DROID X2 Review
As much as we miss seeing a dedicated shutter key to quickly launch the camera app, the camera interface is actually unchanged. However, it’s worth noting that by default, it’s set to continuous focus as opposed to auto-focus. Nonetheless, there is still a decent amount of shooting and manual modes, but it’s nothing dramatically more than what we’ve seen already with its predecessor.
You’d think that the DROID X2 would see a bump with its camera, but rather, it decides to employ the same exact 8-megapixel auto-focus camera as its predecessor. In general, we’re quite pleased with the handset’s photo prowess seeing that it captures a decent amount of detail – though, its production is on the softer side. Despite that, we dig the natural looking colors it’s able to muster up with its shots. Oppositely, we’re also impressed with the handset’s results under low lighting conditions indoors since it still manages to retain some details and colors to make it more than presentable. Likewise, the dual-LED flash does a wonderful job in illuminating the scenery, but it seems to lose its power with subjects located more than 7 feet away from the handset. Comparing their performance, the DROID X2 establishes the same results with its predecessor, which is more than acceptable to our tastes.
video recording is commonplace amongst high-end smartphones, it’s somewhat disappointing to see the Motorola DROID X2 unchallenged by not offering 1080p recording instead. Even though it’s able to shoot at the rate of 30 frames per second, videos still seem to be choppy looking during playback. Moreover, we’re undeniably horrified with the muddy looking visuals we’re greeted with – thus eliminating any remnants of fine detail. Watching the recorded videos on a high-definition display, it goes to show why we’re nowhere close to using the handset as a dedicated video recorder. It’s just too terrible to endure!
Motorola DROID X2 Sample Video:
Launching the Gallery app, we notice that the first thing we’re treated to is this interface that stacks some of the most recent photos on top of one another. In addition, it categorizes photos into groups like your camera roll, online social networking albums, friends’ albums, and general library of images. If you select the “my library” option, it’ll display pictures in your typical grid-like fashion. However, when you tilt the handset to landscape, it switches to a familiar 3D carousel, which allows us to scroll through the available images. Once a photo is selected, you can perform some minor edits, like rotating and cropping, and share it with a variety of services like Picasa, email, and text messaging.
Finding the same music player interface as before, it’s seemingly functional on many levels with its balanced presentation, but even more when it packs a coverflow like interface in landscape. Much like most things, it displays things like the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls when a song is played. Moreover, we absolutely love how there are a variety of equalizer settings to choose from – making specific songs sound better with their associated equalizer selection. Impressively, audio quality with the handset is astonishingly powerful, yet distortion-free when placed on the loudest volume setting.
Factoring its sizable display and fast processor, it’s able to handle high-definition problems with little effort. Loading a video encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution, our eyes have plenty to feast on thanks to its smooth playback and rich amount of detail.
Rather than simply streaming videos through its microHDMI port, we now find a mirrored experience that allows us to experience the handset on our high-definition television set. Though, we’re only able to use it in landscape, but at least it stretches out to fully encompass the entire layout. Naturally, we’re able to play both music and videos stored locally on the phone, while other things like gaming, it allows us to easily enjoy the full experience on the big screen – nice indeed!
Although it’s packing 4GB of internal storage, of which only 3.43GB is available to us out of the box, it’s actually supplemented with a preloaded 8GB microSD card. Sure it might be enough for some, but you can always replace the card with others up to 32GB in capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
Constant web surfers will instantly gravitate to the handset, not only for its massive display, but because it provides us with a near desktop like experience. Fortunately, complex web sites are able to load in a decent amount of time, but with some Flash content, there is some wait time required before we’re able to interact with them. Without a doubt, the DROID X2 operates at a high level and exudes plenty of responsiveness with things like kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. All in all, the web browsing experience is astoundingly satisfactory and the handset is clearly ideal for it.
Taking into account all the hoopla and pride that generally surrounds any of Motorola’s DROID branded handsets, some might be bummed to find the DROID X2 is basically like any other 3G smartphone on Verizon’s lineup. Despite not offering 4G LTE connectivity, we’re presented with the usual set of connectivity features – like Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11 b/g/n, and aGPS. Furthermore, the handset packs mobile hotspot functionality that enables it to share its data connection with up to 5 other Wi-Fi devices.
1. Sniggly (Posts: 6778; 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: 772; 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: 2940; 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: 4720; 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: 6778; 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: 6778; 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: 3197; 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: 2940; 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: 340; 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)
Yes there should realize the opportunity to RSS commentary, quite simply, CMS is another on the blog.