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Hands-on with the Motorola DROID 2

Hands-on with the Motorola DROID 2
With less than a year under its belt, the Android device that managed to get the platform rolling into high gear is giving way to its eventual successor – the Motorola DROID 2. Right on cue for its nationwide roll out, the Motorola DROID 2 seemed to come out of nowhere to follow up to their strong showing with the Motorola DROID X and possibly shake things up for consumers since it's landing at the same time as the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Since the original DROID was such a hit, Motorola retained a similar design style with the DROID 2 – which is the safe route for them to follow. However, we didn't experience the same feeling we had when taking it out of the box for the first time and holding it when compared to its predecessor. In similar fashion, the DROID 2 sports that streamlined industrial design, but corners are more rounded than the original – which is distinctly noticeable with the area outlining the touchscreen. We quickly absorbed the elegance that the handset embodies, but there is no denying that the luster isn't as profound as the original since it remains faithful. Unfortunately, the same monotonous action is required in opening up the handset to reveal the QWERTY – but it would've been nice to see some kind of snapping mechanism employed. Regardless of that, we're happy to see that buttons on the QWERTY are bubbled to allow for a better distinction between keys. Now one of the exciting parts about the handset is the fact that it comes out of the box with Android 2.2 Froyo, so owners will be able to experience the superior performance it'll have to offer. Naturally there are going to be people out there who will run to their local Verizon store to scope a unit for themselves, but if you're a little torn right now due to the vast options available to you, then we would recommend that you sit back, relax, and read our Motorola DROID 2 Review!

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Hands-on with the Motorola DROID 2
Hands-on with the Motorola DROID 2
Hands-on with the Motorola DROID 2
Hands-on with the Motorola DROID 2

Hands-on with the Motorola DROID 2

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


PAPPAJAY IS A DICK

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 16:56

11. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Whats all this about?

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 16:59 1

12. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Seriously phone arena this is how you filter out garbage?

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 17:45

14. trentsinmypants (Posts: 311; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)


jbroots is speakin' teh truth! :D

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 18:21

18. Kobe (unregistered)


i don't know papajay224 but i totally agree

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 18:21

20. kobe (unregistered)


he's totally a dick...

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 18:35

21. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


@papajay you passed the garbage filter a few posts ago

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 19:40

22. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)


Hey jb I dont know this guy but how about keeping your personal opinion when it come to people to yourself.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 21:02

24. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


Hes an ass

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 23:48

26. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


Who cares if he is an ass. Be mature and the bigger man here. This is phone arena not elementary school...dang...

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 15:00

2. few (unregistered)


same body is not great like iphone super tough glass body and looks fancy.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 15:36

4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2864; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You mean the one that shattered after being dropped a couple times?

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 16:04

7. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


The one ppl have to hold it at an awkward fashion which leads to phone drops on the ground and shatters easily? The one that ppl wanted to show off their body but ultimately they have to use a "condom" to get a reception?

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 05:17

27. ABF (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Aug 2010)


The one that is 'awesome' and the dream-come-true-video call-phone, if the other person as one like it, and you are in the range of an wi-fi hot point, that means..in that case you don't even need a phone, you call person trough the internet...?

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 22:22

33. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


@Rory I think it shatters from gripping it to hard.

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 22:27

34. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


@few yeah because fancy is was makes phone calls. It's not like cirque du soliel come bounding out of you phone like acrobats carrying your phone call on a feather pillow then driving it to your girlfriends house in an Aston Martin. It's an icon clusterfuck made of glass and crappy Apple recyclables. But you keep fancy you need it, you never know there could be an app that helps you get a life.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 15:05

3. EFchris91 (Posts: 22; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


This is a really nice phone. I just got back from Verizon and got to compare it with my iPhone 4 and my friends Droid X.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 15:38

5. britneylolz (unregistered)


i like this phone but theres not front facing camera =( so i wont be getting it right now verizon is the only company without a phone with a front facing camera t-mobile has the nokia e73 ,sprint has the evo , at&t has the iphone 4 they all have front facing cameras.. i know some of u may argue with me that u dont need a front facing camera but i dont care because i do because i think it would be nice to be able to make video calls without having to take out ur laptop.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 16:32

8. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


i'm holding out for the epic and i'm glad that sprint does the video calling over 3g since im not in a 4g are

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 16:32

9. jbroots3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2010)


...a (area*)

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 21:47

30. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


I'm holding out for Sprint to go bankrupt. Whuuup! Times up!

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 15:46

6. alexandrow (unregistered)


well i have to admit its a good looking phone. 2 things is missing is front facing camera like the gurl above me said and gsm capabilities ,i have a droid x but the only thing i hate about it , its that its not like a blackberry storm because the blackberry storm work all over the world because there cdma/gsm hybrid phones so why couldnt they make this one like this? i am going to have to cancel my account and get at&t or t-mobile because i am going to germany for 3 weeks and my droid x will not work over there due to it being cdma only .. i regret not getting a blackberry storm 2 because if i did have a black berry storm i wouldnt have to go tru all this trouble ebcause it would work in europe .. so yea i think it would be nice to have an android phone from verizon that will work in places like europe ..

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 16:40

10. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So here's what you do: deactivate your X, put your Storm 2 on the line, go to Europe, come back, reactivate your X, and VOILA! You don't have to cancel and you keep superior service. FYI, global capable droids are coming out by the end of the year on Verizon.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 17:06

13. Alexandrow (unregistered)


Can i rally do that??? And if so how? Ur a lifesaver cuz I dnt wanna cancel verizon

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 17:48

15. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Okay, what you do is this: Take your Storm 2 (presuming you still have it) and dial *228, hit option 1. Follow the instructions. You'll need your password/last four of your social. After it's activated, call Customer Service (1-800-922-0204) and hit "0" at the main menu. get the rep to get everything set up on your account for international service. When you get back do the reverse: get all the international crap taken off the account and reactivate your Droid using the same *228 option 1.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 17:51

16. alexandrow (unregistered)


thank u very mucho!! it worked perfect!

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 17:56

17. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol, you waited around for my response, didn't you? Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, I've been driving. Just remember to get to customer service to get those international features activated so the Storm will work.

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 22:13

31. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


See Verizons people blogging and they are still willing to help customers out.+5k

posted on 14 Aug 2010, 11:30

36. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh hell yeah. A happy customer is a paying customer. Alex gets to keep his awesome phone and NOT pay a 300 and fucking 50 dollar termination fee while he goes to Eurpoe, and Verizon keeps a happy customer who's paying his monthly bill like clockwork. And eventually, 20 months from now, a Verizon salesman gets to get a nice little commission and feed his kids/get that last bit of money for a down payment on a new car to replace the 12 year old POS he's been driving when it's not in the shop being fixed. EVERYBODY wins. You can be selfish and generous at the same time. :) Plus, I love just helping people out. Just the other day stopped by a family with a flat tire on the highway, let them use my phone to argue with their roadside assistance, used my phone to find the local junkyard and get them to come tow the vehicle to their shop (at a lower rate than roadside assistance was going to charge) and get those locking lug nuts off and a new (cheap!) tire put on. I was a half hour late to my second job, but I still felt good when all was said and done.

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 18:21

19. Droid (unregistered)


Love my Droid2, still got the Droid X on my side but loving the Froyo with Adobe flash! Phone is amazing!

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 19:50

23. joey18 (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


i know verizon the best network but droid 2 my choose is samsung epic 4 droid 2 old model

posted on 14 Aug 2010, 11:29

35. Jango_Fred (Posts: 53; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)


Oooh...he English speak good

posted on 12 Aug 2010, 21:46

25. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2864; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I love my droid x too much to return it and get this. If this had a 4.0 inch display and a better keyboard(its improved but still) i def would. Yes if you haven't picked up to it yet i am talking about the epic 4g. Now this is a solid upgrade but i see no need if you already have the droid x. So i will wait to see the droid pro and that htc slide out phone that was recently leaked.

posted on 14 Aug 2010, 12:29

37. Sniggly (Posts: 6474; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's a great phone for those who wanted an updated Droid with pretty much all of the X's trimmings but without the gargantuan size.

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 09:07

28. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Great looking phone, but I'm not a physical QWERTY kinda guy. Plus there's no way in hell I could now give up my gorgeous 4.3 in. display!

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 12:25

29. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


I agree, I was actually thinking of switching from my X to the 2 but after using the 2 all day today I really don't like the keyboard, I actually prefer the original Droid keyboard... and of course theres the decrease in screen size that makes the Droid 2 look like a toy next to my X.

posted on 13 Aug 2010, 22:17

32. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


I like the Droid x, but my Incredible has the "classy" side to the Droid with the smooth face and the Droid eye for the camera. The AMOLED Screen also makes you feel fuzzy inside. Great devices all together though. Verizon is doing a Bang up job.

posted on 14 Aug 2010, 14:46

38. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


I agree, been a Verizon customer for a long time and i'm glad the days of WinMo are gone now that we have other options... thank god

posted on 15 Aug 2010, 15:38

39. Misanthropos (Posts: 56; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


Looks better than it's predecessor. But it lost all hope with the "Motorola" at the top of the screen. It's doomed. Get ready for your turds to have screen issues!

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