Motorola DROID R2-D2 Special Edition Hands-on
In terms of design, we already mentioned that it follows closely to the style in use with the current Motorola DROID 2 handset, but its paint job is noticeably different with its attention to R2-D2. There are even some subtle details, like the blue accented buttons and markings on the display, that makes this one a looker from a far glance. However, we were thoroughly surprised with the flush nature of the physical keyboard – which in fact reminded us of the original Motorola DROID. Instead of finding the prominently bubbled buttons with the DROID 2's keyboard, our fingers are left having to feel the faint pronounced areas of each key, but thankfully, they still offer a solid click when pressed. Although it's rather difficult in feeling out each individual button, we found ourselves typing casually after a short while of using it.
Software-wise, you've got Android 2.2 running that customized version of MOTOBLUR which some can appreciate as it's not as obtrusive as others. Seeing that this is the R2-D2 Limited Edition handset, there are some notable Star Wars themed goodies that are in for the ride – such as wallpapers, ringtones, notification sounds, a widget, and a couple of apps. The only sole Star Wars widget that's found is the R2-D2 clock widget which unfortunately, is a bit on the smaller and less prominent side, but will still add that cool factor since it's R2-D2 emitting a beam to display the time. However, we do adore the multitude of static and live wallpapers found on the handset. By far, we like the live wallpapers that require you to shake the handset to activate them – such as the lightspeed one which essentially will put you in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon as it shifts to lightspeed. Not only are we greeted to the nifty animation, but it's accompanied by some classic Star Wars sound. Finally, there are two apps loaded on the handset, but one of them is nothing more than a short video. You've got the Star Wars ESB Binoculars app which places you in a first person view which will then allow you to pan and zoom the battlefield. Actually, it didn't scream anything too enticing since you don't necessarily interact with anything aside from the binoculars view you're situated in. Secondly, there is “The Best of R2D2” clip which compiles a variety of scenes throughout all of the movies that consist of our adorable DROID.
So that's pretty much sums up the Motorola DROID R2-D2 Limited Edition handset which will undoubtedly be appreciated by any fan of the Star Wars universe. And if you really consider yourself a die-hard fan, you might want to scope this one out since it'll most likely become a collector's item some day.
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1. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
It'll be a collector's item if you keep it in the box. Otherwise it'll be just another used piece of Star Wars flotsam.
2. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
i have one!! its for sale! not removed from the box! i had an upgrade available and went in and got one today. i will sell it, but will have to make some kind of profit.
3. 3watts (Posts: 56; Member since: 28 Jul 2009)
Then get on eBay and sell it. This isn't a classified section you tool.
4. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
no kidding. if i was trying to sell it on here, i would have a price listed. faggot.
5. numberonenygfan (Posts: 211; Member since: 19 Oct 2009)
lol someone whos name is "mr. droid" shouldnt be calling anyone a "faggot" although i do have to agreed with you this dude is a major D-Bag, dont try to sell your phone on phone arena... you look stupid.. as does "mr. Droid" over here .. lol so many nerds on this site i cant beleive i waste my time reading your stupid comments let the force be with you ... morons
6. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
Get back to the phone and not the guy selling product. Phone isn't all that. Live wallpapers = bat. killlers.
7. nitro (unregistered)
just a question. this special version is US release only, right?
would it work with European GSM/3G if you´re going to import one from us?
i know they have a different mobile signals there (2G/GSM) but is 3G the same as in Europe?
or will the device roll out in europe some time?
thanks a lot