This review features a TekGoblin DoubleTake review which means you get 2 reviews from 2 different people in the same article! Why not get 2 different opinions while in the same article, read on below. First review is by Solomon M.
Alright guys, we managed to get our hands on the all new Motorola Droid 2 a few days after launch and we have to say that it definitely improves on some faults with the original Motorola Droid. Check our our unboxing video at the bottom of the post to see it in action. The Motorola Droid 2 keeps some things the same as the original Droid and some needed changes grace the device as well. The Droid 2 retains the same 3.7 inch WVGA display as previous model as well as the same camera and camcorder quality. What has improved, is the faster processor, more on-board memory, as well as a better keyboard and improved battery life, not to mention that it is the first U.S. device to come pre-stock with Android 2.2 operating system with flash 10.1.
The Motorola Droid 2 is, of course, available on the Verizon Wireless network. It is a 3G device which comes equipped with the internals to make it fly on this network operating on a CDMA 800/1900 BAND with EVDO REV. A speeds. 3G Mobile hotspot is also pre-installed on this device to enable your Droid 2 to be used a wireless router for WIFI enabled devices, for a $20 a month optional feature rate.
Droid 2 is a touch screen device with a second layer which slides out as a tactile 4-row qwerty keyboard. It maintains the same sleek design for a touch and keyboard phone combination as the original Droid had, but it also has some unique curves. It has a 3.7-inch WVGA display (480×854 resolution), weighs 169 grams, with dimensions of 60.5×116.3×13.7mm. Standard Micro USB port for charging and data transfer and a 3.5mm headset jacks. On the inside it is WIFI and Bluetooth enabled, comes with 8GB of on-board memory in addition to a pre-installed 8GB MicroSD card (16GB total memory of the box).
The camera seems to have stayed the same on this one with the same 5 Mega-Pixel camera with dual LED flash and video capture. The frames per second has increased from 24 to 30 now, but now HD recording for the moment and we are still waiting to here back from either Verizon or Motorola if a software update for that will be released since the hardware is capable. The battery is still a 1400 mah Li-Ion, but has improved from 6.4 hours of talk time on the original Droid to 9.6 hours in the Droid 2 mostly because of the Android 2.2 operating system.
We also want to mention that the Droid 2 maintains a dedicated hardware button for easy quick access to the camera, which is something we see a lack of most other Android devices. Motorola went ahead and got rid of that obtrusive directional pad on the first Droid in favor of a wider keyboard with directional arrows instead. However, there is one thing that Motorola choose not to change which was not to include a spring loaded keyboard. So instead of having your keyboard pop right out once you nudge it out; you actually have to push the board all the way out yourself which can be somewhat of a bother especially if you are trying to hold or do multiple things with your hands at once.
The Droid 2 comes packed with Android 2.2, the latest Android operating system update, and Verizon has gone ahead an included several pre-installed on the devices such as 3G Mobile Hotspot, Skype Mobile, NFL Mobile, Need for Speed:Shift, Blockbuster, and Quickoffice. The Droid 2 also comes with the new user interface (UI) that Motorola debuted on the Droid X which is known as “TI OMAP” and brings 7 customizable home screens similar to HTC Sense. It also comes with Adobe Flash 10.1, pinch-to-zoom, Swype optional on-screen keyboard, and full Exchange support. Verizon Wireless will be offering the capability of using the Droid 2 as a mobile hotspot for an additional $20 a month for an allowance of 2GB tethering; which is in addition to your monthly required data rate of $30 for your mobile device.
In all the Droid 2 looks like a moderately healthy improvement from the original Motorola Droid and, aside from the 1GHZ processor upgrade, it offers some incremental improvements all around. Current and prospective Verizon Wireless customers who are looking for a solid Android device which offers a hardware qwerty keyboard, the latest Android software, and a faster device than other Verizon smartphone hardware keyboard options such as the LG Ally, Motorola Droid 1, Motorola Devour, and Blackberry Curve should definitely keep this device on their short list. Please leave your remarks or opinions in the comments field below and share your own experiences if you own or have used the Motorola Droid 2.
Below is the DoubleTake Review for the Droid 2 by Chester Kominowski.
With my first look at the original Droid, I was impressed with the specifications & style of the phone. Improvements I was hoping for in the second Droid were; a keyboard that included a separate line for numbers, a faster processor and an improved camera. I’ll start with the design of the Droid ll. Holding the phone, one of the first things I noticed was the weight. It’s slightly heavy, weighing in at 169 grams. The style of the phone emulates the Droid but is more rounded off, giving it a sleek feel. The first droid had a more of a robotic feel to it, that later became a selling point in commercials. At a first look it could most certainly be called aesthetically pleasing. Now let’s move on to the operation of the Droid ll.
After sliding out the keyboard, to my dismay I noted that the full QWERTY, like its predecessor, lacked a line dedicated to numbers. Not entirely discouraged I continued to explore the operating system and how Motorola incorporated its software with Android Froyo (Android Version 2.2). Being familiar with Android’s previous version, 2.1 Éclair, in my own personal device, made it easy for me to explore the phone. The phone itself runs well, but the transition between home screen windows isn’t nearly as smooth as the Samsung Captivate or iPhone 4. I also tested the phone’s ability to send and receive calls and text messages. I had little trouble in either area and found the menus and screens to be self explanatory.
A few noteworthy advancements on this phone are the ability to use it as a wireless router and the addition of flash 10.1. First experimenting with the wireless router I was surprised that my laptop was able to load an email page at a respectable speed, given the location was a TGI Fridays in Lafayette, Indiana & had a 3G signal. The downside to the routing capabilities is, as you might have guessed, it’s a battery drainer!
For Android users out there now the phones on the market have a lot of the same specifications going around; a 1Ghz processor, 512 RAM, internal hard drive at least 8 Gig and a touch screen interface. Basically, what a cell phone user is looking for now is a device that he/she personally likes; whether it has a physical keyboard or not.
In summary the Droid ll is a great phone. It does have a physical keyboard–an advantage for users who can’t let go of pushing a button. The phone continues to compete with general specifications of the other leading Android phones and the iPhone, along with some improvements (flash 10.1 & wireless router). Thanks for reading comments would be appreciated :D!
TekGoblin Official Rating: 3.5 Gears