June 16, 2010, 4:22 PM — The Motorola Droid certainly hasn't been an "iPhone killer," but it has become a solid alternative to the iPhone for Verizon customers who don't want to switch their carriers.
But like every big new smartphone to hit the market, the Droid was far from perfect. With Motorola planning to drop a Droid sequel on the market later this month, we thought it would be a good time to go over the areas we hope the newest version of the device will improve upon the old one.
1. Improve the keyboard quality: The fact that the Motorola Droid has a slide-out physical keyboard is a nice touch for smartphone users who are uncomfortable using touchscreens for typing. But the original Droid's keyboard had keys that were too shallow for some users, who found that they had a tough time really getting a handle on the device's typing technology. Leaked pictures posted on the blog Droid Life show that the new phone appears to have a slightly more embossed keyboard, which seems like a positive sign. We won't know for sure how much better the new keyboard is, however, until we try it out ourselves.
2. Stronger enterprise features: Yes, the Droid has Microsoft Exchange installed on it, thus giving you access to corporate e-mail servers. But as Mark Gibbs noted last year, it takes more than Exchange to make an enterprise device. It would be nice if the new Droid would take a page from the iPhone and install a Cisco IPsec VPN client into the device and to give it remote wipe capabilities that will make it more suitable for enterprise use. The Droid will also have to give companies the ability to enforce security policies if it wants to be taken seriously as an enterprise device, so it should include features that let IT departments set password strength, screenlock timeouts and other key security components.