Report: "Exploding" Droid 2 Might Not Have Exploded After All

Report: "Exploding" Droid 2 Might Not Have Exploded After All

Last week, the internet was abuzz with the story of a man who claimed his Droid 2 shattered when he held it up to his ear. However, a new report claims the phone was already damaged before the incident. [More]

Defective Droid Sends Reader To Verizon Smartphone Replacement Hell

Defective Droid Sends Reader To Verizon Smartphone Replacement Hell

Maybe we need to turn “Tales of Verizon Smartphone Replacement Hell” into a recurring series. In today’s installment, an Android update breaks Brian’s Motorola Droid, and he goes through five replacement phones in just over three months. Oh, and a free screen protector, which belonged to the previous owner of his “Certified Like New Replacement” phone. [More]

Motorola Droid 2 Screen Shatters In Man's Ear, Blood Everywhere

Motorola Droid 2 Screen Shatters In Man's Ear, Blood Everywhere

A Texas man showed up at the hospital with blood streaming down his ear after his Motorola Droid 2 screen shattered in his ear. [More]

10 Companies That Were Once Great But Now Kinda Suck

10 Companies That Were Once Great But Now Kinda Suck

There was a time when many of us got our videos at Blockbuster after shopping for a Sony Discman at Sears, all while talking on our Motorola phone. All of these companies have had their glory days, but now they’re on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of 10 Companies That Have Lost Their Edge. [More]

Watch Out, iPhone 4: Droid X Sells Out Online After First Day

Watch Out, iPhone 4: Droid X Sells Out Online After First Day

Apparently, these are the droids consumers have been looking for: Early numbers indicate that the new Motorola Droid X, carried by Verizon Wireless, has been a big hit, selling out online and in many stores since its debut on Thursday. Time to get scared, iPhone 4. [More]

Consumer Reports Video Faceoff: Droid X vs. iPhone 4

Consumer Reports Video Faceoff: Droid X vs. iPhone 4

Playing like a polite re-enactment of a gadget blog comments section flame war, two Consumer Reports journalists pit the features of the iPhone 4 against the new Droid X in this video thunderdome. Who will win? Will the iPhone’s Retina blind the Droid’s amber oculus? Or will the Droid’s tapered top-knob bash the iPhone into shards? “Two phones enter… one phone leaves…” [More]

Verizon And Motorola Won't Replace My Busted Droid

Verizon And Motorola Won't Replace My Busted Droid

Chantell bought a Droid and has been stuck in a hamster wheel of hell trying to get a phone that works. Her original Droid didn’t work, and that was replaced with an issue-plagued refurb. Now she either has to buy a new Droid or give up her phone while she awaits another replacement. [More]

Target Is Out Of PrePaid AT&T Cards, So How About Some WalkieTalkies?

Target Is Out Of PrePaid AT&T Cards, So How About Some WalkieTalkies?

Reader David spotted this odd suggestion on Christmas Eve at his local Target. Not the most practical idea they’ve ever had, but then again: Target is crazy. [More]

This Verizon Store Provides Weird Repair Services

This Verizon Store Provides Weird Repair Services

Some Motorola Droid phones are having problems with the battery cover coming off too easily. That’s what was happening to Chris’ Droid, so he and his girlfriend brought it into a Verizon store in Pleasant Hill, CA. His girlfriend brought along her defective enV Touch for service as well.
 
When they left, Chris had a sticker stuck to the back of his Droid, and his girlfriend was told to stop wearing makeup because makeup ruins the enV Touch.

Recent Class Action Settlement Roundup

Recent Class Action Settlement Roundup

Motorola handsets, cell phone ringtones, BP propane, Sony VAIO laptops, and the hormone replacement medication Estratest: if you purchased any of these items, you could be eligible for some recently settled class actions. Are you? Well, there’s only one way to find out. [More]

New Droid Ad Goes For iPhone Jugular, Misses

New Droid Ad Goes For iPhone Jugular, Misses

A new ad for the Verizon Motorola Droid tries to savage the iPhone for being more concerned with looking good than working great. Does it work? [More]

Cheap Package Design Tricks People Into Dropping Motorola Droid On Floor

Cheap Package Design Tricks People Into Dropping Motorola Droid On Floor

The Motorola Droid is a sweet phone, but the box it comes in is a case study in bad package design. Where every other gadget these days comes in boxes with lids, or boxes designed to be opened in a specific manner, the Droid box can easily be opened so that the brand new phone falls to the floor.

Chart Compares Total Cost Of Ownership For Popular Smartphones

Chart Compares Total Cost Of Ownership For Popular Smartphones

You may think that buying an iPhone with AT&T service is an expensive commitment, and you’d be right. But as this chart from BillShrink shows, your total cost of ownership (TCO) for any of the latest smartphones is going to exceed 2 grand over a 24-month period. In fact, the highly-praised new Motorola Droid on Verizon works out to exactly the same TCO as the latest iPhone.

Meet the DROID, the Latest Chance For Verizon Owners To Express Their iPhone Envy

Meet the DROID, the Latest Chance For Verizon Owners To Express Their iPhone Envy

Motorola and Verizon revealed the mystery device behind its iCan’t ad campaign — the DROID, a 3G phone with a 5 megapixel camera, its own app store, a 16gb memory card packed in and a QWERTY keyboard.

Study Rates Cell Phones By Radiation Emitted

Study Rates Cell Phones By Radiation Emitted

The jury is still out on whether cell-phone radiation is something consumers should worry about. Scientists disagree on whether the low levels emitted are enough to cause brain tumors or other health problems in the long-term. Nevertheless, the Environmental Working Group has analyzed radiation emissions from 1,268 cell phones to see how the levels stand up against government standards.

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CEOs Who Lost Their Jobs Talk About What Went Wrong

CEOs Who Lost Their Jobs Talk About What Went Wrong

Fortune’s new article “Lessons of the fall” is interesting and entertaining for two reasons. First, it humanizes brings a human face to the usually remote CEO, in this case the exes at Motorola, Starbucks, and Jet Blue. But more important if you’re a wage slave who can admit to a little schadenfreude, it describes how each man was fired from his job. Former Starbucks CEO Jim Donald, who’s in his fifties, says the hardest thing was letting his mother know:

Motorola Flip-Flops On Flap Failure

Motorola Flip-Flops On Flap Failure

When reader Stuart bought his Motorola Razr V3XX, he was pleased with the phone but could not understand why the tiny flap covering the charger port was held in place by only 2 fragile plastic hinges. As if channeling the spirit of Nostradamus, Stuart made a startling prediction: This flimsy flap will fail. And it did. Twice. The first time, Motorola happily sent Stuart a new flap. But when the flap failed again 8 months later, Motorola unleashed a volley of red tape that left Stuart stuck. Stuart’s letter and Motorola’s response inside…