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The Droid enters the cell phone market

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From emailing to snapping pictures, the functionality of new-aged cell phones is mind-boggling. So how do you know which device is best for you? There's the i-Phone, Blackberry, and tomorrow, the Droid. Many people would agree, the Apple i-Phone currently holds the crown as the most coveted phone on the market. "You can just consolidate so much, your camera, your laptop, your i-Pod, your media player, everything all into one device that you can carry around in your pocket,” said Webster Gomez of Best Buy. The Blackberry is also a hot item, especially in the corporate world... "We basically send and receive a lot of e-mails, I need to have my calendar synced up to my phone when I’m on the go. That's going to be your typical blackberry user,” said Greg Williams, a Verizon sales rep. But the competition heats up with the release of Verizon's new phone, the Droid, in stores Friday. "Our network is the nation's most largest and reliable network, so when you take that and put this phone on our network, nothing else is really going to stand up to it,” Williams said. The Droid is a Motorola phone operating on Google's Android operating system. It has many of the same characteristics as the i-Phone with a touch screen that rotates when you move it, downloadable apps, and it runs on the same 3-g network. But unlike the i-Phone, the Droid has a higher mega pixel camera with a flash and zoom, and two keyboards: a touch-screen and a physical one. So which one is right for you? Price-wise, Blackberries are generally the cheapest of the three. They can range from 50 to 250 dollars. The Droid's 100 dollar rebate makes it the same price as the i-Phone at about 200 bucks. The Blackberry, i-Phone, and Droid all carry a two-year contract and a separate internet data plan. Gomez says, no matter which phone you choose, you can't go wrong. "For your traditional business, I need my e-mail, I need my organization, I need my calendar, things like that, definitely go with the Blackberry. People who want maybe a few more fun features such as the third party applications, maybe having the i-Pod directly on your phone, definitely go with the i-Phone." As for the Droid, Gomez added, "Hopefully it's going to have a mixture of the two, as far as having the serious business capable uses of a Blackberry, but also the fun uses of the touch screen i-Phone." If you're thinking of getting the Droid or any other advanced product with Verizon, be warned; starting November 15th, there will be a 350 dollar early termination fee, but every month you're on the contract, that fee drops ten dollars.

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What ever happened to just

What ever happened to just picking up the phone and making a call? A lot less people bumping into one another on the street/highways when you "just used a phone". TOYS!

3gs

I have an iphone 3gs 32gb. I am a HEAVY Enterprise user... I am connected to our Exchange server 24x7. Two years ago, you would have never convinced me to move away from my coveted Windows Mobile device.... That is until Tech-Ed two years ago... I found it off that the majority of the Microsoft gurus (System designers) were walking around with iphones (with the Exception of the Exchange group since Exchange 2003 did not offer iphone sync until a few SPs later...) All they would say is "you cannot convince me to use anything else..) So I bit the bullet and went with a 3g 16gb model..... It has streamlined my mobile work process so fine, that I no longer carry a laptop unless I am out of town on busines. From email, to WebEx, to Remote Server access... It is all at the touch of my hand... I have used the google ap on a jailbroken device (android) when it first came out.. And although I expect that the google phone will one day be a fierce competitor, for now I will stick with my coveted iphone.... The bad thing about newly release OS systems, phones or otherwise, is there is always the fact that you are the first one to have it thus you are the first one to experience the shortcomings and bugs of the software... Cutting edge is great, unless you are like me... and have to support it throughout thousands of clients... Don't get me wrong... I think it will be a competitor.. but not until the 2nd gen comes along... If AT&T would get their towers placed a bit better.... I would not know where to by stock... But for now.. We have some good phone choices but two companies (att / verizon ) with substandard service when compared to metro markets... At least ATT is finally 3g and will be moving withing th year to their new 4g network...

Do your research before jumping in...

The Droid has a lot of limitations that aren't apparent on first impressions. One of the most limiting ones is that apps can only be installed on the internal RAM, which maxes out at 512 MB, and reportedly only half of that is available to apps. Yes... you can use SD cards to expand the memory to as much as 32 GB, but you can't run apps from those cards. This will SEVERELY limit the number of apps you can install, and you can forget installing anything more complex and graphically intense if they require more space than what is "allowed". One other downside to the Droid (and any Verizon smartphone), is that the CDMA networking that Verizon uses does not allow for simultaneous voice and data usage. Imagine being on the phone with a friend, and you need/want to check movie times or sports scores while talking. You can do it with the iPhone or any other smartphone on AT&T... but not on the Droid or any Verizon phone. There's much to like about the Droid, but a lot to dislike. Do your research before you jump in, then are stuck with that doubled Early Termination Fee that Verizon is planning to stiff their customers with soon. If they had any faith in the Droid, you'd think they wouldn't have to do this to discourage people from leaving.

One Sided Comment

Sounds like you sir/ma'am are employed by AT&T..and if you're not, you probably should be. Also, "Imagine being on the phone with a friend, and you need/want to check movie times or sports scores while talking."...if you are doing this and worried about talking to someone and checking more info while doing so....you have serious issues. I am a Verizon customer, have the Droid...and am happy with it very much. idont need 10,000 apps on my phone, idont need to check sports scores while having a conversation, and idont worry about the termination fee, because that is IF YOU WANT TO CANCEL YOUR ACCOUNT....not change your plan, or phone...not liking the phone and returing it is only a 35.00 re-stocking fee. Quit scaring the hell out of people, which is EXACTLY what AT&T does...and idont. And NO...I do not work for Verizon...I am a business professional here in Wilmington.

AT&T employees

Nice to see a couple of AT&T employees on here spouting their propaganda. I don't know much about the Droid, but being an AT&T user and having s plethora of dropped calls and inability to get coverage is really frustrating. Will be looking for any other option once my contract is up. It doesn't matter a lick how great your phone is if you can't connect with it.