The Motorola Droid has proven to be quite an incredible device. As a medical student interested in technology, sports, blogging, and headline news, I’ve come across nothing but useful applications to satisfy my interests in an elegant, integrated manner.
I used to be one of those Verizon customers who was eagerly awaiting the iPhone’s release on Big Red’s network, but the Droid changed all that. So what if Apple does make its flagship device compatible with Verizon’s CDMA (or upcoming 4G LTE) network? Heh, I don’t really care. The Droid is perfectly capable of holding its own. I’ve always been a proponent of the open source movement, and Android is the only popular mobile platform which falls into this category.
- Verizon’s 3G network
- Google’s Android platform
- Ability to multi-task without loss of performance (16 GB of memory + 550 MHz processor)
- Capacitative, high resolution touch screen (multi-touch in future software update?)
- Sturdy build
- Battery life (depends on usage)
- Physical keyboard may be cramped for users with large fingers
- Battery cover can slide off when removing from pocket
Now from a software perspective, I’ve gotten my feet wet with every mobile platform (Windows Mobile 6.5, BlackBerry OS, and iPhone OS) by owning devices which ran them. Android 2.0 blows them away with its integrated feature set, and with Google serving as the backbone, I’m pretty confident about Android’s abilities to do anything the iPhone can (if not better) in due time. So let’s take a look at the applications I use on a daily basis.
Touiter is probably the best written third-party application for Android and a must-have for Twitter users. Facebook’s application for Android is significantly better than the versions for BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile.
The Android web browser makes its analogues on BlackBerry and Windows Mobile look like Internet Explorer 6. It’s fast and easy to navigate across web page real estate. Safari has a perfect 100 Acid3 score with multi-touch capabilities, but Android’s browser will have Flash support starting with Android 2.2 (“Froyo”).
It’s not an iPod, but the default Android audio player is simple, straightforward, and functional. Therefore, in many ways, I enjoy it more than the iPod Touch I own.
It’s Epocrates. You’re a soon-to-be healthcare professional. You need each other. 😀
The beloved search giant has also provided Android users with amazing applications. Google Sky Map, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Google Voice Search, GMail, YouTube… yeah, you get the picture. And you’ll end up using most of the apps in an incredibly integrated manner. 🙂
I could go on and on about the great things the Motorola Droid offers, but if you have any specific questions, please leave a comment!