Yesterday I mentioned some negative comments about the new Motorola Droid. I have never seen the device and I mentioned that in my blog entry. I did see photos which I said were boxy. And quite frankly I have little confidence in Motorola as I have seen them release disappointment after disappoint across multiple product lines. Ironically the people I meet at the company always seem to be top notch. Perhaps it is a management issue. This is just speculation on my part but there is obviously a systemic problem when the company not only seems to be driving itself out of business, it sent some of its top people to Nortel to help do the same.
Today at Supercomm I had a chance to speak with a highly respected Verizon executive who does not work on the wireless side of the house. He has used the Droid and says it is hip and lightening fast. He said specifically that the browser came up immediately and web pages did the same.
I thought it makes sense for my readers to know this as I do not want to negatively influence you by presenting my early thoughts without appropriate balance. I trust my source was speaking truthfully (but there obviously could be inherent bias) and I was asked by another Verizon representative to not disclose the name of my source.
So there you have it. Maybe Motorola with its back against the wall has come out swinging with a phone which will be a solid competitor to the iPhone. One other comment – the phone is supposed to feel heavy – which is not a surprise when you consider all of the high tech chips packed into a slim form factor which includes a real keyboard.