Thinking of Switching to a Droid...
So I currently have a BlackBerry Storm 2, which I think is an amazing phone. I love pretty much everything about it, except that the browser is sooooo slow. With the newest version of OperaMini, it is bearable, but still super slow.
So I was thinking of switching to a Motorola Droid. I really don't see what's worse about it than my current phone, as I don't use BlackBerry Messenger and I don't really care about speedy email. The screen size also looks amazing compared to the Storm 2. And I've heard that it is way faster than the Storm 2 in general, not just the browser.
I have a couple questions though.
Are there themes available for the Moto Droid? I have a couple on my Storm 2 that are just amazing.
Also, how are the apps on the Moto Droid? There are hardly any for the Storm 2, but the ones I use are really good, ie QuickLaunch, StormSlider, etc.
The Storm 3 is supposed to be coming out soon, which will be tons faster than the Storm 2 and have a better browser and Flash. But idk if I can wait for that.
So should I switch to the Motorola Droid, wait till the Nexus One comes out for Verizon (this phone looks awesome as well), or wait till the Storm 3 comes out and then make my decision?
Thanks for the help.
- 01-17-2010, 09:07 PM #2
I did this switch a week ago. The main thing I miss about my Blackberry Storm 2 has been the BBM. But web browser and the amount of apps is GREATER in the Droid. The touch keyboard is pretty much on par with the iPhones... and I find myself using the slide out keyboard a lot more often then I thought I would. I would completely recommend the Droid. I don't think you'll miss the Storm 2
- 01-17-2010, 09:10 PM #3
Well as far as the theme's there's no way to "theme" the phone without a Home replacement app. That being said, with the amount of customizing that can be done with the Android platform I rarely use the themes. The UI is simply leaps and bounds over the Blackberry (weather it's a "Google Experience" [Droid] or HTC's Sense UI [Eris]).
As far as changing phones is concerned I feel that with the Droid I won't have to change phones again untill the 4G LTE network is rolled out in it's entirety in the next few years.
If QuickLaunch and StormSlider are your examples of great apps then you'll LOVE Android lol and you'll also love the fact you don't have to battery pull every time you try an app and uninstall it because you don't like it. Also, 15 apps wont slow your phone down to near unusable speeds. I have over 40 apps on my phone and my list continues to grow.
- 01-17-2010, 09:12 PM #4
- 01-17-2010, 09:15 PM #5
The browser is extremely fast, even without good 3G coverage. I find it Operamini for android not needed. I had a blackberry before this Droid and there is no comparison as far as your concerns. I had 2 apps on bb that I couldn't find in market, Poynt and Viigo. But Google has come out with a near me thing which easily replaced poynt. I bought an app that replaced viigo, that was FeedR. Does a great job.
I highly suggest you get a Droid. Since I got mine its like blackberries are a dying breed. Nothing RIM makes can compete with the Droid.
As far as themes go, I know there is no problem getting wallpapers. To me the original theme is so visually pleasing that I haven't even looked to see if they have themes.
- 01-17-2010, 09:18 PM #7
I had a Storm 2.. the browser was definitely not slow, and the keyboard was actually very improved.
But what did stink about it was the lack of customization.
That is where Android and the Droid comes in. You can't get bored with a Droid because there is so many things to do with it.
As far as any of these devices being on par with the iPhones keyboard/touchscreen... thats complete nonsense.. the Droid and S2 are both good but not on the iPhone's level at all.
And if I was to go about switching to the Droid, should I sell my Storm 2 and go into Verizon and do the switch (would that even work; switching without my original phone?) or should I try to trade with someone online. I just googled "Trade Storm 2 for Droid" and i got about 10 that were posted in the lasted week or two. Would this mess up my plan at all if I just straight-up traded phones?
- 01-17-2010, 09:26 PM #9
Trading phones with someone straight up wouldn't mess with your plan although you would forfiet your warenty and insurance. Also I would be carefull with internet sites and phone trading unless you can meet the person face to face. How long have you had the S2?
Personalizing your Droid is less themeing and more modifying. If you don't like the stock SMS app on the phone you can turn it off and download one from the market to replace it. Same with your home screen, your phone dialer ect.
With home replacement apps you can download, there are several options each with it's own perks and downsides, and most of them support themes created and downloaded from the market.
The other thing that Android has that BB doesn't is Widgets. Think of it as your Weather Bug slot on a Blackberry theme where you see the weather change. Only you can have weather, music, rss feeds, battery stats, and the list goes on. Check out the thread for "Post your screen" to get an idea.
I've had my Storm 2 since November 10th or 11th, so a little over 2 months now. It's been in PhantomSkinz and CaseMate Barely There case the whole time, so it's in brand new condition basically. Never even been dropped.
If I did it in the store would I have to pay a cancellation fee or something, and then a whole 'nother fee for the Droid? Because that could end up being a lot of money.
Also, if I traded with somebody, would I have to change my plan at all? I have unlimited everything besides minutes, but it is a Blackberry Data Plan.
- 01-17-2010, 09:31 PM #11
- 01-17-2010, 09:34 PM #12
There wouldn't be a cancelation fee but you'll probably have to pay retail for the Droid. You wouldn't have to change your plan because the "Blackberry" data package is the same one used for the Droid.
- 01-17-2010, 09:41 PM #14
- 01-17-2010, 09:41 PM #15
Also, if you have the money to pay retail that would be your best bet simply for the waranty and the insurance purposes. It would really suck to drop that baby in the toilet and have to spend another few hundred on another phone lol.
- 01-17-2010, 09:49 PM #17
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- 01-17-2010, 11:17 PM #21
Not a problem at all man and I hope you're able to scrape up the money for the Droid. Believe me. You wont be dissapointed.
cruiz1022: I will agree I do type way fast on my Droid but the speed isn't the issue for me its the auto correct ability of the iPhone keyboard that sets it apart from the rest.
- 01-17-2010, 11:35 PM #22
I came from the storm1, then the storm2. I love my droid. Faster, better build quality, customizable, better browser, and keeps me from being bored lol. I do miss the suretype from the storm. I could fill up an sms message in seconds on a storm2, where as on the droid I'm used to it but its just not as fast for me. All in all though I'm very happy with my switch. But do know that if your into hybrids and all on the blackberry's, installing custom os's on the droid to me, is much more difficult. But if you keep things stock you have nothing to worry about.
- 01-18-2010, 02:52 AM #23
I'm in the same boat here. I paid full price for my Storm2. I wish I hadn't.
I just ordered my Moto Droid, should be here by Wednesday.
I'm still debating on trying this for 30 days, then seeing if I may hold off for the Nexus One. It seems though, that since the Droid is getting 2.1 and Flash, it really isn't much difference from this to the N1. The major differences I've seen are the 1ghz processor (which although is fast, I suspect the Droid can handle it's processsing better.) and double the ram...
Now, I do have a few questions.
First, I'm used to the BB platform. Is it easy to root, and customize compared to the limited customization on the BB?
Also, as far as the ram goes, I had upwards of 70 apps on my BB, what should I expect for App size? I'm just concerned about maxxing out the memory.
Also, I'd like some opinions from users as to the ease of use coming from a BB. I'm sure there will be a learning curve, but I'm just looking for basics.
Thanks and I hope I can be as much of a contributor here as I am on crackberry.
- 01-18-2010, 03:37 AM #24
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I also had a Storm2 and I really liked it a lot especially compared to the crap I had for the storm1. I must say I switched from the Storm2 about 2 weeks ago and I don't know what the HELL took me so long to do it. There is absolutely no regret in switching. The apps that are available for the Droid is so plentiful that I don't miss much of anything about the Storm not to mention so many are free and the paid ones are not at all expensive like for the Storm2. Especially not having to pay for darn near every app that I wanted. The browser on the Droid is incredible fast. the multitasking is even better that the storm. I missed blackberry messenger a bit but for the most part all the other posibilities available for the Droid will most definitely overshadow any reason not to switch. I have about 40 apps on my Droid and its still fast and I dont have to do battery pulls or costly check to see how much memory I have available. Did I mention that you will even have an option for either a slide out keyboard or a touchscreen. Touchscreen is much better.
Good Luck with you decision but you won't regret it. I haven't.