Verizon Wireless RAZR M smartphone

I originally started this piece out comparing the shortcomings of my aging Droid to consumer expectations. From apps that test my patience to a horribly performing Motorola phone’s camera.

But in my research, I discovered the phrase “Planned Obsolescence” in regards to smartphones. And suddenly I stopped comparing and started getting a bit aggravated.

Wikipedia’s entry on the subject says “Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence[1] in industrial design is a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time

So I am going to start this piece with most of my original text and we’ll go from there.

Droid, Samsung or iPhone? The Camera Itself Could Be the Determinant!

After a ton of consideration and suffering with my own cell phone, I believe my next phone will NOT be a Motorola (Lenovo owned) Droid. If for anything else, the raging *! excuse for a camera that is part of my Droid phone. That, and this oddly growing sluggishness my phone’s apps are demonstrating in some of the simplest functions.

My phone is almost two years old so I am going to presume that new apps and OS updates are responsible for the terrible performance my Droid demonstrates. From the OS intermittently taking up to several seconds to respond to any screen touch to the camera that is spiraling ever downward in catching those perfect moments we all try to snag.

To help my Motorola phone I have been rebooting it at least a few times a week to clear out its memory for a bit of a marginal performance improvement.

When I have issues with a product, I’m not always the first to speak up. It is only when I start seeing other users having the same issues that I start to wonder if there is a systemic issue going on with a product. Sure enough, I know several people with my same set of issues and or symptoms with their own Droids. Hmm.

Some of the problems I am experiencing include…

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An update has come out for my Verizon Motorola Droid X Android OS phone!

Do you need to turn on your Google apps location access setting on your Droid? Read on, I’ll show you how in a bit.

The other day, my Google Android phone updated itself to Android version 4.1.2. And along with this update, is the subtle message that your choices, settings and preferences don’t really matter. Or at least it felt that way as I spent the next few days resetting settings and preferences that were smite during the update.

Right off the bat, a few things were apparent that changed.

After the update, later that night, I saw all these update notices scrolling across my phone’s screen. It took me back a moment. It seems that all my mobile apps modified themselves to “Auto Update,” despite what I previously had them set to.

I set my apps to manual update. Most of the time updates only seem to install more insidious ads!

But that’s not the half of it.

The other thing I had noticed after the update was my location on my Google Maps app was not working.

Up until the update, I was able to get a general idea of where on the map I was because my phone was either pinging off of a cell phone tower, a wireless network or GPS. 90% of the time my GPS is off, so it used to work off of the towers and networks mostly.

But walla, after the update, maps would not show me my location. Instead, it would say “Please Enable Google Apps location access.” Eh?

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Great Apps That I Found and Use With My Droid Smartphone [Consumer]

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Motorola Droid X from Verizon Wireless Pt 2 of a Consumer User Product Review

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DROID X 2-Hour Review plus People Are Awesome YouTube Video [Consumer Product Review]

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DROID X 2-Hour Review plus ‘People Are Awesome’ YouTube Video [Consumer Product Review]

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