation for having a very strong radio.

    The two are night and day different in how they do things which causes a bit of a learning curve. Blackberry has spell check in almost all applications and Droid does not.

    Droid I feel clearly excels in two areas. First is free turn by turn spoken navigation. Second is and AWSOME voice recognition system. It is amazing how this device integrates your phone, email and internet (specifically Google) all into one device.
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    These are the replies I am looking for From someone who is using the phone and what s/he likes dislikes

    I have been around many years and have seen things come and go

    Thank you for honest answers
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    Blackberry Storm 2 the Droid is not! I had one of those and the Droid is far superior to the Storm. Storm isn't even in the same league, it's that much better. Faster browser, Great GPS, Voice search. It just does so much more then a blackberry. You can even give it a math problem vocally and it will solve it for you.

    Simply a great phone. If you like to tinker, there's plenty of that too.
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    okay, well... the phone's been out since november (4 months to the day, lol)... so very shortly we will be seeing better phones available through your carriers... you may want to wait at this point... but the Droid is an amazing device, with a great group of devs working around the clock providing cutting-edge ROMs...

    but some places, you can probably get a Droid for free (maybe $50) w/ a 2yr contract...
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    ^These

    If you've been lurking you should have seen hundreds if not thousands of these types of threads in addition to thousands of 'what I like' and 'what I hate' posts and opinions.... If you can't make your own decision or do the research than why should others 'tell' you?
    You obviously don't know what you're looking for or are incapable of making a decision on your own so an iPhone might be a better option for you. Otherwise you'll litter the thread with more 'should I root' or 'best apps' or 'which ROM should I use' and other BS threads that are already done to death... get something that will not give you options (like the iPhone).
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    Why are there always people on these forums that rudely answer questions like this? When someone asks a question, either post a helpful answer or shut up! Do you talk to people face to face like that? I doubt it.
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    Actually I do:icon_ devil:...
    You have 30 days to decide if you want the phone... so if you're do for an upgrade get it if you think your interested, if you find you don't like it than exchange it. These devices are meant to be personalized and as with just about anything (computers, cars ect.) they are not for everyone but the only way you will decide is to TRY IT. I will warn you that for some there is a steep learning curve that is a barrier for many. But as a rule if you can't think or make decisions for yourself this device is likely not for you seeing as you will have to make decisions from the moment you get it (i.e. how to organize it, what programs to use ect.).
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    Because it gets annoying answering the same questions over and over again..... If we wanted to answer the same questions repeatedly, we wouldn't need a forum.

    I agree with KZIWarrior -- my first reaction was that this guy had no idea what he wanted and wanted someone else to make up his mind so he could avoid making a tough decision.

    And, if you read his entire post, he agreed with a few other people (which constituted being helpful), and then made a point about how the OP should make up his own mind (which is also helpful).

    I always try to be nice to people, but sometimes you have to take off the kid gloves and tell people to grow up.
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    One good reason is the cost of a new Droid being only $49.00 (with plan renewal or upgrade). Dinner out one night - that's it! So, instead of taking your wife out one night spent mostly discussing whether you should buy the Droid or not - you can buy the phone, stay home and both enjoy the evening at home playing Droidian Chase (I'll let you imagine what that game might be)! :)

    I understand procrastination - I do it all the time. But for the Droid - not a second's hesitation - I was waiting outside my local store when they opened the doors on the day my plan came up for NE2! 30 days usage to see if you like it or not - that's the deal breaker. You can spend 4 months wondering if it's the phone for you - or you can buy it and try it for 30 days and make a real time assessment of how useful it is for your needs. Within 30 days take it back - nothing lost!

    Warrior speaks with wise tongue! I don't see disrespect here - just saying it the way it is. Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horn! The part he mentioned about personalizing is a very valid point! :) mikey
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    Well....

    As for Turn by Turn nav... I have to look down on the Droids current version simply due to the fact that you can easily get a modded version of full Garmin Mobile (at no cost other than installing it your self) on any current BB and it flat out, out performs the one I have used on the Droid.

    I do love my Droid, likely as much and in ways less and in ways, more than my Tour...

    What it really needs in my opinion is Garmin mobile just as the BB can have, Vlingo Pro Anywhere and a couple other small things. Oh, a stronger SFI/Radio would be great also.... for my area that is...

    As for SFI/Radio or what ever the file is in MD... Where I live, in NW Oregon-US, The BB always had between 3-4 bars SR and in the same exact locations, my MD gets 1-3. Though oddly both phones have stronger and or weaker signal in varying areas.

    I think what it really comes down to is your use of the phone, your likes and wants...
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    As someone who came from a BB Curve and a BB Storm, I can tell you it is a world of difference. The speed alone on internet is worth it. It's one of those things YOU need to experience for yourself to understand and know whether you will like it or not. As for me...this thing is bangin!
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    Just do it...

    :icon_ devil:
    I lurked for a week or so here and a couple of other forums looking and listening before I jumped in and bought two Droids. One for myself and one for my computer phobic wife. I have experience with BB and an older LG. The LG was a horrilble experience but the BB was much better.

    The main advantage that the BB had was it's keyboard. I have to use my finger nails on the Droid KB while I could two finger type fairly well with the BB.

    In ALL OTHER AREAS the Droid is waist and shoulders above the BB. It is adaptable, if you don't like something, change it. The Navigation needs some work but it has potential.

    Do the 30 day trial and give it your own honest evaluation. :)

    By the way, the wife has become an expert with relatively little input from me other than conceptual issues. :icon_eek: Who would have ever known?
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    I have to carry a BB Tour because of my job, but it just won't cut it as my personal "gadget". I've been an iPhone user since i-Day, with the iPhone and then the iPhone 3GS.

    All I can tell you is that the Droid runs CIRCLES around the iPhone for the geeks at heart. (Sorry Apple, but it's true). Being able to customize the phone, load whatever I want on it, have a REAL keyboard when I feel like it, being able to replace the battery, have a flash on a 5MP camera, not to mention how much better service I am experiencing from Verizon over AT&T - you add it all up and this is as close to gadget heaven as I have ever been.

    A note on the keyboard though - being an iPhone user I apparently got used to the on-screen keyboard to the point I am not using the real keyboard much. I think I am a candidate for a Nexus if it ever comes to Verizon. But as far as I am concerned, Google > Apple when it comes to the mobile phone integration with cloud applications. I am still amazed at the Google Voice and Maps/Navigation integration.
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    So you can hang out here with a bunch of the KOOLEST people there are.