Droid 2 Is a Fine Phone, but...

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2010-08-18 Print this article Print


Odds and Ends

After the 8 megapixel monster cameras and video shoots on the HTC Evo 4G and the Droid X, the Droid 2's 5-megapixel camera and video were serviceable if not pedestrian.

The video capability provides DVD-quality video capture with DLNA perks, but if video capture is your thing, buy the Droid X with 720p video capture and HDMI output.

The Droid 2 supports 3G Mobile Hotspot capability to let users connect up to five WiFi-enabled devices for $20 extra per month.

I just don't have a use for this, but some people with multiple computers and tablets certainly might.

The device has 8GB of onboard memory (curiously, the Droid sported 16GB) and a preinstalled 8GB microSD, which like the Droid X can be upgraded to a 32GB card for 40GB of storage.

The full complement of Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube and Google Calendar, is already installed as you'd expect in a high-end smartphone.

Bottom Line

The Droid 2 is a great phone is you do a lot of texting for work or play and if you want to go Android instead of BlackBerry.

The browser is much faster than the original Droid, which launched with 2.0. But remember the Droid also now has Android 2.2.

Is Android 2.2 faster than Android 2.1? Google says yes, but I can't tell. It's sort of moot, though, because all the Android 2.1-based phones (Nexus One, Evo 4G, Droid Incredible) are getting or have received the over-the-air upgrade.

The better battery, raised keyboard, Swype and preinstalled Flash support should help users pick Droid 2 over the Droid.

The Motorola Droid also doesn't support WiFi hotspot capability due to hardware compatibility limitations.

However, for this smartphone user, the narrow nature of the virtual keyboard  is a dealbreaker for the Droid 2. I just prefer good touchscreens to QWERTY keyboards.

For that reason alone, I'd be more inclined to go with the HTC Droid Incredible or even the buffer Droid X.

If the physical keyboard is your thing, then the Droid 2's tricky virtual QWERTY keyboard may not matter.

Click the links on Motorola's Website to compare the particulars of the Droid and Droid 2.



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