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80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

The DROID is an excellent smartphone with many (if not all) of the features that a modern user would expect, and if you're a Verizon customer, there probably isn't a more action packed device on the network. That's not to say the device doesn't have its faults; the camera was unpleasant to use, the application selection feels thin in both quantity and quality (despite the claim of 10,000 options), and the phone has bits of basic, non-intuitive functionality that might chafe on some users after a while. But even still, it's hard not to recommend the DROID to potential buyers eager to domorewith their devices. It's easily the best Android phone to date, and when you couple the revamped OS, Verizon's killer network, and an industrial design straight from a gadget enthusiast's fever-dream, it makes for a powerful concoction. Ultimately, the DROID won't usurp the iPhone from the public's collective mindshare or convince casual users that theymustswitch to Android, but it will make a lot of serious geeks seriously happy -- and that's good enough for us.

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Pros
  • Handsome and unique design
  • Hardware keyboard
  • Google Navigation on-board
Cons
  • Hardware keyboard isn't great
  • Android software selection still thin
  • UI still not a seamless experience

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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
3.722
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel

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80 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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90
jonecat
This device has been a real treat to use. I have had it for 3 days now, and...read more
100
vinzenwiz
I've had this gem since launch day and i am thoroughly impressed. Besides...read more
90
wetnun
After owning a wide variety of phones (tend to replace my phone every 4 to 9...read more
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