Here’s an update on my further experience with Motorola’s Droid 2. Accessories widen the appeal of this slider keyboard smartphone.
For example the docking station pictured above turns it into a versatile alarm clock. The phone reacts to being docked by going into nightstand mode. Your usual wallpaper (I chose the animated Zen Pond) remains in the background. There are buttons to exit nightstand mode, set the alarm clock, dim the display, a weather widget, the drat connected music player and a slide show. Two further screens lead to contacts and calendar as well as DNLA connections. Really all you need to decide if it’s worth-while to get up. The appearance is restricted, dimmed, it won’t disturb your sleep even if inches away from your face. And there is nothing that grows on you faster than an alarm clock you like.
The Droid 2 goes into another special mode if you click it into it’s car windshield holder. Big buttons lead to Location, Navigation and other apps. I haven’t used this much, but in comparison with the Navigon app on my iPhone, more care has been spent on adapting the user interface to the in-car environment and to safety concerns. Location had Google maps as the background and was instantaneous and eerily exact. One day when the traffic is low, I’ll have a shootout between Navigon and Google Navigation. It’ll be interesting to see if they choose different itineraries. I’ll probably crash at a Y-crossing.
Drat Droid Mode
All’s not fine and dandy, though. If you have a computer that is open and hackable, there’ll be drawbacks somewhere.