Oh nice, so, obviously I've used an iPhone for years, and have had the DROID here for over a week, using it as my primary device. So I am completely comfortable with my assessment. It sounds like you have had your hands on the DROID for quite a while as well. Can you give your personal opinions, based on your actual USE of the DROID?
Because, well, that is what I did.
Unless feature-by-feature comparisons are more your thing, then go ahead and trust those.
While I appreciate your judgmental and sarcastic tones, the fact is that FiOS has the best picture, period. It's been proven time and again in independent tests. Also, I don't recall reviewing any of their movies, which is what movies critics do. I talked about the quality - the PICTURE QUALITY, of the video on demand services. Again, FiOS has a much cleaner picture. Why? Because they don't compress the signal like Comcast (and other cable companies) does.
I do this for a living, and I think I know what I am talking about. I've been with Verizon for about 3 years now. When my friends come over who subscribe to Comcast, they immediately notice a difference and comment on it.
Sorry, but you are wrong in this instance.
I took the photos based on the out-of-box experience of both devices. To make the Zune HD device look the way it does, all I had to do was turn it on. I didn't have to go into any settings area to change the brightness or anything. So in fairness, I did the same with the iPod.
Using a media button and then swiping on a screen is *NOT* "no more difficult" than tapping a hardware rocker. I have my iPhone in a beltloop Monster LRG case. If I want to adjust volume, I just tap, without looking at, the hardware rocker that the case leaves exposed. I don't need access to the screen at all, and i don't need to touch two different surfaces on two different sides of the device ;)
In my opinion, it isn't fair to the customer. Here's something I just sent in email:
AT&T is expecting their customers who aren't appropriately covered by the AT&T cell towers to pay to augment their network, $150 up front, plus $20 per month ($240 a year.) The product will then use your home broadband connection, which you also pay for (and AT&T is now taking advantage of,) to provide better service for your mobile phone, as well as the phones of anyone in your general area.
To me, if it is necessary for a customer to use one of these devices because AT&T's coverage is spotty in their home, then AT&T should lease it to the customer for a nominal monthly fee, similar to a cable box.
Unfortunately, George, that just isn't a true assessment. We ran a side-by-side test, and it was clear that FiOS had better quality due to the uncompressed nature of their feed, and that satellite, with their 1080p on demand offering, had the highest-quality on demand feed.
Actually, that Engadget link is wrong, since it implies that those features are somehow delayed and not part of the dashboard update.
The update above is for PRESS ONLY. It is a preview, so that WE can bring YOU the news on some of the new features. It is NOT the public release of the fall 2009 dashboard.
When the dashboard is released publicly, it WILL have Facebook, Twitter, Zune Marketplace with instant-on 1080p streaming, and everything else you expect it to have. Those features just aren't in the PRESS PREVIEW.