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Motorola Droid 1
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Created: 04/28/11

Awesome device

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
Type: A-GPS
with LBS, navigation / plus compass


Digital TTY/TDD

Hearing Aid Compatible
Rating: M3, T3 (mostly tele-coil compatible)

Multiple Languages
Languages Supported: English, Spanish




Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP, PBA, OPP, A2DP, AVRC, HID
version 2.1+EDR

Mobile Hotspot

Version: 2.0 High Speed
micro-USB connector

Version(s): 802.11 b,g,n
with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot


Multiple Numbers per Name

Picture ID

Ringer ID

Voice Dialing
Type: Speaker-independent (automatic)


Custom Graphics

Custom Ringtones

Real-Music Ringers
Supported Formats: AAC, AAC+, eAAC, eAAC+, MP3, OGG


Data Tethering

Flight Mode

High-Speed Data
Technology: 1xEV-DO rA

WAP / Web Browser
Browser Software: Android browser (WebKit-based)
with Adobe Flash 10.1


Predictive Text Entry

Side Keys

Text Keyboard
Layout: QWERTY

Touch Screen
Type: Capacitive


Memory Card Slot
Card Type: microSD (TransFlash)
8 GB card included / supports up to 32 GB


Email Client
Protocols Supported: POP, IMAP, GMail, Exchange

Instant Messaging
Networks Supported: Google Talk


Text Messaging (SMS)
View Style: Threaded


Headphone Jack (3.5mm)

Music Player


Resolution: 5+ megapixel
auto-focus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging / photo editing (crop, rotate)


Streaming Video

Video Capture
Resolution: WVGA / 480p
24 fps








Speaker Phone

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),

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Created: 08/07/10

Motorola Droid Already an icon amoung mobile devices

(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-

MIGRATION Import/Export/Contacts:
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?

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)

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Created: 02/04/11

Still one of the top phones out. Bettter than D2.

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.

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Created: 01/08/10

Droid Doesn't Dissapoint ~ Best Phone I've Owned!

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!


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Created: 03/03/10

I Like My Droid!!!!

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!!!

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Created: 12/03/10

Very Good Phone

The good: 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 bad: 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.
The bottom line: 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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Created: 03/01/10

Motorola Droid Specs

The DROID by Motorola for Verizon Wireless is a touch screen, QWERTY slider smartphone that has been called "top gadget of 2009" by Time.com. Featuring Google's Android 2.0 operating system, the DROID has a desktop-like web experience and is fully customizable with apps downloaded from the Android Market. The integrated GPS and eCompass can be used with Google Maps Navigation and other location-based apps, geo-location web search, and even geo-tagging photos. Beyond geo-tagging, the DROID's DVD-quality 5.0 megapixel camera/ camcorder also has auto-stabilization, flash, zoom and editing tools. Share your videos and photos online or via multimedia messaging. The DROID by Motorola can do everything you want a smartphone to do, and some things you'd never expect.
Highlight-A Touch Screen, QWERTY Keyboard Slider Smartphone Featuring Android 2.0
Highlight-Awarded Time.com's "Top Gadget Of 2009" Award
Highlight-Fully Customizable With Thousands Of Apps Downloadable From The Android Market
Highlight-Advanced 5.0 Megapixel Camera/ Camcorder With Geo-tagging, Flash, Edit Tools, and More
Highlight-Lots Of Your Favorite Apps, Like Google Maps and Facebook, Pre-installed
Highlight-Integrated GPS Supports Google Maps Navigation and Other Location-based and Navigation Apps
Highlight-Amazing 3.7" Light-responsive Color Display Is Perfect For Watching Videos
Highlight-Fast 3G and WiFi Support For Streaming Multimedia Like YouTube Videos
What's In The Box
Additional Items Included-Battery, Wall Charger, User Guide
Messaging Features
Email Client-Yes, Supports Corporate (Microsoft Exchange) and Web-based Email Including Gmail, Yahoo! and Hotmail
Multimedia Messaging-Yes, Send and Receive Picture and Video Messages
Text Messaging (SMS)-Yes, Send and Receive Text Messages
Instant Messenger-Yes, IM Chat With Your Favorite Mobile Instant Messenger Service, Google Talk Pre-installed
HTML Web Browsing-Yes, Desktop-like Experience To Surf The Web With Advanced Features Like Geo-location
Custom Ringtones-Yes
MP3 Player-Yes, Media Player With Advanced Features For Quality Music and Video Experience
Streaming Multimedia Support-Yes, Stream Music and Videos (Like YouTube) Online With 3G Speeds
Customizable Graphics-Yes
Picture Caller ID-Yes
MP3 Ringtones-Yes
Ringer Profiles-Yes
Facebook-Yes, Pre-installed
MySpace-Yes, Downloadable
Digital Camera
Camera Megapixels-5.0 Megapixels
Capture Modes-Yes, Multiple Capture Modes Including Scenes, Color Effects, and More
Zoom-Yes, 4x Digital Zoom
Editing Tools-Yes, On-board Image Editing Tools Including Cropping, Rotating and Geo-tagging
Digital Camera-Yes, Advanced 5.0 Megapixel Camera/ Camcorder With Image Stabilization, Flash, Auto-focus and More
Video Capture / Camcorder-Yes, Record 24fps Video Clips (DVD Quality) To Share Online Or Via MultiMedia Messaging
High-End Camera-Yes, Advanced Camera/ Camcorder Features
Dedicated Camera Key-Yes
Advanced Features
Google-Yes, Android 2.0
QWERTY Keyboard-Yes, Slide-out Full QWERTY Keyboard For Fast, Accurate Typing
Attachment Viewing (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)-Yes, Email Attachment and Browser Document Viewer For Microsoft Office and PDF Documents
Bluetooth Stereo Headset (A2DP)-Yes, Stream Quality Stereo Sound Wirelessly With Stereo Bluetooth-capable Headphones (Not Included)
Bluetooth Wireless Technology-Yes, v2.1+EDR To Connect Wirelessly To Other Bluetooth Devices (Car Ki

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Created: 01/29/11

A great competitor to the iPhone 3GS!

The good: The Motorola Droid boasts a gorgeous display and the benefits of Android 2.2 (Froyo), 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 bad: 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.

The bottom line: Despite some design issues and a couple of missing features, the Motorola Droid is the most powerful and fastest Google Android device in its time. 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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Created: 05/03/11

I hope you like Pros & Cons.!!!

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I have Cricket for my cellular provider and have used a few mobile phones so I believe I can make an educated Overall Rating.

I replaced an HTC 6800 because its browser really sucked. Granted since it was like 3 years old and since I flashed the phone I do not know if I could have updated the software. It could not link to the Sprint Network.!!!

Now to pick this phone apart calling Balls and Strikes:

Con: The Microsoft Word on it sucks beyond belief in my opinion. You can cut, copy, and paste with both but the Droid makes it all or nothing. The HTC 6800 could select a single word, sentence, or paragraphs. Being an analytical thinker I loved that on the 6800.
Awesome #1: It is very easy to use and has tons of gadgets. The 6800 was easy to use and had some but nothing like this.
Awesome #2: I love the Google Mapquest that is uses. It gives verbal driving directions so no need to look phone while driving. Set the locations, turn down the radio, and forget it. Now if you make a wrong rurn or want to use a different highway it will redirect you. Think using back roads to bypass traffic. The HTC 6800 did not.
Awesome #3: It has a way better Camera and Video Camera because it even gives you the option to use a wide screen in the picture settings.
Awesome #4: It has 7 separate desktops you can use and get to by sliding your finger left or right and on any one of them. The center one is your home desktop you see all the time or when booting up the phone like a pc. I use the pc analogy because it is one without a cd-rom.
Awesome #5: Another awesome thing sliding you fingers apart on the screen almost always enlarges every page or picture you want to. Only once in like 3 months it did not zoom the page.
Awesome #6: It let me download a New Update for the Mapquest Application. Think an update it like Windows does for its software & safety. Roads get changed & added all the time.
Awesome #7: If you have a wireless router at home you will understand this. The phone has one built in. On your second desktop to the right of your home desktop page it has your on an off switch. P.s. Do not get pist when it sucks your battery dead like a vampire does a body. If you leave it on when you do not need it, it is your own fault.
I hope these Pros and Cons can help you out a little.

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Created: 01/04/11

Some good concepts but so many flaws

I am a former blackberry user who got sick of inability of using web with my phone. Yes, the droid does a better job of accessing the web, but at what cost? Email function is a total pain, as this phone can load about 10 emails at a time. Scrolling back through older emails takes way too long. I almost always give up before I get to the email I wanted to check. Slider Keyboard painful to use. I use virtual keyboard even though it is slow going. Voice recognition function very poor on this phone. Searching through contacts is slow and difficult. Hate the fact that I cannot synch with my computer. My contact database has 3,000plus contacts. I am uncomfortable storing them on a google "cloud" but there is no way for me to go through and edit each one. No cut and paste function for most apps. Can't adjust font size for display. For example, the alarm clock function has tiny, tiny little print. It goes off and since I don't wear my glasses to sleep I cannot read the buttoms. "snooze" or "dismiss"? Oh, it is so important, and yet I can't be sure. Battery life is pathetic. So many more flaws I can hardly go through my complete list. If Blackberry would come up with a decent web interface I would go back in a heartbeat. As it stands, I just keep praying that the next software update will fix a few items on my long, long wish list. So far there has not been one improvement that has made a difference to me when the operating system has updated. What the heck are the developers doing?
web interface a definite upgrade from any Blackberry I have ever used
apps are fun and easy to load, try, and uninstall
LOVE the GPS function - use it every day

Email loads very slowly. DO NOT get this phone if you need this function and get a lot of emails that you need to reference. Your emails are out there on the stinking cloud and it takes way too long to get at them.
Contacts - I think this phone was designed for people who store about 10-20 contacts total. Does not handle large contact database well
The "Cloud" - I am sorry but I like to store my contact list two places - my phone and my computer. Can't believe I am forced to keep sensitive info out there on google's cloud, but there you have it.
Keyboard sucks
Voice recognition on this phone sucks
Accidentally hit mute button or hang up on people with my face constantly because of defect with phone interface and touchscreen
Constantly butt dialing people because of touchscreen flaws
I could continue all day, but I will stop now. Get to work Motorola.

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