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Title: Droid
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 05, 2010, 08:54:50 PM
I just ordered a Motorola Droid from Amazon (thanks, W, for the tip). I'm very excited to get. As there are a couple of Droid users on the board, I was wondering what Apps you'd recommend. Any other tips?
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: rva on March 08, 2010, 10:23:10 AM
shazam, google sky maps, flixster, key ring, shop savvy, Advanced Task Killer, handcent sms if you text a lot.

Tune wiki is really cool, but I'm not that into the music/social networking or having lyrics and cool interweb tie-in stuff when I'm listening to music.  I'd rather preserve the batteries.

Layar has the potential to be really awesome, but I haven't found a use for it yet.

I don't do the social networking thing, but meebo is supposed to be really good.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: clemsonfan on March 30, 2010, 11:11:31 AM
Slacker, Pandora, and Barcode Scanner are good too. I use the Advanced Task Killer the most.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 31, 2010, 11:38:45 AM
I just ordered a Motorola Droid from Amazon (thanks, W, for the tip).

Is this a tip you could share with the rest of us?
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: rva on March 31, 2010, 01:47:49 PM
Sure.

Verizon sells the Droid for $200 online and at their stores if you get a Verizon two year service plan.  But if you go to Amazon.com and buy from Verizon, it's only $20 with a two year service plan.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002UUTCKC/





Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 31, 2010, 10:19:59 PM
It is a new phone, not refurbished. I got mine for $49. $20 is even more amazing. The fine print is "When you purchase your device with service from Amazon.com, we automatically pass along an instant discount from the carrier to you. This discount has been provided to you based on your agreement to (a) activate a new, or extend an existing, line of service for this device with the carrier, and (b) maintain this service in good standing for a minimum of 181 consecutive days. If you do not activate or extend a line of service in connection with this device, or if your service is canceled/disconnected before 181 consecutive days, Amazon.com will charge you $250 per device, plus applicable taxes. "

I could live with that.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 16, 2010, 11:04:53 AM
What's the mp3 player like on the droid?  I really like being able to create playlists and stuff based my iTunes database.  I'm not addicted to iTunes by any means but I really like those abilities.  How does it work with the droid?

What about podcasts?

I'd have a whole crap load of stuff that I'd have to convert to mp3 though... oy.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: c-lando on April 16, 2010, 11:20:15 AM
Tune wiki is really cool, but I'm not that into the music/social networking or having lyrics and cool interweb tie-in stuff when I'm listening to music.  I'd rather preserve the batteries.

I don't do the social networking thing, but meebo is supposed to be really good.

I get the hint. I'll stop trying to find you on Facebook. :)
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: clemsonfan on April 16, 2010, 11:39:41 AM
What's the mp3 player like on the droid?  I really like being able to create playlists and stuff based my iTunes database.  I'm not addicted to iTunes by any means but I really like those abilities.  How does it work with the droid?

What about podcasts?

I'd have a whole crap load of stuff that I'd have to convert to mp3 though... oy.

To tell you the truth, I don't even use my mp3 player anymore so I haven't loaded any music on my Droid. I do, however, have the Slacker and Pandora apps downloaded so I just plug in my headphones to my Droid and listen to Slacker. I love it.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 16, 2010, 12:02:36 PM
That's a selling point I didn't think of in and of itself.  How much are those apps or are they free?
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: rva on April 16, 2010, 01:03:32 PM
Free
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 19, 2010, 09:01:00 AM
Crap, it was $20 last week, now it's $50.  My Sprint contract doesn't expire until 5/8 so I don't want to overlap too much.  I wonder if it'll go back down?
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: rva on April 19, 2010, 10:41:58 AM
It's pretty hard not to overlap unless you don't mind a service interruption and/or changing your cell number.

But they odds are decent they'll be $20 again by 5/8.  The Droid Incredible comes out April 29, so by 5/8 the Droid won't be the cool new model anymore.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 19, 2010, 12:01:25 PM
Do any of you have the myfi (myfy) service as well?
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 19, 2010, 02:45:27 PM
I went and looked at it again and it was $19.99 again so I went ahead and pulled the trigger.  Dude, I'm gettin' a Droid.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: clemsonfan on April 19, 2010, 03:20:31 PM
I went and looked at it again and it was $19.99 again so I went ahead and pulled the trigger.  Dude, I'm gettin' a Droid.

Congratulations! I love my Droid.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: rva on April 19, 2010, 08:04:53 PM
Do any of you have the myfi (myfy) service as well?

I don't have it, but a bunch of the IT contractors in my office have them for business.  As far as I can tell, they work pretty well.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 21, 2010, 02:51:24 PM
Ordered Monday afternoon - Arrived Wednesday morning... can't beat that.

Loving it so far, I've been piddling around, can't play too much cause I'm at work.  I owe LMNOP and RVA each a beer next time I see them for putting me on this path.

Can anybody recommend a google reader app or a podcast syndication app?
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 21, 2010, 06:52:01 PM
Can't help with either of those, but I'm glad you're enjoying it!

Anyone have a suggestion for a notepad type application (or is there one with the phone that I just haven't found)?
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Hell Toupee on April 21, 2010, 08:17:55 PM
I just hope y'all don't mind saving text messages. (http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=5669)
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 21, 2010, 09:39:02 PM
Gotta assume they'll fix something like that.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 30, 2010, 10:27:10 AM
Amazon had the docking station on Gold Box special the other day for $18.99.  I was going to buy another charge cord anyway, which runs about $11 so I picked the dock up instead.  It's a damn cool accessory.

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-DROID-Multimedia-Docking-Station/dp/B002WB2P76/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=wireless&qid=1272637467&sr=8-1

You have to click on the other purchasing options to get it from Amazon.  If you combine it with something else and get free shipping it comes out cheaper even though their price is higher.  I also got the car charger for $15.  Not bad.  As power hungry as this sucker is you need chargers everywhere so it's nice to not pay a fortune for them.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 29, 2010, 02:32:21 PM
The Kindle Android app is available.  I'm going to try it out.

Love my droid so far.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: matt on June 30, 2010, 09:52:42 PM
I've had a BlackBerry Curve with Sprint for the last year or so and like it, but have an upgrade credit available and I'm considering an HTC EVO 4G with Android.  Except for the battery drain issue (some users are saying 6-8 hours max for a charge), the reviews seem to be pretty remarkable.  Anyone have one or have any thoughts?
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: rva on June 30, 2010, 11:32:05 PM
It's basically the same as my Droid Eris.  I mean, not really because in terms of hardware specs they aren't close at all.  The EVO is far superior which means it can do some much cooler things now, and will be able to do many more cooler things in the future.

But they are both HTC's, and both run Android via Sense UI.  The build quality on my Droid Eris is fine; I haven't had any problems with it.  I don't really use the track ball much, but that's hardly a negative.  I liked Sense UI more than stock Android, but I ditched it anyway because I like Launcher Pro even better.  But you can do the same thing with the EVO if you desire. 

The battery life on all Android devices leaves a bit to be desired, and it is exacerbated by my one HUGE pet peeve with the device which is that 1)  many applications never actually close and 2) they all want to run in the background when often they don't need to and you can't tell them to stop, and 3)  they all want to use your GPS and constantly send or receive information for really no good reason at all.

Which means that you may not even get 6-8 hours on a charge without some active management.  It's not like you need to run it in airplane mode all the time, but you will want to get some kind of task manager/app killer (there are several free ones) and use them to manually turn off a bunch of silly services and apps you don't really need. 

Not a deal breaker to me by any stretch, but it IS annoying.  For me, I like to stream at work so the lack of battery life compared to other devices is not a big issue.  I don't think there's any phone right now that could last all day if you stream audio on it for 3-4 hours straight.  So I have one charger at home and one for work.  That solves the problem for me, but if you are the kind of person who mostly wants a cell phone for calling people and you'd rather have the convenience of just putting it in your pocket and carrying it around all day and only charging it at night, it's something to consider. 
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 01, 2010, 12:04:31 AM
I get about 2 days from a charge on my Motorola Droid, so I've been happy with that.

I've recently gotten the multimedia dock for use at work, so that really helps with keeping a fully charged battery. It's also pretty amazing, as it knows when it's docked (or when it's in the car mount). I still haven't figured out how it knows.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 01, 2010, 07:35:42 AM
It's also pretty amazing, as it knows when it's docked (or when it's in the car mount). I still haven't figured out how it knows.

There's a magnet in the back of the device and in the dock, when the two meet magic happens.  Same happens with the car cradle except it goes into the auto home screen.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 01, 2010, 07:39:51 PM
Ah! How ingenious.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 26, 2010, 11:01:20 AM
Ella and Cfan, did your Droids update over the weekend with the new UI?  I like it so far, lots of neat little updates.  I'm still trying to figure out everything that has changed.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 26, 2010, 12:45:30 PM
I got my 2.2 update a week ago, but several co-workers got theirs the weekend before that. I appreciate the additional 2 screens, but I haven't had time to see what else is different other than the obvious.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 26, 2010, 01:25:33 PM
Here's a good article on the update.  Click (http://gizmodo.com/5549260/android-22-review)
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: clemsonfan on August 26, 2010, 04:58:33 PM
Yeah, I got the update last week. I'm still trying to figure out all of the new stuff.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 27, 2010, 07:47:41 AM
Supposedly we're getting Flash support soon as well.  Though, reports are mixed on how well it works.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 30, 2011, 11:38:18 PM
I qualify for a discount on a new phone on 11/10/11. Any suggestions on which Droid to get next?

It's going to be a long 6 weeks, as my phone doesn't keep a charge at all anymore - at least from my apartment. When I had it in airplane mode on vacation, the battery lasted for days. I also have been dealing with the out of space issue for months.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: vizzah on October 01, 2011, 07:44:00 AM
Ella- I lovelovelove my EVO shift.  Had it for about 9 months now.  I'm no good with touchscreen typing, so I need the slide-out qwerty.  My only complaint is the battery life can be short, but this is likely caused by another glitch that the display somehow gets turned on while in my purse sometimes.  But, I have a mobile/usb charger, so the phone dying typically isn't a problem.
Title: Re: Droid
Post by: dirk on October 01, 2011, 08:56:16 AM
For T-Mobile, Sprint, or AT&T, I would definitely recommend whatever they are calling their version of the Samsung Galaxy S II.  These phones are by far the best of the best for Android phone.  For Verizon (since for some insane reason they decided not to carry the Galaxy S II), it would have to be the Droid Bionic.  The Bionics camera isn't the best in the world (it's passable, but not great) but everything else is really good.