What better way to get to know the DROID than to compare it to its Android siblings (or is it cousins)? We've put the sharply beautiful Motorola DROID next to the Android phones you know and love: the T-Mobile G1, the HTC Magic (myTouch 3G), and the Sprint HTC Hero. Once upon a time those phones were heralded as the best Android phone available but each will have to bow out for the DROID.

Hit the jump to see the comparison pictures! And for bonus coverage, we decided to pit the DROID against the iDon't device of the iPhone 3GS!

DROID vs Sprint HTC Hero

The HTC Hero is currently the best available Android phone on the market. It packs subtle curve lines and houses a professional finish. We loved the build quality of the Hero and still do--it feels great in your hand and the soft matte finish is still wonderful. The DROID differs from the Hero in that the lines are sharp instead of curved and the styling is bold instead of safe. The DROID and Hero are about the same thickness but the DROID packs a QWERTY slider keyboard and is much weightier.

The biggest difference between the two devices is in the size of the screen. The DROID's screen simply dwarfs the Hero's and the clarity that the DROID's screen offers is truly stunning. In the end, though we prefer holding the Hero in the hand, the DROID is simply a superior styled device.

DROID vs HTC Magic (T-Mobile myTouch 3G)

We've always thought the HTC Magic was the most underrated Android phone on the market. The styling was fresh and the shape of the phone was well executed--it had a slight chin and good build quality. The biggest complaint we could find about the Magic was that it felt 'plasticky' and borderline cheap. Though that's a fair complaint, the truth is, it gave more versatility to the phone--it was light, easy to hold, and fun to use.

Compared to the DROID on looks alone, we think the Magic holds up best--the solid glossy black of the Magic will surely lengthen its lifespan. But when in the hand, it's almost the opposite. For all the complaints of the 'plasticky' feel of the Magic, the DROID is the antithesis to that--it's all metal and glass. With that kind of build quality, you can't help but feel that the DROID is simply in another class than the HTC Magic.

DROID vs T-Mobile G1

Look how far Android has come in just one year. We started out with the lovable T-Mobile G1 and are now at the 'dare-you-not-to-love-me' status of the Motorola DROID. Since they're both slider devices, it feels like Android has come full circle. The DROID is sharper, weightier, bolder, thinner, and simply better in every way when compared to the G1. And that definitely should be expected.

One difference we noted was when both devices are closed and operating in 'portrait' mode, you could tell that the G1 was a slider device while you wouldn't automatically know that the DROID was one as well. That speaks to the build quality of the DROID because there are no weak points in its construction--it's so well built that you could believe it's a one slab-styled device.

DROID vs iPhone 3GS

And of course, what kind of DROID comparison would it be if we didn't bring up the iDon't device that is the iPhone 3GS? We'll definitely go more in-depth later in the week, but for the time being you should know that the DROID and iPhone 3GS are probably the two best styled, two best built, two best overall smartphones on the market. Android finally has a phone that can legitimately compete with the leader of the pack, the iPhone 3GS, in every aspect.

What's most surprising to us is that even though the DROID packs a QWERTY slider keyboard, it still manages to almost be as thin as the iPhone 3GS. In fact, the devices are of similar height and width--in pictures, the DROID looks bigger because of its hard corners vs the iPhone 3GS' rounded corners. The DROID is certainly heavier than the iPhone but that lends into the high-quality, luxury feel of the DROID.

And finally, when pitted next to each other. The DROID's screen simply puts the iPhone 3GS' screen to shame. We're not even kidding. It's impossible to capture the difference in pictures but text on the iPhone 3GS looks almost blurry when compared to text on the DROID. If you're happy with your iPhone 3GS, don't even look at the DROID's screen, you'll become instantly jealous. The specs show that the DROID packs a 3.7-inch 480x854 touchscreen at 240dpi versus the iPhone's 3.5-inch 320x480 touchscreen at 163dpi. Yeah, the DROID screen is awesome.

Stay tuned for more DROID coverage at Android Central!

 

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Motorola DROID vs HTC Hero, HTC Magic, T-Mobile G1 & iPhone 3GS

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1st, man that phone looks sexar, thats it. im dropping m g1 and picking up the droid, move over tmobile with your sucky 3g coverage, the droid id now my fav handset

If you ask me tge iphone is pretty dumb because pretty much you can do everything the iphone can do you can do on the ipod touch. I know I know what your thinking " what are you saying dude". Well its true because all you need is wifi and your set to go. I mean with all the apps the app store has like "text free unlimited" only requires you to have wifi to send your text messages,and with those new headphones that have microphones come on honestly . If at&t are stupid enough to allow an app that says "free calling" just like they allowed "text free unlimited" you will be able to make calls on your ipod touch as well, I mean after all you just need wifi which everyone seems to have now a days. So in my opinion go with the Droid ,I mean it's a no brainer. Hello qwerty keyboard ,.2cm bigger screen,on the nation's fastest 3G network, and it has android software 2.0. The iphone 3Gs
Is qwerty keyboardless (solid),a lower rate 3G coverage ,a smaller screen (which is not such a big difference but still) ,and has a lower rate camera.

This has to be the dumbest thing i have read in a long long time. Don't get an iPhone because the iPod touch does everything free. But do get a Droid, it's a no brainer...

So the ability to do everything a mobile phone can do on an ipod touch makes the iphone redundant, but not the Droid??? And EVERY OTHER HANDSET AVAILABLE EVER?????

Even forgetting the fact that it isn't exactly feasible to walk around the streets while attached to a wifi network, you sir are a tit.

A tit ; you sir are a tit. What kind of insults that. I think
That guy has a point i mean i'm not saying he's right either but give him some credit. I mean its pretty true what he's saying is pretty true. Well it's true the i touch can do everything the iphone can do but you need internet. So i think ur the tit cuz he just gave some pretty true info. Even tho handsets and i dont get wat u mean by handset tho.

If you ask me tge iphone is pretty dumb because pretty much you can do everything the iphone can do you can do on the ipod touch. I know I know what your thinking " what are you saying dude". Well its true because all you need is wifi and your set to go. I mean with all the apps the app store has like "text free unlimited" only requires you to have wifi to send your text messages,and with those new headphones that have microphones come on honestly . If at&t are stupid enough to allow an app that says "free calling" just like they allowed "text free unlimited" you will be able to make calls on your ipod touch as well, I mean after all you just need wifi which everyone seems to have now a days. So in my opinion go with the Droid ,I mean it's a no brainer. Hello qwerty keyboard ,.2cm bigger screen,on the nation's fastest 3G network, and it has android software 2.0. The iphone 3Gs
Is qwerty keyboardless (solid),a lower rate 3G coverage ,a smaller screen (which is not such a big difference but still) ,and has a lower rate camera.

well, i like the droid and all the phones, however i agree with most that the htc hero is the most stylish, easy to use, the phone that is selling right now, most likely more than the droid.

If you ask me the iphone is pretty dumb because pretty much you can do everything the iphone can do you can do on the ipod touch. I know I know what your thinking " what are you saying dude". Well its true because all you need is wifi and your set to go. I mean with all the apps the app store has like "text free unlimited" only requires you to have wifi to send your text messages,and with those new headphones that have microphones come on honestly . If at&t are stupid enough to allow an app that says "free calling" just like they allowed "text free unlimited" you will be able to make calls on your ipod touch as well, I mean after all you just need wifi which everyone seems to have now a days. So in my opinion go with the Droid ,I mean it's a no brainer. Hello qwerty keyboard ,.2cm bigger screen,on the nation's fastest 3G network, and it has android software 2.0. The iphone 3Gs
Is qwerty keyboardless (solid),a lower rate 3G coverage ,a smaller screen (which is not such a big difference but still) ,and has a lower rate camera.

First of all, you need to learn how to write.
You don't even finish your sentences. So, how can you give an opinion?

i respect your opinion and all, but you really can back up your music on the Droid. I get all of my music on iTunes like you. I download my music to a microSD and bam... all of my music is on my phone and its backed up. Its not as easy as plugging in the iPhone and walking away while it automatically syncs, but it is worth it. I am a proud Droid owner and have always liked the Android OS better than the iPhone's OS.

As a business owner we have used both iphones and Droids side by side already. Using both AT&T network and Verizon. There are some things you should seriously consider before buying one or the other. I don't want to be verbose so I will try to bullet my concerns. And for what it is worth, I had hoped the droid would trump the iphone because where we live, AT&T coverage frankly is lacking. More bars in more places but not here.

I am truly dissapointed at the tech industries lack of journalism on providing side by side analysis. It simply looks like a high schooler's school project. Here is something a little more important to think about. When looking at the screen (despite how big it is) can you easily see graphical information represented to you? How is that information displayed in broad daylight? When you really start to think about it, frankly the screens are not a single feature that should make you buy one over the other. What is important is how fast can you the human being pull data from the screen? That being said, even though the droid screen is bigger, the iphone is simply better organized for use in a business environment.

Next and absolutely astonished that the web reviewers overlooked this is that these phones hold a tremendous amount of data. What are you using to back up your pictures, music, movies? If you lose the phone, can you download them again for free?

I know this is something people don't seem to be concerned about but we called Verizon corporate to get help with our droid on this issue. I was shocked that the support center could not tell me how to synchronize this phone with my computer to back up critical data. Also, if you download extremely large files such as video, the fastest way to do this is still a hard connection to a computer rather than Wifi or 3G networks.

As much as I really really really want Droid to wind this competition, I think people should be more discriminating with Lucas's project until they give us something a generation or two more evolved.

Something to just consider.....

Or.... just get Verizon to use the iphone....

About the syncing thing...Android really wasn't built with wired syncing in mind. It is built around syncing "in the cloud." Think about it, it pulls all your contacts from Google, keeps your apps catologue updated via Google, and music...

Well, music and multimedia aren't well supported out of the box on Android :( It works, but there is no easy way to sync it (I haven't had this problem, use Amarok, but others complain, so I'm assuming it is a Windows/Mac thing)

Also, how is the screen better organized for business use? I would much rather use the Android calendar for work than Apple's, plus it automatically syncs with Google Calendar. But I only wash dishes for a living, all I do is put work schedule in, so again, I might be missing something.

AHHH. I love all the coverage as it gives me something to read, but the waiting is going to kill me!

I wish i could just sleep through tomorrow.

I really don't like the harsh corners of the Droid, and the mini cliffs at the bottom of the screen look annoying, plus, a heavy phone in no way is luxurious to me. More weight makes it seem more complicated and less comfortable. I'm sure construction is great, and the screen is phenomenal, but that big of a screen can't be pocket friendly, especially when moving around a lot. I much prefer the Hero due to the curves and Sense UI and trackball for one handed use. The slide out keyboard on the Droid is also off center and looks really stiff. If only the Hero had the Moment's keyboard and a less clunky two finger scrolling. I wish other it, and other android devices, would run 2.0, but that might be the only thing about the Droid I like. The blockiness seems utilitarian and ugly to me. Maybe I'm the only one, but it is really not close to what I'm looking for in a smart phone, but at the very least, it proves that Motorola can make a solid phone with android. Now, I'm just hoping that this encourages HTC to make a Hero sized phone, with a slide out keyboard, the Droid's build quality, and the same Sense UI features with 2.0. I wish...

I agree. I like to carry my phone in my front pocket and a heavy squared off corner is not going to be comfortable. It is ugly. Most will go for the HTC devices despite them having less on the specs side. Noone cares, most average consumers buy cool over features anyway. Sad but true. I really don't think it's going to make any dent in the market. It will some day...but Motorola screwed up with the retro design. They need to step away from that 90s Razr look once and for all.

I just get a job at verizon. From the pictures i felt the same way as you but after seeing the phone in person, i must say pictures do this phone no justice.

I actually had a chance to play with the Droid over night, and I must say, that in person this phone is beautiful. I thought it was too squared also, until I got my hands on it. It looks amazing. It is quick, and is leaps and bounds ahead of the 1.5 OS. How do I know? I had the Verizon HTC Droid also. Side by side I liked th look of the HTC Droid, but when it came down to the screen and the added features, the Droid took the prize. The google navigation is absolutely amazing to use and worked quite well. Coming from a blackberry, it took a little to get used to, but i didn't put it down for two hours straight. Its that good. The only thing that was a little set back to me was the slide out keyboard. I found that i was a lot faster and accurate on the landscape on screen keyboard. the screen makes it so easy to type on.

Yeah, the touch screen is AMAZING. Kinda puts Korean crap like the samsung glyde to shame, doncha think? anyway, i agree that droid beats all the other phones in this competition. Motorolla is american, you know. Maybe an increase in their sales could replace obama's stimulus package.

"I'm just hoping that this encourages HTC to make a Hero sized phone, with a slide out keyboard, the Droid's build quality, and the same Sense UI features with 2.0. I wish..."

They do make that phone already (well kinda with one really bad exception) the HTC TOUCH PRO 2 is that phone. It is beautiful and has a better keyboard than the DROID. Of course it fails horribly in the fact that it is a Win 6.5 device. All HTC has to do is make the same phone and put the ANDROID OS on it. Add a new AMOLED display and pep up the processor and they have got the phone to beat.

twitter name - CELLLOGICAL

I have found a reason to renew my contract with Verizon. I was just waiting for them to pick up a decent phone
PLus this gets FREE GPS Google Maps. Very needed.

i don't mind a hefty phone - but i think the droid looks... "techy" and unimaginative

just blocky and square

hero is much better looking - even the mt3g looks better

we're gonna look back on this in a year and think... what were we thinking?

and at verizon's rates, it would have to be over-the-top awesome... but i just don't see it - its like the poor-man's iphone status symbol

Unfortunately @AdroidFTW, even though Droid kills Apple in all the specs, it's exactly what you said that won't have it gobbling up any mass market appeal or have any people waiting in line like they did with Apple. Put it beside the HTCs with Sense UI on it in the verizon store and I guarantee the non-geek will pick up the HTC every time. It's only high tech geeks (of which I am one) who will buy the Droid. It will have a high return rate to Verizon also because the reviews are saying it's not as intuitive as other smartphones.

Google being a high tech company needs to invest more in UI development if they want to take Android to the mass market. Droid will make a splash with geeks that always buy the latest and greatest but will fizzle fast. Esecially when Sony releases their Droid device - which definitly got it right with the UI. People want fun and easy to use. They'll take that over features every day! Look at the iPhone, it was lacking features of dumb phones for years...but it was fun and you could learn the UI easily in uless than 5 minutes.

Actually, you have it twisted:
The iPHONE is the POOR MAN'S status symbol...
The DROID is the status symbol of a man WHO HAS MONEY

Not really bro. We all want the Droid to bring Android into the light but Apple is so much more polished. Google needs to hire the guys over at TATMobileUI to do something to pretty up this ugly UI.

Wow, great insight on those reviews. I always base my mobile purchases on the looks of the devices, absolutely nothing else. Keep up the great work!!!

Why didn't you mention the fact that most androids are limited on Storage space for apps. Woops idont do 3D apps - eventhough screen is larger.

Sony Android will kill the Droid dead in a matter of 30 days. Lets hope they get it right with onboard storage.

I love my G1 my wife her G2 and we like what verizon came out whit, much better will see how verizon handel OTA updates.

i just came back from bestbuy were a friend of mines is a sales rep, he let me see the phone but couldnt turn it on and let me tell you it is an amazing phone it looks like something out of a batman movie. i cant wait till friday..............

i just came back from bestbuy were a friend of mines is a sales rep, he let me see the phone but couldnt turn it on and let me tell you it is an amazing phone it looks like something out of a batman movie. i cant wait till friday..............

I wondered about the comments concerning the Sony Xperia X10 (oops, looks like they might have a trademark controversy with X-10) also known as the Sony Android. I found the device reviewed here: http://www.tgdaily.com/mobility-features/44520-sony-ericsson-touts-xperi... . It looks okay, but there are a few differences I can see right off. First, the Xperia is wider and longer: 119 x 63 x 13 mm vs. 60.00 x 115.80 x 13.70 mm for the Droid; second the operating system is 1.6 vs. 2.0 for the Droid; The Xperia uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 gig processor, but the Droid's 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 Processor is what's used in the latest IPhone and can be clocked to 800MHz which should make it nearly identical in speed, but have the advantage of a tried and true processor; the Xperia's screen is said to be of scratch resistant polycarbon vs. glass of the Droids; the Droid is more substantial,weighing 169 grams of metal and glass, vs. 135 grms for the Xperia; and while both devices have the same screen resolution, the Xperia only comes with a 8 gig memory card vs. 16 gigs for the Droid. I'm sure the Sony device is a decent smartphone, but no doubt be very expensive. No pricing or carriers have been announced yet, but it will be a GSM device subject to all the 3G woes of ATT or TMobile coverage limitations.

It looks ok nothing special kinda like a skinny elongated version of the chocolate (remember that?). But what makes this phone is the sick screen, the hard ware and of course the operating system (android 2.0) :) its kinda funny 2 read peoples responses coming from different o.s. backgrounds because to put it simply, android is the shit!!!!! I love my g1 and hope they release 2.0 for it...if not, time to root :)

The iPhone is the King of mobile. This Droid phone with its square body (looks very old) and its cheesy interface has alot of catching up to do. Yes there are a few tweaks the folks at Apple can do to the iPhone for improvement. With a Jailbroken iPhone, nobody comes close!

Forgot to mention I think the Android OS is great but this DROID phone is cosmetically awful. The ERIS is the one that should of got the 2.0 OS. The Eris is very stylish! Just my opinion.

How about a comparison of the droid vs the euro hero?
In my opinion the euro version of the hero looks much better than the Sprint version.

I have a question, does it really matter about the sexiness of a phone? It's not like I check out someone else's phone and think it looks good and I have to have it.I really care about the functionality of it and how well its going to hold up, since you invest a ton of money into it.But I guess you can look at it like a car, an investment that you want to look and function good.

I have played with android since I had the OLD HTC Touch (WinMo6.0) It was ported over (VERIZON)... Once the MyTouch (HTC Magic) came out I switched. Got the phone the day it came out and broke my contract with verizon. Yeah $200 early termination and $200 for a new phone. Hacked it the day the root came out. Ported over the slow slow HTC Sense UI and never looked back. TwistedUmbrela Rom's ever since they we available for MyTouch.

OMG.. Dont you people read the blogs... First to the iPhony lover.

"The iPhone is the King of mobile. This Droid phone with its square body (looks very old) and its cheesy interface has alot of catching up to do. Yes there are a few tweaks the folks at Apple can do to the iPhone for improvement. With a Jailbroken iPhone, nobody comes close!"

King hardly any more... The iPhony has lots of limitations and although it paved the way for what a Phone should be capable of it leaves lots to be desired. Verizon got it in the "Droid Does" commercial... Although the apps are nice, the UI is horrible. It feels like Win 3.1... Mac on this. You have functionality (apps) but its ugly as crap. Locked down iTunes, Same look and feel since it came out 3 YEARS ago, no updates until Apple decides to get off their lazy azz. ( how long for video/camera and cut and paste, LOL, MMS...) Limitations, Limitations, people like freedom.

Android features that outshine the iPhony:
1. DESKTOP/Screens what ever you want to call it. ( hide those ugly apps and give me only the information that I need.)
2. Widgets: turn the phone on and get up to the minute tweets, weather, facebook, calendar, pictures, backgrounds, stock updates. I dont need to even open an app.
3. Multitasking.. For you stuck in the Windows 3.1 days.. that is the ability to run multiple applications at the same time and teh ability of background processing. While the page loads in my browser I can take a look at my MMS/Tweeter and then go back right where I left off. Also I can switch between 6 different apps. (you know the Linux boys always bragged about multitasking.. Oh wait the I phone is based on linux kernel. Humm I guess Apple was too lazy to implement this one or they just thought you dont need it.)
4. Multiple hardware. I can have Android on multiple phones cause I dont like how they all feel or look... YOU CANT. Still stuck with that excuse of a camera on your phone. Cause the pics of the iPhone look like they were taken with 99c Chinese POS.
5. FLASH BROWSER... =) nope no flash for Apple. I guess they pissed off Adobe. LOL
6. Google voice...
7. OPEN SOURCE.. Community implements fixes, updates, functionality soon after they become available. Yeah no more waiting to get your cut and paste or video recording.
... many more...
Multitouch, apps, cut and paste, all that is also available on the Android... nothing new...

Wait until the new wave of hardware comes out early next year. Expect it in Q1 and Q2. HTC, Sony will be the major players in this game (from what hardware they are flashing around)... It sucks because of the US infrastructure that we can not get our hands on phones (if you want 3G). We are limited by the carrier contract and coverage as much as we are by the hardware (FCC)... Oh well.

The speed of the hardware is the only downfall of android platform right now. Once Snapdragon devices start rolling out with the big 800x400+++ screens. Yeah it would be hard to resist. We have seen the X10 and if that is not sexy I cant wait for HTC Sense/Eclair =) to counter.

All HTC (branded) devices should get the 2.0 update when it becomes available early next year. They did not bother with the 1.6 platform as it is just a stepping stone to "Eclair". Can you say Yummy. =P

L8R kids.

This is a horrible comparison! Anyone that buys a Droid based off of this should seriously consider rejoining all those pubesent teens in high school. All it talks about is looks...What about performance, or the fact that the Hero is backed by the network with the fastest data speeds, most reliable 3G network (I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but Verizon lied to you) and the Sprint network gives you the most bang for your buck.

The Droid and Verizon will disappoint you all, and by the time you realize the truth in what I'm saying you'll be locked into a contract with a $350 cancellation fee...and no they don't prorate

I got the droid the day it came out and you sir are dead wrong in every way. As for performance the droid has the same exact processor as the iPhone 3G S and a higher resolution screen. The screen, like they said, is absolutely amazing and perhaps the most impressive thing about the droid. And if you knew anything about mobile service providers you would realize that Sprint is a leach that piggy backs service off of the clearly superior Verizon and AT&T networks.

I know this is a risky statement, but for me, the droid beats the iPhone hands down.

UH excuse me but there is NO WAY AT&T's network is better than Sprint, NOT even close , AT&T is just terrible , and the droid is a soon to be forgotten phone , nothing will ever knock the iPhone from its perch, and I hate the iPhone but it was the 1st , way ahead of the others . The Droids keyboard is HORRIBLE , I can type twice as fast of the screen of the HTC Hero than the Droid , yes I make plent of mistakes when typing but the interface the hero uses to automatically correct what I type as I go and its ability to LEARN the more I type makes it AMAZING !!! Never seen a better on screen keyboard , The droid hype does not meet the phone ( and yes I have used it extensivley as a buddy owns it ) but I will never return to Verizon and there horrible prices and customer service , besides I can use ALL Verizon and any other tower as Sprint does not charge to roam ANYWHERE in the county, and with there unlimited everything including calls to ANY OTHER PHONE AND NETWORK at anytime I want . This makes them unbeatable . I have 4 phones on my account with unlimited everything and the service runs me $150.00 per month all taxes included , show me 1` company out there that can compete with that , they dont exist

You only get the unlimited mobile to mobile when connected to a Sprint tower, so when you are using the much larger Verizon network you do not get the unlimited mobile to mobile.

But you are right about the price they do have the lower prices out there, of course most MVNOs do have lower prices and since Sprint has owned the towers for some time they are affectively an MVNO.

However if you get good "real" Sprint coverage in your area and do not venture out of the area you should be happy, until no one makes handsets for them any more. That is what happens when you pick a technology that no one else worldwide plans to use. Wimax is faster and more staple then LTE, but Betamax was a lot better then VHS and HDDVD was better then Blueray.

The Droid is a hit. The fact that iPhone fanboys are going crazy is pure evidence of its success. Verizon failed at it's first attempt @ the iPhone with the BlackBerry Storm. They have a hit with the Droid. A pure iPhone competitor and a 3G network that kills AT&T If AT&T didn't have the iPhone they would be a T-Mobile esk service provider. With the iPhone contract expiring in a year I'm sad to say AT&T's days are numbered.

For me it boils down to one thing only AT&T service, i get no signal at all on my iPhone not even using the wifi. my iPhone was a gift that it worked ok till i changed work locations.

The comment regarding using the iTouch yea doesnt sound right, but with the Skype App you can make calls over the network, so there is some truth to it.

I will get either the Droid or TP2 and my iPhone will be used as a regular iTouch to play music, videos and download Apps over wifi. Sad one of the best smartphons (lacks some key futures) and its tied to AT&T.

Whats the point of having a phone that costs you near $100/month that wont be able to get/make/drop calls?

Had my 3 days and it suddenly sucked the life out of my battery. Took it to Verizon where they replaced the battery and it destroyed that battery too. They replaced the phone and b/c of Google's back up feature, all my apps and contacts loaded to my Droid in seconds. Great customer service and Google's backup saved me hours.

Friends have iPhones and are just waiting for their ATT contracts to end.

Whoever has been commenting on coverage of the networks doesn't have any idea about the subject...it's as if they have never been away from home. I travel constantly, and there is no comparison between all others and Verizon as to coverage. If you happen to live in an area covered well by one of the other networks, great. If not, Verizon beats em all, hands down, if you move more than a few feet outside of your own area. I had AT&T for years and switched years ago to Verizon, never looking back, because friends who had Verizon didn't drop calls until they went into deep mountain valleys, and I dropped them while driving on city streets. Now I have a Droid, and I got it because it is the best thing Verizon has. And I love it.I would never go to any other company regardless of their phone (iPhone) because their coverage sucks. Too bad, guys, if you want coverage, you want Verizon. There is no real alternative, despite the vociferous protestations of the loud but uninformed.

I agree with SG. I'm looking at this new Droid because it caught my eye. I normally only use phones for what they are intended for, making calls. I'm not really a "techy guy" but I do travel regularly and I've tried all the phones eventually landing on Verizon and never looking back. Anybody who says that other services are superior or even come close to comparing simply have nothing to back that up. I GUARANTEE they do not leave thier immediate area (where they happen to have good service) or, they are flat out lying for some reason or another. Nothing (at least in the US where I travel nationwide on a weekly basis) even comes close to Verizon when it comes to coverage. With this said, I will buy the best phone available from Verizon, whatever it may be.

It's very refreshing to see a reviewer on an android site admit that the 3gs is a superior device. Fact is, and any iphone geek can demonstrate this... I can out-type anybody with one thumb verticle and have my mail sent before the keyboard can even slide out on a droid (and never feel for a second that I might drop it..)

I've had an iphone since the first months of it's release. It's NOT the best phone! BUT, IT IS the best handheld touch-tablet computing/entertainment device ever conceived. 5 fingers can work the screen simultaniously with zero lag. (this is why drum apps are so popular on the iphone--it's impossible on any other touchscreen,)

I just bought the HTC hero from sprint--Love it great phone, and sprint has killer 3G coverage. Plus the PLAN.. OH the plan.. 5 heros for the family unlimited everything 1500 min $180+tax/month? I really REALLY like this phone.. and it free's up my iphone for what it's best at: apps. Now if I can just get pdanet to serve up wifi to my iphone I will really be in heaven.

If there are any iphone folks out there who know they NEED to switch because of how bad ATT is.. avoid the droid-- the UI just isn't there.. tech specs don't matter.. Same reason you don't drive a muscle car to communute--comfort and ease of experience. Get the sprint Hero.

For all the hype of the droid.. the HTC Hero is CERTAINLY going to be the phone to put the spotlight on android OS and how smooth it can be. (The warnings on the apps scare the hell out of me though, personally, I don't mind that apple rejects so many apps.. )

The HTC Hero you have pictured is different to the Hero we have in the UK. How does the DROID stack up to our version of the Hero I wonder?

[copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Hero]

The Sprint version of the HTC Hero is different from those that sre sold in Asia, Canada and Europe. The outer body has been significantly altered, with the controversial "chin" that is present on the Asian, Canadian and European models being removed in lieu of a smooth, beveled surface where all but two of the once raised buttons now lie flat.

A modified version of the Hero, the HTC Droid Eris, was released on the Verizon Wireless network on November 6, 2009. The Verizon Wireless version, unlike the Sprint and GSM versions, features a proximity sensor.

So there would be no difference, sorry mate.

The Droid is nice, but VZW is to effin high! OF COURSE I would love to get a good phone with all those features, but the plans suck at VZW and it's not worth it. Sprint has unlimited everything for $99 and t-mobile now unlimited eveything for $79...VZW unlimited minutes ALONE is $99 bucks, unlimitd txt is $20, data plan (which is mandatory) is $30 bucks. Though I love that new phone, I'd have to pass, because looking at it long term, it's a money pit after all taxes have been added on!

I totally agree with you I left my verizon contract and went to Sprint I am very pleased with the money I'm saving, sadly for my boyfriend though he's still with verizon getting robbed by them every month he's paying 87.00 a month for 1400 minutes just for talk as you said text & data are extra He could be paying 89.00 a month at sprint for unlimted everything his contract is up in June I think he may switch.We'll see it's his loss if he doesn't

Agree with cellogical but would add that Sprint now carries another strong Android...the Moment. With an 800 mhtz processor and QWERTY keyboard, a larger display and an optical sensor instead of the trackball, the Moment is the latest and greatest Android phone on the market...better than the Droid.

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wtf is that LOL ipod is good as iphone.. this is guy is smokin some cheeap shit... CAN UR IPDO GO OUT SIDE AND MAKE caLL... ?? HE IS JUST SAYIN THAT COZ HE CAN'T OFFORD TO GO BUY IT....simple

hilarious!

as a windows phone user I find this amusing.

remember Kenny Bania from Seinfeld....."its the best Jerry!..THE BEST!

lol!!!

Htc Hero dont need a keyboard it has a build in keyboard that turns when u turn tha phone (oriental) it Amazing and faster than a keyboard!

I like the HTC Hero from sprint the design is nice it's easy to navigate and best of all it's on a good network with a very good and affordable data plan and i love the Sprint Tv that comes with the plans unlike Verizon everything is an add on and extra cost.People may like the Droid but the bottom line is most folks will go with affordabilty as well as style and function which is why I got the HTC HERO. But we are all entitled to our own opinions.I'm pleased with my choice in phones.