More pictures and news about the Motorola DROID 2

More pictures and news about the Motorola DROID 2
A gentleman named Zack, who works at the Jet Propulsion Lab as a summer intern, recently attended a tech show at the lab and found himself holding what he recognized to be the DROID 2. As an owner of the first-gen DROID (this might be the first time you've read those words together in print), Zack knows the handset and he noticed that while some of the hardware was the same as his phone, this new handset was smoother with more curves. Based on a letter he wrote to Gizmodo about the device, it appears that the sequel to Time Magazine's 2009 Gadget of The Year (forgot about that, huh?), will still have a 5MP camera although it did run faster than the shooter on the original model. The soft-keys at the bottom of the phone were in a different order and were touch-sensitive. The keyboard is very different as it is wider, a voice control button is at the lower left of the QWERTY and the gold directional pad is gone and replaced by four arrows-similar to what you would see on a computer. Although this particular handset was running Android 2.1 with NinjaBlur or some type of new Motorola UI on top, a Motorola rep said that the sequel would be launched with Froyo without anything on top of it. If for some reason it were to launch with Android 2.1, an upgrade would be made available quickly. The rep also said that the name of the handset had not yet been decided on and that it would be released in the next few weeks. Oh yes, the processor is running at 1GHz. Between the DROID X and the DROID 2 (if that is indeed the phone's name), Verizon customers are going to have a tough decision to make shortly.

Motorola DROID 2 A955 Preliminary Specifications
Motorola DROID X Preliminary Specifications

source: Gizmodo



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15 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I understand why motorola wants motoblur on their phones, like htc with sense. Hopefully they have made the right improvements. I think they have based on the droid x video I saw, so before you go on your rants about how much you hate motoblur, give it a chance with the new version.

2. ummnosorry

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 18, 2010

Definitely feeling the new keyboard. Looks promising. Love my moto Droid but the keypad is a bit too small and cramped and the flush keyboard sometimes give me typos when not looking. No offense to current Droid owners who are in love with it. Its an awesome phone but as an avid texter (for lack of a better word), keyboard design is a deal breaker imho.

3. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

No suprise here, just a good bet on how long it takes until somebody gets canned over this "leak".

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I believe this is what motorola wanted the first droid to be, but they had to rush it. Keyboard looks much better, no more empty spaces on each side. I will miss the d-pad for gaming purposes but other than that it was useless. I also like how the edges look more smooth and rounded, you can literally use the edge of the droid to face your face, like a razor. lol jk Anyway I believe this is a very smart move on both motorola and verizon. If someone wants a thin, huge screen phone. They can get the droid x. If they want a smaller screen with a keyboard, they can get the droid 2.

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i totally agree. this is what the droid 1 should have looked like. i need a change though, i'm getting the droid x.

8. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

Honestly I'm really not a fan of the new Droid... I kinda like the look of the first one. But I do agree, I'm getting the Droid X :) I've been thinking about keeping my Droid active and just using the wireless tethering on it to use the X as a tablet basically, I don't know if I can stand to lose my keyboard for texting... I guess i'll find out.

10. Cazwell

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

You're my hero cc16177.

13. mikeaud44

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 05, 2008

You're my hero Cazwell.

14. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I love both of you.

6. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

very cool!!

7. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

I want the Droid Xtreme, but I hope there is a way to disable motoblur. Not into that. Was going to get the Evo 4g, but I can't deal with the battery problems that the Evo 4g and Incredible are having. Hopefully the new Motorola Droids will have better battery life, the first Motorola Droid seems to get decent battery usage.

9. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Hopefully stores will have these side by side on display, for me it's a matter of how easy it would be to text with the X versus the Droid 2. Both seem to be totally stellar phones, so it'll definitely be a tough decision. Can't Wait!!

11. mminparkville

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 2010

I think it has been posted here or somewhere else that the X will have 720 HD video recording with an HDMI port but the 2 does not or needs an adapter or something. Can anyone confirm this? If it is true it would make me lean to the X but I would like a keyboard

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

With a screen that large, a keyboard really isn't needed. Have you seen how large the on screen keyboard is? From the video it looks very responsive.

15. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I just like the ability to type without looking (using the physical keyboard) that's the only thing I think i'll miss...

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