Thoughts On My Droid

by Matt on February 9, 2010

I have waited too long to post my thoughts on my Droid.  I bought it back in November of 2009 while in Chicago for work.  It is my first real smartphone(well, with a data plan).  I know what you are thinking.  A Tech guy getting his first smartphone in 2009?  I have been too cheap to pay for a data plan.

I love the openness of the OS and the application process.  It just seems so free. Man, that sounded awkward.

The Android Market is pretty good when browsing from the phone.  I really hate the fact that the website does not let you download the .apk files or at least take a picture of a QRCode and take me to the app in the market on my phone.

Pros:

  • Open OS
  • Strong ties to anything Google(Gmail, Calendar, Google Voice,…etc)
  • Decent soft keyboard(landscape).
  • Speedy processor
  • LED Flash
  • Removable Micro SD card
  • Glass screen
  • Resolution and color of the screen is absolutely phenomenal

Cons:

  • Slide-out keyboard absolutely sucks. I wish I could remove it.
  • Can be buggy and lock up on occasion. probably do to some app I installed at that time.
  • Battery cover slides off way to easy.
  • Location of lock/unlock and power button sucks.
  • Camera is slow to load.
  • Micro USB totally sucks on any device. Hideous!
  • Feels bulky compared to my wife’s Droid Eris

I really like the phone overall. I do not think there is a perfect phone out there. You just need to find the one that meets the majority of your needs.  Do I wish I had waited for the Nexus One? Yes, but not on AT&T and TMobile.  Do I wish I had an iPhone? Yes, but again, not on AT&T and Apple locks them down WAY too much.

Watch for a list of my favorite apps for my Droid to come soon!

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