Android and Motorola Droid: 10 not-so-cool things

Motorola DroidBy all accounts Google’s young mobile operating system, Android, is enjoying a strong 2010 so far. Although the Nexus One smartphone launch was far from perfect, sales of phones running Android have according to some reports even surpassed the Apple iPhone in Q1.

There are many reasons for that success. One is Google’s decision to license the OS to multiple vendors including HTC, Samsung, Sony, and, of course, my trusty Droid.

Verizon is another reason I suspect people have opted for an Android phone. AT&T has become somewhat of a laughing stock when it comes to dropped calls, especially in San Francisco and New York. Just about every major talk show host, including Jimmy Fallon, Steven Colbert and Ellen Degeneres have milked it for laughs (much to Apple’s displeasure).

We’ve written about Android at length on SSC, and I’ve shared my share of love for the new Moto Droid smartphone that I picked up at launch last year. Coming from a reliable, but feature challenged BlackBerry 8700 (Cingular), I was anxious to see how it would perform. I was smitten. At any opportunity I wrote about the apps, and snapped photos of it on several trips including one to the Baja, where the smartphone would first encounter the harsh, hot Baja desert.

Fast forward about 6 months now, and I’ve had lots of opportunity to use the Droid (and more recently, the Android 2.1 software upgrade).

I still think it’s a great smartphone. But to keep things (fair and) balanced here, I thought it only right that I also share some of the issues I’ve had. Gripes. Complaints. Nit-picks. Warts. Sure, it’s not as fun singing Sweet Dixie, but hopefully you’ll take my word on things that I do think are great (see, 10 cool things about Moto Droid and Android 2.0 – Part 1, and Part 2).

To be clear, I’d still take the Droid over BlackBerry or iPhone. The integration with Google apps is great, as is Google Voice. The navigation is brilliant and I use it all the time across the Bay Area.

So, here we go, 10 not-so-cool things about Android and Motorola Droid.

1. Sluggish and Lags at times

My biggest complaint is the processor on the Droid. It doesn’t seem to have enough umph to drive Android without lag. It’s still usable. But it’s not lickety-split fast. Even my old BlackBerry 8700 was zippy by comparison. Understandably Droid can do a lot more (love the Nav!) but it’s evident to me, this OS needs a Snapdragon processor (as found on Nexus One or HTC Incredible, for example) to truly shine.

2. Fidgety hard-to-use wakeup button on Droid

One of Motorola’s worst design decisions was placing the wake-up button (also used to power it on and off) for Droid on the top of the phone. It’s recessed and hard to get to, even for someone like me with small hands. The iPhone, by comparison, can be activated by using the easy to press button front and center. I’m accustomed to the less-than-ideal position of the button now, but it’s a peculiar design element. And, don’t think it’s not significant; it needs to be used constantly during the day to wake the phone up after the screen dims.

3. Can’t adjust Gmail font size

Gmail on Android has one font size: tiny. Don’t like it? Can’t read it? Too bad. That’s it. That’s all. Google: fix this!

4. Home icons disappear on occasion

From time to time, I find the icons on the home screen panels (there are three that you can access by swiping left and right) disappearing. Gone. Never to return, until I power cycle the phone. The background wallpaper is there, and I can still access the menus. Of course, this typically happens in the most critical of moments… when I need to access a phone number, or directions, or access email. Again, I can get it all from the menus, but it’s a bug that needs to be fixed.

5. Voice recognition flaky when in Car mount

The voice recognition is superb. It works brilliantly. I can say “Navigate to Magic Theater, San Francisco” or “Navigate to nearest gas station” and it works almost 100% of the time. It is so good, that I hardly ever use the keyboard to use Google search. There is one exception. That is when I first place the Droid onto the car mount. Then the errors come in waves, “No speech heard…” “Connection error…” etc. I think I’ve discovered it’s related to the switch of the network from wi-fi (in home) to 3G (outside the home). Later, the voice activation will work properly if given enough time. My work around is always to use voice activation before placing the phone in the car mount cradle. Then all is fine.

6. Battery life could be better

The achiles heal of most modern smartphones is battery life. I can barely get by a day with Droid. I’m constantly thinking about length of phone calls, screen brightness, etc. If I’m careless I’ll run out of power, and I’m dead in the water. This really is unacceptable for a device that is so critical to our business. BlackBerry has a huge advantage in this regard. It’s something that also needs to be improved. A combination of better battery technology with energy efficient processors I suspect will help. But another thing: all sorts of Apps I’m not using always seem to be running in the background. That draws power unnecessarily. I can’t understand why, for example, the Google Finance app or SportsTap are running when I haven’t used them recently.

7. No dedicated Phone buttons

All phones should have dedicated call buttons (answer call/end call). Again, BlackBerry has it. With Droid, to end a call I need to pull phone down from ear, wait for screen to activate (it darkens while on calls to save battery), then hit the red end call icon. It’s occasionally dodgy. Sometimes the screen saver comes up instead. Then I have to find the irritating wake-up button, then enter my security pattern, then end the call. It’s often a bizarro experience. With BlackBerry I just hit the red end call button. Done.

8. Slow camera produces poor quality photos

A lot has been written about the Droid camera and how poor it is. And that’s putting the criticism mildly. It’s slow-both to load, and to actually take the photo. Most times, especially if you’ve asked someone else to take your photo, the shot will be blurred because the camera hasn’t finished processing it before the phone was moved. The flash overloads most photos with a high contrast white. It’s not a huge deal overall for me as it use is sparingly. But it’s far from good.

9. Android apps aren’t as slick yet as Apple iPhone counterparts

Almost every single app is better on iPhone; the interface, the aesthetics, the functionality, the responsiveness. My wife has an iPhone so I can compare directly. I think this will change over time as developers become more proficient with Android. But for now, take your pick (Foursquare, Yelp, Facebook, Twitter…) – all better on iPhone. It doesn’t mean the Android versions are bad necessarily. I’m perfectly content with the Android apps. However, when you compare side-by-side you realize some of the goodies you’re missing. And I haven’t even mentioned that swiping and overall touch screen operation is far better on iPhone. Definitely.

10. Screen is decent, but pales in comparison to OLED (such as Nexus One)

I have no complaints about the screen in general, but it could use more pop and brightness. When you see the Droid next to a Nexus One you’ll see what I mean. You realize what you’re missing in terms of contrast and brightness. OLED is the future. It’s not a deal breaker that Droid lacks it, but it’s something I’ll look for in my next smartphone.

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  • cl

    I wish I read this before buying the phone. I feel so discouraged now I just bought it online and am now waiting through mail. I feel like I just wasted 3 years worth of cell plan and 170 cad. :( Are all these really common annoyances everyone finds with the phone? so far all ive read and watched are awesome reviews on the product but sorry to know this later than sooner.

  • cl

    I wish I read this before buying the phone. I feel so discouraged now I just bought it online and am now waiting through mail. I feel like I just wasted 3 years worth of cell plan and 170 cad. :( Are all these really common annoyances everyone finds with the phone? so far all ive read and watched are awesome reviews on the product but sorry to know this later than sooner.

  • cl

    I wish I read this before buying the phone. I feel so discouraged now I just bought it online and am now waiting through mail. I feel like I just wasted 3 years worth of cell plan and 170 cad. :( Are all these really common annoyances everyone finds with the phone? so far all ive read and watched are awesome reviews on the product but sorry to know this later than sooner.

  • cl

    I wish I read this before buying the phone. I feel so discouraged now I just bought it online and am now waiting through mail. I feel like I just wasted 3 years worth of cell plan and 170 cad. :( Are all these really common annoyances everyone finds with the phone? so far all ive read and watched are awesome reviews on the product but sorry to know this later than sooner.

  • cl

    I wish I read this before buying the phone. I feel so discouraged now I just bought it online and am now waiting through mail. I feel like I just wasted 3 years worth of cell plan and 170 cad. :( Are all these really common annoyances everyone finds with the phone? so far all ive read and watched are awesome reviews on the product but sorry to know this later than sooner.

  • cl

    I wish I read this before buying the phone. I feel so discouraged now I just bought it online and am now waiting through mail. I feel like I just wasted 3 years worth of cell plan and 170 cad. :( Are all these really common annoyances everyone finds with the phone? so far all ive read and watched are awesome reviews on the product but sorry to know this later than sooner.

  • superlinkx

    Really good review on what things are lacking with Android/Droid. I have been with Android since the G1 and now have a Hero, and I think those are the major snags that show up. That being said, this shows that things are going good, as many of those are fairly minor issues compared to other phones. There were a few issues. First, the iPhone has a sleep button on top as well, though it is easier to press (if you don’t have a case). Second, apps that are running in the background are called services. These services aren’t full out apps, they just receive/send information to other apps or features in the background. If you go to add a shortcut to your homescreen, go to add shortcut>settings>battery usage. This shortcut takes you to a power management tool, and let’s you see where all your battery goes. you will see that most apps don’t even register. This is because services barely touch the cpu ever. Instead they take up some ram, and are killed off by Android as more ram is needed elsewhere. So you don’t need to worry about them, and don’t even touch a task manager. Task managers only make things worse. Just use battery usage and the services shortcut. The services shotcut will show you which services are currently running, and will allow you to stop unnecissary ones. It will warn you if it may be needed for something else, allowing you to make a more informed decision than if you used a task manager. Hopefully, that will help with one of your complaints. Peace.

  • superlinkx

    Really good review on what things are lacking with Android/Droid. I have been with Android since the G1 and now have a Hero, and I think those are the major snags that show up. That being said, this shows that things are going good, as many of those are fairly minor issues compared to other phones. There were a few issues. First, the iPhone has a sleep button on top as well, though it is easier to press (if you don’t have a case). Second, apps that are running in the background are called services. These services aren’t full out apps, they just receive/send information to other apps or features in the background. If you go to add a shortcut to your homescreen, go to add shortcut>settings>battery usage. This shortcut takes you to a power management tool, and let’s you see where all your battery goes. you will see that most apps don’t even register. This is because services barely touch the cpu ever. Instead they take up some ram, and are killed off by Android as more ram is needed elsewhere. So you don’t need to worry about them, and don’t even touch a task manager. Task managers only make things worse. Just use battery usage and the services shortcut. The services shotcut will show you which services are currently running, and will allow you to stop unnecissary ones. It will warn you if it may be needed for something else, allowing you to make a more informed decision than if you used a task manager. Hopefully, that will help with one of your complaints. Peace.

  • superlinkx

    Really good review on what things are lacking with Android/Droid. I have been with Android since the G1 and now have a Hero, and I think those are the major snags that show up. That being said, this shows that things are going good, as many of those are fairly minor issues compared to other phones. There were a few issues. First, the iPhone has a sleep button on top as well, though it is easier to press (if you don’t have a case). Second, apps that are running in the background are called services. These services aren’t full out apps, they just receive/send information to other apps or features in the background. If you go to add a shortcut to your homescreen, go to add shortcut>settings>battery usage. This shortcut takes you to a power management tool, and let’s you see where all your battery goes. you will see that most apps don’t even register. This is because services barely touch the cpu ever. Instead they take up some ram, and are killed off by Android as more ram is needed elsewhere. So you don’t need to worry about them, and don’t even touch a task manager. Task managers only make things worse. Just use battery usage and the services shortcut. The services shotcut will show you which services are currently running, and will allow you to stop unnecissary ones. It will warn you if it may be needed for something else, allowing you to make a more informed decision than if you used a task manager. Hopefully, that will help with one of your complaints. Peace.

  • superlinkx

    Really good review on what things are lacking with Android/Droid. I have been with Android since the G1 and now have a Hero, and I think those are the major snags that show up. That being said, this shows that things are going good, as many of those are fairly minor issues compared to other phones. There were a few issues. First, the iPhone has a sleep button on top as well, though it is easier to press (if you don’t have a case). Second, apps that are running in the background are called services. These services aren’t full out apps, they just receive/send information to other apps or features in the background. If you go to add a shortcut to your homescreen, go to add shortcut>settings>battery usage. This shortcut takes you to a power management tool, and let’s you see where all your battery goes. you will see that most apps don’t even register. This is because services barely touch the cpu ever. Instead they take up some ram, and are killed off by Android as more ram is needed elsewhere. So you don’t need to worry about them, and don’t even touch a task manager. Task managers only make things worse. Just use battery usage and the services shortcut. The services shotcut will show you which services are currently running, and will allow you to stop unnecissary ones. It will warn you if it may be needed for something else, allowing you to make a more informed decision than if you used a task manager. Hopefully, that will help with one of your complaints. Peace.

  • superlinkx

    Really good review on what things are lacking with Android/Droid. I have been with Android since the G1 and now have a Hero, and I think those are the major snags that show up. That being said, this shows that things are going good, as many of those are fairly minor issues compared to other phones. There were a few issues. First, the iPhone has a sleep button on top as well, though it is easier to press (if you don’t have a case). Second, apps that are running in the background are called services. These services aren’t full out apps, they just receive/send information to other apps or features in the background. If you go to add a shortcut to your homescreen, go to add shortcut>settings>battery usage. This shortcut takes you to a power management tool, and let’s you see where all your battery goes. you will see that most apps don’t even register. This is because services barely touch the cpu ever. Instead they take up some ram, and are killed off by Android as more ram is needed elsewhere. So you don’t need to worry about them, and don’t even touch a task manager. Task managers only make things worse. Just use battery usage and the services shortcut. The services shotcut will show you which services are currently running, and will allow you to stop unnecissary ones. It will warn you if it may be needed for something else, allowing you to make a more informed decision than if you used a task manager. Hopefully, that will help with one of your complaints. Peace.

  • superlinkx

    Really good review on what things are lacking with Android/Droid. I have been with Android since the G1 and now have a Hero, and I think those are the major snags that show up. That being said, this shows that things are going good, as many of those are fairly minor issues compared to other phones. There were a few issues. First, the iPhone has a sleep button on top as well, though it is easier to press (if you don’t have a case). Second, apps that are running in the background are called services. These services aren’t full out apps, they just receive/send information to other apps or features in the background. If you go to add a shortcut to your homescreen, go to add shortcut>settings>battery usage. This shortcut takes you to a power management tool, and let’s you see where all your battery goes. you will see that most apps don’t even register. This is because services barely touch the cpu ever. Instead they take up some ram, and are killed off by Android as more ram is needed elsewhere. So you don’t need to worry about them, and don’t even touch a task manager. Task managers only make things worse. Just use battery usage and the services shortcut. The services shotcut will show you which services are currently running, and will allow you to stop unnecissary ones. It will warn you if it may be needed for something else, allowing you to make a more informed decision than if you used a task manager. Hopefully, that will help with one of your complaints. Peace.

  • Clinton Stark

    Just to be clear: I love this phone still. Check out my past entries on Moto Droid and you’ll see that it is great. I just thought I’d point out some of the short-comings to be balanced.

    When I’m away from office, the Droid can get me through just about anything. But like any tech, it has a few hiccups here and there. The good news is Google continues to invest in the platform and rolled out Android 2.1 recently which was a nice improvement.

  • Clinton Stark

    Just to be clear: I love this phone still. Check out my past entries on Moto Droid and you’ll see that it is great. I just thought I’d point out some of the short-comings to be balanced.

    When I’m away from office, the Droid can get me through just about anything. But like any tech, it has a few hiccups here and there. The good news is Google continues to invest in the platform and rolled out Android 2.1 recently which was a nice improvement.

  • Clinton Stark

    Just to be clear: I love this phone still. Check out my past entries on Moto Droid and you’ll see that it is great. I just thought I’d point out some of the short-comings to be balanced.

    When I’m away from office, the Droid can get me through just about anything. But like any tech, it has a few hiccups here and there. The good news is Google continues to invest in the platform and rolled out Android 2.1 recently which was a nice improvement.

  • Clinton Stark

    Just to be clear: I love this phone still. Check out my past entries on Moto Droid and you’ll see that it is great. I just thought I’d point out some of the short-comings to be balanced.

    When I’m away from office, the Droid can get me through just about anything. But like any tech, it has a few hiccups here and there. The good news is Google continues to invest in the platform and rolled out Android 2.1 recently which was a nice improvement.

  • Clinton Stark

    Just to be clear: I love this phone still. Check out my past entries on Moto Droid and you’ll see that it is great. I just thought I’d point out some of the short-comings to be balanced.

    When I’m away from office, the Droid can get me through just about anything. But like any tech, it has a few hiccups here and there. The good news is Google continues to invest in the platform and rolled out Android 2.1 recently which was a nice improvement.

  • Clinton Stark

    Just to be clear: I love this phone still. Check out my past entries on Moto Droid and you’ll see that it is great. I just thought I’d point out some of the short-comings to be balanced.

    When I’m away from office, the Droid can get me through just about anything. But like any tech, it has a few hiccups here and there. The good news is Google continues to invest in the platform and rolled out Android 2.1 recently which was a nice improvement.

  • Clinton Stark

    Thanks for your comment. I agree on task managers. I tried a few, ultimately decided they caused more trouble than they’re worth. Besides, it’s good to know that Android has the intelligence built-in to kill unneeded resource-sucking services.

    BTW – I think the Hero is nice phone, almost got one, but decided I wanted the physical keyboard.

  • Clinton Stark

    Thanks for your comment. I agree on task managers. I tried a few, ultimately decided they caused more trouble than they’re worth. Besides, it’s good to know that Android has the intelligence built-in to kill unneeded resource-sucking services.

    BTW – I think the Hero is nice phone, almost got one, but decided I wanted the physical keyboard.

  • Clinton Stark

    Thanks for your comment. I agree on task managers. I tried a few, ultimately decided they caused more trouble than they’re worth. Besides, it’s good to know that Android has the intelligence built-in to kill unneeded resource-sucking services.

    BTW – I think the Hero is nice phone, almost got one, but decided I wanted the physical keyboard.

  • Clinton Stark

    Thanks for your comment. I agree on task managers. I tried a few, ultimately decided they caused more trouble than they’re worth. Besides, it’s good to know that Android has the intelligence built-in to kill unneeded resource-sucking services.

    BTW – I think the Hero is nice phone, almost got one, but decided I wanted the physical keyboard.

  • Clinton Stark

    Thanks for your comment. I agree on task managers. I tried a few, ultimately decided they caused more trouble than they’re worth. Besides, it’s good to know that Android has the intelligence built-in to kill unneeded resource-sucking services.

    BTW – I think the Hero is nice phone, almost got one, but decided I wanted the physical keyboard.

  • Clinton Stark

    Thanks for your comment. I agree on task managers. I tried a few, ultimately decided they caused more trouble than they’re worth. Besides, it’s good to know that Android has the intelligence built-in to kill unneeded resource-sucking services.

    BTW – I think the Hero is nice phone, almost got one, but decided I wanted the physical keyboard.

  • Roy

    Frankly, this article is just trying to find something negative.

    “Fidgety hard-to-use wakeup button on Droid”

    Download ScreenModeWidget. No problems at all and can use any button to turn on the phone. In addition, no annoying password to enter like the iPhone. Just push the button and go.

    “No dedicated Phone buttons.”

    Agree. But, there is a plus in that again, apps can fix at least some of this.

    I disagree on the camera. While it is SLOW to load, most of my pictures turn out just as good as my real camera, or at least close enough. It’s not meant for action shots…still a camera after all.

    As for the screen, I compared it to the iPhone, and the iPhone just sucks. Very blurry text in comparison to the crispness of the Droid. I do agree with the sluggishness and lag sometimes, but it hasn’t been a real problem that prevents me from doing things. It’s just a bit slow sometimes on a really intense task.

  • Roy

    Frankly, this article is just trying to find something negative.

    “Fidgety hard-to-use wakeup button on Droid”

    Download ScreenModeWidget. No problems at all and can use any button to turn on the phone. In addition, no annoying password to enter like the iPhone. Just push the button and go.

    “No dedicated Phone buttons.”

    Agree. But, there is a plus in that again, apps can fix at least some of this.

    I disagree on the camera. While it is SLOW to load, most of my pictures turn out just as good as my real camera, or at least close enough. It’s not meant for action shots…still a camera after all.

    As for the screen, I compared it to the iPhone, and the iPhone just sucks. Very blurry text in comparison to the crispness of the Droid. I do agree with the sluggishness and lag sometimes, but it hasn’t been a real problem that prevents me from doing things. It’s just a bit slow sometimes on a really intense task.

  • Roy

    Frankly, this article is just trying to find something negative.

    “Fidgety hard-to-use wakeup button on Droid”

    Download ScreenModeWidget. No problems at all and can use any button to turn on the phone. In addition, no annoying password to enter like the iPhone. Just push the button and go.

    “No dedicated Phone buttons.”

    Agree. But, there is a plus in that again, apps can fix at least some of this.

    I disagree on the camera. While it is SLOW to load, most of my pictures turn out just as good as my real camera, or at least close enough. It’s not meant for action shots…still a camera after all.

    As for the screen, I compared it to the iPhone, and the iPhone just sucks. Very blurry text in comparison to the crispness of the Droid. I do agree with the sluggishness and lag sometimes, but it hasn’t been a real problem that prevents me from doing things. It’s just a bit slow sometimes on a really intense task.

  • Roy

    Frankly, this article is just trying to find something negative.

    “Fidgety hard-to-use wakeup button on Droid”

    Download ScreenModeWidget. No problems at all and can use any button to turn on the phone. In addition, no annoying password to enter like the iPhone. Just push the button and go.

    “No dedicated Phone buttons.”

    Agree. But, there is a plus in that again, apps can fix at least some of this.

    I disagree on the camera. While it is SLOW to load, most of my pictures turn out just as good as my real camera, or at least close enough. It’s not meant for action shots…still a camera after all.

    As for the screen, I compared it to the iPhone, and the iPhone just sucks. Very blurry text in comparison to the crispness of the Droid. I do agree with the sluggishness and lag sometimes, but it hasn’t been a real problem that prevents me from doing things. It’s just a bit slow sometimes on a really intense task.

  • Roy

    Frankly, this article is just trying to find something negative.

    “Fidgety hard-to-use wakeup button on Droid”

    Download ScreenModeWidget. No problems at all and can use any button to turn on the phone. In addition, no annoying password to enter like the iPhone. Just push the button and go.

    “No dedicated Phone buttons.”

    Agree. But, there is a plus in that again, apps can fix at least some of this.

    I disagree on the camera. While it is SLOW to load, most of my pictures turn out just as good as my real camera, or at least close enough. It’s not meant for action shots…still a camera after all.

    As for the screen, I compared it to the iPhone, and the iPhone just sucks. Very blurry text in comparison to the crispness of the Droid. I do agree with the sluggishness and lag sometimes, but it hasn’t been a real problem that prevents me from doing things. It’s just a bit slow sometimes on a really intense task.

  • Roy

    Frankly, this article is just trying to find something negative.

    “Fidgety hard-to-use wakeup button on Droid”

    Download ScreenModeWidget. No problems at all and can use any button to turn on the phone. In addition, no annoying password to enter like the iPhone. Just push the button and go.

    “No dedicated Phone buttons.”

    Agree. But, there is a plus in that again, apps can fix at least some of this.

    I disagree on the camera. While it is SLOW to load, most of my pictures turn out just as good as my real camera, or at least close enough. It’s not meant for action shots…still a camera after all.

    As for the screen, I compared it to the iPhone, and the iPhone just sucks. Very blurry text in comparison to the crispness of the Droid. I do agree with the sluggishness and lag sometimes, but it hasn’t been a real problem that prevents me from doing things. It’s just a bit slow sometimes on a really intense task.

  • Christian

    I will say I disagree with the authors comments in regards to the Motorola Droid and I will start with Battery Power.

    I am actually by-far surprised of the battery capacity of the Motorola Droid. I have just joined the Verizon network and have had the phone for roughly 3 weeks now and I will say that the battery is able to last me a full day. I am wondering if he is failing to use an app killer such as “advance task manager” to close background application automatically. This app is a most or any other like this to improve battery life. I have used other android phones (xperia x10, droid incredible, nexus one) and by far the Motorola droid battery performance is superior.

    Second the Droids screen is one of the best in the market. Many may praise olead screen but I’m one that doesn’t. Olead screens are extremely hard to read in direct sunlight (from my experience using the Droid Incredible and Nexus One) and you can only appreciate its beauty indoors or at night. They do look spectacular but Droids LCD screen is a winner.

    I believe Gmail fonts are adequate and will recommend author the use of glasses.

    Applications for the android are a different matter. I do agree that apps aren’t as slick as those of the Iphone but this has nothing to do with the phone itself.

    Motorola Droid has great phone capabilities. Sound is load and clear. Speaker phone is by far greater than any other phone I’ve used (and I’ve used many). Droid provides a keyboard which manages to keep screen real-estate free for viewing everything while still typing.

    I am now officially a Motorola Droid fan and can’t wait for its sequel. I am impressed by its form factor and capability and am surprised at author’s judgment.

  • Christian

    I will say I disagree with the authors comments in regards to the Motorola Droid and I will start with Battery Power.

    I am actually by-far surprised of the battery capacity of the Motorola Droid. I have just joined the Verizon network and have had the phone for roughly 3 weeks now and I will say that the battery is able to last me a full day. I am wondering if he is failing to use an app killer such as “advance task manager” to close background application automatically. This app is a most or any other like this to improve battery life. I have used other android phones (xperia x10, droid incredible, nexus one) and by far the Motorola droid battery performance is superior.

    Second the Droids screen is one of the best in the market. Many may praise olead screen but I’m one that doesn’t. Olead screens are extremely hard to read in direct sunlight (from my experience using the Droid Incredible and Nexus One) and you can only appreciate its beauty indoors or at night. They do look spectacular but Droids LCD screen is a winner.

    I believe Gmail fonts are adequate and will recommend author the use of glasses.

    Applications for the android are a different matter. I do agree that apps aren’t as slick as those of the Iphone but this has nothing to do with the phone itself.

    Motorola Droid has great phone capabilities. Sound is load and clear. Speaker phone is by far greater than any other phone I’ve used (and I’ve used many). Droid provides a keyboard which manages to keep screen real-estate free for viewing everything while still typing.

    I am now officially a Motorola Droid fan and can’t wait for its sequel. I am impressed by its form factor and capability and am surprised at author’s judgment.

  • Christian

    I will say I disagree with the authors comments in regards to the Motorola Droid and I will start with Battery Power.

    I am actually by-far surprised of the battery capacity of the Motorola Droid. I have just joined the Verizon network and have had the phone for roughly 3 weeks now and I will say that the battery is able to last me a full day. I am wondering if he is failing to use an app killer such as “advance task manager” to close background application automatically. This app is a most or any other like this to improve battery life. I have used other android phones (xperia x10, droid incredible, nexus one) and by far the Motorola droid battery performance is superior.

    Second the Droids screen is one of the best in the market. Many may praise olead screen but I’m one that doesn’t. Olead screens are extremely hard to read in direct sunlight (from my experience using the Droid Incredible and Nexus One) and you can only appreciate its beauty indoors or at night. They do look spectacular but Droids LCD screen is a winner.

    I believe Gmail fonts are adequate and will recommend author the use of glasses.

    Applications for the android are a different matter. I do agree that apps aren’t as slick as those of the Iphone but this has nothing to do with the phone itself.

    Motorola Droid has great phone capabilities. Sound is load and clear. Speaker phone is by far greater than any other phone I’ve used (and I’ve used many). Droid provides a keyboard which manages to keep screen real-estate free for viewing everything while still typing.

    I am now officially a Motorola Droid fan and can’t wait for its sequel. I am impressed by its form factor and capability and am surprised at author’s judgment.

  • Christian

    I will say I disagree with the authors comments in regards to the Motorola Droid and I will start with Battery Power.

    I am actually by-far surprised of the battery capacity of the Motorola Droid. I have just joined the Verizon network and have had the phone for roughly 3 weeks now and I will say that the battery is able to last me a full day. I am wondering if he is failing to use an app killer such as “advance task manager” to close background application automatically. This app is a most or any other like this to improve battery life. I have used other android phones (xperia x10, droid incredible, nexus one) and by far the Motorola droid battery performance is superior.

    Second the Droids screen is one of the best in the market. Many may praise olead screen but I’m one that doesn’t. Olead screens are extremely hard to read in direct sunlight (from my experience using the Droid Incredible and Nexus One) and you can only appreciate its beauty indoors or at night. They do look spectacular but Droids LCD screen is a winner.

    I believe Gmail fonts are adequate and will recommend author the use of glasses.

    Applications for the android are a different matter. I do agree that apps aren’t as slick as those of the Iphone but this has nothing to do with the phone itself.

    Motorola Droid has great phone capabilities. Sound is load and clear. Speaker phone is by far greater than any other phone I’ve used (and I’ve used many). Droid provides a keyboard which manages to keep screen real-estate free for viewing everything while still typing.

    I am now officially a Motorola Droid fan and can’t wait for its sequel. I am impressed by its form factor and capability and am surprised at author’s judgment.

  • Christian

    I will say I disagree with the authors comments in regards to the Motorola Droid and I will start with Battery Power.

    I am actually by-far surprised of the battery capacity of the Motorola Droid. I have just joined the Verizon network and have had the phone for roughly 3 weeks now and I will say that the battery is able to last me a full day. I am wondering if he is failing to use an app killer such as “advance task manager” to close background application automatically. This app is a most or any other like this to improve battery life. I have used other android phones (xperia x10, droid incredible, nexus one) and by far the Motorola droid battery performance is superior.

    Second the Droids screen is one of the best in the market. Many may praise olead screen but I’m one that doesn’t. Olead screens are extremely hard to read in direct sunlight (from my experience using the Droid Incredible and Nexus One) and you can only appreciate its beauty indoors or at night. They do look spectacular but Droids LCD screen is a winner.

    I believe Gmail fonts are adequate and will recommend author the use of glasses.

    Applications for the android are a different matter. I do agree that apps aren’t as slick as those of the Iphone but this has nothing to do with the phone itself.

    Motorola Droid has great phone capabilities. Sound is load and clear. Speaker phone is by far greater than any other phone I’ve used (and I’ve used many). Droid provides a keyboard which manages to keep screen real-estate free for viewing everything while still typing.

    I am now officially a Motorola Droid fan and can’t wait for its sequel. I am impressed by its form factor and capability and am surprised at author’s judgment.

  • Christian

    I will say I disagree with the authors comments in regards to the Motorola Droid and I will start with Battery Power.

    I am actually by-far surprised of the battery capacity of the Motorola Droid. I have just joined the Verizon network and have had the phone for roughly 3 weeks now and I will say that the battery is able to last me a full day. I am wondering if he is failing to use an app killer such as “advance task manager” to close background application automatically. This app is a most or any other like this to improve battery life. I have used other android phones (xperia x10, droid incredible, nexus one) and by far the Motorola droid battery performance is superior.

    Second the Droids screen is one of the best in the market. Many may praise olead screen but I’m one that doesn’t. Olead screens are extremely hard to read in direct sunlight (from my experience using the Droid Incredible and Nexus One) and you can only appreciate its beauty indoors or at night. They do look spectacular but Droids LCD screen is a winner.

    I believe Gmail fonts are adequate and will recommend author the use of glasses.

    Applications for the android are a different matter. I do agree that apps aren’t as slick as those of the Iphone but this has nothing to do with the phone itself.

    Motorola Droid has great phone capabilities. Sound is load and clear. Speaker phone is by far greater than any other phone I’ve used (and I’ve used many). Droid provides a keyboard which manages to keep screen real-estate free for viewing everything while still typing.

    I am now officially a Motorola Droid fan and can’t wait for its sequel. I am impressed by its form factor and capability and am surprised at author’s judgment.

  • Matthew

    Of course a number of these shortcomings can be fixed using specific ROMs. For example, Droidmod enables a number of lesser known apps:

    setCPU – overclock when in use, underclock when not (Great way to save battery life)

    AutoKiller – helps the Android system figure out when to kill an application thats hogging resources and keeps the phone operating at a brisk pace. (Also a battery saver)

    Swype – replaces my need for a hard keyboard (does not require Droidmod)

    Many of the other minor complaints I have to agree with unfortunately. The button placement, the very slow camera, the fonts issue, and the apps aren’t quite as slick as the i-counterpart.

    The Droid stands on its own as one of the better smart devices out there and for the first time in the last couple of years I don’t find myself longing for a new phone; in conclusion the “Droid does”… indeed.

  • Matthew

    Of course a number of these shortcomings can be fixed using specific ROMs. For example, Droidmod enables a number of lesser known apps:

    setCPU – overclock when in use, underclock when not (Great way to save battery life)

    AutoKiller – helps the Android system figure out when to kill an application thats hogging resources and keeps the phone operating at a brisk pace. (Also a battery saver)

    Swype – replaces my need for a hard keyboard (does not require Droidmod)

    Many of the other minor complaints I have to agree with unfortunately. The button placement, the very slow camera, the fonts issue, and the apps aren’t quite as slick as the i-counterpart.

    The Droid stands on its own as one of the better smart devices out there and for the first time in the last couple of years I don’t find myself longing for a new phone; in conclusion the “Droid does”… indeed.

  • Matthew

    Of course a number of these shortcomings can be fixed using specific ROMs. For example, Droidmod enables a number of lesser known apps:

    setCPU – overclock when in use, underclock when not (Great way to save battery life)

    AutoKiller – helps the Android system figure out when to kill an application thats hogging resources and keeps the phone operating at a brisk pace. (Also a battery saver)

    Swype – replaces my need for a hard keyboard (does not require Droidmod)

    Many of the other minor complaints I have to agree with unfortunately. The button placement, the very slow camera, the fonts issue, and the apps aren’t quite as slick as the i-counterpart.

    The Droid stands on its own as one of the better smart devices out there and for the first time in the last couple of years I don’t find myself longing for a new phone; in conclusion the “Droid does”… indeed.

  • Matthew

    Of course a number of these shortcomings can be fixed using specific ROMs. For example, Droidmod enables a number of lesser known apps:

    setCPU – overclock when in use, underclock when not (Great way to save battery life)

    AutoKiller – helps the Android system figure out when to kill an application thats hogging resources and keeps the phone operating at a brisk pace. (Also a battery saver)

    Swype – replaces my need for a hard keyboard (does not require Droidmod)

    Many of the other minor complaints I have to agree with unfortunately. The button placement, the very slow camera, the fonts issue, and the apps aren’t quite as slick as the i-counterpart.

    The Droid stands on its own as one of the better smart devices out there and for the first time in the last couple of years I don’t find myself longing for a new phone; in conclusion the “Droid does”… indeed.

  • Matthew

    Of course a number of these shortcomings can be fixed using specific ROMs. For example, Droidmod enables a number of lesser known apps:

    setCPU – overclock when in use, underclock when not (Great way to save battery life)

    AutoKiller – helps the Android system figure out when to kill an application thats hogging resources and keeps the phone operating at a brisk pace. (Also a battery saver)

    Swype – replaces my need for a hard keyboard (does not require Droidmod)

    Many of the other minor complaints I have to agree with unfortunately. The button placement, the very slow camera, the fonts issue, and the apps aren’t quite as slick as the i-counterpart.

    The Droid stands on its own as one of the better smart devices out there and for the first time in the last couple of years I don’t find myself longing for a new phone; in conclusion the “Droid does”… indeed.

  • Matthew

    Of course a number of these shortcomings can be fixed using specific ROMs. For example, Droidmod enables a number of lesser known apps:

    setCPU – overclock when in use, underclock when not (Great way to save battery life)

    AutoKiller – helps the Android system figure out when to kill an application thats hogging resources and keeps the phone operating at a brisk pace. (Also a battery saver)

    Swype – replaces my need for a hard keyboard (does not require Droidmod)

    Many of the other minor complaints I have to agree with unfortunately. The button placement, the very slow camera, the fonts issue, and the apps aren’t quite as slick as the i-counterpart.

    The Droid stands on its own as one of the better smart devices out there and for the first time in the last couple of years I don’t find myself longing for a new phone; in conclusion the “Droid does”… indeed.

  • Miro

    whoever wrote this, is probably blackberry salesman, and does not like new technology products…..wake-up guys!!!

  • Miro

    whoever wrote this, is probably blackberry salesman, and does not like new technology products…..wake-up guys!!!

  • Miro

    whoever wrote this, is probably blackberry salesman, and does not like new technology products…..wake-up guys!!!

  • Miro

    whoever wrote this, is probably blackberry salesman, and does not like new technology products…..wake-up guys!!!

  • Miro

    whoever wrote this, is probably blackberry salesman, and does not like new technology products…..wake-up guys!!!

  • Miro

    whoever wrote this, is probably blackberry salesman, and does not like new technology products…..wake-up guys!!!