Now, say you are in need of caffeine. Speak "Starbucks." This is when the magic begins. Although Google will execute the same search, looking through your emails and contacts, it also searches the Internet. The search results will indicate the nearest Starbucks to your GPS coordinates — and then give you the option of calling or getting directions: via Google Maps — visual or by voice, just like a stand-alone GPS device. And this is without subscribing to Verizon’s Navigator service. Just for fun, I asked for directions home from a shopping trip, and as it guided me into my driveway, it showed me a photo of my house (very cool, if not a bit “big brother”).
Email and Calendar: You must have a Gmail account to use the Droid. I had one before I bought the phone, so it certainly wasn’t an issue for me. I have three other email accounts as well, but they are all forwarded to my Gmail account. The Droid directly connects with Gmail, so mail downloads instantaneously (it appears on my phone even before appearing in my desktop email program). The phone also directly connects with Google Calendar, so my appointments automatically sync with my phone — no cables, connections or setups. The calendar and email are both home screen icons on the phone, so there’s no need to go into the browser for access.
Apps: I would guess the Droid app store isn’t quite as extensive as Apple’s, at least not yet. However, it’s pretty good. For me, the essentials include: Pandora, Google Night Sky (I love star gazing), and an “App Killer” because you can run lots and lots of programs simultaneously, which can slow the thing down if there are too many running. The “App Killer” will shut off any unwanted applications. I’ve run eight or nine applications at a time with no appreciable slowdown, which is not the case with other smartphones I've used, including the Blackberry (at least in my experience). There are also some fun games that make specific use of the Droid’s accelerometer, much like similar games for the Touch (like a real-time maze that works by tilting the device to and fro).