iFixit tore down the Motorola Droid 2 and reports that Motorola left intact all that was great about the original Droid and updated just what needed fixing. Droid 2 includes faster speeds and longer battery life.
The Motorola Droid 2 went on sale on the Verizon network Aug. 12
-going head-to-head with the launch of the BlackBerry Torch on AT&T. The folks at iFixit
immediately got their hands on the successor to Motorola's popular and
accolade-winning Droid and performed a teardown to compare the two.
The verdict? Motorola knows its way around an update.
"Motorola certainly took the -if it ain't broke, don't fix it' route
by keeping everything people didn't complain about exactly the same and
upgrading the bits that mattered," iFixit said in an Aug. 12 statement.
"Who wouldn't like smoother games and faster browsing?"
Motorola made "significant" internal evolutionary changes, the
repair company reported-for example, giving the Droid 2 a 1GHz
processor and 802.11n connectivity, compared to the Droid's
802.11g-which result in an "overall speedier experience." And still,
the internal layouts of the two devices are so similar that, once
apart, said iFixit, it's hard to tell one from the other.
Both Moto smartphones come with the same 3.7-inch full WVGA TFT LCD
display, with a resolution of 854 by 480, and the same 2.7V, 1390 mAh
lithium-ion polymar battery. On the Droid 2, however, Motorola made
enough internal improvements that the battery now reportedly yields 575
minutes of usage time, versus the 385 advertised minutes it offered on
the original Droid. Additionally, the battery (we're looking at you,
iPhone) can easily be removed.
Also new is that the Droid 2's 5-megapixel rear-facing camera
supports DVD-quality video recording at 30 frames per second, up from
the Droid's 24. It also has a SanDisk 8GB NAND flash package soldered
to it main board.
"This part wasn't included in the original Droid," wrote iFixit.
"The Droid 2 only comes with [an] 8GB microSD card, so its storage
capacity out of the box is the same as the original. We didn't
investigate how Android handles the filesystem being split across two
The Droid is priced at $199 with a two-year service contract, and
like the original Droid it pairs its touch screen with a QWERTY
keyboard, which Verizon already emphasized is also unique, as it's a "symmetrical keyboard with raised keys for more responsive typing to push out notes and status updates,"
the carrier said in a statement.
The Droid 2 also ships with Android 2.2 (versus the Droid's 2.0) as
well as support for Microsoft Exchange, Adobe Flash 10.1 and various
e-mail and messaging applications. There's quick access to Google
services, as well as assisted and simultaneous GPS. The Droid 2 can
also act as a hotspot for up to five WiFi-enabled devices.
In 22 steps, iFixit transformed the Droid 2 from a serious market
competitor to a table of shiny bits. "Are you wondering if the Droid 2
has the capacity to reassemble itself?" the team joked. Despite
Motorola's marketing slogan, it's likely not something Droid does.