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Review: Motorola DROID from VzWireless

Dec 01, 2009, 12:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Phifer)

"The first thing you notice about the DROID is its large, sharp 3.7-inch (480 x 854 pixel) light-sensitive WGVA display. Housed in a nearly-borderless 2.4" x 4.6" x 0.5" black frame, the DROID's frontal view handily bests any other Android phone on the market and rivals that of the iPhone. The only thing missing from this handsome display: pinch-to-zoom.

"If you've entered much text on the iPhone or other Androids, you've probably longed for a physical keyboard. Here, the DROID hoped to slay its competition with a slide-out QWERTY (above). Alas, we found this keyboard to be more of a detriment than an asset. It doubles the DROID's thickness, increases its total weight to six ounces, and creates a multi-edged device that snags too easily and feels clunky in your pocket.

"We might not mind if typing were indeed easier. But between keys that cannot be discerned by touch and the borderless display, typing (or dialing) in dim light or with one hand is tough. After a brief honeymoon, we rarely used this QWERTY. Instead, we actually preferred the DROID's virtual keyboard, aided by its large display, haptic feedback, and multi-word suggestions."

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