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Feeling Up The Motorola DROID
(With Its Permission, Of Course)

DROID1 Sleek, snazzy form also has great swiping on glass face. When you first launch, a robot-y voice blurps “DROID” like a classic 80s robot that answers everything with its own name. On an unrelated note, a woven basket is probably not the best place to keep a guitar.

DROID2Schwaaa? A slide-out keyboard??? You feel like the keys are going to be too small but they actually catch your fingertips quite well. On the downside, the keyboard adds considerable weight to the phone.

DROID3Just slightly thicker than its sparring buddy the iPhone (shown here with a red Moshi shell), Motorola claims that it’s the thinnest phone with a slide-out pad, perfect for your newborn keyboard kitten.

DROID4Capture pics with a dual LED flash in 5mp, or video in 720×480, for when you want to get those perfect spur-of-the-moment nutshots to send to your favorite Web Soup program.

Not pictured here are some of the cool enhancements to Android 2.0 which provides new slick in-phone menu navigation as well out out-of-phone navigation with a native turn-by-turn GPS level-up power for Google Maps (which I didn’t get a chance to test). I only spent a half hour with it, so I can’t give you as in-depth a review as I’d like. For more specific info make sure and watch “Attack of the Show” on G4 today at 7p ET.

Quick first impression? I’d say with Verizon’s Adamantium network behind it, this is a pretty kick-ass phone for the $200 you will trade for it.

ADDENDUM: Getting a lot of “…but would you trade your iPhone for it” questions. This is a personal preference decision. For me, no I wouldn’t. My priority is hardware over network and there are too many things about the iPhone as a device that I love. DROID seems pretty solid, though, so if you’re already on Verizon OR network strength is the most important thing to you then this is a great way to go. Besides, Verizon should give you 30 days to return it (double check that) so just take it back if you don’t like it.

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22 comments

  • Oy, I have a newfound obsession with this site…have been here all day. May need an intervention.
    So, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Droid- and bf LOVES his iPhone. We’ve had spirited debates over which is better…and to be honest, I don’t think either of us has presented a final winning argument.
    I’m thinking this would make for an excellent online discussion at some point in the future. ;-)

  • The best thing about the Droid no one knows… it runs on an Open Source platform. Sure google owns it, but it’s not controlled by the Apple Mothership. It maybe called the Droid, but it’s more down to earth than the Almighty Apple.

  • I am not sure why I am on a NerdQuest this morning, lOOking around the Nerdist site, however, these are my 4 fav photos of you Chris. Also, I like the way you look in jeans, and those pants with the pockets in the front. (airplane bathroom pic, and some sort of observatory pics)

    Also, I could see you singing this song for some reason, BRIGHT EYES
    “First Day Of My Life”.

  • You look kinda tired. Also the “oooooooo!” face is wonderful haha.

    The phone seems really cool. Personally I am a Blackberry fan. I love my sprint network. :D

  • LOL I am pretty sure the first time I read your article it was titled, “‘Fingering’ Up the Motorola DROID.”

    Also, as I was stroking, oh, I mean, strolling the screen up and down, my daughter was was shouting, “Go DOWN, Go DOWN!”

    Everything is funny when you are home all day.

    Tell me about IPhones, Chris. I’m new to technology.

  • Well there is actually a way to view the Android Market, not sure if it would show everything since it depends on what version of Android and what hardware whether an app shows up (compatibility set by programmer)
    AndroLib.com
    Cyrket.com – was down when posting though
    and of course the Android Market site – Android.com/Market

  • Awesome! I’ll catch the full review on AOTS tonight. I have been waiting for my beloved Verizon to come up with something worth ditching the less-than-stellar Voyager. Voyager isn’t bad for what it is, and what was available 2 years ago, but it’s no smartphone :)

  • I most definitely will watch for your review tonight, Mr. Hardwick. I’m on Verizon, so this is very relevant to my interests. I’ve never had a smartphone up to this point, and I think the Android is probably going to be my first one.

  • Oh, so can’t wait! One of the rare benefits to being female is that no phone is too heavy for a purse (at least, no phone made in this century, my first cell was pretty hefty), anyway. Wish you did have more time with it, not many in-depth reviews around yet.

    Is it crazy to have my top priorities in a phone be that it works, is actually good at being a phone, and can be used practically everywhere in America? Everything else is just a bonus, and this one looks pretty full of bonuses.

  • this is hard because I really think this phone is better than the iphone… I want to jump ship and get this but what keeps me on the iphone is all the apps i have on the iphone… I wish there was a way to look at all the apps for the android.. like with itunes i can see the apps without having to have the iphone.. with that said is there anyway to look at android apps without having a android phone?