Upgrade Now? Or Wait?

image You can buy the Motorola Droid on November 6 from your local Verizon Wireless store. To beat a joke to death – as my unfortunate students know all too well – is this the Droid you are looking for?

I’ve been asking myself that question. I’ve had my Storm for about one year and am eligible to upgrade on Verizon. The Storm2 and the Motorola Droid are the two prospects on the Verizon network — currently.

Currently is the key word. Per BGR, Verizon isn’t done releasing Android phones. BGR reports that one Android I’ve had my eye on, the HTC Dragon aka Passion, may be released as soon as Black Friday, and if not by mid-December. Not too long too wait.

Of course, you can wait forever for the next latest and greatest phone. But waiting here makes sense with a phone like the HTC Dragon/Passion just over the horizon. You see, I’m not thrilled with either of the existing choices.

The Storm2 is the safe choice for me. It’s a known quantity, being an incremental upgrade over a device I’ve owned for a year, and using an OS I’ve used for several years. But only incremental. One of my computer programming students, who I’ll call Roberto (since that’s his name), graciously let me play with his Storm2. It’s a nice phone. But I’m looking for more. Mostly more screen size. 3.25” just seems too small with all of the larger choices.

The Motorola Droid does have a larger screen 3.7”. But it’s, well, a Motorola. Maybe it’s me, or the RAZR, but the Motorola name doesn’t inspire my confidence. Also, the slide-out keyboard appears to be a poor compromise. If you’re going to add weight and thickness with a slide-out keyboard, make it a good keyboard. Based on most of the reviews, it isn’t. And reports that the European version supports multi-touch but the US version doesn’t … well, strike 2.

Speaking of reviews, here are the latest ones I’ve seen on the Motorola Droid:

Pocketnow (by my friend Chuong Nguyen)
Engadget follow up
Slashgear preliminary
Engadget’s outting of user guide

So I guess I have a passion for the (HTC) Passion. Or I’m draggin’ until the (HTC) Dragon. Now you see what my unfortunate students have to put up with.

My pining for the Passion may seem strange since I know little about its specs besides the Android OS, the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and a reasonably large screen, though not necessarily as large as the 4.3” HTC HD2.  But my hunch is that the Dragon will be the Droid I am looking for.

In the meantime, I have to resist the siren songs and the come hither looks of the Storm2 and the Motorola Droid when I pass the local Verizon store. Must stay strong.

1 Responses to “Upgrade Now? Or Wait?”

  • While I love a bodily keyboard, after coping with the Samsung Captivate for about quarter-hour, it’s laborious to head back. At the moment I’m debating whether or not to go to Verizon for the Droid X, go to Sprint for the EVO, or stay with AT&T for the Captivate…selections, decisions.

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