Motorola Droid Still Turning Heads Two Months After Launch

By Paul Barraza

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Flexing their muscle as having the most wireless coverage in the United States, Verizon Wireless launched the newest frontier of smartphone technology with the introduction of the Motorola Droid.

All the hype of the Droid which was launched back in November has seemed to pay off for Big Red. (Verizon)

The Droid is sporting many features and advances over it competitors.

These include:

-5 MP Camera

-16 GB pre-installed memory that can expand up to 32 GB via SDCard

-Social Networking Suite

-10,000+ apps available in the Android market.

– 3.7″ 854x480p touch screen display

 -Fast ARM Cortex A8-based processor

-Turn by turn Navigation options

– QWERTY slide out keyboard

Motorola has been able to catch the eye of Android hopefuls with the Droid’s unique style and layout.  At the top of the Droid  is an industry standard 3.5mm headphone jack as well as a combination  power / sleep button.  On the right side are volume controls with the camera button located below. On the left the Droid features a industry standard micro USB port. One nice feature that that has been making it onto every smartphone except iPhone a few, is a flash to complement the high quality 5MP camera.

The Droid is solidly built and offers full push email capabilities.  The Droid was designed to extend into the corporate environment by including options for Exchange ActiveSync.

The Droid is a good smartphone, but with all devices we must also point out issues we have experienced with it.  The 5MP camera produces excellent quality pictures but user do experience significant lag when taking a picture.  Many users have reported that they would have really like a dedicated call and hang up buttons for phone use, but this does appear to be the route manufactures are turning by not including them. If you can live with a lagging camera and no physical keys for phone calls you should be very happy with this device.  

Android Market has over 10,000 applications. The user interface to access the marketplace is not very user friendly and can be a challenge for some users.

If you are in the market for a new phone on Verizon Wireless I do suggest you give the Droid consideration. It is a well rounded smartphone that delivers what is advertised.