Motorola DROID 2 vs. Motorola DROID
Being a Motorola DROID handset definitely has it advantages over other devices since its treated to some of the latest updates first – all without much wait too! Even though both sport Android 2.2 Froyo, there are some key features omitted on the Motorola DROID that can substantially sell the DROID 2's offerings to customers. For starters, the DROID 2 has support for Flash 10.1 out of the box, however, this is something that's expected to grace the DROID as well with its second Android 2.2 Froyo update. In addition, the DROID is also lacking Mobile HotSpot support which essentially turns the device into a mini Mi-Fi that will share its 3G connectivity to other nearby devices via Wi-Fi. Fortunately, the first omission for the original DROID will be fixed shortly thanks to an upcoming update, but it is unclear if Mobile HotSpot will ever officially make its way – but then again, there's always that rooting process...
Despite sporting Froyo, the experience is completely different since you're greeted to the stock Froyo experience on the DROID while its successors opts to utilize the same custom experience found on the DROID X. However, there is a slight speed improvement found on the DROID 2 when navigating around the homescreen since it's powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP processor as opposed to the 600MHz one employed on the DROID. But when we launched apps at the same time, like the camera, there wasn't anything substantially better in performance found on the DROID 2. To tell you the truth, the experience found on the DROID should suffice most people since Froyo provides for some swift performance. Since the DROID 2 has some MOTOBLUR elements in use with its interface, it could either be seen as a good or bad thing for users, but in any event, it provides for specific widgets that are not found with the DROID's stock experience.
If you're more comfortable using the on-screen keyboard as opposed to the physical one, we were happy to see the DROID 2 to offer two input methods as opposed to the DROID's single one. Obviously both come packed with the stock Android keyboard which can feel rather cramped with the portrait one – which can become more frustrating when you accidentally press one of the touch sensitive buttons. However, we did like that the DROID 2 is supplemented with the Swype keyboard which can come in handy once you've mastered its unique method. Surprisingly, we found it quite usable and we noticed that we didn't have a tendency to activate any of the touch sensitive buttons.
Thanks to the Android market, both devices can ultimately provide for the same experience – from productivity apps to social networking ones, they'll both fit the bill for anyone. And if you happen to take up the task of rooting a Motorola DROID, you'll basically unlock a myriad of features not offered on the existing Android 2.2 Froyo experience that should make it feel as complete as the DROID 2.
Data and Connectivity:
When it was launched, the Motorola DROID provided for the best web browsing experience on any Android smartphone at that time – bar none! However, there isn't a major compelling reason to find the web browsing experience on the DROID 2 to be superior to the original since it's expected that the DROID will also see support for Flash 10.1. Granted though, the DROID 2 adds some graphical elements to its bookmarks interface to make it look more appealing to the eye, its functionality is no different from the DROID. Honestly, the web browsing performance is almost identical as they both offered smooth scrolling, correct rendering, and multi-touch support to zoom in/out. Aside from being able to load Flash content on the DROID 2, which should be coming soon to the DROID, the entire experience on both handsets are on par to one another – so you won't be disappointed with either.
The radios inside both smartphones are the same – so basically you'll find dual-band (800/1900 MHz) connectivity with 3G speeds thanks to EV-DO revision A connectivity. Bluetooth 2.1 can be found on both handsets which will allow you to connect a handful of wireless devices to them plus the ability to transfer files. With the DROID, it's fitted with 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi while an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi is found with the DROID 2. Like we said earlier, the DROID 2 has the ability to act as a Mobile HotSpot device which can prove to be useful and eliminate the need to carry on additional devices with you.
Storing content on either devices won't become an issue seeing that they both offer a total of 16GB of memory. However, it's broken up differently as the DROID comes preloaded with a 16GB microSD card while the DROID 2 has it broken down with an 8GB microSD card and another 8GB of internal storage.
1. Doomhammer (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0 0
Great Review! Very intelligent analysis of the two phones. It's easy to just assume the Droid 2 must be better, but when you consider the price some people are offering for the Droid, you make a compelling case to opt for the original Droid.