First Motorola Droid review

Engadget just posted the first Motorola Droid review. I can’t say I agree with everything they said though, especially when with their cons. The camera plain sucks (according to pictures & video samples in the review) but :

First off, the camera is painfully slow to focus and snap pictures — and when it does, the results can be unpredictable. Strangely, the lens seems to be able to take pretty sharp macro photos (it’s even a setting in the camera app), but it struggled with getting adjusted to close subjects, even in broad daylight. Sometimes we got lucky and cranked out a decent pic, but the process was frustrating. Furthermore, the new settings Google has added to 2.0 are contained in a hard to get to and counterintuitive menu which sits to the left of your viewing area. Trying to make changes on the fly was a hassle. If this is the best the engineers at Google can do, they need to outsource this work.
Video, on the other hand, was somewhat of a pleasant surprise. The DROID is capable of shooting at a 720 x 480 resolution, and in our tests, produced watchable — if not totally shake-free — video. The phone definitely fares better in this department than with stills, and we could easily see using the DROID as a stand-in for a flip cam. You can check out a little of the action in the video below (with a surprise cameo from !!!’s Nic Offer).

In my opinion the video sample looks horrible. Why don’t they just tell it like it is ? It’s not good it’s bad.

In our tests, the nav worked excellently for the most part, though as you can see in the video above, we did run into some minor issues on our hunt for cannoli. It’s not uncommon for a GPS unit to send you the wrong way down a one way street, and maybe it was just unlucky coincidence that it happened on our first outing, but being told to turn left where you can’t — then being sent in a loop — doesn’t fill us with warm, fuzzy sensations. Still, the navigation is super intuitive and cleanly laid out, and even if there were major issues (which there really aren’t), it’s hard to knock a service that is completely free. We think a little more time and some longer trips will help put it in better perspective, but we like what we’ve seen so far.

Minor issues? The software told you “to turn left where you can’t — then being sent in a loop –” and this is just a minor issue? Oh yeah It’s Google, it’s beta, it’s free so it’s good enough..sure. Oh Well.

What I got from the review is:

-The hardware is solid and feels good in the hand
-The camera sucks
-The device is faster that previous Android phones (normal given the chipset used)
-Android 2.0 added some nice features that were already available in previous Android phones like the HTC Hero (Social media integration, Exchange support..)
-The Android 2.0 UI still looks old but gets a pass because it’s Google (if it was Symbian or WinMo it would get panned…)
- The only “new” feature in Android 2.0 is Google Navigation, it doesn’t always work right but gets a free pass because it’s Google, it’s Beta and free…
- Still no multi-touch support

Source: Engadget

Sony Ericsson Xperia X3 teaser video

Xperia X3 teaser
SE just uploaded a short teaser video of their first Android device the Xperia X3. Not much is revealed so just take a look and be patient until November 3.

Source: YouTube

HTC HD2 size comparison video

CoolsmartPhone just uploaded a size comparison video of the HTC HD2 (a dummy unit) against the HTC Hero,Tattoo and Touch Dual. Nothing really new, but it’s nice to see how it stacks up against other devices.

Source: YouTube

LG launches official LG GW620 (Etna) site and horrible promo videos

LG launched yesterday the official site of their first Android smartphone the LG GW620 (Etna) sliding-qwerty smartphone. To “celebrate this event”, a horrible promo video demonstrating the phones social features and a TV ad were posted too .

Hmmm LG please stick to Windows Mobile and let HTC & Motorola take care of Android, thanks.

Source: LG llok like the site is down…

Another Samsung Moment review, still disappointing

Samsung Moment review
Gizmodo posted a review of Samsung’s sliding-qwerty keyboard Android device the Moment a couple of days and came to the same conclusion as everybody else; it’s disappointing.

It’s massive, has theoretically superior firepower, and runs marginally faster than the Android competition. But in the end, it’s clearly stuck in the past, and Robocop blows it up by being smarter. In this case, that’s the Hero. Or Cliq.

The Moment’s disappointing not just because the Hero and Cliq actually do interesting things that make Android better, but because it’s running an older version of Android that’s likely limiting its potential, and it won’t get the chance to be better until everybody stops caring about it.

If you absolutely need an Android phone with keyboard, get a Cliq or wait for the Droid. If you want an Android phone on Sprint and were torn, just get the Hero.

Now that the Motorola Droid is unvieled, who’s going to want to buy the Moment?

Source: Gizmodo

Motorola Droid User Guide leaks


Here’s something that will make all you Motorola Droid fans happy, the user guide (user manual) just leaked and is available for our viewing pleasure. Nothing really new in here, but if you want to get yourself familiarized with the device & Google Android 2.0 before getting it Just hit the download link here.

Via: Engadget

Sprint: We want Windows Mobile 7 as soon as possible

David Owens, VP of Consumer Marketing at Sprint had the chat today on the carrier’s website today and got asked several question about their future roadmap and OS upgrades. When asked about Windows Mobile 7 Owens said that they want it as soon as possbile but the timeline is dependent on Microsoft:

QDW: When will the first Windows Mobile 7 phone be available?
David: Planned for 2010, more dependent on Microsoft’s timeline though

Mashie: Can you comment on your current and future Windows Mobile strategy?
David: WinMo 6.5 and 7.0 as soon as possible, but dependent on Microsoft. It’s an important platform for us.

Owens also said that currently all HTC phones in the pipeline with be Android devices and no HTC HD2 planed:

boliviano3: I’m sure this has been asked already but will Sprint be coming out with the HTC HD2?
David: I can’t talk about our 2010 roadmap specifically but I can tell you Sprint has a robust 2010 roadmap with HTC. The roadmap will lead the industry in a host of capabilities and will be on the android platform

Doesn’t look good for Microsoft…

Sprint isn’t going to release Windows Mobile 6.5 updates before 2010:

AdamJaworski: What’s the word on Windows Mobile 6.5 updates for the Touch, Diamond, Touch Two, etc?
David: We are working on 6.5 updates and are in the testing phase. Plan on early 2010.

There you have it, 2010 is looking like the year for Android, unless Microsoft manages to surprise everybody with WM7

You can read the whole transcript here

Source: Sprint via Gearlog