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About time to say goodbye to the Droid.

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by OutlawFirebird, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. OutlawFirebird

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    I just don't understand the urge to have the latest-n-greatest. You wind up putting an awful lot of money into staying 'current'. The original Droid is a very capable unit, and does everything I need it to do along with a lot of nice-to-haves.

    By the time I'm ready to upgrade, there'll be massively better phones, I'm sure... but I can't see making a hobby of 'the newest and hottest gadget'. And I like gadgets.
     
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    I kind of agree with sorceror but I am thinking of ditching my Droid 1 for a Droid X mostly for the hot spot. I have 5 lines on my plan already, three of them being Droids. I also have a laptop with a sprint broadband card in it. If I get the X I can cancel my sprint card and within 5 months make the money back on the whole deal and cover the new phone so my reasoning is actually to save me money in the long run instead of spending more to stay current. What i am really waiting for though is some of the dual core Droids now that ARM has a dual core CPU those are going to be insane.
     
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    IMHO .... there is not a phone currantly being offerd that justifies the upgrade. A rooted overclocked Droid running a custom rom out performs most devices out there. I even recomend the original Droid to friends and family cuz dollar for dollar it has turned into a good deal that will be a great phone and still has a long life ahead.
    One of the attractions of the Droid to me was it is a phone that can keep me happy for my 2yr agreement

    I do like the looks of the D2 tho and the bigger screens coming out. But another big plus for the original Droid is the community we have and that wont be going away soon. My next phone must provide me with this as well
     
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    Its not necessary having the newest device, Is that im eligible fror an upgrade next month. If it was an urge I would of already gotten rid of my droid months ago, but I still got it. I signed a one year contract, which allows me to upgrade next month. And I dont root my phones so I can overclock them. I not going to do something that voids my contract. They have done some good stuff to the droid 2 that makes me want to upgrade. But to each there own. the original droid is still a great phone, but I have been wanting the droid 2 since if first leaked online.
     
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    If you wait a few months, there may be a better Motorola out by Christmas (hopefully). It may be the mythical 2 Ghz processor model with a keyboard and world phone capabilities.

    I'm not burning my last upgrade on my family plan for an X or D2 to see what the Samsung Fascinate and Droid Pro WE look like first. ;)
     
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    If I were to buy a phone right now, I'd buy the original Droid all over again. Physical keyboard is a huge plus, I hate typing on a virtual keyboard. I could probably adjust on a 4.3" screen but with the Droid, I don't have to. But more importantly, the Droid probably has the biggest and best unofficial dev community out there! Who needs the X when you have root?

    Also worth noting that the Droid 2 will almost certainly be locked down the same way that the X was, so it's a worthless phone in my eyes. The same as the original Droid with none of the rooted benefits? What?

    Motorola is really a terrible company; not too long after root was first discovered on the Droid, they issued a statement saying that if anyone wanted root, they should go buy a Nexus One. This is about as bad as Steve Jobs' "if you want porn, go buy an Android" statement. The Droid's being so easy to customize was likely an accident, and it's an accident I'm more than willing to exploit.
     
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    Not only does upgrading seem pointless when you compare to the droid with root and custom roms, but you won't be ABLE to put custom roms on the "upgrades".

    I'll only consider upgrading if they come out with another phone that isn't infected with crap like Blur, and doesn't have an encrypted boot loader preventing the use of custom roms.
     
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    Ok I must be the only one that does not root my phones.
     
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    The cheaper and more effective solution is to root your current Droid and wait for something that's a more significant upgrade. Overclock it to D2 speeds (it can handle them easily), use custom ROM's, have full WiFi tethering, themes and whatever else you want. Spending all of that money on another Droid with a little more memory isn't really a wise idea, but that's just my opinion.

    I know you mentioned that you haven't/don't root, but in this case it's saving you money and giving you the same solutions.
     
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    I am happy with my Droid 1! We get 2.2 first!
     
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    P.S. I won't be upgrading phones until 3.0 is about to come out!
     
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    This has got to mean that the Droid X is getting Froyo soon. Does the Droid 2 come with a motoblur overlay or stock 2.2.?
     
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    It comes with craptastic blur.
     
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    Droid X does not get Froyo Until Early September 2010! It has been Delayed!
     
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    Exactly. You know what my ideal device is? Stock Android on a phone where root can be obtained, and preferably let it be a huge hit so that there are tons of developers making the phone better than the company behind it could ever dream of doing by themselves.

    Oh wait, that's the Droid!

    The Droid is nothing without root, if you ask me. It's pretty laggy and easily trumped by other offerings. But once you root it, it's by far the best phone on the market. Nothing beats a rooted Droid and I doubt anything will for a considerable amount of time to come.
     
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    I will say that since I have had my droid i haven't been happier with any phone that i've had. This is by far the best smartphone for what I need it for (Root,Roms,Overclocking) I have yet to have a problem with the Droid which i usually have found problems with my phones within the first week. For as old as the droid is, it amazes me that it is still so popular, and runs so well. I will definitely be waiting for another great phone to upgrade to, but since I have about 1.5years since my upgrade i'm just excited to see what's going to be out by then. I'm currently not very impressed by the new Incredible or X. Those are definitely not worth switching to at the moment.
     
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    My LG Dare was my constant companion for 18 long months... and it took a device like the Droid to pry it out of my fingers. Thank GOD I found out about the developer community, rooting, ROMs, overclocking and tethering. It seems that every month or two this phone re-invents itself and is new all over again! I can hardly wait to see what Pete does next with 0.5; and then Gingerbread is on the horizon. No doubt this phone will be my constant companion for at LEAST another year, until something truly amazing pries it out of my fingers.

    But right now, there is NOTHING out there that can compete with my modified Droid. My .02 :)
     
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    An LTE capable phone? ;)

    That should be enticing enough... :cool:
     
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    I have only ever used an early upgrade and added a line once ever to get a new phone and that was wtih the original Moto Q, was pretty disappointed with it after the first six months ended up selling them on Ebay and went back to dumb phones...until the Droid launched.

    I have NEVER been so happy with a phone. Never so involved with one, and it seems that whenever I am itching to try something new I don't have to upgrade to a different hardware, I can simply modify and reinvent my phone. I am in complete agreement with the_chief here... it will probably take something on 3.0 or better to get me away from my Droid...it has everything I need and more, and the community surrounding it is nothing I have ever encountered in my life. I am not normally this geeky...but man I love flashing custom roms and overclocking this amazing electronic goodness :)
     
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    Yes it could save me money, but I dont want to risk bricking the phone and having nothing, yest the wifi tethering would be nice. but the droid 2 can do that as well and the hotspot. And I won't be supprized if verizon starts watching whos tethering legally or not more closely. don't wont to be the one they crack down on.

    I am liking the specs of the droid 2

    here on some of the specs

    ships with 2.2
    1ghz omap processor
    rom/ram-8gb/512mb
    screen is the same size
    res-854x480
    improved keyboard/swipe to text.
    802.11n
    hotspot.
     
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    and since I only signed a one year contract. I can upgrade if I choose to. and I am choosing to.

    Dont get me wrong the droid is still a great phone, and If you want to root, then go for it, but rooting is not for me. Im the guy who would do that and end of bricking the phone and having nothing.
     
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    There has not been a single report of anyone bricking their Droid from rooting. Ever. If someone did brick it there's a very high chance they'd also come back to the forum where they learned about rooting to complain about how the method is bad or something.
     
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    I am liking the specs of the droid 2

    here on some of the specs

    ships with 2.2
    1ghz omap processor
    rom/ram-8gb/512mb
    screen is the same size
    res-854x480
    improved keyboard/swipe to text.
    802.11n
    hotspot.[/QUOTE]

    ok the droid x is a nice phone no doubt. however there are a couple things holding me back from upgrading. for one i am already rooted. i can clock my droid past the processor speeds of even the rooted x. plus the screen is always the biggest drain on my battery life. i worry that the larger screen equates to larger drain on my battery. besides, its a phone, how big do you really need it to be anyway? when i upgrade it will be for a phone that i cannot currently outpace on processors, which i think will be sooner rather than later. i bet there will be a two gig phone in less than a year from now.
     
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    no droid2 for me

    motoblur

    blahhh
     
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