Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Oct 2009 23:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Verizon's highly awaited Droid phone lands November 6th, but Geek.com was able to get their hands on one and post early impressions. This will be the first phone shipping with Google's Android 2.0 operating system, giving it a big advantage over some of the competing Android handsets on the market. Not content to win people over on software alone, Motorola included a 5MP camera, 16GB of storage, and an 854x480 WVGA display.
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Want Droid
by DigitalAxis on Thu 29th Oct 2009 05:52 UTC
DigitalAxis
Member since:
2005-08-28

I'm with T-Mobile and was looking forward to getting the Motorola Cliq (or whatever), but now between this review and the review over at Boy Genius Report, I'm starting to think the Cliq is a poor shadow of what might have been, and not the high-profile handset I initially thought T-Mobile was finally getting (We'll see about those rumors about the N900.

The Motorola Droid/Shules is a bit more of a big deal than the geeks.com people seem to think... as far as I know, it's the first Android phone outside of T-Mobile; the first Android phone with a screen larger than 320x240 pixels (although probably not first device overall), and first with an ARM Cortex, rather than the Qualcomm chip all previous Android phones have had. Basically, this is a new hardware platform for Android phones. Launching with Android 2.0 will also give it another first, albeit briefly.

I for one intend to check out the Cliq at a T-Mobile store and see if the keyboard and touchscreen are really as bad (well, unimpressive) as BGR made them out to be.

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RE: Want Droid
by ariarinen on Sun 1st Nov 2009 18:57 UTC in reply to "Want Droid"
ariarinen Member since:
2009-02-07

Well Vodafone did bring out the HTC Magic, HTC Tattoo. Samsung I7500 by multiple carriers.

TI OMAP 3 is a good chip, but dose it have PowerVR graphics as well?

The Qualcomm chip used previous models are probably used, because both Samsung and HTC use STEricsson platforms and TI and Qualcomm where the only chips to chose from before the merger.

I see one big draw back with it, as its a CDMA based phone. Very few carriers use CDMA2000, WCDMA/HSPA based would have been a much better choice.

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RE[2]: Want Droid
by DigitalAxis on Sun 1st Nov 2009 22:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Want Droid"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

I was thinking of the US only... where Verizon's CDMA network is probably the most complete, although I've been happy with T-Mobile's coverage and quality.

Engadget and BGR spotted a GSM version being reviewed by a Vietnamese guy, so my guess is non-US places will still get it.

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RE[3]: Want Droid
by ariarinen on Mon 2nd Nov 2009 08:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Want Droid"
ariarinen Member since:
2009-02-07

But the speed of CDMA networks are much lower then on GSM based. I think they use the 800/1900 MHz band and it has much longer range so the coverage is better, they will go down to 700 MHz with LTE network, so it should bring high speed broadband and coverage even further.

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wow
by ari-free on Thu 29th Oct 2009 05:55 UTC
ari-free
Member since:
2007-01-22

this looks like everything I could ever ask for in a smartphone. Hopefully my vision of a second brain in my pocket will be realized.

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RE: wow
by jgagnon on Thu 29th Oct 2009 12:38 UTC in reply to "wow"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

If it comes with a first brain for my head as well, then I'm sold!

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RE: wow
by collinm on Thu 29th Oct 2009 21:20 UTC in reply to "wow"
collinm Member since:
2005-07-15

many android comparaison

http://www.androphones.com/all-android-phones.php


don't forget, arm is just a chip designer

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