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#DroidDoes | Droid X 720p Test Footage

July 18, 2010
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So here’s the deal, after enjoying some wonderful White Castle sliders on my lunch break, I decided to take the camcorder on my Droid X for a spin. Here’s just a snippet of the footage i recorded just outside my place of employment!
Looks nice, don’t it?

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For Sale: Motorola Droid A855 (Verizon)

June 30, 2010

Who wants an inexpensive DROID?!?!?!?!

Well here’s the deal. July 15th, I will be ordering a shiny new Droid X from Verizon Wireless. What will I do with my old device? Sell it of course!

So here’s the deal. I will include:

  • Motorola Droid A855 Smartphone (Verizon Wireless)
  • —-This device is ROOTED, and it will come with Stock 2.2 FroYo installed, unless you want another ROM (Cyanogen, Bugless Beast, JRummy, whatever!)
  • One 16GB MicroSD Card, totally clean and ready to be filled to the brim with whatever your hearts desire
  • TWO Hard Snap on covers. One translucent BLUE, with a blue CyanogenMOD Sticker (courtesy of our friends @GrafiXpressions), and one WHITE Cover, with a black Android logo sticker (again, courtesy of our friends @GrafiXpressions)
  • 1 Charger / USB Cable
  • 1 Verizon/Motorola Multimedia Stand
  • 1 Verizon/Motorola Car Mount Dock
  • 1 Official Verizon / Motorola Droid Battery (duh)

my current asking price is $275 for everything + $10 for shipping. Now, let’s do the math here. If you don’t have an eligible upgrade on your account, you are looking at paying $550 (Full Retail) for a new Droid, or $289.99 for a Certified Pre-Owned Droid (assuming Verizon’s warehouse HAS them in stock. Good luck.) This is just for the phone / charger / battery. Nothing else. Good deal right?

Again, this will become OFFICIAL After July 15th (thanks to shipping, probably looking around the 20th of July).

Big Red's Droid Army: These ARE The Droids You're Looking For

June 11, 2010

These ARE The Droids You’re Looking For!

June – August 2010 will be an EPIC TIME PERIOD for Droid Lovers? Why?

Motorola will be releasing the next two chapters in the “Droid Saga” to market, the elusive Droid X by Motorola (aka Droid Shadow / Xtreme / XTRM / Evo 4G Killer) as well as the follow up to the phone that single handedly saved Motorola from self implosion, the Droid 2. Current reports, compiled from Gadget University, Engadget, and Droid-Life.com, as well as our own personal sources, both devices should be available by the end of August 2010.

Want some unofficial official specs on both devices? as well as some sexy newish shots? Check after the jump!

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#DroidDoes: FroYo + Overclocked + WiFi (Updated with Benchmarking)

June 5, 2010

I’ve spent the last 3 hours watching a television show for kids called “Kamen Rider Dragon Knight” and doing part one of an analysis on it for my personal blog, it’s time for some Android love!

So the story starts like this: last night, I had a Twitter conversation with @MyDroidWorld, regarding my want of his FroYo ROM, which has been running around in the wild for the last few days. I went to bed with the INSANE tease of “could be a good weekend”. What did I wake up to? I woke up to FROYO! It WILL be a good weekend! So, as it stands right now-I’m installing the ROM via the instructions outlined after the Break, and I will report back with my findings on them after some hands on time with it.

So are you ready guys? I would like to point out, this is for ROOTED USERS ONLY. As it requires either SPRecovery or ClockworkModRecovery to do the update and flash the FroYo ROM. It’s in the format of a NANDROID BACKUP file. So if you’re not Rooted, i’m sorry-you’ll have to sit this one out.

Get the FroYo Love after the break!

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Dr. Droid: Why You Don't Need an Anti-Virus on Android (RE: Norton for Android)

May 31, 2010

So, Droid-Life.com broke the story on Symantec, the makers of the ever popular universally hated PC anti-virus / firewall / internet security suite, waste of memory called NORTON. And how they plan on introducing an Android client of their wonderful application.

Check out Droid-Life.com’s full post, and my thoughts on why this is a horrible idea after the break!

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Tablet Wars: Episode One: The Phantom Menance

May 31, 2010

So, you’ve all read Ajit’s post on the KIRF Chinese iPed? right? No. Okay, scroll down and read it. I’ll wait.

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Okay done? Good. I’m here to talk to you about some REAL Tablets coming sooner than later from VARIOUS companies, running our beloved little green Robot OS.

Want to see whats up? The possible “DroidPad” on Verizon? Read on after the break:

First up, is MSI’s WindPad 110. Here’s some specs on this BEAST

  • 10 inch capacitive touch screen
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • nVidia Tegra 2 Processor (!!)
  • USB Port
  • Video-Out
  • Release Date: Q4 2010 (US)
  • Price Point: $399 USD

[Credit to Engadget.com for the pics / info. Check out their full photo gallery on the WindPad 110 HERE ]
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Droid Does: TAKE OVER VERIZON! Huge VZW / Moto Update: Droid2, XTRM/Shadow, crappy motoblur device

May 28, 2010

So, here’s the deal. The Motorola DROID came out on November 6th, and now it appears that the device will be replaced with the OFFICIAL successor, the Droid2.0 sooner rather than later. NOT COOL. But whatever…

Want to see my evidence? Continue on after the break!

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Droid Does: Apple Expose / HTC Leap via Launcher Pro!

May 23, 2010

Launcher Pro BETA

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Price: FREE

Overall Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

My Rating: 4 Stars

All Users (Root & Non Root)

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Launcher Pro is the newest Launcher Replacement app to flood the Android Marketplace. This simple, intuitive and FREE home replacement, rivals the current cross-bearer of the Stock Android home replacement apps, Helix Launcher in terms of speed, look, and usabillity. But wait, there’s more

Droid Does: The Future of Android

May 23, 2010

“DRROOIIIDDDD”

that sound has become a gadget meme ever since the first “iDon’t: Droid Does” commercials hit TV in late October. Let’s do it again.

“DRROOIIIDDDD”

I’ve been following the development of the Android operating system since the early rumblings of it began to hit the interwebs in mid 2007. When it was first unveiled in November of that same year, I was stoked. Stoked for many reasons:

1) i love Google. Simple as that, Google has made the internet more or less idiot proof. There search works, unlike other search engines that claim to make “the decision making process easier.” (i’ll give you a hint. It rhymnes with Ping and is made my Microsoft). I use Google Docs, Gmail, and have used just about every other service Google has offered from time to time. One of my two main browsers are Google Chrome, I use Google Wave, I’ve used Google Voice-and the list grows and grows and grows.

2) Smartphones have seemingly become so…whats the word? Boring. Blackberry has been Blackberry has been Blackberry since the DAWN OF TIME it seems. They’ve done nothing to make their products innovative and new. While I LOVED my Blackberry Storm, I knew it was time for a change…

3) OPEN DEVELOPMENT. I was tired of paying for apps from my carrier, or from some company produced app full of propaganda and censorship. I was pumped when I heard that anyone could develop freely for Android-and not really be bounds by any stupid App Store rules that other companies install on their Markets.

those are just the top three-plus, i’m a nerd. it was hot, new and exciting.

So the months passed, and T-Mobile had launched the G1-the first US Android device. then they launched the MyTouch3G (aka G2). Rumblings of Sprint getting in on the party began, and which has been seen by the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment. TMo’s stock went up with recent devices like the Nexus One (for what its worth) and the MyTouchSlide.

But where was big red in all of this?

In October 2009-Google and Verizon announced a partnership for<del datetime=”2010-05-14T19:44:28+00:00″><span style=”text-decoration:line-through;”> global domination</span> <span style=”color:#000000;”>the release of new Android powered devices on Verizon Wireless. Once the manufacturs were announced, the world went nuts. HTC and Motorola.</span></del>

While I’m not a FAN of HTC devices, per se-they’re the undisputed King of Android phones. They’ve been pumping them out for every carrier, and are even responsible for the “Google Phone”-the Nexus One.

>Motorola? They didn’t have the best track record up until that point. I’ll even admit, when I first heard OFFICIAL news that Verizon was getting some Android loving, I jumped for joy, until I was told the lead device would be a Motorola. WHY GOD WHY couldn’t we get the Touch Pro 2 running Android and not Windows Fail? I mean Sure, everyone and their mother owned a RAZR at one point or another, but since then-they seemed to be nothing but fail. I was afraid.

then the comercials came

The first shot was fired at Apple, AT&amp;T, and the iPhone. Verizon had entered the viral marketing realm-that has worked so well for Hollywood in the past few years (read: Cloverfield, The Dark Knight). People pulled up droiddoes.com on their computers, and saw the countdown.

Then..the reveal. The times square takeover.

Droid…had Arrived.

November 6th came and went-and a new revolution in mobile smartphones was born.

Verizon Wireless + Google = the empire the future of android.

Motorola released the “Droid”, while HTC released the “Droid Eris”. VZW has paid George Lucas millions of dollars to use the name “Droid” (for what reason I’m still not really sure, seems like a waste to me)-but it paid off. “Droid” has become one of the most recognizable brands in the smartphone world.

Fast forward. It’s now May 2010, and the Droid has been out for a little over 6 months. I’m one of the THOUSANDS, MILLIONS who have had their Droid since day one-and I cannot look back. While Blackberry is moving to OS 6-and it looks to be an improvement. While I do wonder, and pray that HP does something amazing with WebOS, and while the Apple nerd in me will always pine for an iPhone on a network that actually WORKS, I simply cannot go back.

While I love Apple products, and secretly lust over the iPhone HD eventually hitting Verizon-I’m not sure if I can switch over.

Why?

You buy a Blackberry Tour, and six months later its replaced by the Bold.

You buy an iPhone 3G, and three momths later, AT&amp;T pushes out the 3GS.

Why?

Android is FUTURE PROOF. Here’s why.

Evolution, Not Fragmentation

As of today, May 23rd 2010, there are FIVE version of Android on the market today. Android devices are available on EVERY major US Carrier, be it the G1, MyTouch3G, MyTouch Slide, or Nexus One on T-Mobile. Whether it be the Motorola Backflip or Dell Aero on AT&T, or the HTC EVO 4G, HTC Hero, or Samsung Moment on Sprint, or the Droid family on Verizon. Hell, second tier companies like US Cellular and Cricket are getting the Android love, as USC is expected to get the HTC Desire (aka Droid Incredible) and Cricket will be getting an Android device from Kyocera this summer. To quote professional wrestler Stevie Richards (@MichealManna), during his bWo days: “we’re takin’ over!”

Some people *cough*engadget*cough* have called this Fragmentation of the platform, something that could potentially KILL Android dead. Well, here’s the deal: there are at any given moment, THREE different versions of Windows out there running on any desktop PC (more if you wanna count the 27 versions of Windows 7). I have 3 computers in my house. An HP that is running Windows 7, my wife’s is running Windows Vista, and my Macbook. My computer at work, is running Windows XP still.

Is that Fragmentation? Is the that going to kill Microsoft dead? No. It won’t. I wish it would *gives Macbook one more hug* but seriously, it won’t. Google is the same financial and technological POWER HOUSE that Microsoft is-possibly even bigger since, yknow…people actually LIKE them.  I’d prefer to see the quick growth of Android from 1.0 to 2.2 and beyond more of a rapid evolution, than fragmentation.

Plus, really the only device that seems to be left in the cold is the G1 (T-Mobile, HTC). Even low end devices like the HTC Droid Eris are getting updated to the newest operating versions-as the Eris just got pushed out to Android 2.1 in the last week. The HTC Incredible, as well as all 2009-2010 HTC Sense UI rocking devices should expect a little taste of FroYo over the next several months. This includes the Droid Eris, Hero, and Desire-as well as the stock Android rockin’ MyTouch3G

The Droid should be expecting the Android 2.2 push within the next MONTH and everything will continue to grow and evolve.

Choice and Options

Android has a bright future. It’s only been SIX months after the Droid came out, and Verizon is already pushing out FIVE different Android devices. The Motorola Droid (aka Big Daddy Droid), the HTC Droid Eris, the Motorola Devour, and the HTC Droid Incredible. Are all currently available at any fine Verizon Wireless location (okay, the Incredible is on back order, but still) The LG Ally will be launching on May 27th-which is running Android 2.1, the Motorola Shadow is due out next month, as well as a couple Samsung Android devices, and probably another HTC one.

These ARE the Droid’s You’re Looking For!

I’m going to use an Apple meme here, but give it my own personal spin, and just use VZW branded devices in this little example.

Android offers something for EVERYBODY.

Got the socially connected teenager who just HAS to keep instant contact with her 5000 Facebook friends? There’s a droid for that! (see what I did there?) The Motorola Devour, running Android 1.6 + MotoBLUR.

New to the smartphone world? Intimidated by these ads for the Droid and Droid Incredible?

Droid Incredible by HTC Debut Ad

[URL for Mobile Users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Gesai5WlE&playnext_from=TL&videos=V62Q9qKC9pE%5D

or how about the infamous stealth bomber Droid ad? Intimidated by those? But you still want a full featured smartphone that can do everything your best friends iPhone can do-and STILL make calls? There’s a droid for that-in TWO flavors! The HTC Droid Eris rocks Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI over it. A 3.2″ Touchscreen, and a 5 megapixal camera, Adobe Flash Lite support, and a built in 8GB MicroSD card.

We also have the brand new LG Ally, which ALSO packs Android 2.1-STOCK, with an OPTIONAL (read this HTC) Theme designed by LG, which really only really adds folders to the app draw, and four hard icons at the bottom. (aka: go stock and install Helix Launcher or Launcher Pro) It has a 3.2 Megapixel camera, as  and a physical keyboard well as an included 4GB MicroSD card. It will launch on May 27th 2010 for 100 bucks after rebate on a contract.

Now, what about the POWER USER. What about the guy who wants to put his booses iPhone to shame? What about the guy who wants a monster of a smartphone, that can kick every other smartphone in the face? There’s a droid for that:  Infact, there’s TWO Droid’s for that.

The Droid by Motorola. Big Daddy Droid, “A New Hope”. the phone that SAVED Motorola from implosion. It packs an 800mhz processor (underclocked to 550 for some stupid reason), Android 2.1, a 3.7″ Touchscreen, physical keyboard, 5MP Camera with Flash, HTML5 support in the web browser, Adobe Flash 10.1 (soon), an included 16gb MicroSD card. The list goes on.

May we also interest you in the Droid Incredible by HTC? It has a 3.7″ AMOLED Touchscreen, Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI, 1ghz Snapdragon processor. 8GB of internal memory, and an 8 MP Camera with dual LED Flash.

Are any of these the droids you’re looking for? I’m sure one or two of them is. If not, don’t worry. The Motorola Shadow comes out in June, and I’m sure there will be new LG, Samsung, and HTC devices by the year end.

plus let’s not forget the eventual Droid2.

Android and Google has no where to go but forward from here. They ARE the future of smartphones, and Google WILL take OVER the Smartphone world.

As long as new updates are made available from Google-and pushed to most, if not all devices-than I can definitly see sticking with one Android device for the long haul. Like I said, Google has put minimum specs on devices-to ensure they’ll be able to handle the newest updates. They’ve future proofed their products.

We’ve seen new innovations in Android, the HTC EVO 4G is the next step in Evolution for Sprint. The Shadow / Droid2 will be the next step for Verizon. AT&amp;T..well..they got the backflip right?! right?…okay so yeah they still fail.

I haven’t seen 2 Droids come into my store looking alike. It’s so easy to make this “My Device” or “My Droid”. Theres no physical limit to what it can do. if you root your device, that customization becomes EVEN GREATER. (but we’ll get on that later)

Android is the future of smartphones. As open development continues, as companies push the limits of what the operation system can do, as google continues to innovate, Android is currently the number 2 Smartphone platform behind RIM (damn you crackberry!) and infront of the iPhone (suck on that Jobs!) and now it’s time to take out the big guns.

the war is on!

when theres no limit to what droid gets. theres no limit-to what droid DOES.

Droid Does is a blog / video series by John “Pariah” Olesen, a technology guru who works as a Customer Service Tech. John has achieved minor celebrity with his YouTube Channel, and regularly contributes to Droid-Life.com, as well as his own personal blog,  Pariah’s Voice. He can now be seen here at Team-Android. When not writing about gadgets and techs, John enjoys movies, pro wrestling and comic books. You can follow him on Twitter @johnpariah, for your daily dose of AWESOME

My Android & Me

May 19, 2010

I’m going to admit it, at first I wanted a iPhone, reasons being I brought into the hype and thought it was cracked up to be. At the time the choices were clear, either buy a iPhone or go with a more reliable Android, I made the decision to buy an Android. I knew nothing of the OS at the time. I knew it was from Google and had apps, knew it synced with Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. Other than that I was shocked to find all the other amazing features of my device.

I purchased my HTC Hero in late January with the intentions to have a smartphone that’s better than all the rest. Android is just that, the operating system has saved me on long road trips with instant Google Map directions, easy access to web and video because of the amazing ability to have flash player, which impressed me aswell, and syncing with my mail I can stay on the road longer.

A phone should simply amplify your pleasure, when my old Razr broke I realized I needed a sturdy yet multi-functional device, with multi tasking and music playing/video. My phone is the best I can get, and it’s only getting better. HTC is constantly improving on their products, things I may not have even considered to need improvisions. I’m proud to say I’m an Android user allied with Official Team Android to support and try and spread the word of how great Android is. I will never trade my phone for another, and I was so idiotic (I realize now) to want a iPhone.

By @MizzPackLeader