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Moto Droid Still Relevent
Was wondering in this age of a new super phone every 3 months is the original Droid still relevant?
When I have tried them out in the store they always seemed a tiny bit choppy in performance but that could be because everyone and their brother had been playing with it and left hundreds of apps running...
Now that they are getting really inexpensive would you say it is too late to bother with?
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"Hey, what's the name of that restaurant around the corner?"
"I'm not sure, let's ask Droid!"
Good luck and welcome to the family.Samsung Galaxy Nexus
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+1 to this, the Droid is still as solid as ever and works great. I have no regrets buying mine either. Everybody knows in the technology world, something new is released every 3-4 months so having the latest and greatest every time is damn near impossible unless you have the funds to go out and buy the newest craze. I knew when I bought the droid that sooner or later, and well before my "new ever 2 deal came around again from verizon" that it would be outdated and some point. But given that it's the flagship phone for the whole android phenom. , I don't see it as becoming irrelevant anytime soon. At heart it's still and android and you can root and overclock it to increase performance if that's an issue for you.
I've been non rooted since I got the phone and my only real complaint is that something with live wallpapers, it will lag..but that's to be expected and not anything that should be a show stopper for anybody.
- 07-16-2010, 10:08 AM #12
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I plan to stick with my Droid 1 until VZW starts rolling out LTE.
This might take a couple of years, but the bottom line is that "device chasing" can cost a fortune. Compounding this is that it looks like Android itself is in a period of rapid evolution.
Sit back, enjoy the Droid for what it is and then move on when there are enough compelling reasons to upgrade.
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I love my Droid. Every day I find new ways to make it "new" again! Even after all of these newer, supposedly, better phones have come out I still want my Droid. In fact I've been actively converting people to the Droid. I just got one the other day for a close friend of mine!
At some point I will root the phone.. but for now I love it just the way it is!!OG Droid > Moto Droid 3.
- 07-16-2010, 11:47 AM #15
Oh it by far is!
I say wait for Christmas. I know four months sounds like a LOT of time, but Moto promised 5 new android phones by year end! One of them is claimed to be the Droid 2 or Droid pro.
Possibly even that 2Ghz with the Tegra 2 in it that they said would come out this year.
I like the X, I think it's nifty, but I am waiting until the holiday season to get ANYTHING because there will be a LOT of new android phones! Everyone realized what happened last year with the Droid and its MASSIVE success. Everyone will try to jump on that bandwagon this holiday season, and as the consumers; we'll win.
- 07-16-2010, 12:09 PM #16
The Droid is a great phone I'm surprised I made it so long on this phone usually by month 3 its time for something new.. but with that being said I'm still trying to figure. Out if I want to pick up the galaxy s when released or just hold onto my Droid until I can get an HTC device with the new snapdragon with lte if they release one in nov-dec timeframeRooted for life
- 07-16-2010, 02:26 PM #17
I actually bought my Droid only about 2 weeks ago, with full knowledge of the imminent release of the Droid X. I do not regret this decision at all. The Droid is an amazing device, and the ease of rooting it and installing custom ROMs on it is purely priceless. As a Vanilla Android device, you can really make it any flavor you want. Overclocking it to 800mhz has made it run virtually flawlessly. All in all, I think the Droid will stick around for much longer.Droid DNA by HTC
Nexus 7 16GB
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- 07-19-2010, 10:58 AM #20
The Droid will be around and supported unofficially for at least another year I bet, if not longer. Depends on what happens Gingerbread and beyond but remember just because there is newer software doesn't mean the old software is now broken. I love 2.2 and if I never saw another update beyond that I might be okay with it.
- 07-19-2010, 11:54 AM #21
Think about it this way:
You can gain root access easily
the bootloader is unlocked so custom ROMs are available
you can overclock the CPU to the equivalent speed of todays top phones
the external graphics processor is greater than all the phones that have snapdragon processors
The physical keyboard on the Droid is the same physical concept as the yet to be released Droid 2,just a few button changes.
The droid is not as in demand, so you can get them at the ready and not have to wait weeks to receive your phone
it has a 5MP camera with dual LED flash that will do anyone looking to take photos with their phone justice
huge developer community, many of these devs use their droids as their personal phone, so they are likey on a two year contract. so you'll keep getting MODs for the next year and a half at least
its one of ony two dev phones on the market
It runs vanilla android (and their is a custom ROM for all of the skins either ported or in work)Blackberry Storm 9530 (1 year)>
Motorola Droid [Rooted] (Froyo 2.2 --> 1Ghz ultra low voltage) (8 months)>
Motorola Droid X [Rooted] (Fission v2.6.1 --> 1Ghz--> low voltage)(10 months)>
HTC Droid Eris [Rooted] (CM 7) (risky outdoors device)(current)>
HTC Droid Incredible [Rooted] (CM 7)[Bad ESN <craigslist scam>](just a tablet now)>
Motorola Droid 2 [Rooted] (GingerBread v2.3.3 Blur v4.5.153 --> 1Ghz) (Current)[/FONT]
Next device: Samsung Galaxy S II
- 07-19-2010, 12:22 PM #22
The Droid will be relevant until the Droid 2 comes out next month. The hacking community only makes up like 5% of Android owners so for most people, an encrypted bootloader won't mean anything.
That said, I have both a Droid and an X. Even when my Droid is running 2.2 and overclocked at 1.25GHz, my X is still a lot smoother, more responsive, faster (except for the browser b/c of Froyo), etc. The browser on the X is also a lot smoother than the Droid's which is one of the things I really like.
I thought an encrypted bootloader would be a dealbreaker but now I don't even care much for root itself. The battery life on my X is already a lot better than on my Droid, there's over 6.3GB of space to store apps, the 4.3 inch screen makes everything a lot more enjoyable, and there's no annoying slider keyboard to get in the way.
The Droid is still a nice device but Motorola/Verizon have no reason to keep supporting it when its successor will arrive in a month.
- 07-19-2010, 12:34 PM #23
What makes you think the Droid wont be able to run gingerbread. If the g1 can run Froyo I'm pretty sure the Droid can rock gingerbread . And no matter how much better the specs are on the x the d2 is barely an upgrade especially when rooted. Locked bootloader is a huge minus against the x and d2. In the hacking community the Droid will stick around. Because their are those that like running custom roms etc.
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- 07-19-2010, 12:41 PM #24
As far as gingerbread goes: That was debunked. Those specs are "Recommended" not required. Besides, Froyo shouldn't be able to run on the G1 yet it is and like I said..unofficial support, not official. Official will be done soon I'm sure, but the developers like Pete, Cyanogen, Koush, Chevy, et al, will not let this device die just because its out of production. I'm almost 100% sure that we'll get Gingerbread on soon to be "outdated" devices like the Droid and Nexus One.
- 07-19-2010, 04:43 PM #25
Just bought an original Droid today. They were indeed out of stock of the X and Incredible, and I actually prefer the stock Android UI, don't like all the skins. It's the way Google meant the phone to be. I think it's still a VERY relevant phone. Sure, I'm losing a bit in terms of processor MHz and camera stuff, but it just feels so solid and it's right up my alley. Love it.