07-25-2010 08:54 PM
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  1. cocatholicdad#AC's Avatar
    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?

    Just curious.
    07-15-2010 05:49 PM
  2. volcom.airsoft's Avatar
    That's what I am thinking, I kinda want a droid since the X is out of stock & costs to much & it's too much of a hassle.
    07-15-2010 05:51 PM
  3. 0pusX's Avatar
    i just got mine a couple weeks ago. i am wary of buying phones at release. i give them time to work the bugs out
    07-15-2010 05:52 PM
  4. volcom.airsoft's Avatar
    I hope once the Droid 2 comes out, that the original Droid forums won't be quiet. :/
    07-15-2010 05:53 PM
  5. that1bb's Avatar
    The Droid is rock solid. I have no regrets. Even though the slide out keyboard is not that great, it is still useful on occasion, especially when signing on to websites.
    07-15-2010 09:58 PM
  6. likwidsoul's Avatar
    The Droid 2 will be locked down just like the x is so a lot of people will probably stick with the Droid because of custom roms and themes.
    07-15-2010 10:04 PM
  7. TreyDaPrince's Avatar
    The Droid 2 will be locked down just like the x is so a lot of people will probably stick with the Droid because of custom roms and themes.
    Agreed. Let's not forget, the Droid is what put Android on the map. Less problems than most newer phones and still pushing strong. Its a reason why the Droid is only 2nd to Nexus One in terms of updates. Because Google knows that is where the heart is.
    07-15-2010 10:10 PM
  8. Joneser2006's Avatar
    It better still be relevant, we just upgraded to two of them - free. I hope the learning curve is not too steep coming from BB Storm1. Totally noob, still trying to understand rooting, its effects and what it can do.
    07-15-2010 11:05 PM
  9. myriad46's Avatar
    It better still be relevant, we just upgraded to two of them - free. I hope the learning curve is not too steep coming from BB Storm1. Totally noob, still trying to understand rooting, its effects and what it can do.
    There's really no need to root right away, especially coming from Blackberry. Android is capable of quite a bit of power, capability and customization in its stock form. Try giving it a whirl on its own laurels before you assume you have to start hacking it. Rememember....Droid Does!!! It won't be long before you refer to it in the first person.

    "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.
    Joneser2006 likes this.
    07-16-2010 06:54 AM
  10. SilverLight98's Avatar
    I would still buy a Droid today but I would have to root it - after the Droid 2 comes out I doubt that Motorola will continue with updates and so, we'd have to rely on the dev community.
    07-16-2010 07:15 AM
  11. Chillout80s's Avatar
    The Droid is rock solid. I have no regrets. Even though the slide out keyboard is not that great, it is still useful on occasion, especially when signing on to websites.

    +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 07:47 AM
  12. SnydersWeb's Avatar
    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.
    07-16-2010 10:08 AM
  13. DeeMat's Avatar
    It is a solid phone, thus it can stay relevant for a longer period of time than other phones.
    07-16-2010 10:49 AM
  14. anthonyzul's Avatar
    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!!
    07-16-2010 11:15 AM
  15. GenericMessage's Avatar
    Oh it by far is!


    BUT


    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 11:47 AM
  16. thebizz's Avatar
    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 timeframe
    07-16-2010 12:09 PM
  17. luke31's Avatar
    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.
    07-16-2010 02:26 PM
  18. largeselection's Avatar
    It will remain relevant and there is still interest because of the unlocked boot loader.
    07-16-2010 08:32 PM
  19. takeshi's Avatar
    Was wondering in this age of a new super phone every 3 months is the original Droid still relevant?
    The answer to any question like this really depends on what you're specifically looking for in a device. If you're into rooting and modding then the Droid is absolutely still relevant. If not, it can still be relevant. Again, it's a subjective matter. Give us some more info on your needs/wants and we can give some meaningful responses rather than the general answers that you're getting.
    07-19-2010 07:52 AM
  20. entwined82's Avatar
    It will remain relevant and there is still interest because of the unlocked boot loader.
    Exactly. Devices that are unlocked and have development communities can last a lot longer. The G1 is still kicking around thanks to Cyanogen and other devs who won't let it die out.

    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 10:58 AM
  21. corydunbar's Avatar
    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)
    07-19-2010 11:54 AM
  22. dragozoid's Avatar
    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.

    The Droid will be around and supported unofficially for at least another year I bet, if not longer.
    At the rate at which new phones are coming out this year, I wouldn't bank on it. The Droid won't even be able to get Gingerbread which will just make it outdated when other devices will be running it later this year.
    07-19-2010 12:22 PM
  23. thebizz's Avatar
    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.
    07-19-2010 12:34 PM
  24. entwined82's Avatar
    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.

    At the rate at which new phones are coming out this year, I wouldn't bank on it. The Droid won't even be able to get Gingerbread which will just make it outdated when other devices will be running it later this year.
    Screw Motorola's support. I'd rather have Cyanogen and Koush keep it going.

    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 12:41 PM
  25. impaler's Avatar
    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.
    07-19-2010 04:43 PM
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