Droid x2 Is a Fine Addition to the Droid Family

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-05-25 Print this article Print


A new Gallery application on the X2 is a fun touch. This application, accessible from one of seven home screens, lets users post photos and comments on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Tap on a picture and you're in Facebook. Users may view their camera pictures from this application.

Video worked fine on X2, and porting content with an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) to my TV, which always worked well with the X, performed without hiccups. No front-facing camera for video chat, sorry. I know that's all the rage these days, even if it does annoy those next to you on the train or subway.   

Under the hood, it is a different story also, allegedly. I write allegedly because the X2 is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core, 1GHz processor, which also powered the Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T, the Motorola Xoom tablet and other devices.

Motorola claims the X2 "is the first smartphone at Verizon Wireless to sport a dual-core 1GHz processor, delivering up to twice the power as its predecessor DROID X." The first part I can't argue with, but I'm not convinced the dual-core on the X2 was that much of a better performer than the standard single-die chip of the X.

While the X2 portends to offer "lightning-fast speeds for better gaming experiences, Web browsing, page rendering and Adobe Flash video performance," I found the X and X2 beat each other loading Google search, Websites and YouTube videos. Seriously.

Calls have always been great on my X, and I found this to be comparable on the X2, with minimal dropping of coverage in Fairfield County, Conn., which by the by has 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) coverage now.

The X2's 1,540mAh battery, the very same lithium-ion workhorse in the X, will last you a day as long as you're not spending it flicking through YouTube and playing data- and power-hogging games. Rounding it out, the X2 has 512MB of RAM, 8GB of onboard memory, and 8GB of internal storage, expandable up to a 32GB microSD card.

If you were on the fence about the Droid X, I'm not sure this largely incremental upgrade will do it for you. Unless, of course, the qHD screen and dual-core are enough to push you. No current Droid X owners should abandon their handsets for the X2, essentially the same phone.

If I were shopping for a phone, would I pick the X2? No, not when the Samsung Droid Charge and runs blazingly fast on Verizon's 4G LTE network.

However, should a Droid X come along on Verion's 4G LTE network running Gingerbread with native NFC support and chip controller, count me in. I bought the X above other Android phones because I loved the hardware. A faster X with better software-not the X2-would do the trick for me. 




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