Life after OG Droid??
So I know some of you members are like me and STILL have the OG Droid. I still have the one I got the day it was released and I STILL love the phone. The audio jack recently went bad though but because I got the phone at best buy and have their warrente it was sent out to be repaired and I was given an incredible as a loaner phone. The Incredible was a beautiful phone but the battery life was bad and the Sense UI had some glitches/quirks.
I have my phone back now for a week and the audio jack is starting to crap out again (no its not the headphones) and I am beginning to get scared that my Droid isnt going to last forever. Even if my Droid dies Best Buy will give me $600 credit for a new phone and I should be excited (If I still had my BB storm I would go skiing with it taped to my helmet) BUT I am not. I dont see a phone on the market that is as good as my droid or worth upgrading to. Is their one out their on Verizon??
Incredible is glitchy with bad battery life, I dont feel I should pay $200 for the DX when the Samsung Facinate is $99. But I dont think I will like the touchwiz on the Samsung.
Cliff Notes: What phones will you guys get after your time with the OG Droid is up? and wil you feel you upgraded or just had to move on??
- 01-25-2011, 09:44 AM #2
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I was one of the first people to get and OG Droid in the Las Vegas, NV.... and that Droid is still going strong to this very day (especially with some P.E.v4.2 goodness).
As far as a replacement goes... just like everyone else. I'm looking for something LTE, dual core, two cameras (one forward). A sliding hard keyboard would be great but not really necessary.
Although the Thunder, Bionic, and the new Samsung offerings kind of fit the bill... I do believe I'll hold out until 2nd quarter to get an idea as to what's coming around.
Although... with Verizon killing-off the NE2 deal, I may also look elsewhere. But being I've been with Verizon since the Bell Atlantic days...
I guess time will tell.
- 01-25-2011, 03:44 PM #7
Yeah, in our case, that 2 year contract might work out perfectly since we're not yet to LTE's...which will be game changers in every way. All I know so far is that Samsung folks are real unhappy due to late updates for Froyo. So...HTC? Moto? Still too early to say. So I'm not really even paying attention yet. It's all gonna change.
- 01-25-2011, 05:12 PM #8
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I have almost another full year to finish my contract, but I think i'm going to buy a used DX or D2 to tide me over till i'm a free agent again. (there should be some good used phones available as some [dumb] folks switch to an iphone) I like the Fascinate, but Bing is an instant deal breaker for me. I'm in no hurry for 4G. I know they're going to charge an arm and a leg for the service that probably wont be in my area for another year anyway.
- 01-25-2011, 06:21 PM #9
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For those of you who have insurance under Asurion. If something is wrong with your OG Droid (oops, it took a dive , they will still send you a certified pre-owned or NEW Droid for $50. I had a mishap, broke mine and the deductible made it worth the replacement order from Asurion. The replacement phone I received, just today infact, was still in the original Motorola sealed packaging and I honesty think that I may have gotten a new phone.
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I agree that at this transition point to the new generation of new devices, it's not worth going with the current lineup of devices. Wait until the LTE phones are released and if you can, wait for the Tegra 2 (dual/quad) core processor phones hit the market toward the end of the year.
- 01-25-2011, 06:26 PM #10
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On a slight side note, I read that you got your phone on Verizon through Best Buy, but where kinda of benefits package did you get? They repaired the headphone jack for free over a year after you got the phone and they will pay you $600 if it breaks? how did you sign up for that??
- 01-25-2011, 06:29 PM #11
It's their black tie protection. Ten bucks a month covers everything but theft. If something happens to the phone, you give it to them, get a loaner, and if they can't fix it after 30 days, they replace it. If they don't have the replacement phone anymore, they give the amount that the phone was worth originally (in this case, $600 bucks).
- 01-25-2011, 06:38 PM #12
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I currently own a Droid 2 and i honestly wish i had an OG Droid. I see all these posts relating to and how it's vanilla android, and since then, none of the phones that are on vzw are vanilla anymore. i'm already looking to get a new phone (i like to use the 1 yr upgrades, sad they're going away) but, none of the phones shown to be coming out interest me. i don't care about LTE because my 3G works fine and i'm not looking to pay extra, and blur and all the crapware on my Droid 2 ate up battery like no ones business. Since then i've rooted and am not using a stock rom, but i'd rather not have to go through all that again.
Basically, i'm saying if you're looking for a similar (stock) experience in a future phone, you most likely will not get it with vzw. you will be stuck with the mostly crappy UIs (blur, Touchwiz) and all the bloatware you phone can handle. but hey, let's hope one of those rumors about the next gen Droid/X/Incredible come true where one of them is vanilla.
- 01-25-2011, 07:09 PM #13
Well the rumor of the next nexus being Moto sounds great and i think if there is more about it buy the end of this year i might just go to where ever it is and get that cause I love moto i tried many different brands but Moto i think makes really durable phones which is what i need cause i drop my phone and do many stupid things with it by accident. Any way if the next NEXUS is MOTO im going to who ever carries it.
- 01-25-2011, 07:46 PM #14
I'm in a similar quandry. My wife and I have OG Droids and want to upgrade to 4G LTE phones but the ones about to come out don't impress me. The Thunderbolt is basically an Incredible with a front camera. Same 1Ghz processor and everything else. The Bionic has impressive specs but will most likely have a locked bootloader so that's a no-go plus people who got hands-on time with it at CES said it was sluggish and laggy. That's disappointing considering it has a dual core processor. The LG is also single core processor. Then there's the whole Samsung doesn't believe in updating their phones OS once they sell a particular model issue. I'm hoping there will be a second wave of LTE phones this summer or early fall that will be my next phone after the Droid.
- 01-25-2011, 08:04 PM #15
I was interested in upgrading my OG Droid at the 1 year mark, but found nothing overly compelling. Since I have no plans to stray from Motorola, my upgrade path would have been either the Droid 2, or Droid X, or wait a little while for the Droid 2 Global.
The Droid X seemed too big - awkward to hold/use as a phone, and too bulky for a belt holster. The Droid 2/Global seems like not enough of an upgrade to me. So right now I'm sticking with my OG Droid, rooted and running at 800MHz.
Maybe the Droid 3 (if there ever is such a thing) will be the ticket.
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i want a phone that doesn't exist yet
LTE, dual-cameras, all those other nice specs, but here's the kicker:
it MUST be another DEVELOPER FRIENDLY phone. The reason my OG Droid is still kicking arse is because of the dev's -- ASOP ROMs, themes, running newer versions of Android before the carrier pushes them to the masses...I honestly couldn't see myself enjoying a phone for as long as I have if not that reason.
PS - i am not a developer. haven't done anything like that & don't know how...which makes me even more reliable on the community!
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To be honest man the only flaw I've had with my incredible is the battery life which is easily replaceable. I just haven't spent the cash on it. As for the bugs with sense I've never noticed any. I'm.rooted now running ultimate Droid and haven't had any issues. My battery life is better and my phone runs better. However at this point I'd wait for a new dual core phone, I'd say get the bionic but Motorola's stance on 3rd party software has me loosing faith in them. I'm now partial to HTC they just need to release a better phone then the thunderbolt.
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My OG Droid is the first phone I've had in a long time that I wasn't looking to replace after the first year of ownership. I absolutely love this phone. I heald off root until it was closer to going out of warranty (which will be in about 2 weeks), but I'm glad I finally did it because changing ROMs is kinda like getting a whole new phone.
At any rate, I've been contemplating "life after the Droid" lately because my USB jack has gotten so loose that it barely stays plugged in when charging. Fortunately, I was able to bend it closed a bit with a thumb tack today, and it's good as new... uh, more or less. So, I will gladly keep using this phone to pieces until my renewal date in October and then we'll see what's available.
If there was a Nexus phone on Verizon, I would probably take it in a heartbeat. I definitely favor "vanilla" android over the tweaked versions that manufacturers and carriers seem to think everyone wants. I'm also addicted to rooting now and I don't want to give that up.
PS: Dual cores and LTE would be nice, but I'm not sure I want to pay the premium for LTE... unless I can convince the wife we don't need a land line anymore.
- 01-25-2011, 10:16 PM #25