DROID X2 Review
The original DROID X received the prestigious title of being Verizon’s first Android smartphone to pack a 4.3” display, but now the DROID X2 can claim to fame as being the carrier’s first smartphone to feature a dual-core processor. Employing the same 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 we’ve been accustomed to seeing at this point, it undoubtedly exhibits a reasonable amount of speed and responsiveness. Even though it runs effortlessly when static wallpapers are in use, we still find some instances of delay when graphically intensive live wallpapers are activated. Overlooking that one minor thing, it’s nevertheless able to execute other basic operations without much fluff. Still, we are expecting something so much more with the upgraded CPU, but instead, it simply operates at the same pace as its predecessor.
Strange as it may be, especially when Android 2.3 Gingerbread has been made available for some time now, the Motorola DROID X2 resorts to relying on Android 2.2.2 Froyo with their customized light version of MOTOBLUR running on top of it. At its core, it’s exactly like the one we’ve seen before, but the changes include the addition of a helicopter view and removal of the quick homescreen panel selection carousel at the bottom of the homescreen. With the former, you can rearrange the homescreen layout to your liking or quickly jump to a particular one, which is accessed either by pressing the home button or executing a swipe gesture while on the homescreen.
In terms of personalization, we’re presented with the usual assortment of standard Android and Motorola widgets – the latter of which can be resized. Meanwhile, on the presentation side of things, the overall look and style of this light version of MOTOBLUR is mainly boxy, much like MOTOBLUR in general, but it’s even more evident when you heavily use the available set of Motorola widgets. In contrast, HTC’s Sense UI is by far the more appealing of the two, since it seems to have a little bit more flavor and kick to its overall presentation. Still, some will surely appreciate the distinctive looks of the Motorola DROID X2’s interface, but it still lacks the extra fuel in the gas tank to make it the preferable choice over other customized experiences.
The Motorola DROID X2 runs Android 2.2.2 Froyo with their customized light version of MOTOBLUR on top of it
When it comes to social networking, you can receive your dose either by using the social networking widget or dedicated app available to you. Obviously, the app aggregates content in one centralized area where you can reply and post your own messages to your respective accounts simultaneously. With its dual-core processor in tow, we find a nifty looking 3D interface when you’re reading through various posts using the social networking widget.
Organizer & Messaging:
The included calendar on the Motorola DROID X2 is stock Android and syncs directly to your Google account. It does support syncing to multiple Google accounts, but it still lacks support for things like Facebook. Moreover, we find the same sticky note widget that can be used only on the home screen for quick notes. Lastly, the included Alarm & Timer app is also very basic and only provides you an alarm clock and countdown timer.
Mainly because of its large display and peppy processor, the messaging experience is undoubtedly fantastic since it enables us to speed type with very few mistakes. Whichever way you decide to go, either by using the Swype or Multi-touch keyboard, the overall experience is pretty good seeing that we’re greeted with large buttons. Not only that, but we truly adore how it’s able to quickly keep up with our speedy thumbs when inputting text via its on-screen keyboard. Of course, the landscape options provide the most comfortable and appreciable experience since they’re extremely roomy.
Besides radiating slightly more responsive tendencies when it comes to kinetic scrolling and loading up emails, the Gmail experience is basically identical to most other Android handsets – so there isn’t anything new with it. Alternatively, setting up other email accounts is simple seeing that you’ll only need to provide your email address and password for automatic setup. However, for those less popular email clients, it’ll require additional things like server addresses and ports to properly set up.
Although it’s not all the time we see instant messaging apps preloaded with handsets, we’re more than glad to see one with the Motorola DROID X2. Giving us access to services like AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger, we’re able to instantly chat with people on the go.
1. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
How could you fail to mention the increased customization options with new Blur, like the launcher icons being swappable, and the app list being organizable into separate groups?
2. cheetah2k (Posts: 727; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Mate, just get used to the fact that this place is an iphailarena hub..
I don't know why the unchanged shape is a con. If it works, don't change it FFS!
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2840; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
What amazes me how they give the ATRIX a 9.5 despite how crappy it is with full blur and a cheap plastic build.
4. jroc74 (Posts: 3625; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yea this version of Blur is alot better than whats on the Atrix.
I am surprised the qHD has good viewing angles. Nice to know. Shocked about reception claims in this review. If its exactly like the Droid X1, it should be great. Already knew battery life would be decent.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I have noticed that my X doesn't always show the best signal strength, but it's still able to place clear calls even when showing only one bar.
6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
eh, i can kind of see what they're talking about with the design, it's hard to look at it without seeing LAST year's menacing beast. now it's just a Droid past it's prime. i think this is just something they threw together after they had to abort the "Etna" Bionic but an extra month or so to put this out with even some minor aesthetic changes like the Incredible 2 had would've made all the difference.
7. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
No, the X2 was planned from the get go. It was never a last minute slapdash replacement.
8. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
how do you know? what evidence do you have for me that'll make me soon believe that Motorola half assed a DROID than the only other explanation that makes any sense? what i think is EVERYBODY was having difficulties getting the dual-core processors to play nice with the LTE radios. even LG's own Revolution was going to have a dual-core but it was likely a no go because of LTE which brings us to the "Etna" Bionic being aborted so what Moto did instead of putting out an LTE handset with a single core processor like everybody else did they decided to quickly put out a dual-core touting Droid X to make up for the time lost with the "Etna" so they can solidify a high end spot on Verizon's line up with a powerful phone therefore separating Verizon's high end line up between LTE packing handsets and powerful dual-core packing handsets so even if the X2 was planned out it was put out sooner than they would have preferred it to.
11. BlackSirius16 (Posts: 84; Member since: 21 May 2010)
This wasn't some hack job kid, this phone has been leaking under the internal name "Daytona" Since January. It was a planned refresh, designed from the get go to offer a cheaper 3G only alternative to the Bionic, and if they hadn't had to scrap the Etna hardware because of the Tegra 2 troubles with switching between Lte and 3G than this phone would only have had about a month all by it's lonesome until the Bionic came out. Chances are this phone was actually delayed, as several insiders were pointing towards early April and were surprised to see it lag this much. And if you don't like the phone than just wait for the new Droid Bionic AKA "Targa" instead of flinging your blatant nerd rage all over the place.
12. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
if you knew their time tables then maybe i'd listen to what you're saying but they could have known about the problems of the Bionic since then and had the "Daytona" ready just in case. look at the phone and you tell me what makes more sense. this isn't about disappointment or anything i never wanted ANY kind of Droid X, i'm getting the Droid 3 and eventually the Bionic and i'm defiantly not angry. i was merely responding to a comment on my original post with what i believe is the most sensible thing that's happened with Motorola lately.
9. daniel walsh (unregistered)
Those cons are so whiny and weak. The phone is great and is better than the iphone. Phonearena are fucking iphone fanboys. This phone is way better than the atrix and it gets a shitty score.
10. AAABall (unregistered)
So the DROID X2 has all these positives, yet it gets the same score as the Casio Commando?
14. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I would like to believe these reviews are based on their pecking order in the cellphone world as well as their own merit. The Casio Commander is a mid to low level device, smaller screen, low end processor, 3 home screens compared to 5, ect. The Commander should then be reviewed based on being that level of phone, and compared to others in it's class. The Droid X2 is a high end device, even without LTE- from dual core processor, to screen resolution, and so on. I do not think anyone puts the Casio offering in the "X" family's class. Obviously, Phone Arena liked the Atrix, the Inspire, and most Samsungs latest high end offerings better.
By the way, if go to "Test Freaks" site, which compiles reviews from tech sites and gives an average score, and look up the Motorola Atrix most everyone rated that thing in the "9" level.
15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2840; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I just find it funny how the iphone 3GS and iphone 4 have basically everything in common and yet the iphone 4 got a massive 9.5 score. All it did was slightly change the form factor, raise the screen resolution, and make it run faster.
Yet it got nothing but praises and a high score as well.
Droid X 2 only gets an 8 and the first Droid X got a 9.5.
17. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it's all about the times they were put out. i see the iPhone 4 as a pretty significant upgrade over the 3GS purely because of it's build quality, NOTHING i've felt compares and it came out during a time when Superphones comparable to the iPhone were few and far between, the same goes for the Droid X, excellent phone for it's time, the only real competition it had was from the iPhone 4 and the EVO 4G. now the Droid X is coming out in a much more exciting time for Superphones, following up the Samsung Galaxy S II and the LG G2x isn't going to be an easy feat bringing an unchanged design from last year's predecessor and specs that are merely putting it in sync with the times and not offering any new functionality over it's predecessor. software wise there's certainly improvement but we've all had a lingering taste of that through the Droid X build's leak so an 8 for this is probably quite sound even considering that we remember what a great phone the Droid X was.
18. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Agreed. Phonearena prob doesn't even read these comments. There the same over and over again.
24. Hallucinator (Posts: 337; Member since: 24 May 2010)
Yep iphone 3gs and 4 are the same except a complete redesign, way better processor and gpu. Other than that...the same.
19. ninawka (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
How is a phone with a single core processor and a better antenna more next gen than a phone with a way better screen and a dual core processor? And like I have said on other sights this phone won't reach it's full potential until it has Gingerbread not Froyo. The former is for dualcore phones the latter which the phone is equipped with is not!
23. Corpsemaker (Posts: 63; Member since: 10 Jul 2010)
I guess its all about when the phone was released. At the Droid X's release it was a 9.5. The X2 compared to other top of the line smartphones is more of an 8.
25. tryecrot (unregistered)
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