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Review: Motorola Droid

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Screen

In a word, wow. Motorola lists the Droid's display as 3.7 inches across the diagonal and 480 x 854 pixels. That sounds good on paper, but it'll knock your socks off in person. Pictures on web sites look amazing, video files look great and everything is razor sharp and clean. It isn't perfectly visible in the sun, but every touch phone display should strive to be this good.

Sound

I conducted a large number of calls with the Droid. I can safely say that call quality is superb. There was absolutely no noise, no hissing, no scratchiness -- just clear conversations. The Droid's earpiece speaker is loud enough that you'll be able to hear it in noisy environments, such as a coffee shop or walking down the street, but loud places will drown it out. The ringers were also loud enough that you won't miss most calls, though I noticed a few missed calls. The speakerphone gets the job done, too.

Signal

Signal strength on the Droid was bit more inconsistent compared to other phones I've tested on Verizon's network. As far as the bars go, it would have full coverage, then one bar, then three bars, etc. None of that seemed to get in the way of the Droid's performance, though. I didn't notice any missed calls due to signal weirdness, and data sessions were quick. I noticed very few hang-ups when browsing and only slow-downs, not time-outs. The quality of calls alone leads me to believe that the Droid has solid signal performance.

Battery

The Droid fares much better than the CLIQ with respect to battery life. I was easily able to get through an entire day with modest use (even with Twitroid running in the background). Of course, heavy web browsing and messaging will help drain out the battery faster, but I still was able to get at least 18 hours out of the Droid. You're going to need to charge the Droid every night and will certainly need to bring a charger with you when you're away for a few days, but at least you won't have to carry it with you during the day.

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