|The Motorola Droid a855 is a high-end smartphone, suitable for professionals on the move. This Motorola smartphone runs on the Android OS, providing quick access to Google Mobile services. With 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity on this Android phone, you can surf the web, check mails, and watch videos. Featuring a high-resolution 3.7-inch touchscreen, this Motorola smartphone offers a crystal clear display. You can capture your beautiful moments with the 5 MP camera of the Motorola Droid a855. With a GPS application in this Android phone, you can ensure you will never lose your way!|
|Family Line||Motorola Droid|
|Network Generation||2G, 3G|
|Network Technology||CDMA, CDMA2000 1X|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSDHC|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||1400 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 385 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 270 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Display Resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
The Motorola Droid boasts a gorgeous display and the benefits of Android 2.0, including a faster Web browser, Google Maps Navigation app, and better messaging and contact management. It also offers excellent call quality, long talk time, and improved speed over previous Android devices.
The QWERTY keyboard feels flat and the dialpad control is restricted to the home screen. Music and video capabilities still trail behind the competition. Dual-mode functionality for world-roaming capabilities would have been a nice addition. The Droid does not support Bluetooth voice dialing.
Despite some design issues and a couple of missing features, the Motorola Droid is the most powerful and fastest Google Android device to date. It fully embraces the openness of the Android platform and offers Verizon customers a smartphone that certainly rivals the other touch-screen devices on the market.
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love it. its the best hastle free smartphone out. simple yet top of the food chain as for cell/smatphones go.the phone is awesome i think this phone has No comparison counterparts.basically whatever you'd like for it to do (DROID DOES)!!!
the options and features of this phone are off the charts when it comes to a sleek,stylish,touchscreen.
This high-end CDMA smartphone is notable for its large, high-res touch display and thin body with slide-out keyboard. Other key features include GPS navigation with full turn-by-turn directions, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with video capture, EVDO Rev. A data, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone jack, micro SD memory card slot and voice search.3G Data Capable, Bluetooth Enabled, Calendar, Camera, Color Screen
Email Access, GPS, Intelligent Typing, Internet Browser, Java Enabled, MMS Enabled, MP3 Player, PDA-PC Sync, Photo Album, Polyphonic Ringtones, QWERTY Keyboard, Radio Data Service, Text Messaging, Touch Screen, Wi-Fi Capable
GPS / Location
with LBS, navigation / plus compass
Hearing Aid Compatible
Rating: M3, T3 (mostly tele-coil compatible)
Languages Supported: English, Spanish
Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP, PBA, OPP, A2DP, AVRC, HID
Version: 2.0 High Speed
Version(s): 802.11 b,g,n
with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
Multiple Numbers per Name
Type: Speaker-independent (automatic)
Supported Formats: AAC, AAC+, eAAC, eAAC+, MP3, OGG
DATA & NETWORK
Technology: 1xEV-DO rA
WAP / Web Browser
Browser Software: Android browser (WebKit-based)
with Adobe Flash 10.1
Predictive Text Entry
Memory Card Slot
Card Type: microSD (TransFlash)
8 GB card included / supports up to 32 GB
Protocols Supported: POP, IMAP, GMail, Exchange
Networks Supported: Google Talk
Text Messaging (SMS)
View Style: Threaded
Headphone Jack (3.5mm)
PHOTO & VIDEO
Resolution: 5+ megapixel
auto-focus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging / photo editing (crop, rotate)
Resolution: WVGA / 480p
This alternate version of the Droid 2 adds global 3G roaming and a faster processor. The design and features are otherwise the same, including mobile Wi-Fi hotspot feature, Adobe Flash, wireless video output via DLNA, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, compass, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with video capture, 3.5mm audio jack, up to 40 GB of memory, and dual-mic noise reduction
3.7" Touch Screen Display, Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo),
(This first paragraph is a pro-linux, anti-windows rant)Ok, I will start by saying that I am a Linux kinda person, so I already had an affinity for Android, based on Linux kernel. For years I have used HTC devices running Windows Mobile. For their time, they were all pretty good and great for me, I enjoyed hacking the phones more than using them. Then functionality became an issue for me. As a small business person, I needed, efficient and reliable phones, not the Windoze Mobile stuff I had in the past. Windoze has always been unstable for me, on whatever platform.
With the release of the Droid X and pending release of Droid 2, I figured some droids should be coming up cheap, particularly with bad ESN's, as I was planning on flashing the phone to cricKet anyway. And sure enough after about a week and a half of bidding, I got a droid in great condition for less than $100 on eBay. So for price, I give it an A
I have been very impressed with the ease of use and intuitive nature of the OS. I am using Bugless Beast ROM running Froyo (Android 2.2) and it is very quick and stable. The Android Market is availble for new apps, many are free. Multi-tasking actually works, the phone rarely bogs down like many win-mo phones and navigation is quite easy. For usability I give it an A-
Here is my experience, I have been using gmail for my mobile devices for about a year now.
So, I boot the phone, I skip activation, since I haven't called my cellular provider yet. Then a wifi notification pops up, it is my LAN, so I type in my password and I am connected. Google/Android/Gmail pops up asking for my gmail user/pass, I enter then and wait about one minute, and there it is!!! ALL MY CONTACTS, TASKS, CALENDAR ITEMS, EMAILS, etc. Seriously, about 2 minutes and I had ALL my personal data migrated to this device. WHAT COULD BE EASIER?
FOR DATA MIGRATION A+++ to Android. EXCELLENT.
Physical Features and Feel:
Ok, one thing I have always like about Motorola is the feel of their recent devices, since the Q. The droid has a nice density, feels good in my smaller hands and feels solid. As usual, motorola has some of the small details NAILED. There is a, anti-slip strip on the back of the phone to discourage it from sliding off slick surafaces, a dedicated camera button, volume rocker, standard 3.5mm stereo audio/headphone port, power button, and a micro usb charging/data port. The micro SD card slot in in the abttery compartment and required battery removal to insert/remove, which I am NOT happy about. However, you can still "hot swap" SD cards. The steps to do so take longer than a reboot, so why do it? Battery life seems pretty good, but I am a light-moderate user, heavy users always will complain about battery life. The touch screen is quite responsive and the standardised menu buttons are very nice and convenient. I wish the stuck with mini usb vs going to micro usb, but whatever, I am over it.
For physical features: I give it an A- (micro usb & location of micro sd)
This phone is a little different than many, although if you can think in linux terms, you should have no problem. However, I experienced some issues, which were more Windows issues than Android issues getting a data connection with the phone. Anyway, less than convenient, but worth it!
For programming I give it a B+ (micro usb and lack of linux sw)
Stop the presses, this phone is BETTER than its successor, the D2 and I will elaborate why.
1 - Price, you can get this phone for less than the D2 and that is with no contract if you get a refrub or used one from here.
2 - No MotoBlur. If you know what I am talking then you can probably ignore this part... The D1 runs on completely vanilla Android. While some manufacturer loaded interfaces like TouchWiz (on the Epic) work great, Motoblur slows the D2 (and DX) down like crazy. Think of a computer bought from a big box store, it will come LOADED with programs you don't need commonly referred to as bloatware. So basically MotoBlur is one big bloat installed over top of Android. There are a FEW good features like the dialer that can do landscape in a car dock and the blur camera is decent but that is really it...
3 - Unlocked bootloader. For those of you who are good with computers, the D1 can overclock to be just as fast as the D2, if not faster while totally stable and cool. My wife's D1 is currently running at 1.1GHZ and capable of pushing a little more to 1.2GHZ. This is faster than the 1.0 found on the D2/DX and while those can overclock too, they oftentimes can't make it past the 1.1/1.2 mark due to the locked bootloader.
4 - No real reason to "upgrade" especially on Verizon right now. The screen is literally the same as the D2, same size, same resolution, colors look the same etc... Keyboard is subject to the user. Many do like the D2's keyboard better but others say the D1 is nicer plus it has a non-alt question mark key. I personally find both keyboards completely useless as the keys are way too small for my fingers to accurately type on. I use the touch keyboard or swype on the D1/D2 and go WAY faster. Now if they had a keyboard like the Epic/Ally/TP2 it might be a different story. The ONLY thing the D2 really has over the D1 is 512mb ram vs 256mb but I can honestly tell you that when I use my wife's D1 clocked to 1.1/rooted on the STOCK odexed rom it is just as fast as my X though not as fast as my Epic. Both the D1 and D2 run Android 2.2.1 Froyo.
5 - Dev support... The D2 will get there but the D1 has a HUGE support base from the online community. If you can think of it then its likely been done to the D1.
In a nutshell, if you are looking to upgrade and are thinking of a D2, look at the D1 first or just wait for the duel core LTE phones to hit this spring/summer. Or jump to a different carrier that already has 4G and won't charge extra for the service (Sprint and T-Mobile are both $80/mo for everything plus they have better phones right now). IMO, Verizon's phones are a bit lacking anyway and they rely a little too much on their network at the expense of actual hardware. If you must upgrade now and just can't wait, the D1 is still a VERY viable option despite its age. It can still keep up with the brand new phones perfectly fine, has all the same options and the development is extensive. If you really ARE due for an upgrade and simply HAVE to have a new phone then consider getting a D1 used or refurbe'd from here and having a really nice phone until the next generation hits this year. Then you can make a REAL upgrade and not be tied down until 2013 with a contract.
The Droid smart-phone is my first smart-phone but it is also the best phone I've ever owned. Like a computer the Droid offers limitless possibilities for new uses and experiences. The apps allow you to expand the functionality of the phone and the Android OS is continually being updated bringing you new features and faster performance from the same phone; it's like getting a new phone! The Droid’s physical slide-out keyboard feels very sturdy and is easy to use. While it does take some time to get used to the flat keys it is great for tactile typing when needed. The keys on the keyboard also illuminate so it can be used in dark places. While you won't be able to type as fast on the keyboard as you can on a full-size computer keyboard it still provides a great option for those who like to feel the buttons. Of course there is also the onscreen keyboard with the haptic feature that makes the phone lightly vibrate on every key press to simulate clicking the keys. The onscreen keyboard does take more time to get used to but comes in handy for typing brief bits of data. The other nice thing about the onscreen keyboard is that it’s configurable. There are also apps that let you change the keyboard layout and intuitiveness. The screen on the Droid is a lot sharper than that of the iPhone. Text is crystal clear even at super small fonts and of course you can zoom in when needed. Browsing the web is very satisfying thanks to the LCD screen and even using the phone outdoors is possible because the LCD brightness can be controlled by a censor. The only minor downside is that the screen is glossy which promotes some glare, otherwise it's great!
The Droid comes with a 16GB microSD card which is pretty much all the space you’ll need for mp3s, videos, data files, pictures, etc. The downside is that the microSD card is not hot-swappable meaning that the Android OS which is based on a Linux kernel doesn’t support auto-mount / auto-unmount features. As a result the removal of the microSD card while the Droid is powered on is virtually impossible since the card is stored behind the battery door and the battery has to be removed before the card is. On the other hand the built-in wireless (WI-FI) capability of the phone allows for convenient transferring of file to and from the microSD and of course you can also transfer files via the supplied USB cable.
The hardware of the Droid is awesome. It is heavy enough and sturdy enough to feel like a solid high-tech piece of equipment rather than a kid’s toy but at the same time it’s not so heavy that it makes your arm sore while using it. Of course you can always use a bluetooth headset with it so you don’t have to hold it against your ear. I personally prefer to buy things that I know are quality, while I often spend more for these items I have the confidence of knowing that they will perform as expected when they are needed. I was fortunate enough to find the Droid in a reasonable price range and am very satisfied with my purchase.
Perhaps the best thing about the Droid is that it offers so much functionality right out of the box and for the most part is quite intuitive and easy to learn how to use. On top of that if you ever wish the phone had a specific function chances are an app from the Android Market will provide you with that feature either completely free or for a small one-time fee.
The Droid doesn’t disappoint!
Well, I've had the Droid for awhile now and like it very well. Took a bit of getting used to, a few days of playing around with it to see what works and how it works. There are 1000's of apps you can download straight from the phone, a lot of them are free, downloaded some games, wallpaper. Now I was having a problem with ringtones. On verizon you buy it, have it sent to you, open it, click options and save as ringtone. Doesn't work on the Droid at all. There were a bunch of long ways of doing it posted in some forums. But I saw some stores of ringtones in the apps, downloaded the store, had 1000's of songs in them, picked one and right away it says, "do you want to save as ringtone", clicked yes and it's my ringtone, simple as that.
I downloaded a space wallpaper for free, 1000's of them to choose from too, really like the look on the phone. Enlarging the screen when your on a site can be hard at times. There's a little bar that shows up on the bottom right of the screen where you can enlarge and make it small again, kinda hard to make it show up at times. Instructions say on the version 2.0 of the phone you tap on the screen and strech it like the ipod, but my phone hasn't upgraded yet, and it doesn't show how to update your phone?
The speed on the phone on the internet is FAST, faster than my laptop in the hospital, even downloading videos on youtube. Since the 2.2 upgrade the flash allows you to view almost anything on the phone now, all kinds of videos.
2 keyboards is nice, the slideout physical keybaord is a plus, I like using that one, just being able to feel the keys is a plus. Since it's a google phone the google maps is free if you need it, you will always know where you are, and has driving directions of course. I've downlaoded the weather channel, and the weather bug. It has email, where you can hook up to any mail that has pop 3, or IMAP, and have the mail sent to your phone.
Battery life, well it leaves something to be desired there, sometimes. It depends on how much you use it of course, and it's hard not going online with this phone. The really weird thing is, I usually shut the battery off at night to save the battery. But on this phone it doesn't work if you do that. At night the phone had 87% of the battery life left, I shut it off for the night, turned it on and the next day it said 5% on the battery? So the next night I just left it on, only 5% was used up overnight, go figure. I would say it still needs to be charged up every 12 hours at least.
It has a 5 mp camera that shoot pretty good pic's for a phone camera, with flash. It also shoot video too. it comes with a 16 gb micro sd card expandable to a 32 card, so it can handle a few pic's and video going into it. You can download it with the card, or the usb cord provided, or download it to facebook or myspace.
All in all it's a nice phone, wish the battery would last longer. Has 1000's of apps that do everything, most of which I'll never use. It's a nice size for veiwing, touch screen works well, always have the slideout keyboard if you want to use it. Fast browser, talk to browsering via voice command on google search, chatting, on facebook, or anywhere you need to fill in a space is a big plus. It's a well organized phone. I like it, glad I got it, would recomend it if your looking for a touch screen phone. This one will do about everything you will want a phone to do and more, I was happily surprised how much, 2 Thumbs up from me!!!