The Motorola Milestone aka Droid went live as Verizon (NYSE: VZ)’s first Android phone earlier this morning. Then, Google announced that their Google Maps app for Android 2.0 now supports GPS turn-by-turn directions with voice guidance. The two announcements merged, like that those really big storms in that one movie involving a fishing boat of some sort, to form one of the biggest product launches of the year. I just got a chance to put my hands all over the Motorola Droid and thought I’d let you in on my initial impressions (and from-the-hip pics). The short version: Verizon’s Motorola Droid is badass. Keep reading for the long version (and a massive hands-on photo gallery
First, the Motorola Droid is slim – 13.7mm, to be exact. You’re probably not used to seeing a QWERTY slider as svelte as the keyboard-less iPhone 3GS, so the slim-waisted Droid is a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, all that thinness comes with sacrifices. The keyboard is decent, but the keys are almost completely flat and don’t offer too much travel. Thankfully, there’s a satisfyingly tactile “click” to the keys that makes the keyboard quite usable. It’s also good to see the top row sporting numeric alternatives and a dedicated “@” key.
The Droid is pretty. The little stub that extends below the bottom of the screen might look a bit awkward in photos, but in person the Droid is one attractive smartphone. Navigation buttons are flush mounted, making for clean look. The Droid’s sharp lines and modern industrial design remind me of Motorola’s glory days when the RAZR’s innovative design reigned king in the mobile phone market. And, with a soft-touch backside, the Droid is as pretty as it is fun to hold
As for features and specs, the Droid is one power-packed handset. It’s got more than enough processing power to run its Android 2.0 OS without any noticeable lag or stuttering. Screen rotations execute without hesitation and menus pop up nice and fast. The 5-megapixel camera is impressive, as is the dual-LED flash and HD video recording at 24fps. The one video recording that I saw demonstrated on the Droid looked crisp and smooth, even at less than 30fps. The huge 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen is bright and responsive. Then there’s the microSD card slot pre-loaded with a 16GB microSD card. Can you say multimedia monster?
Google Maps Navigation is awesome (our video demo here). There’s a reason Garmin’s stock dropped through the floor this morning. Not only does Google provide turn-by-turn GPS navigation with voice prompts, the Google Maps Navigation feature allows you to overlay all kinds of data layers on top of your route – you can view traffic along your specific route, or you can find nearby gas stations, or Hilton hotels, or burger joints, or convenience stores, or… you get the idea. And, the ability to view your navigation route on top of Google Maps’ satellite view is amazing. There’s even a street view mode that gives you a look at what the upcoming turn looks like in real life!
Question is: can N900 live up the expetation to beat Android phones, like this amazing milestone from motorola?!!
Far as i know the N920 or N950 (whatever) with Maemo 6 wil not be a update version of the N900 it wil be a Non-Qwerty making it lighter and slimmer (Target) people that find the N900 to bulky wil surley go for the slimmer non-qwerty version, And that they wil onley release 1 Maemo device next year already shows you that it needs to be a more atractive version of the N900, don't forget the N900 whas not about design it whas about debuting Maemo, so it's the same stratagy like the iphone from next year...
P.S. I read somewhere that Maemo users wil get to update twice (not sure where anymore) so don't worry geting the N900 unles its fals lol
Can v play FarmVille game [on facebook] wid dis fone? Plzz reply....
really i like it,n i am one of crazy fan of all nokia latest product,so i am waiting n900,in asia when its bro..
i am using all nokia latest product.but n900 its too late for asia..
so we can buy this phone at uk and us and use it in any asia countries?
Is This phone available at retailer shops at london? San FranCisCo And La?
I want a gaming fon from Nokia which can take against ifon.
Cmon cmon ....
Maverick, 03 Dec 2009Can anyone tell, if i buy n900 with US connection e.g. AT&T or TMobile, since this is a GSM de... moreif u buy the n900(same as any other phone) in the USA with a network such as AT&T, etc, it wont work with any other sim card. U should try to but one without a network but its usually more expensive this way. Then again, take d locked phone to india & have some dude unlock it for u, we do it in Ghana all the time..
Maverick, 03 Dec 2009Can anyone tell, if i buy n900 with US connection e.g. AT&T or TMobile, since this is a GSM de... moreYes. This phone will work in India. Just take out your ATT or Tmobile sim card and put your local sim card and you should be all set.
Maverick, 03 Dec 2009Can anyone tell, if i buy n900 with US connection e.g. AT&T or TMobile, since this is a GSM de... moreyeah, you will be able to use this phone with a sim card from there, it's a wolrd phone.
Anonymous, 01 Jan 1970If you knew how to follow a conversation you'd see I was talking about the 12 Megapixel phone linked to before and another reason as to why it probably describes a fake:-
"•Form factor: Touch screen monoblock
•Protocols: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 and GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
•Display: 3.5” OLED, capacitive touch screen, widescreen 16:9 nHD with (640*360 pixels) 16M colors
•Processor speed: 680MHz
•Connectors: HDMI, 3.5 mm AV connector, micro USB interface to PC, uSD slot, 2mm DC jack
•USB 2.0 High Speed,
•Memory: 256MB RAM, 512 ROM
•User Memory: 140 MB internal"
Do you have to write a post like a book with every post being referred to included so you numbskulls can understand?
Can anyone tell, if i buy n900 with US connection e.g. AT&T or TMobile, since this is a GSM device, will it work in India if i remove sim and have a local operator sim thr.. bcoz i may have to move there for some work.. say 6-8 months and considering international roaming charges, it wont be a wise decision.. Pl suggest..
If someone needs N900 user guide look here:
ben, 03 Dec 2009come on 600 MHz? no way,another slow phone from nokia,im stuck between milestone,iphone and sa... moreThe N900 has a faster CPU than the Milestone and a more powerful CPU than any WinMo device to date (including ALL Omnias).
OMAP >>> Anything else (as stated previously)
Heck, a 600 MHz OMAP might even EQUAL a 1,5 GHz Snapdragon!!!
smee, 03 Dec 2009Well vinny, it _is_ silly for Nokia to invest all this money and time on N900 only to be throw... moreall good points ;)
but that is also why apple is stuck with its design for the iphone: if they want the new OS they release every year being able to work and downloaded (for money...) by the customers, they need to keep the same hardware (except the CPU).
On another hand you're totally right, that's also gonna be the problem with maemo 6. If nokia releases it on let's say a capacitive screen with no physical keyboard, I don't really think it will work with the N900. Which would make the N900 useless in comparison of its new brother running maemo 6.
But that will more likely happen in more than a year, which is (let's be honest here) usually more than what a "geek's phone life expectation" is.
But only time will tell.
Until then, I agree with you: let's hope a great success for maemo 5 and the N900!
It would have been better, had they improved the hsdpa & hasupa performance on this. on top of this - real player would be an added advantage. no mms support in any tuch screen phones...why?
no pbx support.
e75 has better blue tooth prorocol support, but just 3.2 MP Camera and again hasdpa & hsupa is not very good. also, video calls not supoported in n900.