I admit it. I’m a middle-aged geek. I love my gadgets and toys. I was the first on my block to get a Blackberry Storm (big mistake). I got my Amazon Kindle the day after it was released (much wiser decision). And now I have my Droid. Actually, I’ve had my Droid for a month now, having purchased it on its release date. And a month later, I still love it. What’s a Droid? Thanks for asking.
The Droid is Motorola’s entry into the “Android” phone market. Sold exclusively through Verizon, it’s a (not too) distant cousin of the iPhone. Android phones are Google-connected communication devices. They do email, texting, Twitter, and Internet browsing; music, videos, and the usual calendar/contact PDA stuff.
I’ve been a Blackberry devotee for five years, and it was a difficult choice for me to jump ship. But after testing out the Droid in my Verizon store — comparing it to the Storm 2 and several other touch screen smartphones, I decided unequivocally to cast my lot with the Droid. And here’s why:
Touch Screen and Virtual Keyboard: For those of you who’ve used an iPod Touch or iPhone, you know how wonderful the touch screen is. It’s responsive, and the virtual keyboard (in landscape and in portrait mode) is accurate and simple to use. I have an iPod Touch, and after I bought it, I realized it was the gold standard of touch screens. The Droid is as good (to me — and I’m no techie, just a consumer) as my Touch. The Blackberry Storm and the Storm 2 aren’t even in the same league. Typing, in fact doing anything, on the Storm is exponentially clunkier than on the Droid.
“Real” Keyboard: Unlike the iPhone, the Droid has a “real” keyboard. It slides out very sleekly, revealing a full QWERTY set of keys and a four-way cursor on the right side. Although the virtual keyboard is excellent in both landscape and portrait modes, the pullout keyboard is a nice option for responding to emails or posting tweets on Twitter.
Google Search: This is where the Droid really does it for me. Say you are trying to find Joe Smith's phone number in your contact book. Touch the little microphone on the home screen and a window pops up telling you to speak. You have now activated Google Search. “Joe Smith,” you say. The Droid will search your contacts and emails for “Joe Smith.” Select the contact and it phones Joe Smith.