I love it.  But wait, there's more!

I'm going to try to be as succinct and to the point as possible, so don't be surprised if I don't elaborate more on some points.  Plus, I've only had the thing for 9 hours, so don't be surprised if you see an edit or two to this blog going forward.

Initial Impressions:

Setting up this device was very easy, I suppose due to the fact that I've been a Google fan all along and I have a lot of information ready to go in my Gmail account (which it syncs to when you first sign in to Android).  Within minutes I was on the network (or as Verizon would say, The Network), and enjoying some surprisingly fast downloads of random test (and admitted guilty pleasures like Dilbert and Calvin & Hobbes) applications from the Android Market.

The Android Market is scarce compared to the iPhone App Store, which I have used extensively on my iPod Touch.  The navigation is similar (although I found it actually easier and faster to find apps in Android), layout is similar, and some of the big names (i.e. MySpace, Facebook, Pandora) are there, which made me happy.  Having Pandora at my side always is definitely a perk, but not an exclusive one to the DROID.

The physical keyboard is a phone keyboard, it won't win any ergonomics awards, but it is there to punch in alphanumerics, so one can't really call that a gripe.  Having a d-pad of sorts right next to it is a nice touch.

The layout, design, and heft of the hardware are all second to none.  I feel like this was worth the money and a 2-year commitment.  I just traded in the HTC Imagio and happily kissed Windows Mobile good-bye (forever!).

What DROID does well, it does VERY well.


Daily Use (So Far)

I like the decision to go with the semi-universal micro-USB attachment (like the mini-USB old Motorola phones rolled out with), meaning I can use USB cables that are easily found and work with other devices (like my stolen Kindle - which I for some reason still have the cable for).  Using that to sync with my PC was almost too easy (no missing drivers, no wasted time, and everything is there in the notification panel).

About that notification panel, that is probably the best innovation for the DROID.  Makes my life simple without interfering with my current tasks.  For more on it, check out the Message & Alerts section of the Guided Tour video, found here.

The phone sounds crystal clear in both speaker and regular headset (and headphone) usage.  It uses my work's wi-fi network like a champ, and it looks great doing it.  I haven't seen a single thing wrong with the display using it on the web or in the OS.  The car features, stellar Google apps (especially this Maps stuff) is great.  The camera is a phone camera, it doesn't focus great, but that's not what I'm going to be using this thing for. 


My Verdict


  • Looks and sounds top notch
  • This baby is super fast and super smart for a phone
  • Google apps impress
  • The Network is actually pretty powerful
  • It is WIDE open
  • Widgets?! 
  • HaHa - I can set up a contact to just go straight to voice mail
  • Battery life


  • No multi-touch apps
  • Keyboard is the only piece of this that feels cheap
  • Camera itself not bad, but the software that controls it (and the focus) need work
  • Won't dethrone the iPhone and there will likely be better hardware in just a few months
  • Initial learning curve for navigation and setup (a minor hurdle)

Let me sum up: The best smart phone for technophiles on the largest network that feels like it is merely setting up a new round of amazing devices (not unlike Motorola's last hit, the RAZR).


Hit me up with your questions about the device.  And keep in mind, this is by no means an official review, just my first-day impressions.