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The Droid Smartphone

The Droid Smartphone

It’s clear that the Droid has been designed as an alternative to Apple’s iPhone. In fact, this phone is such a big deal, that Verizon plans to spend the most that they ever have on it’s advertising campaign. “We had some fun here with the iPhone stuff,” he said. “The teaser was to wake up the market. And Apple’s iPhone changed the way the word both conceptualizes and uses mobile phones, but Verizon hope to prove, with Droid, that the iPhone is far from unbeatable.

Currently Droid’s advertising is focusing on the features that it possesses, that no other phone does. Obviously it is vital for Droid’s success, that it can match iPhone in features, apps, storage space, look, feel, and even try to better it in some ways.

The phone is a three-way effort between Motorola, Verizon and Google. It looks a lot like the iPhone, and may even be as thin or thinner than the iPhone 3GS. The only real difference visually on the Droid is its slide out QWERTY keyboard; the problem is that the keyboard is flat.  This may cause issues with many users as they might find the keyboard more difficult to use.

DROID – Touch Screen

Here are some things to keep in mind regarding your touch screen:

  • Changing the sensitivity of the screen is not currently supported.
  • To activate / deactivate your screen press the Power Key located on the top of the phone.
  • Your phone has a capacitive touch screen, which requires your skin to touch the screen. If you are using a screen protector your screen may not work as designed.

To scroll through a list or move slowly, drag across the touch screen.

Flick

To scroll through a list or move quickly, flick across the touch screen (drag quickly and release).

Zoom

Get a closer look at maps or web pages. To zoom in, double-tap the screen. To zoom out, double tap the screen again.

Pros

  • Quick and efficient Web browsing
  • A generous, very good looking, and easy to use 3.7-inch display

Cons

  • The camera shots are often not clear
  • Flat keyboard is difficult to type on

Bottom Line

The first Android 2.0 phone impresses with a strong suite of Web features and a stunning 3.7-inch display, but some users might have trouble with the shallow keyboard.

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