Motorola DROID 2 scores outstanding in Android 2.2 benchmark test

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Motorola DROID 2 scores outstanding in Android 2.2 benchmark test
As is usually the case when the sequel to a cellphone model is released, the Motorola DROID 2 has some impressive hardware improvements to go along with a bump up in software (to Android 2.2 at launch). And when the handset was given a Quadrant benchmark test, it performed very well with a score of 1299. Motorola decided to fix the one major complaint that DROID owners had, which was a rather hard to use QWERTY keyboard. First, the Schaumburg based company removed the gold eye sore that they called a D-Pad from the first model, replaced by 4 arrow keys, and that gave them more room to make the keys bigger. The slide out landscape keyboard feels sturdier and easier to type on.

The DROID 2 brings a faster, zippier processor to the table with a 1GHz TI OMAP under the hood, 512MB RAM (which leaves you about 200MB after boot-up) and also includes a pre-installed Swype keyboard that allows you to type faster with more accuracy. As we noted, the DROID 2 will launch with Froyo and features the same "lite" version of MotoBLUR seen on the DROID X. Similar to the first-gen DROID, the sequel sports a 5MB camera with video capture, a 1300mAh battery and 8GB of internal memory.

With a launch expected later this month, the DROID 2 looks like it might be sexy enough to give Verizon customers a very difficult choice between the DROID X and the DROID 2. After all, not everyone likes to carry around a massive 4.3 inch screen in his pocket. And after the DROID 2 launch, Verizon will probably turn its attention to the Samsung Fascinate which is Big Red's Galaxy S variant. Tough decisions and good times are ahead for Android fans using Verizon.

Motorola DROID 2 A955 Preliminary Specifications

source: IntoMobile



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28 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

that's great. i still don't regret buying my droid x though.

2. EricInAz

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

I assume this test was with a handset that was running 2.1 and not the 2.2 with JIT? Otherwise if this handset had 2.2 on it why is it just getting the same numbers as the Droid X.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hmm. If the Droid 2 costs as much for me as the original then I may just get that.

8. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

The original droid costs 149.99 while this will cost 199.99

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they say its running 2.2, which means its got the JiT compiler running. While those scores are undoubtedly impressive, its not quite accurate since its comparing 2.1 and 2.2 devices. Im curious to see how the lineup looks when they are all running 2.2. Will it be the same? Or will the galaxy pull back into top spot? Concidering the droidx and droid2 are pretty much the same phone internally, its going to be an interesting horserace.. Now just release 2.2 for everyone so we can get it rolling!!!:)

4. VZWbamf

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 11, 2009

Really nice to see Verizon offering a variety of GOOD phones, not just one good phone and a bunch of other crap phones for shelf space. This is going to be a VERY formittable line-up of Android devices! (Droid X, Droid 2, Droid Incredible, Samsung Facinate, LG Ally, etc.)

5. 3watts

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

Count down to someone mentioning how the iPhone is better....

7. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

The iPhone is obviously better; they sold twenty million handsets on launch day, dude.

9. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

The original storm also sold extremely well. But that was far from a great phone. Sales=good marketing, not necessarily good product.

11. illegalskittle

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

i agree with ace1122. the iphone sold well because its "the" iphone. fancy name+ arrogant company+ smoke and mirrors= sales.

16. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

My post would fall under the category of "extreme sarcasm".

17. superspeed

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

in sales good marketing is extremely important. look at the nexus one and droid phones. the nexus one a more superior phone than the droid but the nexus one didn't really sell. the droid sold because we kept seeing the "DDRRROOIIID" commercials all through x-mas and it's on the most reliable network. so basically you have these formula's for success and failure: Nexus One formula: (not best network + excellent product + NO marketing) = discontinued phone Droids formula: (best network + ok product + lots of "DRROOIID" commercials) = good sales iphone formula: (not best network + at one time revolutionary product + one of the best marketing companies in the business) = phenominal sales and revolutionizing our lives (without iphone there would probably be no android, we would just be getting milked with the old school blackberry interface for smartphones) So, not saying Iphone 4 is better, because Android and iOS are excellent operating systems and the phones are amazing now...BUT a LOT of credit needs to go to APPLE for starting all of this. Depending on what you want everyone has lots of selection now....so the consumer can now figure out which phone is best for them and for their situation.

18. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

how is the n1 better than the droid x?

19. superspeed

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

i was talking about the original droid, not the droid x.

20. iheartblueberry

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

So what your actually saying is that the human race needs Apple in order for people to advance in technology? I disagree with you and your arrogant. Sure apple has made a great phone but your stupid to say that without them we would still be in the stone age. So by your reasoning if al gore never existed we wouldn't have the internet. Or if Henry Ford was never born we wouldn't have vehicles. Your a complete fucking idiot! And yes... I know that al gore didn't invent the internet.

24. superspeed

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

i'm not saying that at all. all i'm saying is apple made the advancement happen faster. the same goes with the ipod. it wasn't like there wasn't any other mp3 players, apple just made an mp3 player that was better for most people faster than the next person. apple levereged from that design philosophy of keeping things simple and seemless on the ipod and pushed it onto the iphone. think about it let's go back to the original iphone. it was revolutionary because everyone was stuck with a keyboard and blackberry interface. since the iphone interface was so easy to navigate it became very popular. blackberry tried to emulate it first with the storm, we all know how that failed. then came the G1, some hype, but the Android 1.X OS was still not shaking the Apple tree. It wasn't until the Android 2.X OS came that the Apple tree shook. And now I think the Android OS is actually more powerful than the iOS. But at the same time Apples OS is excellent too because for most people the "user experience" or "ease of use" is stronger than Android. i'm not trying to sound "arrogant" i am a fan of all technology. different people like different things. it's great that Android is where it is today because we have choices of so many great products! Whereas before the Motorola Droid (first one) and Android 2.X it was all Apple.

25. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Apple could sell Igum that makes your breath smell like ass and the sheep would still flock to buy it. Anything with an apple label will sell. Despite how great of an actual product it is.

26. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i disagree about the storm failure. i had it for almost a year with no problems. i don't know why everyone hated it so much.

6. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

Also on the news front: Froyo finally gives us the goodness of Bluetooth Voice Dialing!!!! If it works on DROID 2 as well as it does on the X, I have a hard decision ahead of me with an upgrade burning a hole in my pocket. I may stay with D1 if the performance is as snappy as being forecast. We will see...

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The Galaxy S phones will outperform the Droid X and Droid 2 by a longshot.

12. illegalskittle

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

idk, samsung has a history of slowing phones down. although i havent tried out the new UI i owned a couple phones that had the old touchwiz and it made them super slow.

15. superspeed

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

Yes, I agree with you about the Galaxy S phone in outperforming the Droid X and Droid 2. By a longshot not sure, but Galaxy S processor design is definitely currently superior to the droids. Galaxy S probably might have the best hardware on a phone currently on the market if you look at screen (super AMOLED),and processor (processes 3d graphics better than anything else except for maybe iphone 4 processor- remember iphone 4 and galaxy s processors are very similar in design). BUT illegalskittle is right also about the samsung ui slowing it down. i've tried to the ui on the samsung captivate it feels fast, but if it was android only with no samsung ui it would be faster. it's an awesome phone but not a "true android feel" more like an i-android feel since it feels very iphoneish in its ui. which could be a good or bad thing depending on what the person wants.

21. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

The Touchwiz is fairly decent on my Vibrant. I personally just run Launher Pro anyways because I like the smooth scrolling launcher but overall the phone hasn't been crippled by Samsung like the Behold 2. Got the Vibrant and sold my Nexus. Very satisfied thus far.

28. america123jeff

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 14, 2011

holy crap its a year later and your prediction came true. the galaxy s2 will KILL the droid bionic

13. illegalskittle

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

i have a droid 1 and have just rooted it and added a 1ghz kernel and 2.2, i get about 1100-1250 scores on my benchmark tests. no reason to upgrade for me. ill wait untill my contract expires

14. superspeed

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 02, 2010

It looks like this chart is comparing Droid 2 with Android 2.2 on it, while the others have Android 2.1 per the ( < ) symbol on the chart. This is not really an accurate comparison because all of those phones running 2.1 would run much faster with 2.2. It shows the difference with the Nexus One with 2.1 being the 5th one down from the top as compared to when it run 2.2 it is 1st. Based on that analysis alone I would assume Samsung Galaxy S, and Moto Shadow would be faster than the Droid 2 and Nexus One if all were running 2.2.

22. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

Nice tests for the phone. But here is the REAL BURNING question that EVERYONE should be asking: Will Verizon, ONE AGAIN, punish the consumer by coming up short in inventory? Thousands will probably want the phone; so obviously they will send about FIVE to each store and make you wait til the next ice age to have your order shipped to you.

23. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Tho the Galaxy S may out-spec hardware of the Droid X...the TouchWiz UI may douce out its flame. Not good enough to have nice hardware if the UI sucks visually/performance-wise which seems to be the case with the Galaxy S. TouchWiz looks cheap. Hopefully the Fascinate addresses this issue. I'm sure i made a good choice with my Droid X.

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