Oct 19 AT 10:57 AM Taylor Wimberly 17 Comments

First impressions of the Motorola Droid

Motorola refuses to acknowledge that the Verizon Droid (Sholes) exists, but the phone has been pictured by the AP, has ad spots on major TV networks, and now reviewed by BoyGeniusReport.

A full examination is coming and BGR has posted their first impressions to hold you over:

  • It’s running Android 2.0. Duh.
  • It’s thin. Just slightly thicker than an iPhone 3GS and the thinnest QWERTY-slider we’ve ever seen.
  • It is the fastest Android device we’ve ever used. (It’s running a TI OMAP3430 processor)
  • The feel of the device is very reminiscent of the OQO 02 model computer. Just smaller. It’s metal with a non-spring-assisted slide, very sturdy, and half soft-touch plastic.
  • Awesome capacitive display. Plus it’s huge. Easily the best screen we’ve ever seen on an Android handset, and an amazing screen overall.
  • The QWERTY keyboard is actually pretty usable and has a soft-touch rubberized finish. We’ve been told the keyboard design isn’t final on this unit, thus the two no-shows.
  • Have we mentioned this phone flies? It’s the Android device to beat, and easily the most impressive. From what we’ve been told, Google had a direct hand in the Motorola Droid. Something to the point of almost dictating every move Motorola made when designing and making the phone. Interesting, huh?
  • There’s a desktop cradle/charger that will ship with the Motorola Droid that we’ve been playing around with. It turns your Droid into a “multimedia station” and displays local weather, the time, etc.
  • No one wants to listen, but it makes the CLIQ looks like a child’s toy (partly because it is, and partly because the Droid, even in its non-final form, is the most impressive phone we’ve used since the iPhone. It’s positively amazing).

Overall, there are not any surprises that we haven’t reported before. The only new thing I can spot is the gold accents that have been added to the battery cover and directional pad.

One thing BGR fails to mention is the camera flash. It is easily one of the brightest flash lights I have seen on a phone and a welcome addition to Android devices. When I first saw the flash I thought it was a xenon bulb, but it is actually powered by dual LEDs.

For more pics, see the BGR gallery.

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  • adil

    the keyboard design is not final according to BGR…i’m kind of hoping they get rid of the gold in the middle of the D-pad, i liked it more when it was black…i guess i could sharpie it though, it’s no deal breaker.

  • http://codeshogun.com lordhong

    WOW! simply WOW!

  • Brak

    So Android & Me, you guys have a handset too? Or at least taken pictures with it?

  • Seth Brower

    I gotta say, I hope a comperable device comes to T-Mobile soon. I left Verizon after quite a few years of good service when I moved to me new apartment and I couldn’t get stable coverage in my apartment, as my primary phone I really couldn’t let that stand, and T-Mobile had good coverage in my area. This is the first thing that has made be … somewhat sorry, but I feel good that is only a matter of time before something moves over, just hope sooner than latter.

  • Arg

    is this phone gonna be avalible only for Version operator? im from czech and id be interested in this phone but dont have verzion here ;]

    • Quickster357

      According to Moto employees on HoFo there will be a version of the Droid for use over in Europe. If you’re on a GSM network I would believe you will be able to purchase this version and use it in Czech. However, I don’t know Android that well, but I believe there will not be an option for the Czech language on the European model. If I am wrong please correct my error. Thanks.

  • JasonLee

    it will be interesting to see if verizon comes up with an android specific rate plan.

    • adil

      i’m really hoping they price it the same as the blackberry data plans at $30

  • erik

    Nice, but the processor is to small. 600 MHz is the same that HTC hero have and that is not enought . 1 GHz must her standard like HTC dragon and acer liquid

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      The Sholes features a TI OMAP 3430 which is based on the ARM Cortex A8. The Hero features an ARM11 based processor. The A8 is much faster regardless of actual clock speed.

    • http://twitter.com/cbemerine cbemerine

      Nice, but the processor is to small. 600 MHz is the same that HTC hero have and that is not enought

      Wow, I would suggest that if a 600MHz processor is NOT enough for a hand held or embedded device than you are definitely NOT running the correct operating system for the platform.

      Have been running a Nokia N800 happily for over two years now, it only has a 400Mhz processor and I do pretty much everything I need to do thanks to Maemo Linux. Linux will run on much slower processors than this and with much less memory.

      So if you are not happy with 600Mhz, you are NOT using the correct OS for the platform. The problem is very easy to solve. If the hardware platform will not let you install one or more Linux distros on it, do not purchase that hardware.

  • TravLadin

    Man… T-mobile… I feel Locked down… I want to bite on a new a droid and service provider… It’s like being in a relationship and seeing all theses bad Bi#ch3$…. I want to leave you T-mobile but I’m going to hang in there… You started this Android shi…. Now let’s end this year with a bang… I think I could replace the G1 (rooted) with the behold2….. But that Shole is a sexy device I have wet dreams about that long haired android woman… LOL I tempted o so tempted to divorce t-mobile and hook up with the Shole on the world largest 3g network… I want to stray away from the rooted g1 and have a phone that runs great str8 out of the b0x… I can’t wait to see what T-mobile has to unveil (Project Black)

  • http://thor-blogs.blogspot.com thorvindr

    I’m looking at this in comparison to the Storm 2. The only thing I don’t see here that Storm 2 has is a clicky screen. Does the DROID have a clickable touchscreen, or just a touchscreen? If it does, I’m getting this instead of a Storm 2. No debate. If not, I’ve still got to weigh my options.

    • TravLadin

      the storm is TRASH.. BB IS DEAD

  • Trent

    I’m pulling for Android but still worried about what bullcrp Verizon is going pull to screw this up. Boy Genius is reporting that Amazon store was not accessible via WiFi. I wouldn’t put it past Verizon to pick and choose which apps can use their network and which apps can’t. Google recently rolled out the ability for developers to allow their apps on certain carriers and eliminate them from others…so did carriers get the same options. I’m betting they did. It’s know that T-Mobile doesn’t all some apps on it’s network. Of course, you can side-load them from elsewhere. I’m just concerned because Verizon will have to SHOW the world they will embrace openness – not just say it. Their past actions have not shown any remnants of openness.

    I love Android but the approach that Verizon is taking with their ad campaign is troubling with Boy Genius reporting that most non-tech folks didn’t even know what phone Verizon was poking fun at. Widespread adoption = simple, quickly learned UI and phone functions. Android by itself is not simple enough for the non-technical person to pick up and learn quickly. It’s a dream for the technical person who wants to customize until the cows come home – me :) for instance. That’s why Apple has succeeded so greatly. They’ve walked a very delicate line between technical overload and user friendliness. I’m hoping that Android can win the hearts of the masses (aka non-technical folks). But, I think it’s going to take a while – perhaps when they think about their dumbphone strategy. I see alot of Droids being returned because there are too many options for the normal user and it’s not as fun to use as – dare I say it – an iPhone.

    Just for the record. I’m a huge Android fan but as a tech marketing guy, I’m not seeing the right steps taken to assure mass adoption. Verizon’s approach is targeting the “geek” folks. Those guys are already sold – like me. You need to target the masses who don’t even know or care what an iPhone iDoesn’t do.

    • Phil

      I see what you’re saying however id argue that android seperates the complex from the simple quite well, for example my mother recently got the HTC Hero and has been quite content with it, fiddling with the usual parts people fiddle with and for the first time not needing my help to get it to do what she wants. I can’t comment on verizon’s advertising campaign as im in the UK. cant wait to see this phone over here and get my grubby hands on it.

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