Sunday, February 21, 2010

Droid Does. And Now, So Do I

I was due for a new cell phone back in October. I had known for quite some time that I was ready to purchase a smartphone of some sort, but, with all the options available to me, I didn't know where to begin. I was tempted to go with the iPhone seeing as how much I enjoy my iPod Touch. Increasingly, however, Apple has become the Wal-Mart of apps in that it is trying to be too family friendly and content suffers because of it. Apple's refusal to allow Google voice in the App store, along with my desire to keep my music device and my cell phone separate, pretty much sold me on getting a phone that runs the Android platform.

The first thing I noticed about the Motorola Droid is that it bucks current design trends. Instead of smooth curves, you'll find angles and edges. Instead of a cheap, lightweight feel, you'll find a solid heft. This little design rebellion works very well when using the device to run apps, but seems counter-intuitive when using it to make calls. It just doesn't feel natural putting this thing up against my ear and speaking into it. To fix that, I went out and bought a bluetooth earpiece.

The Droid's real strength comes from its integration with Google technologies. Now, finally, I can use Google Voice which circumvents my minutes usage. Google Maps and its turn-by-turn directions have already saved me from wandering around the other side of the county looking for some obscure side street. Apps are easily installed from the Android Market onto the phone and the number of apps available is increasing. I do wish that Yahoo would offer a suite of apps for email, IM and such, but it hasn't yet happened.

I have a love/hate relationship with the camera. It's a five megapixel camera paired with an LED flash, which sounds pretty sweet. And it is, when it comes to shooting video. When taking still pictures, however, there's a bit of a learning curve. The camera takes forever to focus and the interface is just not intuitive.

The temptation to compare the Droid to the iPhone is irresistable, but it's really like comparing Stauffer's Whales to Pepperidge Farm's Goldfish. Both platforms have very distinct strengths and weaknesses. If you do have to make the comparison, then you need to know that the Android platform doesn't offer as seamless an experience as Apple's iPhone does. However, the iPhone experience lags behind the Droid in messaging, email, and customization.

Overall, I'm very happy with the Motorola Droid. I'm still finding my way around it, still learning and still experiencing. It works great with Verizon's network and has more than enough features to make a geek like me happy.

1 comment:

  1. they are great for googlers, but we've been getting ranting emails from our agents in the field that it doesn't support windows, so they can't do their outlook, and whatever else they want. oh well.. can't please them all.. LOL i'm not a big cell person. i finally got an enV3 just to have a qwerty so i can respond to all my text-happy friends! lol

    no more 10-key for me baby!!