While much of the Verizon DROID by Motorola impressed us, one less than satisfying aspect
of the Android 2.0 smartphone is its camera. Despite boasting 5.0-megapixel optics, the DROID's autofocus was sluggish and the final shots mediocre. Now, an ostensibly simple fix
is promising to address the issue, and you don't even need to whip out the screwdrivers: in fact, all that's required is a soft cloth to give the DROID's lens a proper clean.
There's now talk that the camera issues were addressed with a "silent" over-the-air (OTA) firmware update. That's not been confirmed by Verizon or Motorola as yet.
The bizarreness continues; according to
Google Android team member Dan Morill the autofocus issue is date-related, with the DROID cycling between 24.5 day periods of "good" autofocus and 24.5 day periods of "bad". Since today marked the beginning of a "good" cycle, the DROID's camera will behave for almost a month, and Dan is promising a fix will be available before things go murky and fuzzy again.