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Gregg Bolinger
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Picked up the Motorola Droid today (yes, I kept my iphone). I've been waiting for a decent phone for the android platform and so far I am totally impressed. Anyone else getting it / got it?


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I'm interested but there is no Motorola's vendor in my country. DROID's screen is glass or plastic?


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Gregg Bolinger
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Kengkaj Sathianpantarit wrote:I'm interested but there is no Motorola's vendor in my country. DROID's screen is glass or plastic?


This Motorola is glass.
David O'Meara
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I have plans on gettig an android phone of some description, but no actual timeline or specifics.
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David O'Meara wrote:I have plans on gettig an android phone of some description, but no actual timeline or specifics.


The Moment, Hero, and Droid area all fairly similar in spec. I think the only real difference is that the Hero runs a modified version of Android. And Droid might be the only device that currently comes with Android 2, though upgrading other devices is supposed to be pretty straight forward.

So far I am just really impressed with Android and the Motorola Droid.
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I have a Samsung galaxy and how can I do the upgrade to Android 2?


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Monu Tripathi
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The Moment, Hero, and Droid area all fairly similar in spec. I think the only real difference is that the Hero runs a modified version of Android.


As regards UI, Motorola Droid would probably have their "MotoBlur UI" and it is "Sense UI" for HTC Hero ;

Google, in their IO conference, intimated that number of Android phones could rise to 18 by the end of the year. I was trying to build a list of all the expected Android phones and got very confused with their (code)names. For instance, I got confused with Motorola Droid and HTC's Droid Eris(not released yet, I guess). They are two separate phones, arent they? Then there are talks of some "Droid series" of handsets.

In case any one is interested, here is a list of expected handsets:
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10
HTC Droid Eris(Desire) - Verizon
HTC - Passion/Dragon
Samsung Spica
Samsung Behold II
Samsung Moment
Samsung Saturn
Motorola Droid Phone
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Steve Luke
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I got my Droid the other day. Really nice phone.


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Hows the battery life? I read somewhere that it may be a concern..
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I am still sorting out battery life for everyday use. For example yesterday with a modest amount of web browsing, two short trips with Navigator and probably less than 1 hour on the phone I had used a little more than 30% of the battery. Overall that was probably lower than normal use. But today I had it streaming pandora while navigating me around town. It was running constantly that way for about 3 hours before battery died. I would think this is pretty heavy use though and will normally plug it in while driving.

There are a lot of tools for optimizing power, the easiest of which is a widget that let's you toggle WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and data syncing. There is also a neat app called Locale which auto-sets power options based on triggers like location, time of day, and battery state.

It does seem like battery life could be a problem if you don't manage the connections. Still, for me I will expect to have to charge it every night, but would expect it to get me through the day with normal use.
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Yes, the Motorola and the HTC Eris are different phones. From Infoworld:

It's apparently not common knowledge that there are actually two Droids: the Motorola Droid and the HTC Droid Eris. They're both Android-based phones, but significantly different in form and firmware.


I think Eris is an awesome name for a phone. Does it say, "For the fairest" on the casing?
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Eris

It is all Greek to me!
Mobile phones got to have fancy names, IMO it plays on the mind too albeit to a lesser extent.
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Monu Tripathi wrote:Mobile phones got to have fancy names, IMO it plays on the mind too albeit to a lesser extent.

Its interesting that Verizon has two different "Droid" models, and they are pushing the "Droid" branding, not the manufacturer. Additionally, Verizon's ads for the Droid talk about how the biggest problem with the iPhone is the network (unspoken AT&T) with the obvious unspoken idea that if the iPhone was on Verizon's network, it would be a great smartphone.

Verizon is desperate to have consumers think that the network vendor is of prime importance, not the phone itself. Hence the two phones, at separate prices, with the "Droid" name.

The cellphone networks are in a panic that customers will see them as providing big dumb pipes of bits, leading to the service being a commodity.

To me, they should be a commodity, bits over the air are bits.
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Pat Farrell wrote:
Its interesting that Verizon has two different "Droid" models, and they are pushing the "Droid" branding, not the manufacturer. Additionally, Verizon's ads for the Droid talk about how the biggest problem with the iPhone is the network (unspoken AT&T) with the obvious unspoken idea that if the iPhone was on Verizon's network, it would be a great smartphone.

Verizon is desperate to have consumers think that the network vendor is of prime importance, not the phone itself. Hence the two phones, at separate prices, with the "Droid" name.

The cellphone networks are in a panic that customers will see them as providing big dumb pipes of bits, leading to the service being a commodity.

Interesting indeed.
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Motorola Droid camera autofocus fixed in Secrecy?

Did you notice anything?
 
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