Worth the switch from WM to Droid?

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    I been using WM phones for years, in between I did slip in an iPhone and a Nokia N97 also, ended up with an HTC Tp2.

    Played around with my friend's HTC Hero, there are reasons that tells me I like it for:

    It's a swift OS
    user interface is friendly
    Growing no. of applications

    Reasons holding me back so far:
    been used to the use of WM phones
    may find it fun to play with and hard to live with
    physical keyboard - dislike moto phones

    How are you experienced early adopers finding the use of Droid phones, would you mind sharing your learning curve, things you like and dislike about it?

    thanks a bunch
     
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    Love it...Came from a personal BB and a work WinDoz Phone....
    I hardly use the physical keyboard...everything is onscreen..

    You will not regret the jump....
     
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    I came from a WinMo as well. I can honestly say I will never go back to it again. That is how much i love my Droid.
     
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    That's great to here, cos I do like the smooth flow of Droid the OS, it does somewhat feel a little more functional than the Mac OS that I used to own (iphone) well, still do, but i only use it as an ipod touch nowadays.

    i think i better try and play with the moto droid also just in case they have produced something great for years, I did have a bad exp with one before, slow OS, contstantly crashing, bad bad bad camera.

    thx for ur first-hand opinion my friend!!
     
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    You my friend!! have just made a potential dent to my bank account, and looking to a possible 1-whole-week nagging from my girl...

    :icon_ banana:

    the smoothness u like? the software availability? so what is it that is such a leap going from wm to droid?
     
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    Oh right you wanted a more detailed post.

    Learning curve: It took me a good 2 weeks to really get the hang of it. I'm great with PCs so WinMo was a breeze for me. Android though, I find superior and the future of mobile phones. Learning curve isn't too steep, but i have to say, once you think you figured it out, you find something new and it is exciting.

    Things I like: Android OS. this OS is solid and I have not experienced one problem with it, other than one freeze. As you know WinMo tends to choke and lag alot, I have not experienced lag on my phone except with that one freeze, which was probably due to me running multiple apps and playing a large video, not sure though.

    Coming from WinMo you know how it was stylus oriented and it still felt kind of laggy and sluggish. Droid is smooth. You feel like you're in complete control of whatever is on the screen and it reacts to whichever way you scroll. Apps come up fast with no lag and scrolling through your 3 homescreens (take that winMo) is fluid. All I can say is, take out your current phone and compare it to the Droid in store, you'll buy right there!

    Alot of people hate on the keyboard, I've come to like it. It takes some time to get used to.

    It's a very solid device. The feel, build quality, etc. Motorola took it's time making this phone and it shows, they're on top of their game.

    Things I Don't like: the D-pad. I think it's horrible and it's in the way. They could've made a much better keyboard had they eliminated the d-pad. Another thing would be the ability to turn off data. You could do this with WinMo devices but not with Droid, however it's not that big of a deal as it doesn't use power when it's not in use. One thing that could get annoying is the lock screen, whenever the screen turns off it automatically goes to lock mode, sometimes i hate it when im on a texting binge, but overall it's not that bad.

    Overall, I'd say make the switch. I was skeptical about Android at first, as I tried 1.6 on my phone before and didn't really come to like it (might have something to do with WinMo 6.5 being flashed on my phone before, but oh well). Android has alot of "hidden" menus and the phone is really more complex then it seems. It's still a smartphone, but unlike WinMo it's an approachable and easy-to-use smartphone. And customization is at a whole new level to me, WinMo didn't have the freedom and iPhone sure doesn't have the freedom.

    Jump ship, you won't regret it. If you do, then return within 30 days, but I don't think you will be returning it.

    Like I said, I can't imagine going back to WinMo or another OS for that matter.
     
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    i also came from a windows phone(samsung omnia). and i would not go back. winmo has certain things i miss like the geocaching.com app and a few others but i know they are coming soon enough , overall is so much better, smoother, faster, prettier. i would feel like i was handicapped with winmo if i had to take it back
     
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    +1. I moved from a Motorola XV6700 (?) WM phone I had for over two years. In less than a month my Droid does everything my WM phone did...far better...and many things the WM phone could never do. The build quality of the Droid is excellent, the OS is speedy (though sometimes still a tiny bit unstable) and using the phone is a joy.

    My only somewhat subtle complaint is that with a WM phone I could usually leverage my knowledge of Windows to understand how the phone was organized and worked. I still haven't mastered a sense of "where" everything is on the Droid, especially since one cannot locate entire apps in the SD storage.

    Furthermore, the Android OS is a true multitasking OS but the tools for managing it are largely hidden from the user. (Thankfully for most users, of course.) Being an old unix hand, I wish I could manipulate the phone's OS more transparently.

    But those are, as I said, subtle complaints and more a case of my brain no longer able to climb those steep learning curves that I used to skim over.

    All in all, go with the Droid. I can virtually guarantee you won't miss the clunky Microsoft bloatware crammed into a phone.
     
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    my first smartphone was the silver motorola Q...i plugged it in to charge one night and it didnt charge. i turn it on in the morning and i got the black screen of death. That is the first and last windows mobile phone i will ever have. My BB in comparison has been damn near bulletproof and i am quite happy with el droido.
     
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    very detailed indeed sir, thank you so so much, I think my requirements, and my findings by jumping ship is gonna be exactly or at least very similar to your findings, after you have mentioned it.

    the slight bend i dun like, so i might think of jumping to the moto, but i must play with one in the shop first, cos where i live, there is no 30 days money back gaurantee, so whenever i shop for tech, i have to go through this process of asking adn asking and read user reviews, and then some more on top of that.

    thanks alot, it's gonna be an easier leap for me now, and there are actual selling points that i can try and convince my girl to just buy the idea of me buying yet another phone (or switching) 4th time within the last 12 mths.
     
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    i hate winmo but realy? what have you found the droid can do that winmo can't, because i found winmo to be extremely capable but a total pain in the @$$ to use. i belive i could find certain things i could do on a winmo phone right now and not on a droid. that in no way means i want to go back to my old phone
     
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    To be honest I do love the physical keyboard on a phone, it helps with my email and surfing and chatting needs.

    i do have a pre-existed bad impression with moto, but them being the first to come out with a droid with qwerty is making me wanting to give them another try, but then i do trust htc a lot better to be honest with any compatibility issues and build quality.

    either hero or moto.... um...
     
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    then I should let you know that the next predicted update for the Droid is Android 2.1. That is just a rumor for now, but it seems expected, as the Nexus One is being released with 2.1. It's supposed to be much faster, smoother, and better overall, and I already think 2.0.1 is great already. It'll be like having a new phone again, but you get to keep all your stuff and settings.:icon_ banana:
     
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    I think you're all right, sometimes i do wonder why i go back to wm...
    the sudden crashes, the sudden rush of use of ram even when you have disabled everything that you could possibly disable, it still drains the very little ram that I have no idea why is so precious for any wm machine.

    will make the jump, and it wont be too long, gonna go windows shopping soon... hehe...

    many thanks guys
     
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    oh yeah, how could i forget the nexus, um... wait longer, or shop within a week... headache headache, brain freeze....:icon_ devil:
     
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