Bits from Bill Pytlovany: Verizon Droid Day One

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By Bill Pytlovany

I’ve tried them all and I’m still not sure how we classify the new Motorola Droid. We’ve called them plenty of names; SmartPhone, Personal Digital Assitant, Pocket-PC, AppPhone but there isn’t a generic term yet for a iPhone Wannabe Device(IWD).

Of all the hand-held digital devices, I’m pretty excited about the Droid. I’ve been an iTouch user for over a year but it’s not a phone. I’ve used a Verizon MiFi for internet access so I can use the apps which are actually more valuable to me than a phone. I refused to switch to an iPhone because AT&T 3G service in our area stinks. The Droid may finally provide almost everything I needed in a single hand-held device.

If you’re looking for a full review of the Droid this isn’t one of them. There are hundreds of them online that review specs and typical review topics. This is as the title says Day One and I’ll tell you what I like along with all stupid things I still haven’t figured out. Watch for Day Two through Four and more as I explore more this week and learn how to unleash the full potential of the Droid.

Physical Keyboard Day One
Not all Droids have the physical keyboard which is a little confusing. I have the Motorola Droid but Verizon is also selling the HTC Droid Eris which only has a virtual keyboard and uses an older version of the Android operating system.

I thought one of the things I’d really love is having a physical slide out keyboard. So far (it’s only day one) I still like using the virtual keyboard. When I did use the physical keyboard weird screens would pop up because I may have been hitting shortcut keys. Keep in mind I’ve been using an iTouch and I don’t have any experience using a Blackberry type device. As far as virtual keyboard goes I like it even better than my iTouch. The Droid has a much better predictive dictionary so I don’t have to touch as many characters.

Applications Day One
Apple make have a million applications but just so many you really need. It took me a little while before I realized I needed to open the “Market” icon if I wanted the App Store. For me, the first apps I downloaded were Facebook and a Twitter client called “Twitwalk”. Facebook is barely usable and doesn’t come close to the one of the iPhone. Twitwalk is pretty plain but usable. I picked TwitWalk because it has the most stars but there are many others. I’ll write about other applications as I learn more.

The weirdest thing I’ve experienced is on the top of the screen. It appears that I’m running multiple copies of applications. I remember someone on Twitter saying they had to download a program to close apps but I suspect this is user error. There is a Manage Applications selection under Settings but it doesn’t seem to list what I’m seeing on the top bar.

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This post is excerpted with Bill’s permission from his blog

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One thought on “Bits from Bill Pytlovany: Verizon Droid Day One

  1. I just got my Verizon/HTC Droid two days ago. It is a new learning experience. Screen is a little too sensative to the touch, but I’m sure there is a tool to de-sensatize it a little. Lots of functions, mostly useful, but some for personal use that is not really functional in a business enviornment.

    No real issues yet other than I have an HP 8530p Elitebook. If the Droid is connected to a USB port it pauses normal startup unless you disconnect it from the port, then startup resumes normally. HTC Sync is a little trickey to configure. Haven’t figured all of it out yet.

    As far as Verizon goes the messaging is instantaneous compared to Sprints 12-24 hour delays on receipt. Coverage is better than Sprint. The only problem I have with Verizon is that their Tech Support people have not had much time to get familiar with the phone and Android before taking support calls. Can’t blame the Tech’s, and maybe not even Verizon, it’s just very new to all of us.

    Overall I like it very much, and if the Google Chrome OS is going to be anything like Android, I can’t wait for it’s formal launch. Beta on the Chrome OS should be relativly short.

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