Droid Impressions After 6 Days (Former Storm User)
So, last week I bit the bullet and paid full retail for a shiny new Moto Droid A855. I was using the Storm 9530 but felt the need to move on once the Droid hit the market. Plus, I was coming to the realization that the actual need to click the screen was killing my thumbs with the Storm. So, i'm now a Droid user. Impressions after 6 days:
Very PC-like user experience. Doesn't really feel like the iPhone, as the GUI is infinitely more customizable. Feels more like Windows 7 complete with widgets. Yet, in some ways also feels like what it is: a dressed up Linux. Some people consider lack of a proprietary GUI to be a con, however I consider it a pro. I love the stock interface. The available memory seems to be plenty to store tons of apps, I have too many installed to name and still have ~200MB available.
Console emulators available from the market in free versions right out of the box are a huge plus, unlike the iPhone which needs to be jailbroken. And 16GB of SDHC storage provides PLENTY of room for ROMS. I had a realization hit me the other day while I was playing "Mario Kart Advance" on my Droid: the emulator gaming on the Droid kills the native gaming capabilities of the BB Storm. As it sits right now, the Storm 1 couldn't even RUN a game like "Mario Kart Advance" at a playable framerate.
Finally, on-screen keyboard. How do I say this? The Storm keyboard cannot TOUCH the Droid, in portrait or landscape. Despite the many complaints I hear about the stock keyboard, I absolutely love it. My fat fingers find it very easy to type with a feather touch, and very accurately too. I can bang out a text message in a matter of seconds. And no pain from physically depressing the screen. I hate to make another iPhone comparison, but I find typing on the Droid to be VERY "iPhone-ish".
Oh, and one more thing that the Droid KILLS the Storm with (assuming a Storm on a BIS plan):
Exchange email support. Yeah, I might have to manually refresh my subfolders. But at least I can access them. Accessing Exchange via OWA on BIS, there is literally no way to see subfolders at all. I had to have a bunch of rules set up to copy all of my emails to my main inbox. Now, I just periodically resync important subfolders.
Ohhhhh and it even works good as a PHONE. Forgot to mention that :D
(I won't get into the physical keyboard, it's USEABLE, put it that way. But, I felt the same way about the BB Tour. It does make a relatively decent controller for the emulators and is better than having to use an onscreen controller ala jailbroken iPhone emulators)