The Verizon Motorola Droid is landed on earth on November 6 and some reviewers think it is "out of this world.' Droid has everything an alien or earthling could want, Wi-Fi, multi-window web browsing, super-high res 3.7",
mutlittasking of apps, voice search, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
and DVD playback, turn-by-turn Google navigation(Beta) while reviewers found just a few things to criticize.
For those who do a lot of texting or emailing the slide-out QWERTY keyboard should be a welcome addition but reviewers were disappointed by its flatness and that it could slide back-in accidentally.
Some reviewers loved the media playing functions and one especially liked the YouTube videos. Unfortunately the Verizon Droid doesn't currently sync media with a PC. However, the Droid email functionality which includes unified email from mutiple source including pushed MS Exchange/Gmail and often checked Pop3 email, worked well. The universal search feature was mentioned and appreciated. The Verizon Droid is geared more towards a business user therefore it doesn't have as good as social networking integration as the Motorola CLIQ.
Reviewers called the Verizon Droid the fastest and most lust-worthy Android smartphone but still don't believe the iPhone should be or will be killed. None of the reviewers had time to test out the turn-by-turn directions but did note that turn-by-turn Google Maps Navigation Beta is a game changer because it's free. Editor's Note: We tested the Google Maps Navigation Beta and it was very good.
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Kent German and Bonnie Cha at CNET rated the Verzon Droid 4 out of 5. They loved the goregous display, lightning fast speed and benefits of being friends with Google (Android market, fast web and contact management.) They didn’t like the flat keyboard and you can only access calling functions from the home screen. The Droid is not a world phone and the media capabilites could be better but it is the fastes Android smartphone yet. It is a real competitor to the iPhone which more than delivers.The slide out keyboard doesn’t lock into place and can slide by mistake. The touchscreen is responsive. The keyboard buttons are flush and squashed. There is universal search to search the web, contacts, and data on the phone. Email functions include a unified in-box, MS Exchange/Gmail push email and PO)3 email checking at prescribed intervals. There is also a contact management system. Music quality was good. Photo quality was decent. The call quality is good and crisp.
Sascha Segan at PCMag rated the Verizon Droid 4 out of 5 and called it the first “truly lust-worthy smartphone from Verizon.” He found the Droid to feel pleasant masculine and expensive. The keyboard is disapointing. Everything looks better on the screen. The processor is fast and twice as fast as the Samsung Moment. Voice calls were muffled. The Droid syncs contacts nicely. For social networking the Droid is not as good as the Motorola Cliq. The audio and media players are great but don’t sync with PCs. The video camera is amazing. Because it looks like the smartphone of Verizon’s future PCMag named it their new Editor’s Choice.
Robert S. Anthony at PC World rated the Droid 90 (superior) Although he loved the display he wasn’t thrilled with the keyboard and the absence of physical talk and end keys for phone functions. Call quality was excellent. The web browser was snappy. Video on YouTube was impressive. It took great photographs. It is a stand-out from other Android competitors.
PhoneDog noticed that the Droid very responsive although it is big an heavy. It feels solid and is thin for a QWERTY slider. It feels like a high-end smartphone. The 854 x480 pixels wide is twice the resolution of the leading competitor. Apps are location aware. The keyboard has a dedicated @ key, the D-pad is on the right(which may be more difficult for left-handed people) Virtual keyboard is multi-touch and enhances rapid typing. Web access via Verizon is “pretty zippy.” The voice search for Phone Dog worked very will. The screen looks very nice in person. There double tap for zooming in the browser, which is very fast. Facebook account. It has a car dock and home dock.