Why the inconsistency with the "Droid" name and Android devices.

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This seems like poor marketing to me.

 

Verizon made such a big deal about the name DROID.

The was the DROID and the DROID ERIS, now there is the DROID INCREDIBLE and the DROID X and soon to be the DROID 2.

 

But why is there the Moto Devour and LG Ally instead of the DROID DEVOUR by Motorola and the DROID ALLY by LG?

 

 

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Never mind, I was wrong.

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It seems to me that Verizon is only using the "Droid" name on the high-end Android phones. The Motorola Devour and LG Ally are considered to be low-end. I suppose tacking "Droid" onto the HTC Eris and the HTC Incredible is simply to keep them all bunched together into the Android OS.

 

The Motorola Droid and other Motorola phones are the only ones I think should have the "Droid" name. Yes, they're obviously all Androids, but HTC didn't name their phones Droid Eris and Droid Incredible. Verizon added that. However, Motorola is actually naming their phones "Droid," "Droid X," "Droid 2." That isn't because of Verizon.

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Actually Moto is naming them that because that is what Verizon wanted.

VZW licensed them name "Droid" from Lucas, not Moto.

 

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When the moto Droid came out there were rumored names.  It came down to 3 and one of them was awesome.  Droid was in my opinion the worst of the bunch.  If it hadn't have been such an awesome phone at the time that choice alone would have been enough to get me to change my mind.  Droid Incredible (which I have now through a happy set of circumstances) is also a terrible name for a phone but an outstanding phone so what do you do.  Droid X on the other hand is pretty cool in my opininon partly because the name Droid has grown on me. 

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I can't help it just say Incredible, or HTC Incredible. I leave out the "droid" nonsense because I always get some cell phone illiterate person saying "you got a droid cool, my entire family just got free ones on an upgrade". You know what I'm saying. It's just annoying to have to explain or show people what I have and what they have or want.. 

I really wish VZW let Moto only use that term.

Back when the Incredible was a rumor it was cool to think something different was coming out. They announced it as the HTC "Droid" Incredible. Geez.... Whatever....

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dabubbakin wrote:

I can't help it just say Incredible, or HTC Incredible. I leave out the "droid" nonsense because I always get some cell phone illiterate person saying "you got a droid cool, my entire family just got free ones on an upgrade". You know what I'm saying. It's just annoying to have to explain or show people what I have and what they have or want.. 

I really wish VZW let Moto only use that term.

Back when the Incredible was a rumor it was cool to think something different was coming out. They announced it as the HTC "Droid" Incredible. Geez.... Whatever....


YEah I get what they are doing but it is leading to a lot of irritation.  People talk about the DROID and could be talking about any of them.  So yeah I just call them the Droid (moto Droid), Incredible (HTC DROID Incredible), Eris (HTC DROID ERIS), Ally (LG Droid ALLY), Devour (Moto Droid Devour), Droid X (because DROID X just sounds awesome even if Droid is over done).  I would like a Samsung personally mostly because I have had nothing but good experiences with Samsung phones and since my Droid was good with phone calls (better after some modding) I have to think that a Samsung Android phone would be Gnarly on VZW.  It is odd but it seems to me certain manufacturers are better on GSM and some are better on CDMA.  Samsung and LG seem better on CDMA where Motorola and a few others are better with GSM.  Or at least that has been my experience with feature phones over the last what 15 years.  Or I guess not when ever 3G came out would be GSM/CDMA but also back when I was on Sprint, Bell South, and GTE,  Bell South I had great luck with Nokia and Moto - Eventually they became GSM and were swollowed by AT&T a few years ago, Sprint my Moto was good but I always had better signals with Samsung and LG phones, and GTE which shortly after was swollowed by Verizon has always been good with Samsung and LG (LG has been a little more hit or miss they have had a few misses though which is why I am more excited about Samsung than LG) and the MOTOROLA phones I had were the ones where I was counting the days until my upgrade. 

 

 

 

 

The DROID name is about branding.  They want to stand out as a big ANDROID player and one way to do that is to snatch up as many Android phones as you can get the manufacturers to make you and the other is to unify their image on your network with Branding.  The idea being to get people thinking DROID and kind of downplay the Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung, etc roles.  Really it is something Google should have thought and had it on all the Android phones but Verizon is using it mostly for marketing purposes.  It makes for some interesting commercials and has been successful.  What gets me though is when people refer to EVO and Mytouch Slide as Droids because they are Android phones.  LOL.  Doesn't bother me but probably would bother Verizon if it ever made it to a major platform.  The marketing is so effective it is about to be like Jello and Aspirin and Coke in the south.  Any gelatin desert or generic Aspirin or soda is called by one of these names no matter who makes it.  Bayer lost that battle a long time ago but the other two persist. 

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I agree.

I just don't like the fact that VZW has basically altered the name of the device.

It's like saying I have a Escort, and nobody knowing that its made by FORD.

It makes a big difference when people compare and troubleshoot. Not to mention accessories. I'm obviously understanding why they are doing this but they are inadvertently confusing the H.E. Double Hockey Sticks (LoL) out of people.

Bleep That...:smileyvery-happy:

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