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Motorola Droid – Limited Review

Thursday, November 26th, 2009
Motorola Droid

Motorola Droid

I got my hands on my friend’s Droid yesterday, and while I only had it for a limited time in hand, I was pretty happy with what I saw.

I have been reading about the Droid on some of my favorite blogs, specifically TechCrunch, Engadget Mobile, and Mashable. Now that I’ve been able to play with it I can see what the buzz has been about. Being a Star Wars fan, I definitely appreciated the TechCrunch post mentioned above.

First impressions: lightweight; large, easy to read screen, fairly intuitive navigation.

From the moment I picked it up I was able to go where I wanted. That said a lot for the phone’s intuitive design, or perhaps something about how simple I am. Either way, I thought it was pretty cool. Having played with my wife’s iPhone, I had an idea of what to expect from a touch-screen phone. The Droid didn’t disappoint.

One of the first features I checked out was the slide-out qwerty keyboard. The keyboard is very thin, and I noticed a texture between the keys that I think would be helpful in typing. If I had my way, the buttons would be a little more tangible, but at least an effort was made.

I was introduced to a program called Google Sky. I hadn’t heard of this one yet, so I was pretty excited to play with it. Using GPS, the program charts the moon, stars, and other celestial bodies, relative to your current location. I had some fun with this. This was my first time on Android, so I was pretty impressed with this test run. Enough of Android though, and back to the phone.

The phone had an impressive, sleek design, and I would be more than happy to own a Droid. I remain a fan of AT&T, for all its quirks, so I will have to buy it full price if I want to use it. Everything that I tried to do on the phone I was able, which is important to me in a phone. It should always work.

As implied by the title of this post, this has been a very limited review. I figure most people know the specs, so I wanted to focus on my impressions upon using the device. I think this is a really good phone, and it is definitely in my top 5 as I am deciding which phone to upgrade to.