Archives for the month of: November, 2009

I have a couple of quick items to address that have been swirling around the Internet rumor mill, specifically from this Computer World article First look: Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Eris are risky for business. I purchased The Motorola Droid on Friday November, 6th and have been very happy with it.

  • “Worse, it appears that the Droids don’t support Exchange ActiveSync policies”
    • Not true. The default “corporate email” app doesn’t support Exchange ActiveSync policies. There are apps that do.
  • “Here’s what happened to me in real life, acting as a regular consumer: I was not able to set up access to my Exchange account on the consumer $30-per-month plan.”
    • Here’s what happened to me in real life: I was able to set up my exchange account before i left the store. on the $30-per-month plan.
    • You do NOT need a $45 corporate package.
  • I work at a major university and there are three folks just in my office who have had Zero problems connecting the Droid to our exchange accounts, plus countless others across campus.

My biggest problem with this article is that he rails on the Droid for lacking support for Exchange ActiveSync policies.  The Droid doesn’t lack the support, the app does. so get a new app. I’m looking into Moxier Mail.

I’ve heard far too many people complaining because the Droid doesn’t do things exactly the way they want it to.  The Droid is based on the concept that each application can be replaced if you don’t like it for example if you aren’t happy with the Exchange support, get a new client.  Ok, enough with the whining about Exchange support, or that Verizon charges extra for the Corporate Data Package.

In general I hate Best Buy.

More and more my Best Buy experiences have been filled with unintelligent & over-confident employees trying to sell items that can be found half price elsewhere. For example, just before my most recent work trip my headphones broke, without enough time to order online, i looked locally. Of the places in town Best Buy had the biggest selection of around ear headphones, so with the intention of returning them after my trip, i picked up some headphones for $200. At the prodding of karf0 i checked amazon, wasn’t too surprised to find the same headphones for $100, and i vowed to never buy anything at Best Buy again.

Until the Droid came out…

I went to Best Buy on Friday November 6th, 2009 for the unveiling of the Motorola Droid.  I entered the store at 5:30pm, and i could tell that “Droid Launch Day” had been a busy one for them, I also knew this to be true because I had been in earlier in the day so one of my co-workers could pick up his Droid.  We chose Best Buy to obtain the latest in geeky gadgetry because Droids purchased at Best Buy are 199.99 without the mail in rebate. (They invented mail in rebates for people like me.)

I have to say that purchasing my Droid at Best Buy was probably the most pleasant phone buying experience of all time.  They installed the screen protector at no extra cost (I don’t think she was supposed to) and the process took all of 30 minutes.  Best Buy  redeemed itself yesterday with it’s great service. I’m not going to buy anything directly from best buy, but at least I’ve got a positive experience to go along with the negative one.