At 8am this morning, I walked into my local Verizon store and got myself a new phone, Motorola’s Droid. It was the first time I can remember that I was able to walk into a carrier
store and not have to wait at least a 1/2 hour for service! Thank you Verizon. The store was busy, but not a crazy crowd like Verizon was hoping for. I heard there were six people in line at 7am when the store opened.
First and foremost – goodbye AT&T, hello Verizon. So happy to be back to the land of full-bars and service that works when I walk around or drive through town. AT&T – it’s that simple. Just fix your service – and we’ll all come back.
Now onto my new phone. The Droid is slick and cool looking. It’s a little heavier than my iPhone, but that’s because there’s an actual keyboard, although you can also use a touch screen keyboard if you want. By the way, there are 2 Droid phones at Verizon to chose from – one is just a touch screen (smaller and lighter) and the other has the added slide-out keyboard. Lots of fun accessories to choose from, of course I had to check them out. The one I’m still on the fence about – a multi-media dock that hooks up to your computer or nearest plug. When the phone is docked, it turns into a big clock and you can chose to play music, watch photos or video, and check out the weather. As soon as I can figure out how to load music and video, I’ll let you all know if the $29.99 for the dock was worth it. I also bought the pink gel cover ($16.99) – which I had to take off to properly fit the phone in the dock. I like the cover, so if I don’t find the dock to be useful, I will keep the cover and return the dock. No earbuds included with the Droid, but the ones I already had work, so I didn’t have to spend another $29.99 for earphones. I almost splurged for the car dock ($29.99), it’s basically a phone holder so you can use the GPS on the phone. But when I found out it doesn’t also charge the phone, I passed and bought the car charger (you guessed it – $29.99). Oh wait, I also had to buy screen protector sheets for $12.99.
From what I can tell so far, the Android Apps don’t even compare to the iPhone apps. There’s 10,000 apps in the Android vs. 100,000in iTunes. All the usual stuff is fine – Facebook (I do like the widget!), Opentable, Pandora, etc… but when you get the creative random apps – they don’t seem to be as creative as the iPhone ones. If you know of any – let me know!! Purchasing an app is pretty annoying too. The purchase is done via Google Check-Out, therefore requiring a credit card number. Oh sure, so does iTunes, I know, I know….
The default notification sound is a robot voice that says “Droid” – it’s hilarious & annoying. The first I heard it,I looked around the room trying to figure out if my tv was on. Now I leave it because it makes me laugh.
All in all, the Droid is pretty cool. I’m not sure if I’ll become a convert. I’ll update after the weekend and let you know!
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