Droid Day has come and gone but there's still a lot of DROID news to catch up on, here's the latest:
Wirefly Selling DROID for $129.99 & DROID Eris for $29.99
We don't think you can find a better deal for the DROID than Wirefly's current DROID for $129.99 and DROID Eris for $29.99. It's only been three days since launch so to find it for 40% off is a complete steal. If you haven't bought your DROID yet and were planning on it, the best deal is at Wirefly. [wirefly via androinica]
Was the DROID Launch Successful?
There hasn't been too many reported lines for the DROID Launch and some people had pointed that as proof of an unsuccessful launch of the DROID. Obviously, that logic is flawed considering online orders are ignored and different areas have different demands. Overall, it looks like the launch of the DROID has been successful. TechCrunch reports that some Verizon outlets were already onto their next shipment of DROIDs after selling out their initial shipment, accessories are in high demand too. And it looks like everyone is using their DROIDs as well, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad tweeted:
“Just saw Pandora’s Android install numbers for the day. Wow! There may not be lines, but Droids are very much among us – and running Pandora”
According to TechCrunch, Pandora's download rate has tripled since the launch of DROID--pretty successful in our opinion. Did you guys see lines for the DROID?
One of the features we were most looking forward in the DROID was the 5-megapixel autofocus camera. After having middling experiences with previous Android smartphone cameras, we were very hopeful that the DROID would buck the disappointing trend. But even using Android 2.0's updated camera interface to push out 5-megapixel pictures, the results were, well, a mixed bag.
We decided to let you guys compare a few shots we took with the Motorola DROID and Sprint HTC Hero to show you the differences in performance. Since both pack 5-megapixel cameras, it's a fairly even playing field. The results are interesting, to say the least. The camera on the DROID performs pretty well in good conditions--outside, under perfect weather and perfect lighting conditions it can actually deliver some awesome shots. However, the story is completely different when taken indoors, it seems like the DROID simply manages light poorly and focuses on the wrong image leaving indoor shots looking hazy and blurry. Funnily enough, the Sprint HTC Hero is the exact opposite. Read on for more!
Check out Android Central's Motorola DROID camera test after the jump!
Sincerely, we like the understated looks of the Eris. Plain and simple isn't always plain, if you catch our drift. Plus: there are subtle white flecks on the matted-black, soft-touch paint here. Don't worry, it's not Edward-the-sparkly-vampire level sparkle. As we said: it's subtle, we like it.
More photos after the break, including some head-to-head shots with the Droid.
Good news for Droid lovers: Droid loads and renders pages slightly faster than the Eris - so the extra $100 is well-spent
Bad news for Droid lovers: the iPhone 3GS beat the heck out of the Droid in the above test. Other tests taken after the video weren't quite as dramatic as what you're seeing here, but facts is facts: the iPhone 3GS does load and render pages faster than the Droid.
Good news for Droid lovers: Verizon > AT&T in most areas, so you can always hold out hope that when you're running a speed test in a bar with your iPhone-owning friends, you can hold out hope that they won't have data access to begin with. Yeah, we said it.
We all know Google is as minimalist as they come when it comes to their homepage. Google.com rarely displays anything else other than the Search Bar and occasional artwork celebrating a holiday. So when something new is added, it's a pretty big deal. Today is a pretty big deal.
Droid Day officially gets Google approval with a text ad saying 'New! The DROID is on sale now. Learn more.'. Sure we would have loved an Android-specific graphic on the Google logo but Sesame Street is pretty tough competition. It's good to see Google endorse the DROID and interesting to note that they spelled it 'Droid' and not Motorola's preferred 'DROID'.
It's pretty amazing to think how far Android has come in just one year. Just 12 months ago we were getting all excited about the T-Mobile G1 and the promises that Android 1.0 held. Fast forward 365 days and we're looking at all that potential realized--the Motorola DROID is simply a fantastic device and Android 2.0 makes it all the more amazing. The DROID is our faith in Android, re-affirmed.
But obviously, there's more to the DROID than just realizing Android's potential. How does it all come together? How good is the touchscreen? How sturdy is the build? How good is it as a phone? Read on to find out in our full review of the Motorola DROID!
Hit the jump to read Android Central's full review of the Verizon Motorola DROID!
*we've decided to split our Motorola DROID Review in two--one review for the hardware and one review for Android 2.0. The hardware review is today and the review of Android 2.0 will come over the weekend!*
Sure, most of the attention is going to the Motorola Droid (and deservedly so, we suppose), but HTC's little Droid Eris is a worthy phone in its own right -- especially at $99. If you're a widget-fanatic, HTC's Sense UI on the Eris is really slick, but otherwise we have to say advantage Droid.
Still, we like the Droid. The styling is conservative, sure, but it's great to have a trackball on the face of the phone.
Anybody out there choosing the Eris over the Droid?
Wondering if the Droid Multimedia Station / Dock is worth it? If you're the sort that likes to make your phone double as a nightstand alarm clock, the answer is clearly yes. Motorola does us a solid by including wall charger and cable (we've seen plenty of other docks omit them).
Then again, if you're hoping to focus more on the "multimedia" than the "dock" part of it, you'll be disappointed to know that the only port on this thing is the USB charging plug, no audio or video-out.
If you're looking to save a buck or two, Wal-Mart is offering the DROID for $188 with new 2-year contract. And as you already know, Best Buy and Verizon Retail stores are selling the DROID today as well. Go get yours!
We've got some good news, some bad news and some really awful news. If you didn't know, the DROID Eris is also releasing today. Verizon just posted a tutorial video on the DROID Eris, which is basically Verizon's version of the HTC Hero. If you want to get familiar with the DROID Eris, we suggest you watch the video above. And remember, as awesome as the DROID Eris is, it only costs $99!
For the bad news, it looks like Verizon is going to be charging users who tether their DROID $30 a month. That really makes no sense to us considering we're already paying for 'unlimited' data that we should be able to use however we see fit. We're pretty sure most of you guys will pass on the added $30/month for tethering since that effectively doubles the cost of your monthly smartphone plan. [gizmodo]
And for the awful news, it looks like Verizon is hiking up the Early Termination Fee to $350. Yeah, $350. The ETF goes down $10 every month of your contract but seriously, $350!? Heck, we thought the original $175 was already bad at $350 we're not even going to think about breaking contract. [wmexperts]