“The Droid is a phone for sophisticated types and business people…”
Verizon and Motorola have made a big to do about their flagship Android smartphone and the Moto Droid might just be all that. It’s fast, it’s got a simply huge 480 x 854 pixel capacitive touch screen, it’s skinny and it has a slider QWERTY keyboard. The Droid is the first Android 2.0 OS phone and it’s full of the usual Google goodies like Gmail, YouTube and Maps plus built-in MS Exchange support and other amenities. The Droid has a GPS that works with Google Maps, WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo and a very good 5 megapixel camera.This review includes a video review. Editor’s Choice Award 2009.
The Droid is a modern minimalist phone, lacking the trademark styling of HTC’s Hero or the slim stone look of the Palm Pre. It’s a basic rectangle, but it’s very slim for a QWERTY slider and it looks like a high class piece. It’s solid and well made, and the slider moves with a smooth motion that clicks when opened or closed fully. The battery cover is made of metal with a grippy soft touch finish. The Droid is a phone for sophisticated types and business people, while the Motorola Cliq on T-Mobile is more of a plastic youth messaging device that happens to run Android OS (ver. 1.5). At 6 ounces the phone feels weighty in a good way, and it’s in the same size class as the iPhone, HTC Imagio and Samsung Moment Android phone on Sprint (though the Droid is thinner than the Moment). It’s infinitely more pocketable than the HTC Touch Pro2 on Verizon since it’s gobs thinner, though it’s wide and tall enough that you’ll want to be careful when sitting down.