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DROID X2 Review

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DROID X2 Review
As much as 4G LTE is constantly in our minds nowadays, some might be surprised that some people still use their smartphones for phone calls. Knowing that, we’re actually more than impressed with the superb calling quality of the Motorola DROID X2. Not only does the earpiece produce some strong tones, but voices on both ends of the line are natural, distinctive, and clear – making conversations such a joy. Additionally, the speakerphone quality is pretty good too with its strong volume output, but there is just a tiny bit of muffled tone with it – albeit, it doesn’t have an adverse effect on the overall calling quality.

Interestingly enough, we’re taken back by the handset’s poor signal strength seeing that in high coverage areas indoors, it’s only able to pull in a figure of -89 dBm. Yet, we didn’t experience any dropped calls or major fluctuations in signal strength during our testing.

Even with its shiny new dual-core processor, battery life is in fact more than ample with the handset primarily because we’re able to pull in 9.75 continuous hours of talk time on a single charge – whereas, the manufacturer has it rated for 8 hours. However, for normal everyday usage, we’re able to easily get one day out of a full charge, which is more than enough for a high-caliber smartphone like this. Regardless of that, we’d still recommend heavy users to charge the handset every now and then to make it through the entire day.


Conclusion: 

We really want to like the Motorola DROID X2, much like how we accepted its predecessor with open arms, but when it doesn’t particularly set any new bars, it’s really difficult to side with it over the other competition. Sure it has that wonderful dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor under the hood and higher resolution display, but after those two distinguishable standouts, it’s basically unchanged from its predecessor. Obviously, we don’t recommend you moving up to this if you’re still sporting the original, but if you’re stuck with a feature phone and eligible for an upgrade, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t throw this into consideration.

Conversely, the handset loses some visibility when it’s pitted against other next-generation handsets like the HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge – though, it’s worth noting that those two devices are more expensive at $250 and $300 respectively on-contract. When compared to the other handset on Verizon’s lineup that’s priced at the same boat, the HTC Droid Incredible 2, there is absolutely very little reasoning why to choose the Motorola DROID X2 over it. Nonetheless, whichever way you decide to go with, the Motorola DROID X2 is still a reasonable high-end Android smartphone – albeit, it doesn’t have the same menacing presence as its predecessor.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 2.2.2
System Version: Version.1.2.148.MB870.Verizon.en.US
Kernel version: 2.6.32.9-00049-g1e05fe4mqr374@nj05lnxdroid01 #2
Build number: 4.4.1_274_DTN-14.8

Motorola DROID X2 Video Review:


Pros

  • First Verizon handset to feature a dual-core processor
  • Gigantic and high-res display
  • Shoots great looking photos
  • Fantastic calling quality

Cons

  • Unchanged design
  • Muddy looking 720p video recording
  • Low signal strength
PhoneArena rating:
8
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posted on 25 May 2011, 08:03 2

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; 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?

posted on 25 May 2011, 08:18 5

2. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; 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!

posted on 25 May 2011, 08:24 2

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; 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.

posted on 25 May 2011, 09:56

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.

posted on 25 May 2011, 10:00

5. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; 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.

posted on 25 May 2011, 15:25 1

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.

posted on 25 May 2011, 15:28

7. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


No, the X2 was planned from the get go. It was never a last minute slapdash replacement.

posted on 25 May 2011, 16:10 1

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.

posted on 25 May 2011, 20:12 2

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.

posted on 25 May 2011, 21:15

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.

posted on 25 May 2011, 17:30 3

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.

posted on 25 May 2011, 18:08 1

10. AAABall (unregistered)


So the DROID X2 has all these positives, yet it gets the same score as the Casio Commando?

posted on 26 May 2011, 23:44 2

14. snowgator (Posts: 3187; 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.

posted on 25 May 2011, 21:44 2

13. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


There's no pleasing u fans...

posted on 28 May 2011, 02:28 1

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; 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.

posted on 28 May 2011, 13:00 1

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.

posted on 28 May 2011, 20:28 1

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.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 10:58

24. Hallucinator (Posts: 339; 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.

posted on 28 May 2011, 21:00 3

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!

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 11:05 1

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.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 15:35

25. tryecrot (unregistered)


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Motorola DROID X2

Motorola DROID X2

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi)
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size5.02 x 2.58 x 0.39 inches
(127.5 x 65.5 x 9.90 mm)
5.47 oz  (155 g)
Battery1540 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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