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Can anyone tell me more about the Droid(Milestone) or the Moto Devour?

Asked by ShiningToast (2106points) April 13th, 2010

I currently have an iPhone on AT&T. I want to get a Droid phone, or one that runs the Android OS (a GSM version of the Droid from Canada/Ebay).

The problem is, I like how much my iPhone can connect to my Mac.
-I don’t need to use iCal with the Droid/Devour, because I don’t really sync my phone to it anyways, just makes dates on the phone.
-I don’t need iTunes, I have my iPod touch.

I guess what I’m asking is if I can use iPhoto with my Droid/Blur, and how easily can I place/move/arrange files on the phone from my computer? Also, what is the app situation on the Droid? I like my apps, but I just need general ones I suppose like weather and Google maps.

Oh, and feel free to tell me what you think of the Droid/Devour, or another recommendation. I would just like my phone to have a physical keyboard, I’m tired of this touch shenanigans

Oh, and please no AT&T vs. Verizon or Droid vs. iPhone flame wars, K? Thanks :).

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gggritso's avatar

Well, I can’t answer all your questions, but I’ll answers some. For reference, I actually have a Nexus One, but they should run the same version of Android at this point. Placing files on the whole is simple, you simply attach it by cable (it also supports Bluetooth, I believe) and you can browse the file system as if it were an external hard drive.

The app situation isn’t amazing, but it’s getting there. Right now the Android app store has about 1/5 of the iTunes App Store. Some of the top apps are there (Shazam, Evernote, etc) but many are missing, of course. If you ask more specifically about apps that interest you I can check. The good news is that the number of apps submitted each month is increasing, and the sales of Android phones are going up, so we’re all hoping to see more great apps soon.

Since you like Google apps, you’re in luck. Android is Google’s platform and they do a great job of making their applications and supporting them on Android.

If you’re curious, I do love my Nexus One. That said, I got to play with a Milestone at work, and was impressed with that as well.

J0E's avatar

@gggritso answered most of your questions, I just have a few things to add. The Devour is a pretty big phone, even compared to the Droid, so be aware of that. The app store situation is a little misunderstood in my opinion. I had an ipod touch and I found the Apple app store to be filled with a lot of fluff apps. The Android app store seems to have a higher ratio of useful to pointless apps.

I have an HTC Droid Eris btw

J0E's avatar

P.S. The Devour runs motoblur which is Motorola’s unique version of Android. It’s heavily geared toward social networking, so be aware of that also.

ShiningToast's avatar

@J0E Oh really? I didn’t know that about the Devour. I’ll keep that in mind.

@gggritso I’m happy to hear the Droid actually has useful apps, I’m tired of the iPhone fluff apps.

Thanks to both of you!

ShiningToast's avatar

So, which model should I get?

gggritso's avatar

@ShiningToast Well, don’t think that Android doesn’t have fluff, because it certainly does. Personally, I’d say that you’d only need a Milestone if you really need a hardware keyboard. If you don’t do a lot of email and text messaging, I’d favour something like the Nexus One, or the upcoming HTC Incredible. Drop by a store one of these days and check out an Android phone. Look at the built-in apps and see if you like them.

ShiningToast's avatar

@gggritso I’m guessing you work at Verizon? I’ll have to drop by one soon.

gggritso's avatar

@ShiningToast Haha, no! I’m in Canada, we don’t have Verizon here ;) In reality, I’m temping as a mobile developer right now. I worked on applications for Android and Palm Pre, so I’ve been spinning in a smartphone environment for a few months.

ShiningToast's avatar

@gggritso Oh, cool deal. I still have awhile before I’ll actually purchase one, so I’ll browse for a little while.

J0E's avatar

@ShiningToast Go with the Droid. The Devour is a brick and motoblur is kind of annoying. I’m personally not a fan of the Droid, but I can still say it’s a very nice phone.

ShiningToast's avatar

@J0E Droid it is. So now, how to go about getting a GSM one here in the U.S.?

Out of curiosity, why don’t you care for it?

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