For the last couple of years everything has been compared to the iPhone. In the beginning absolutely! That was a good choice, but the market is changing and the Droid has appeared! The article that you had in the February Issue by Will Smith, I found of some interest. But...
The biggest problem I had with the article was the leaning on the keyboard for the success of the phone. Yes, I have to agree with the fact you can't pinch the screen, but I bought the Droid for 2 reasons, the operating system and the software available.
I have always used top of the line phones starting at least 10-15 years ago with the Motorola Star-Tac, Nokia, Kyocera 7135, Treo 600-800, Blackberry Storm, Palm Pre. And out of all those phones its the Kyocera 7135 I would of stayed with had they not stopped supporting it. With the others I was always looking for something better. I am trying to give a little of my background to show you my qualifications with phones.
The keyboard entry is something you usually have to find out about yourself after you purchase a phone. If I had not purchased the Droid due to the rating on the keyboard, I would have passed on the best phone I ever had. And it's the keyboard that weighs heavily on the success of my Droid. As far as the hard keyboard, it's a keyboard.
Wouldn't you know it, now that I am happy with the keyboard I am using, I stumbled across a program that takes my keyboard to the next level. The program "SlideIT" allows me to use the keyboard by sliding my finger to spell out a word and only lifting my finger when I want to start spelling a new word. It took me 10 minutes, without any mistakes, to decide to purchase for the "HUGE" price of $1.99.
Without taking into consideration "SlideIT" which would kick it to the next level. The operating system and the software more than meet my needs. I must admit when me and my son, who has an iPhone, get together he loves telling me about the great games he has and gets rather bored when I tell him about the great production programs I am using. And he is 35 years old and a professional Videographer and Editor. Without a doubt the phone is very dependant on the market it is reaching.
This is how I would rate the phones (in comparison to each other) if anybody cares:
1. Looks and Feel
iPhone - 85% (too fat, but who really cares)
Motorola Droid - 100%
2. Screen Size
iPhone - 45%
Motorola Droid - 90% (Like to see 1/2" wider & 1" longer)
3. Communications (E-Mail and SMS)
iPhone - 50% - (AT&T has problems in TX, a Wi-Fi connection would really help)
Motorola Droid - 100% (software makes the difference)
4. Phone Communications
iPhone - 40% (AT&T has problems in TX)
Motorola Droid - 100%
5. Appeal of Screen
Both - 100%
6. Available Software
iPhone - 85% (it's hard to determine where to start and stop and too cluttered with games)
Motorola Droid - 95%
7. Keyboard Software
iPhone - 70% (limited experience with the iPhone Keyboard but what I have used doesn't excite me one bit)
Motorola Droid 100% (it wouldn't be fair to put something greater than 100% - it's amazing what the right software will do to a keyboard)
So all things considered between the phones how in the world can you come up with "7". I am serious and I am reviewing based on maximum dollars from the wallet or should i say Maximum Dollar Review.
It's the keyboard that takes this phone over the top, for this user! And yes I would definitely (note that it is spelled correctly) rate the iPhone at 10 but I would also rate the Droid at 10, only for the fear of upsetting iPhone users who most likely are a large part of my subscription base, and that's a fact! I say that with a little tongue in cheek, but not much!
P.S. Message to the Editor. I stumbled across your magazine several years ago when I needed to purchase a bunch of magazines for some spare time. I found Maximum PC to be full of excellent information, reviews and computer comments. Many times I will pick up how to improve tips. One of which we still use on all ten of my computers to this day. I wouldn't turn on my computer without it!