Review of Motorola’s Droid
Okay, so you’re thinking about getting a Droid, or you already have one and you’re looking for some new ways to utilize it. Prepare to be fully informed about the exciting features and even a few downfalls. Read carefully before making a decision.
From games to financial software, the Motorola Droid can handle just about everything on the Android Market, which is easily accessible through an icon on your programs list. Customization options for the Droid are unlimited with these programs. From extra web browsers (the Droid does already come with a basic version) Facebook and Twitter apps, to motion controlled video games, you can spend all day browsing the free section in the market without spending an extra cent.
Android users waited months for flash capability on their phones and it is finally available, as of the system upgrade to Android 2.2 this fall. Users can browse websites with rich flash content, watch movies and even play online flash games, like those on Facebook. At the grocery store or the doc’s office? Why not check on your Farmville Town on Facebook? You can with the Droid. One limitation that even the flash upgrade can’t help solve: Hulu. If you like to catch up on shows on Hulu’s website, don’t expect to be able to do it from the Droid, or any cell phone running the Android operating system. There have been a few hacks and tricks developed by users to get it to work in the past, but none of them are currently working now. I wonder if this has something to do with the new Hulu Plus, which allows you to view Hulu videos from your iPad, iPhone and television. Hmm, seems like Android users are getting the shaft there.
While it is true that the applications available suck up some serious juice, the Droid really needs to come with a longer lasting battery, right out of the box. There’s a better battery, but it’s sold separately. So, if you have the extra 40-50 bucks to spend on a new battery, there’s an option. Charging can also be a problem and the charger cords may need to be replaced periodically. I’ve had my Droid for about six months and my cord has difficulty staying connected at times, needing a wiggle or two to get the contacts touching each other.
Ease Of Use
The Android operating system takes some getting used to, but think of it as a touch-based Windows program. You can add shortcuts to one of five “desktops”, actually called home screens and the notification bar at the top of the screen can be expanded to display any new downloads, messages and alerts from weather or news apps. The slide-out keyboard (in addition to the on-screen touch interface) is also a plus for user-friendliness. There is a four-way directional pad that works for games, filling in forms and even scrolling in the internet browser. After about a week, you’ll feel like an Android expert.