What a fitting picture :) Say ‘hello” to the Motorola Droid, my choice for device of the year!
I would have picked the Google Nexus One if it was available today, and I would have picked the Nokia N900 if it was more accessible, but the Motorola Droid made a bigger impact on the mobile industry…
Let’s put aside all the hype and focus on the device. The Droid’s ultra thin, angular and matte design is polarizing – I think it looks super hot, and no matter what you think, it grabs your attention and stands out from the rest of the pack.
It’s fast, the screen is gorgeous, the camera is decent (even for video), and the keyboard is fine (in my book). It’s well built and just feels like a premium phone. Reception and call quality rank with the best. The Droid truly is Motorola’s comeback device.
More significantly, the Droid was the first phone with plain Android 2.0 and Google Navigation. I’ve used most Android devices since the T-Mobile G1, and I considered Android “interesting” before version 2.0, but with the Droid I actually started liking Android.
Now, 2 months and several phones later I’m still excited about Android 2.0 and using the Droid every day. That’s unusual, but I’m not the only one. Most of the geeks I know have dropped their iPhones for the Droid – there’s a clear shift towards Android in the tech world.
Getting support from a major carrier (Verizon) is giving Motorola, Android, and Google tons of exposure, something Nokia is missing with the N900, even though Maemo is brilliant. The Droid is an aspirational device, yet one that is readily available and accessible.
Of course, the Droid is not perfect. The battery cover comes off too easily, the capacitive ‘back” key gets in the way, the camera auto-focus was buggy (now fixed), the US version is CDMA-only, and the GSM version (Milestone) only supports 2100/900 MHz 3G.
Ultimately, the Droid is a great phone, and will be looked back upon as the start of a significant new chapter for Android :)