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Old November 10th, 2009, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Are the droid's issues widespread?

Hey everyone,
I have been checking the droid out for quite some time just waiting and watching for its release. Come this Friday I will be the proud owner of the droid. Even though I am excited about the phone I have been reading about my users having issues with the phone rebooting and having other software issues. I want to know how wide spread this. Are we hearing the issues of few defective droids, or do the majority of the phones have these problems?

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I have not had any build-quality or reliability issues. You have to remember - the people who have problems will be the loudest while people with nothing to complain about won't say anything.
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No problems at all on my droid. Works great!
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yeah thats why i am trying to get a run down on how many do have problems vs. the ones that don't i know if i didn't have any i wouldn't have anything to say ether
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I think it is the same as with any big flagship type of phone. With sooo many people getting DROID's you are going to get some lemons in the bunch, it's a given. I have had about 8 different smartphones and they all might have a little quirk or 2 about them, but besides my iPhone 3G I have never had any real issues. My DROID has been awesome and the only issue I have with it is when I'm using the car cradle and Google GPS, if I crank my system up it shakes the windshield so hard that the DROID keeps changing from portrait to landscape, but that is my fault lol.
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This poll does not have enough info. The camera is borked on this phone due to software problems with the focus. This will be fixed soon however as it stands the only people that can say they have no problems have never tried to use the camera. (video works pretty good though.)

so other than the camera problems I would say I have not noticed any real issues.
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No problems at all, this phone rocks. my friends are amazed that i have not found a problem yet, i always find them but not on this phone. i looked at the list of bugs (issues) that would be fixed in the Dec release and none of them poped up on my phone. i really like the fact that google, motorola, and verizon are working on fixing the problems and have fast releases.

i came from the iPhone and i cant tell you how much happier i am not having to deal with the apple "genius" or at&t
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d'oh, i accidentally voted "yes" in an attempt to see the results
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This poll does not have enough info. The camera is borked on this phone due to software problems with the focus. This will be fixed soon however as it stands the only people that can say they have no problems have never tried to use the camera. (video works pretty good though.)

so other than the camera problems I would say I have not noticed any real issues.
I made it broad because many people are unaware of the launching issues with the phone. I made this thread to ID those issues and get an over all census of people with any and all issues. So hit up the poll and let us know what the problem is.
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I've had my Droid since launch day and haven't had any quality issues with it. My only issues have been trying to figure out how to do various tasks.
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I bought it on Friday and it was delivered yesterday. Since last night, I have had about 12 reboots and 2 complete locks (had to pull battery on it)

NO apps have been added. Bone stock. Tried the *228 reprogram, tried pulling the SD card. All in vain.

Called verizon and the are shipping me a replacement.

Otherwise it's a SWEET phone. I just wish it would stop rebooting/crashing.
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People who have issues talk more than those who don't. THE PROBLEMS ARE NOT AS WIDESPREAD AS THEY APPEAR. It's not rocket surgery.
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1/6 (really 1/7 if you discard my reply) is more than i would have expected, but that probably reflects that the broadly defined nature of "problems". I personally would be interested in the numbers wrt to the reboot problem by itself.
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mine has been working since last night lol so i dont want to jinx anything but its pretty much been perfect so far
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I've had mine since yesturday, no problems so far. It sucks if you get a bad one, but atleast verizon is good about replacments.
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Wellll... my home screen rotates with the keyboard shut. I love the fact that it does it, but since it isn't supposed to... I had to vote "I am having problems".
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I had no problem with the phone that I bought on 11/6. Problems didn't start occurring until 2 days later. I'm going to assume that my freezing/rebooting issues were related to software conflicts/bad coding...but I had mine replaced today regardless. Waiting to see if a bare bone phone stays stable. I'm sad though that I can't play in the Market
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I voted no problems.. The only issue I'm having at all is being able to send mms messages... coming from an iPhone, I had that "issue" for 2 years.. so it isn't something that I really care about.

The phone itself has been absolutely fine.. I'm not having freezing or random reboots or any of those kinds of issues.
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Most of my issues have been me just not knowing how to use Android yet.

I am having trouble with Wifi at the office, though that might not be the Droid's fault. Not sure yet.
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i dont have any problems with mine like the camera issues i hear so much about i do have the yahoo mail not updating on wifi tho but thats it
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Wellll... my home screen rotates with the keyboard shut. I love the fact that it does it, but since it isn't supposed to... I had to vote "I am having problems".
Do you have a home replacement app installed like Open Home?
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well if you count the home screen not rotating then i have that problem
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Had my Droid for 24 hours....only issue is the slow camera and so-so battery life. I have have tried Blackberry, WinMo and now the Android platform and can say for me, the Droid is the best phone I have owned in the past 6 months of trying different devices. I actually like the boxy look and heft of the phone. I guess I'm old school but I have no complaints as of yet.

As others have said, each phones has its quirks and the people who have issues with their Droid will post way more about the problems than those with good working phones.
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I havent had any of these problems.
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Do you have a home replacement app installed like Open Home?
I do now... but it has always been like this. AS of last night though, its been rotating randomly when docked in the car dock... so it isn't all good. I suspect this might be because of handcent. I just barely uninstalled that, so we will see.
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Well my Droid seems to turn off about 20 times a day maybe more. What's the site you guys are talking about that tells you what the update will fix on the Droid? Wondering if the update will fix this issue or will I have to get another one.
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The industry average is about 3% failure rate.

So the "estimated" numbers are just over 100,000 for opening week Droid sales. At 3% you're bound to have 1000 failures.

Being the 2 largest types of posters are "satisfied" and "problems". So you're going to see the most noticeable being problems.

I'm having an issue w/ my signal, but that's just a swap out. Overall I'm extremely happy with the device. My signal is fairly low (in range of my Blackberry but lower than it should be compared to other units) and I'm not having any data issues. Just random voice issues. Going to get it taken care of tomorrow.
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My Droid freezes and reboots itself nearly everytime I use it. It will sometimes reboot while not even being touched. It is so new that I figured that there would be some kinks to work out. Better than my Treo already, though.
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Love Droid so far. Got the car GPS dock and was amazed how when you click it in it goes right to GPS mode. Guess a magnet or something sets it off. Only problem was hooking up to wi-fi, but got that resolved after some tweeks and rebooting the modem and router. Also couldn't figure out how to forward a text, but found that info online. Just open the text and hold down on it, a window will pop up. Anyway, here is the link to a technical bulletin from the verizon techs, that talks about fix dates and known issues, Quite interesting...

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I buy new phones like I buy botteled water. Even if a phone has a problem here an there, I expect and deal with it. I converted from the Storm to the Droid. I also am not faithful to carriers. I converted from T-Mobile to Verizon's because they wouldn't give me an early upgrade. People who have no issues with their Droid, most of you are either brand fanboys, or just not attempting to use the features that are having issues. I just found out that NONE of my mom's pictures are being received by other parties/sites. Also, my Wi-Fi rarely works. I hardly need it, but if its supposed to work, it should. Lets not talk about the camera. 5 MP for what? The pic quality is crap and I can't share them anyway! I went to a Verizon's store and an employe had one and said he had no problems with his. I asked him to send me an mms. Guess what! His couldn't do it. I asked him to turn his Wi-Fi on. Guess what! It stayed in search mode. His pictures were crappy, and the flash only works AFTER you take a video/picture. If its dark, you can't see the image. these issues are AFTER THE 12/11/09 UPDATE? the OTA update didn't seem to do anything! If you're not having issues with your phone, try using mms, wiring, or the camera. Lets not talk about email!
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Also, tbe slide out keyboard sucks. The top row is too close to the bottom of tbhe screen. My thumbs keep hitting it. This was ok and I knew about it before I bought it, but since it has an on screen keyboard, I said, I'll just use that! Well, the auto correct sucks. For example, "my mom's pictures are" in my last post should have read "my mms pictures are". Then, auto correct doesn't work in the slide out mode. If you don't use ALL OR MOST features on the phone, why get it? Just get an iPod Touch if all you do is watch youtube videos and play games. This phone is going back in 5 hours!
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Sounds like operator error to me. Maybe a dumbed down razr is more your speed.
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Sounds like operator error to me. Maybe a dumbed down razr is more your speed.
Oh, please. Your a stupid fanboy obviously. I can use any phone without instructions. Why suck a Droids ****? Its just a phone! The surepress is superior with far less problems on the Storm. That technibuffalo youtube video even proves it. I bet your wifi didn't work out the box, and your camera sucks. Don't insult me if you're not willing to do it in my face. I'm in Modesto, Ca. Born and raised in NY. I'm at Brendan theater every Sunday night downtown catching the last show crackin'. And you? Bye punk fanboy. Send me an mms with your Droid. Bet you can't!
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I just received my Droid two days ago and Deuce had me all worried about its MMS capabilities, so I just tested with a coworker and all is well. I'm using Handcent, so that may have something to do with it, but I'm happy over here.

I do agree that the camera is lacking, but I knew that before making the purchase and have never used the cameras on my phones for more than simple contact photos or silly pictures of my pets when they're misbehaving.

As for the physical keyboard, I tried a friend's Droid out a couple of weeks before buying and knew what to expect (which is to say I expected to not use it ), but believe it or not after trying it out for just a couple of days I am very happy with it and I like that it does not auto-correct (to avoid spelling MMS as moms, for example). Plus, how else can you enjoy all of the great NES and SNES games on the emulators without it?

I've only tried the wifi on my home network and had no problems at all. Is anyone else having issues with it? I'll have to make sure to play around with it more.
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I just read all these posts and I'm shocked. Does anybody use this device for phone or text? I wish I could warn the world about how much it sucks when it comes to these functions. Here's why:

First off, as a Verizon prisoner, I waited and waited for the IPhone...which never came, so I had high hopes for the Droid and was sold on the unit by the Verizon rep. Stupid me. Let me say this first off...as a computer, and as a navigation device, it's an amazing little device...very impressive. The apps are easy to load and use, and I think it's a slick bit of electronics in that regard. Too bad I really need a phone and texting device too...

As to phone...this thing is really lacking in a few key areas. I use the IPhone for comparison because they were the benchmark and Motorola had a valid template as it relates to user interface, ergonomics, etc. To think that this was an opportunity to raise the bar..and instead they dropped the ball. For example:

1. The droid is about twice as heavy as the Iphone. I'd accept this if it was due to an oversize (and long life) battery, but, sigh, it's not. I suspect it's due to that absolutely useless (for anyone with average or larger hands) physical keyboard (more on that later). So I have dismal battery life and a useless keyboard...but a very effective paperweight in a windstorm.

2. Reception is below average. At least in my area and in comparison to some pretty basic phones I've had in the past.

3. Headphone use - WTF was Motorola thinking? ******s...seriously. Here in California, it's the law that we have to wear a headset. Bluetooth is still pretty annoying for the recipient (sound quality), plus I'm tired of having two different battery chargers, so I go for a simple wired headset. So what the droid does is route the ringer through the headset (fine) but it bypasses the handset when the headset is plugged in. That means you have to leave the earbuds in your ear at all times, lest you not hear your phone ring. Or...you can take them out (to ..say...listen to your stereo), unplug the headset...and when the phone rings scramble to put the earbuds in and plug in the headset...yes...that makes for some safe driving. And another thing...most headsets have the 2.5mm jack...whereas the Droid uses 3.5. Yes there are plenty of adapters available, including the one from Verizon...but when you use it, for some reason (and I've tried several), the audio routes to the earphones (correctly) but the microphone stays with the handset. Meaning..you have to hold the handset close to your mouth...******ed...and illegal.

3. Texting. I have big hands (with all that implies, just in case you were wondering), but not humongous hands...and the physical keyboard is absolutely useless. Not that it isn't too small...a Blackberry keyboard is magnitudes smaller...no...the problem is that the geniuses at Motorola made the keys square and flush...as opposed to most keyboards where the individual keys are slightly raised and separated from ajoining keys. So double strikes and misstrikes are commonplace...more like unavoidable..no matter how careful you are. Simply making the keys smaller and raising them would have made this keyboard fully functional....what were they thinking. But wait..they gave us the virtual keyboard...and dropped the ball again. I use an IPhone or a LG Envy as an example...the keys are separated on the virtual keyboards...whereas on the Droid the keys are so close that, again, misstrikes are common. Seriously, Motorola...you only had to copy that which was already loved.

5. Ok...now how's this for low tech. My $50.00 LG phone would give me separate notification tones for voicemail, text or e-mail..so I knew which was received and I could decide whether it needed immediate attention or could wait. Not the Droid...I get one ringtone for all three functions. Brilliant...truly brilliant. I mean...who would have thought to provide separate tones to identify what was received...well..other than every other phone manufacturer that has ever produced even the most basic phone. Fortunately, and after some digging, I found apps that gave back door ways around this oversight.

So..to sum up..as a techy edgy electronic gadget, this thing is pretty impressive...the voice command functions still amaze me...but as a phone / texting device it blows...even when compared to the most basic phones.

I really, really wanted to like this phone...but I don't. In fact, I hate it.
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I just read all these posts and I'm shocked. Does anybody use this device for phone or text? I wish I could warn the world about how much it sucks when it comes to these functions. Here's why:

First off, as a Verizon prisoner, I waited and waited for the IPhone...which never came, so I had high hopes for the Droid and was sold on the unit by the Verizon rep. Stupid me. Let me say this first off...as a computer, and as a navigation device, it's an amazing little device...very impressive. The apps are easy to load and use, and I think it's a slick bit of electronics in that regard. Too bad I really need a phone and texting device too...

As to phone...this thing is really lacking in a few key areas. I use the IPhone for comparison because they were the benchmark and Motorola had a valid template as it relates to user interface, ergonomics, etc. To think that this was an opportunity to raise the bar..and instead they dropped the ball. For example:

1. The droid is about twice as heavy as the Iphone. I'd accept this if it was due to an oversize (and long life) battery, but, sigh, it's not. I suspect it's due to that absolutely useless (for anyone with average or larger hands) physical keyboard (more on that later). So I have dismal battery life and a useless keyboard...but a very effective paperweight in a windstorm.

2. Reception is below average. At least in my area and in comparison to some pretty basic phones I've had in the past.

3. Headphone use - WTF was Motorola thinking? ******s...seriously. Here in California, it's the law that we have to wear a headset. Bluetooth is still pretty annoying for the recipient (sound quality), plus I'm tired of having two different battery chargers, so I go for a simple wired headset. So what the droid does is route the ringer through the headset (fine) but it bypasses the handset when the headset is plugged in. That means you have to leave the earbuds in your ear at all times, lest you not hear your phone ring. Or...you can take them out (to ..say...listen to your stereo), unplug the headset...and when the phone rings scramble to put the earbuds in and plug in the headset...yes...that makes for some safe driving. And another thing...most headsets have the 2.5mm jack...whereas the Droid uses 3.5. Yes there are plenty of adapters available, including the one from Verizon...but when you use it, for some reason (and I've tried several), the audio routes to the earphones (correctly) but the microphone stays with the handset. Meaning..you have to hold the handset close to your mouth...******ed...and illegal.

3. Texting. I have big hands (with all that implies, just in case you were wondering), but not humongous hands...and the physical keyboard is absolutely useless. Not that it isn't too small...a Blackberry keyboard is magnitudes smaller...no...the problem is that the geniuses at Motorola made the keys square and flush...as opposed to most keyboards where the individual keys are slightly raised and separated from ajoining keys. So double strikes and misstrikes are commonplace...more like unavoidable..no matter how careful you are. Simply making the keys smaller and raising them would have made this keyboard fully functional....what were they thinking. But wait..they gave us the virtual keyboard...and dropped the ball again. I use an IPhone or a LG Envy as an example...the keys are separated on the virtual keyboards...whereas on the Droid the keys are so close that, again, misstrikes are common. Seriously, Motorola...you only had to copy that which was already loved.

5. Ok...now how's this for low tech. My $50.00 LG phone would give me separate notification tones for voicemail, text or e-mail..so I knew which was received and I could decide whether it needed immediate attention or could wait. Not the Droid...I get one ringtone for all three functions. Brilliant...truly brilliant. I mean...who would have thought to provide separate tones to identify what was received...well..other than every other phone manufacturer that has ever produced even the most basic phone. Fortunately, and after some digging, I found apps that gave back door ways around this oversight.

So..to sum up..as a techy edgy electronic gadget, this thing is pretty impressive...the voice command functions still amaze me...but as a phone / texting device it blows...even when compared to the most basic phones.

I really, really wanted to like this phone...but I don't. In fact, I hate it.
I don't like it for the same reason you don't: texting. The physical keyboard IS useless and the keys are actually starting to peel a little. The virtual keyboard...even worse. Always gives the wrong words and letters. Needs multitouch like iphone and better spaced keys. my itouch 98% of the time gets my words/letters right even if i I didn't type it right
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I've had Moto Droid for 5 months now. No major issues, you have to remember it's loke a cpu, your gonna have to reboot sometimes. And as for what people think about the keyboard, or head phone jacks or whatever, there is no perfect phone. Your gonna like what you like and hate what you hate. And when the next phone comes out, it'll be the same.
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