"Rock solid phone; great screen; android os"5.0 starson by aidandunne
Pros: - the screen
- GPS navigation
- OTA update
- mounts as a usb device
- android os
- google voice
Cons: the slide-out keyboard is pretty much useless for me; the on-screen is fine.
Camera is only OK, ( however the 480p video is quite good)
Summary: This machine's hardware has been superseded by more recent models, but it still does just fine, and with expected performance improvements with froyo, I expect this phone will meet my needs for some time to come.
My wife has an iPhone 3gs which I recently upgraded to ios4, and was frustrated by the absolute need to go through itunes for everything; some people are OK with that but I find it restrictive; I pre-empted the last OTA update for the droid by downloading the update from google to the phone?s sdcard , then I installed it manually. Whenever my wife wants some media that I have on my phone; I hook the droid up to her laptop via usb, drag and drop, easy. Same goes for media the other way; I drag and drop music onto my droid frequently.
- GPS navigation
This phone basically retired our GPS because it has full turn-by-turn navigation; the route and the audio are downloaded from the cloud as it plans the trip; My wife noticed that it?s gotten better at pronouncing street names in the last few months; no work on my part, no upgrading firmware or buying disks from garmin.
I don?t pay for SMS because I use google voice. If I want to make an international call, I can set up my phone to automatically make that call through google voice ( = 0.02 cents per minute to Ireland ). Verizon has it set up so you can make skype calls directly from the handset over 3g.
I switched from AT&T partly because their coverage was useless for me ( zero signal in my office at work; Verizon has no problem )
Also, with the new cloud messaging API introduced with Froyo, I think there is going to be a huge surge in cloud-based mobile computing that is going to be very interesting.