10 Things I Hate About My Motorola Droid

by Extreme John on February 18, 2010

Motorola Droid

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

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?

3. Charger

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.

4. Weight

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.

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Greg Ellison
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Those are valid points about the Droid. I like the Droid overall but it has its problems like any phone out there. I wish the design of the Droid was like the Nexus one.

Greg Ellison
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Klaus
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A 2 1/2? charger cord? Lol, who comes up with stuff like that… 8-O
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Anne

Smart phone? What’s that? :wink: I’m still using my Samsung from 2 1/2 years ago. It won’t die and the battery life is awesome. Maybe one of these days I’ll get with the current century.
.-= Anne´s last blog ..IP, DSL, ICK =-.

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Forest
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Ha ha, I was sitting her giggling like a mad man when you mentioned the cord… I have a Razor with a similar length charger…. I actually hate this damn phone and will be getting away from Motorola when it dies….
.-= Forest´s last blog ..Getting Rid Of Ants =-.

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Tom

Don’t like the cord? You can use any standard USB-A Male to Micro-USB cable. There’s a 6-foot one at Monoprice for $1.60.

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Zahoor

R u mad at the world…or the phone?I mean like u seem to complain about everything..nothings perfect..just what I think I hope I don’t offend u in anyway

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Extreme John
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@Zahoor, haha no your not going to offend me in any way. So….. because I write a post about 10 things I don’t like about a cell phone it means I am mad at the world? Not even close, I review things with my honest opinion at which point readers can either consider MY OPINION or ignore it. You might want to check out http://www.extremejohn.com

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Mike

Battery life is something that has always annoyed me with pretty much any smartphone.

I have an iPhone at the moment and i’m thinking about getting a Nexus One when they finally release them in the UK, however I am so fed up of having to charge my iPhone every single day, it’s not like I even use that much apps just email, safari and phone.

I feel that with all the technology advancements that they’ve done over the last decade they could have looked at finding a better lasting battery.

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Extreme John
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@Mike @ Edinburgh car rental, I am right there with you Mike, what good is a “smart phone” with a “dumb battery”. Not smart at all, battery companies or cell phones companies need to step up the battery game.

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment Mike I appreciate that.

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Dennis Edell

I was set to buy after your review, now not so sure. lol
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Alan

I have been considering getting the droid for a few weeks now. I have a friend who has also complains about the battery life and bulky size of the droid. Now i am not sure if i am going to get the iphone or the droid. Guess i will have to weigh the options. Thanks for the info.
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Extreme John
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@Alan@ blu-ray player reviews, my pleasure. The phone isn’t really as bulky as it is heavy, it’s actually a nice size.

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Winson

I don’t really buy-in this kind of new invention, especially the O/S of a handphone, Droid. Just like any of the new release, they tends to have alpha, beta, patches. So far iphone would be a successful one.

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Dennis Edell

Two things I wanted to mention…

Heavy is great for me and my big hands. lol

Battery life – kinda makes ya wonder what kinda deal is struck between cell phone makers and the manufacturers of these “crappy” batteries. ;)
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ZXT
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My fav

4. Weight

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.

Literally huh?

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Rohit
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I actually recommended Motorola Droid to one of my friend. I will just ask him to refer to your post here, So that he does not repent his decision later..

I felt bad to hear that Motorola Droid Suffers from poor battery life too..

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Thomas O

I like my Droid, but I tend to throw in behind Google whenever I can… Haha. Seems like a safe bet. I’m looking at getting one of those Nexus One phones, those seem pretty nice as well.
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Thomas O

Haha, oh boy, why the heck on some forums am I showing up with a female avatar…
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Anthony

There is always the option of rooting your phone to make it faster. The official 2.1 upgrade should be coming any day now too. I say official because you can get it online. If the 2.1 upgrade does not make my phone faster I am rooting it asap. I’m not a fan of the big businesses limiting my phones capabilities so they can charge me extra.

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Extreme John
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@Anthony @ Jumpness, I would have to agree. The speed decreases more and more with each app that gets added to it, it’s almost as bad as a windows operating system. Haha.

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Todd Morris

Hi John,

Good timing on this “review”. I was actually just on the Verizon Wireless earlier today checking out the phones. My wife has been bugging me for a while now to dump t-mobile, and since our contract is almost up, I’m pretty sure we’ll be switching when I get home in April. I’m leaning towards getting the droid … mainly because of that 2 for 1 deal .. I get a droid, wife gets an eris, everybody’s happy :-)
.-= Todd Morris@Picture a Day´s last blog ..Ok I Guess I Won’t Talk About Jock Itch =-.

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Extreme John
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@Todd Morris@Picture a Day, not bad thinking at all, need to take advantage of those deals while they are hot. The Droid is pretty sweet I do love it, only a few things I can’t stand and that’s changing daily haha.

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Houston Heights Real Estate

The camera loading feature is quite a disappointment. But I wouldn’t hate my Droid for it. The resolution is still good.

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Jeff Newcomer

Great post. I agree with everything you said. 2 other things I’d add…
The navigator is great (after I found the app that will save favorites) but it doesn’t mute itself when you pick up a phone call. So you take a call on the road and the frickin’ lady navigator voice keeps talking over your conversation. There should at least be an option to mute her when a call comes in. I also hate when the screen fades out when you’re on a call and you’re trying to use the dial pad. You’re trying to dial your password or enter a number and the screen goes away. You’ve gotta girate the phone around so the screen comes back. But on a positive note, it seems that apps are coming out every day to fix these little inconveniences.

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Extreme John
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@Jeff Newcomer, that’s a great point. I haven’t played with the navigator (mainly because I never do anything) haha.

Thank you for taking the time to comment and leave some very valuable feedback, I appreciate it.

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Ricky
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Well I do not own Droid but I came to know about the Droid. I hope they see your post and improve the quality of the mobile.
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barang antik

well, luckily droid is open source (CMIIW) , all of your problem at this article usually will be solved in a short time :)
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Extreme John
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@barang antik, I hope your right :)

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Clickbank Cash Supreme Review

The comments youre making are really interesting because I would have expected much better. Motorola have launched some great phones in the last few years…hopefully they can improve on this droid…
.-= Clickbank Cash Supreme Review´s last blog ..About Me =-.

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Joe

screenmodewidget an app to get rid of the slide lock

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Brian

For dialing people quickly, try the voice dialing feature. Just hold down the search icon (the magnifying glass in the corner) and say “call so-and-so”. You can append “home” or “mobile” or “work” or something similar to the end. Saying something like “Wal-Mart near Los Angeles” will pull up a google maps list of the wal-mart stores in that area, which usually have a one-touch call option.

And yes, I do agree with most of your other complaints :)

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DROID SUCKS!

YES WE ALL KNOW THE DROID IS NOTHING BUT A PIECE OF CRAP PHONE JUST LIKE THE IPHONE. I HAD THIS CRAPPY PHONE FOR ONLY 1 WEEK AND IT IS A JUNK PHONE. I AM HAPPY USING A WINDOWS PHONE NOW AND HAVE NOT HAD ANY PROBLEMS FOR 6 MONTHS NOW. PEOPLE IS COMMENTS ONLY ON THE CORD SHOWS YOU THEY CAN EXPLAIN THE OTHER MANY PROBLEMS THE DROID HAVE. LOL…. LOSERS!

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Shawn

I love the Droid. I like the weight too – if it’s heavy I know I still have it on me. Lightweight phones make me nervous if they aren’t weighing me down. LOL.
Found a keyboard app that’s pretty cool – SlideIT. You just slide your finger across the keyboard to type in words. Works well – puts a list of words at the top of the keyboard in case it doesn’t register the word you tried to “type”.

Battery is a problem. A friend found an extended life battery that supposedly works with the Droid so waiting to hear from him if it works or not.

Slide lock works just like my I-touch so no difference there. Push the “on” button and slide the lock. Neither works well one-handed (I-Touch works just like the I-Phone).

Wish there was a central app market, but I-Tunes censors it’s apps so maybe that’s a good thing. Still, have to worry about viruses with Droid apps which isn’t good.

Overall I LOVE this phone so far.

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Extreme John
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@Shawn, hey SHawn thank you, I will be heading over to the app market to snatch up that SlideIT app for my Android.

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a good comment sharing some information that will help others, it’s rare in this day and age :)

Now that you mention the weight of the Droid, ya know.. I would have to agree with you, I kinda like it now because I know it’s there.

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WarriorsOfMMA

I just have just gone from the google G1 to the HTC Desire, and I’m loving the Android OS. Im glad I chose it over the iPhone.
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Extreme John
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@WarriorsOfMMA, even though I’m an “Apple” guy or whatever, I would rather have the Android over the iPhone any day. Need that keyboard luv.

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scorpeoni

There is a Smart and there is a Droid Smart Phone user. Droid is a not a toy. It is a great havy duty minicombuter. You always can buy a longer cord from stores like Radioshack or Walmart. The screen lock is very smart idea that prevents the phone from accidental dialing or other functions. This is the best Smartphone in the market with unlimited features and possibilities. Take your time and learn about it by reading the manual and Droid internet blogs. Good luck with droiding

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Extreme John
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@scorpeoni, thank you for taking the time to comment, I would have to agree with you. As time has gone on I have come to love my Droid, it’s incredible and saves me a tremendous amount of time.

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fleur de lis

I love my droid other than people can never hear me on it i am wondering if it is the face cover im using ??? anyone else encounter the same problem ???

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Extreme John
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@fleur de lis, hmmmm I don’t have any problems like that with my Droid, anyone else?

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Anonymous

I HATED MY DROID. My husband says he could NEVER HEAR ME when I talked to him on the Droid. Also, EVERY TIME I TRIED TO ANSWER THE DAMN PHONE, I would slide– and slide— and NOTHING. It would NEVER ANSWER. I was ready to throw the damn phone out the window! and that was AFTER it was already completely replaced once… what’s up with THAT??? I want a “smart phone” that you can actually make a PHONE CALL ON…

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Extreme John
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Let me just tell you, as time goes on things don’t get any better. It seems to follow suit along with PC’s that get slower and slower and sllloowweerrr until you just can’t handle it anymore.

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carrie

hey the battery on this phone is a million times better then a laptop and i tell ya the gps is awesome not to mention the millions of free aps ok not millions but alot and more to come.

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gary

ONE MAJOR reason i returned the Droid the very next day was because its a beautiful 500.00 phone that cant display a pic message with a gif (thats a animated picture). Numerous complaitns on forums and still (that i know of) no reply of an official date that users can expect an update to fix it. With so many free phones to any 3g multimedia phones that WILL DISPLAY animated messages the Android phones do not. I dont understand it. But i will say that the Droid does have one hell of a beautiful screen and webpages load quick. But just playing and learning what the phone did the one and only day i used it SUCKED THE LIFE out of the battery lmao. They should have just saved everyone some aggravation and attached the power cord to it and say do not use while not plugged in. Hey we are all entitled to our opinions right?

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Angela

I just bought a Motorola droid and I totally love it. I consider myself to be extremely uneducated when it comes to technology. The phone is fairly easy to use even for people like me. ISome of the apps can be really confusing but that’s what my son is for. I would like to figure out how to change my icons.

Angela

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Tona

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my droid but I agree the battery does suck ass bad but other than that it is the best thing ever me and my husband were always fighting over the computer now I just play on my Droid my fav about it is the free redbox rental codes well not my fav but awesome the grocery IQ app which is free is awesome for me now I dont forget any items at hte grocery store check it out just scan the barcode of items or type it in or you can just type the name and make a grocery list I always forgot that little piece of paper now I dont forget none of my items I wish my husband did as much as my Droid LOL….

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Scotty Da Roach

Well, I must be honest I didn’t read all the post but hey I just have to put this out there. I don’t know how everyone feels about a huge piece of glass on the phone with no protection, but I already busted mine. And since then I have found it’s a pretty big problem with droid owners. So be careful….

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Extreme John
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@Scotty Da Roach, funny that you should mention that Scotty, I broke mine just a few weeks back. Have a picture of it that I will be sharing in a post here very soon.

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Scotty Da Roach

Also I can’t hold the phone between my check and should for those no handed times. Everyone tells me they can’t hear me. Google voice is the best thing about the phone in my opinion….

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Extreme John
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@Scotty Da Roach, great point Scotty. As crazy as it might seem, I haven’t tried the Google Voice part of the phone yet, maybe I will add that to my weekend list of things to do :) Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment Scotty.

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wayne

I hate the droid…. well i hated my first one… then, my second.. now my third. Overall the product is crap… I am proving that one android a month!

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ju

I hate this Fing phone!

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Extreme John
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I sense the passion in your comment.

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ju

Now that I have more time to express how much I HATE this piece of crap wanna be cell phone…

I hate the lock/unlock feature.
phone shuts off when I answer a call.
the screen shakes violently!
freezes up, have to restart the piece of sh** everyday.
the battery life is pure sh**!
and one of the best is….customer service at Verizon, where I bought this piece of crap in December…
never the same service reps….they know absoulutely nothing about a droid….I get more info from a forum when I visit a website…

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Extreme John
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Pretty much nailed it on the head, I had the same experience with mine. I switched to the Thunderbolt and I can say that it’s much better, certainly less frustrating overall than my Motorola Droid was. Complete piece of shit.

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