Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Verizon Droid Pro versus Droid 2

This review hit the censorship filters on the Verizon Wireless review thingy because of the word "crap".

The screen doesn't work if you're wearing gloves.  When you turn the phone on, it bleats DROID at you in a voice that makes you want to throw it at a wall and there's no apparent way to disable it.  It needs a trackball or optical mouse of some sort because zooming in the browser is a pain in the butt and the screen is small.  Applications besides VZW Navigator (like google maps or GPS Status) don't appear to work with the aGPS only.  The keys take a lot of getting used to.  Using the voice dial function still requires you to look at the screen and tap it sometimes.  The 5MP camera on my Samsung Omnia (winmo 6.5) phone was higher quality.  There's no built in flickr integration.  It's polluted with Social apps.  The encryption feature isn't available yet.  The software update fails repeatedly despite restoring all the verizon crap software on the phone.  It still suffers from the problem of trying to make calls and just giving me two minutes of silence then failing fairly often which isn't much better than a dropped call in my book.

It's better than any other Android phone.  I tried the Droid 2 Global and this is lighter and the keyboard is better.  There's no flickr integration, but you can work around that.

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