Motorola DROID 2 vs. Motorola DROID
Since it sports a more powerful processor, the DROID 2 is able to offer some 3D graphical effects in its gallery app – which of course looks more appealing to the eye. Albeit, the DROID's simple interface will display photos and videos in the usual grid-like format and functions as it should without all of the glitzy looks with the DROID 2. Naturally, one would expect for the newer device to boast improved visuals – which is the theme we see throughout the DROID 2's interface.
The music players on both devices are actually the same in presentation and functionality – although there are some minor design elements, such as the color and look of icons, that are different. Undoubtedly one would expect the DROID 2 to produce stronger tones with its speaker, however, we actually found the original DROID to emit slightly stronger ones – even though it sounded strained at the loudest volume. The DROID's music player lacks any equalizer settings, so when we turned it off on the DROID 2, we still noticed the DROID to produce slightly stronger tunes. However, we actually prefer the the DROID 2 due to the fact that its speaker produced sounds that were more pleasant to the ear.
When you combine a nice sized display with an equally appealing high resolution, you're not going to find too many flaws with its performance. Yeah we know that the DROID 2 won't have any problems playing any videos thanks to its 1GHz processor, but the 600MHz one on the DROID is equipped in outputting the same experience. Videos managed to play smoothly without any evidence of lag or slowdown – which is naturally the kind of experience you expect to see out of some flagship devices.
Just because there is no numerical upgrade in the camera found on the DROID 2 over the DROID doesn't mean it's a bad thing – especially when they both produce good images. However, there are some subtle differences between the 5-megapixel cameras employed on the both handsets that make one better than the other in certain situations. Outdoor scenery images look exactly the same on both handsets as they produced the same color tones and detail with each shot. When using the handsets indoors, we actually found the original DROID outperforming its successor in situations where lighting was low. There was more noise in the shots taken with the DROID 2 compared to those with the DROID in low lit areas. As for using the dual-LED flash on both phones, we found the DROID to also produce better images since colors captured with the DROID 2 looked a little bit more washed out. However, the DROID 2 was able to handle macro or closeup shots better than the DROID.
Without a doubt, the Motorola DROID 2 was able to capture better looking videos than the DROID – even when they both shoot them at the same resolution. Obviously neither handset offers HD video recording, but instead, we're treated to DVD-like quality (720x480) for both smartphones. The one area that the DROID 2 improves upon is its capture rate of 30fps as opposed to the 24fps found with the DROID. Even though there is plenty of detail captured by both phones, you can blatantly see at how smoother the DROID 2 is able to operate than the DROID.
Motorola DROID 2 sample video at 720x480 pixels resolution
Motorola DROID sample video at 720x480 pixels resolution
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.