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Motorola Droid X2 Review

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Time for my views on the Motorola Droid X2 for Verizon Wireless and how it held up during my days of use. I know, I know…this review has been overdue. Let’s just say the lack of 4G on this device slowed me down a bit; hahaha, no, I kid. But seriously, there were actually plenty of things that impressed me with the Droid X2 and there were a few things that just did not. Although the Droid X2 is almost identical in exterior design to its predecessor, the Droid X, the X2’s differences lie within the interior of the device.


Network/Software:

The Droid X2 is another powerful device which is unfortunately only powered by the Verizon Wireless 3G network with no 4G to back it up. Motorola and/or Verizon Wireless have chosen not to include 4G LTE on this device for a reason that truly escapes my demanding side. I can only assume that either they do not want a huge proliferation of devices on their 4G network or manufacturers do not want to make only 4G devices until the technology has advanced and LTE internals get smaller in order to allow devices to remain less bulky in size. Whatever the reason, because it certainly is not cheaper consumer cost, Verizon Wireless still remains to offer one of the best networks in the United States for wireless coverage. So while Verizon 3G data may be slower than 4G LTE and other carrier networks on 3G/HSPA+ standards, they still provide more consistent service in more areas than even their own 4G network can provide for right now.

The Droid X2 is currently running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and should be upgradable to 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the near future. Thankfully though, we are not inundated with Moto Blur, Motorola’s overbearing proprietary Android User Interface, on this device. There will be no need for any Moto logins here on this device. The usual bloatware of Verizon apps and such are included on this device but were not difficult to uninstall. There is also an alternative to removing those pre-included applications by hiding them within the menu system and viewing just your choice of apps.

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Body/Hardware:

The Droid X2 comes packed with the same size 4.3-inch display as the original Droid X, but with a major “qHD” difference. That is right, you read correctly, we have a brilliant 960 x 540 qHD resolution which really brings the huge screen on this device to life. The protection for that “full of life” screen, which was not revealed by Motorola at the release of the device, is actually made from Corning Gorilla Glass. I mean to say that, originally, Motorola only listed the device screen as “scratch resistant” and choose not to list whether it was Gorilla Glass or some other proprietary material of their own. The device itself weighs in at nearly exactly the weight of its predecessor at 155 grams with a 65.5 x 127.5 x 9.9 mm (H X W X D) in size.

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Moving on to the spines of the device we have a Micro-USB and Micro- HDMI port right next to each other on the left bottom corner of the device which are situated in place nearly exactly as the original Droid X. That would be the same for the volume rockers, 3.5mm headset jack, and power/lock button. One thing that has disappeared around the spine, is the dedicated camera shutter button that was located on the Droid X. For some reason Motorola chose to do away with this button and we feel that it will be missed by many, including ourselves. The camera on the Droid X2 is located in the same area as the Droid X along with dual LED Flash, but the quality remains the same with a 8-Megapixel camera and 720p HD (30fps) video recording. I know 8-Megapixel may be one of the highest levels of Megapixel we get with smartphones today, but the camera itself almost seems identical in every aspect of quality and with no improvements. They have even chosen to add a front-facing camera to this device which is becoming an almost common feature on powerful smartpohnes today. Even the main functions buttons of Home, Back, Search, and Menu are still the same physical buttons you may recall on the first Droid X and some people may appreciate hard buttons while others would rather have more screen space be created for capacitive touch buttons instead.

Now don’t get me wrong there are still plenty of good things on this device which make it a powerful phone, albeit the lack of 4G. I have to mention that this device not only takes a step forward from the original Droid X with the qHD display, but it also is powered by a 1GHz Dual-Core Processor that really speeds up the performance of this device and helps in boot times, screen transitions, application functionality, etc. Now the battery life is at 1540mAh and that seems to be on par with the older Droid X and most Verizon Wireless smartphones in the current lineup except for the likes of the Samsung Charge which is a bit higher. The Droid X2 is a 3G only device, so you would think the battery life would be better than what 4G devices exhibit. But the Samsung Charge still beats the Droid X2 in battery life, albeit the Charge has a higher mAh count. According to Motorola, the Droid X2 should give us 480 minutes of talk-time and 220hrs of standby. We could speculate that the Dual-Core processor could be taxing the battery more, but that would just be an excuse. Like most Android devices the battery on the Droid X2 is satisfactory and should give you ample use for phone calls and what others may call “regular usage,” but when you start pumping music and movies it will only be a short matter of time before you are looking for your charger.

When it comes to storage, the memory on the Droid X2 has 8GB of internal memory while there is an included additional 8GB Micro-SD Card as well. I would recommend watching the video review that I do with the Droid X2 at the bottom of this article as you will see that I mention something about the memory included on this device which may be interesting to first adopters of the original Droid X who were wondering about the amount of memory included on this device. Lastly, I do want to point out that other recent Verizon Wireless smartphones lacking 4G capabilities like the Incredible 2, HTC Trophy, and Motorola Droid 3 all are World capable phones with GSM and CDMA bands. But for some reason the 3G only Droid X2 is not a World Phone in addition to being with 4G. The reason I point this out to you is because I presumed that Verizon Wireless and its device partners were giving devices without 4G internals the ability to be used overseas as a consolation for the lack of 4G, but the Droid X2 seems to counter that assumption.

Conclusion:

Currently the Droid X is available for $199.99 with 2-YR new contract in most mainstream retailers. While I admit that $200 for the Droid X2 may be a bit pricey considering the 4G landscape that Verizon Wireless has created and powerfully advertised, I can say with certainty that the Droid X2 is a internally powerful device to be reckoned with even though it has no major exterior aesthetic change from its predecessor. The Dual-Core processor and the qHD display make up for its small failings in ways that would be more than enough for most prospective buyers, not to mention a satisfactory battery life, large screen size for the worst of eyes, and relatively thin design. But if you are one of those that have been waiting for a 4G Verizon Wireless enabled smartphone with a Dual-Core processor than you, like us, are going to have to wait some more.

Learn more the author of this post:

Solomon Massele
Solomon is our Senior Managing Editor here at TekGoblin and he is also a columnist for Best Buy Mobile Magazine. He has been a technology enthusiast for years and currently contributes to companies such as TekGoblin, Best Buy Mobile Magazine, and others in the past such as SPJ Reviews. You can keep up with his updates on Twitter at @iceman7679 and his visual tech related reviews on YouTube at www.youtube.com/iceman7679. He loves everything tech, and talking about it!
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