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Don't buy a Droid yet.

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I have the Droid. I got it on day 1. I just got the "Verizon Update" yesterday.

 

here's the biggest problem with the phone and the reason you should not buy it just yet.

 

1. NO HANDSFREE DIALING - you cannot use a bluetooth headset and make a call. remember the RAZR? press the headset button and you get "please say a command"...

 

ya there's a bunch of hacks out there but you have to ALWAYS TOUCH THE PHONE at some point. so forget about syncing the phone to your car, or using bluetooth headsets and leaving the phone in your pocket... this is absolutely rediculous based on the number of years this has been built in to phones. AND PLEASE stop comparing it to the first release of the IPHONE!! that phone has been out for a long time and IT DOES have handsfree dialing now.

 

Corporate email. if your a corporate email user, get a BLACKBERRY. this phone will cause you nothing but frustration.

 

it's a nice attempt. but the support from Google and Motorola is seriously lacking.

 

oh and let me say what is nice about the phone just in case you want it:

ok browser. the touch screen is so bad. I have to constantly enlarge the page just so I can hit the right hotspot (link) on the page.

ok text messaging. nice screen and keyboard.

ok personal email. oh and if you forward email? it's such a pain... THERE IS no interface to select multiple contacts at once. you have to type each persons name and select from a popup.

nice applications.

 

Think of the Droid as more of a Pocket PC than a phone.

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There are alternate corporate email programs (I'm assuming you mean MS exchange server support) available that you might find better than the included app.  Same goes for other pop3 email clients, should you not be talking exchange.

 

yes, the screen starts out a bit smaller than I am used to, coming from the HTC Hero, you have a point, but having just got the Droid yesterday, I haven't had a chance to look around yet.

 

As to your statement to not thing of it as a phone?  I didn't see you complaining at all about the "phone" capabilities on the Droid...  A phone is to make a phone call with :smileywink:

 

Actually one of *my* complaints *does* have to do with the actual *phone* function... The default Android dialer, well, to put it nicely pretty much  s***s.  Compare it to the dialer on the Eris, where it automatically comes up with the contacts, and you can start to "spell" the name of the contact you wish to call.  Yes, there are alternate dialers out there that duplicate most of that functionality, but really this is something that should be default in base Android releases from Google.

 

 

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Don't forget the voice call signal strength is really bad and you might not notice because the bars on the home screen only show 3g data signal strength, only when you place a call or enable wifi do you see the 1x signal strength.

 

Before I returned mine I would have 4 bars3g, make a call and bam 0 bars, I even had a replacement sent and same behavior.

 

If you never talk on the thing it's great.

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I'm sorry about your experiences for the phone. As someone has already pointed out, there are alternatives to certain things you are looking for.

 

Quite personally I find the touchscreen to be just fine, I have had no problems with it. However:

 


snorkel wrote:

Don't forget the voice call signal strength is really bad and you might not notice because the bars on the home screen only show 3g data signal strength, only when you place a call or enable wifi do you see the 1x signal strength.

 

Before I returned mine I would have 4 bars3g, make a call and bam 0 bars, I even had a replacement sent and same behavior.

 

If you never talk on the thing it's great.


 

That's because you can't simultaneously use Data and Talk at the same time. All my calls have gone through and been fine.

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No hands free dialing, use Voice search.

 

Yes you have to touch the DROID, but its not like a date or anything...

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It's too bad you are experiencing some troubles.. As for not buying the Droid yet, I disagree.. Business phone = Blackberry, that is what our entire corp uses and it's the only phone to have for business. Verizon is the best network I personally have been on and the Droid is the funnest phone I've ever used, I don't talk on my phone while I drive (hands free or not) so that is not an issue for me. I have used a ton of phones, BB's WinMo etc... When compared to the Droid they lack, well, how do I say, fun.. My Droid makes and receives calls excellent and I live in the boonies, even my data is fairly fast.

 So, Just my 2 cents, if you want a phone that is a ton of fun to use, I say, get the Droid...

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Eh to me it is just as easy to hit the voice dial button on the phone as the one on the headset.  Oh sure it would be nice if it worked with Bluetooth and even wired headsets the way they were designed and the way most phones do but I am sure they will figure that out.  Android has only existed for about 2 years and only been on phones available to the public for a year and Google is an interenet search company.  If enough people start complaining about it and do it to Google the people who could fix it and not Verizon and not Motorola then maybe it will be fixed. 

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Hi, That's the whole point of my post... to wake up Google and Motorola... if people stop buying the phone or a bunch of people start returning the phone, Verizon is going to get might **bleep** off at guess who? Google and Motorola.

 

suffice to say... the Dollar speaks louder than any forum or google bug site!!!

 

oh and another must have that isn't there... tethering to a Laptop/Notebook/Netbook.

 

I took my Droid back yesterday.

 

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See you later[edit}

 

{please keep your posts courteous}

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THANK YOU for this thread! 

 

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