The new Motorola Droid is here... but will it stay?

AndroidI've used a Blackberry for as long as I can remember. They are always easy to use and have always tied into my exchange account without complaint or issue. The only phone I ever wanted over my Blackberries was an iPhone but I never wanted one bad enough to switch to AT&T. It wasn't until the first Motorola Droid came out that I even considered replacing my Blackberry.

I picked up the first Motorola Droid when it came out and tried it out. I took it back a few days later and had my Blackberry reactivated. My complaints about the first Droid were the things I was looking forward to; design, full QWERTY keyboard and a better email interface.

The design of the phone had sharp edges and corners that left a mark across my ear every time I used it. It was pretty annoying.

The flip out keyboard was flat and the keys had no definition. It may as well have been an onscreen keyboard!

The email interface was fine but my assumption was that I could tie it into my Exchange account. With no native support built in, I downloaded touchdown. I was able to get my exchange account set up and working but there were still problems with that. The touchdown interface is pretty generic and not very user friendly and I had to use the touchdown app instead of the phones email and contacts.

All of these complaints combined was enough for me to call the experiment a definite failure.

Flash forward to almost a year later; the Droid 2 is released. Everything I read claimed that all of the issues I had with the original Motorola Droid had been resolved in the Droid 2 so I decided to give it another day in court.

I picked up the Droid 2 the day it came out (in stores, not online). I'm happy to say, all of the complaints/issues I had with the original Droid were addressed. The keyboard is more defined, corners and edges are rounded a little better and setting up a Corporate Sync account tied my right into exchange and pulled down all emails, calendar items and contacts.

I did have a couple of early issues with the Droid 2 but they have not returned. The first day I had it, it dropped two calls (there were no bars when the calls dropped so I had to assume it was on my end). The phone also froze up once that same day.

Neither issue has happened again and I've been pretty happy with it.

My only complaint now is that of many others; the signal SEEMS to be up and down (even without moving the phone). The consensus is that a software update will probably resolve that. I have 30 days to return the phone for a full refund and to have the new contract voided. If the signal issue isn't resolved before then, the Droid 2 will go back, I will reactive my Blackberry and I will wait for the CDMA iPhone to hit Verizon.

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