After posting my Motorola Android Review a few days ago I started to think about a few of the things that I really don’t like about the Droid, trust me there are plenty of things that I love about it, but the fact remains there are a few things I just HATE. Before I get in to my list of 10 things that I hate about my Droid phone it’s probably important to point out that even with the things I hate about it, it’s still the best cell phone (smart phone) I’ve owned.
Oh yeah, one last thing before you take a peek at the things I don’t like about my Droid I thought it would be important to point out that I haven’t even had my Droid for a full week yet, so this is hardly some tech pros review.
10 Things I Hate About My Motorola Droid
1. Battery Life
I will never understand what is so damn difficult about slapping a battery on these things that lasts longer then four hours, if your a power user that loves all of the Droid apps or a business user that is constantly on your phone you better get use to bringing a charger with you everywhere you go. Here’s a quick reminder of where you might need additional chargers; car, office, laptop bag, and PC. Oh yeah, if you have more than one car your going to need another car charger because you know your never going to remember it, and this phone doesn’t allow for charging mistakes or hiccups.
2. Unlocking the Screen
Pocket dialing sucks and luckily for Motorola Android users it won’t be a problem, why you ask? Because of the handy pain in the ass inconvenient way that you need to slide to unlock your phone it won’t be an issue, it would have been nice though if they made the power button an unlock button so you don’t need to press that first to light up the phone just so you can slide to unlock. Why the extra twenty steps to get to the screen?
This is really sad but a genius thought of a great idea with the multiple purpose all in one charger that comes with the Droid, plug it into your lappie or connect it to the wall plug and charge it from an outlet. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Well it would be if the moron that designed the cord didn’t make it all of 2 1/2′ long, don’t bother trying to talk on your phone while it’s charging unless you plan on sitting on the floor. Dumb.
Seriously this thing is like a brick that’s been compacted into a cell phone, I thought my Blackberry was on the heavier side of things… the Android out weighs the competition.
5. Slow Rotation
Motorola is going to need to step up their game on the speed of rotating between vertical and horizontal screen views, not to mention you should be able to rotate it in any direction and see the layout as it was meant to be. This is 2010 let’s solve some of these silly display issues already.
6. No VZW Verizon Ringtones
One of the best features that Verizon has is their collection of music and ring tones from the VZW Verizon mobile store, not sure why but it doesn’t come ready to go on the Droid and there is no available Droid app that I can find that offers the same service.
7. Camera Loading
I have been playing with a few Droid apps to handle the camera aspect of my Droid, I am constantly tweeting pictures on Twitter and having a FAST, reliable and easy to use camera is a MUST. The camera itself on the Droid takes killer pictures and has some really hot default screen resolutions to keep things looking sharp, however I need the damn thing to fire up faster when I hit the camera button.
8. Facebook Sync
This is a tough one to put on the list because I really like the Facebook app that comes with the Droid, it does some really convenient things like automatically sync my Facebook friends pictures with their picture on my Droid contact list. One down side to the Facebook app is the same thing that makes it great, the Facebook sync. If you use the Facebook application get use to seeing your friends on Facebook come up on your phone when your looking through contacts, this would include their email address. It’s just weird to see people not directly on my phone’s contact list displayed in my search results when I start typing a contacts name.
9. Touch Screen Keyboard
This is a personal thing and something I put on the list simply based on the fact that I have big hands, and big fingers that really aren’t touch screen friendly. Nothing pisses me off more than trying to blast through a text message and being forced to go back and make corrections because my giant thumbs pressed four keys instead of the actual one I wanted.
10. Making a Call
There are all kins of apps out there that can make it easier for you to call the people that you call on a continuous basis, however trying to navigate to a contact and make a phone call while sitting at a stop light is a major task, especially if you take into consideration the auto-locking screen. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it does require extra steps that I hardly feel like taking when I need to make a phone call in a hurry.
As time goes on I’m sure that many of the things that I hate about my Android phone will fade away into the night as I find more Droid apps that make using my phone easier, and of course as I become more comfortable using it. I haven’t even had the phone a week yet and I am already complaining about the things I hate, hey at least I got my initial review out of the way first.
If your thinking about making the switch to a Motorola Android smart phone you might want to consider taking a moment to subscribe to my rss feed or become a fan of my Facebook Fan page, I plan on writing more about my experiences with Droid and who knows you might find something useful. Now if your already using the new Droid take a moment to leave a comment and offer up some advice about Android apps that you use or might recommend that might make some of the things I hate about my Droid go away.