Motorola DROID 2 signal issues mount in reviews, Apple tries hard to hide a smirk

Motorola DROID 2 signal issues mount in reviews, Apple tries hard to hide a smirk
There have been reports on some tech sites that the Motorola DROID 2 seems unable to retain a stable connection. Complaints cite oscillating signal bars, drop in data coverage from EV-DO to 1xRTT speeds, up to a complete loss of signal, rendering the phone anything else but a phone. It is probably a firmware issue, but you never know before it happens on a mass scale. This is coupled with observations on diminished battery life on some units, which, coming from a phone with such a gentle on the battery chipset, might mean that it is constantly trying to search for and lock signal. We, personally, did not experience those signal reception issues as our review unit managed to retain a stable connection in the greater Philadelphia area, as stated in our Motorola DROID 2 Review.

Now before Apple comes up with a video titled “I told you so”, more users have to report the same problem. Considering that the handset just started shipping, it could be a few more days before the issue is confirmed for certain, so we will keep our ears open. In the meantime, our hearts go to the early adopters, and we are asking you to post any impressions about the antenna signal, in case you are expecting a DROID 2 on your doorsteps today.

Motorola DROID 2 Specifications | Review

source: AndroidHeadlines



1. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

This seems to make sense, I got my Droid 2 the day it came out and battery life has been absolutely abismal. My guess would be firmware as opposed to an antenna issue since I have a case around it, so there's no contact there.

2. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Oh no, brace yourselves. Hopefully this is just a firmware issue. That would suck if it was like the iPhone. I don't think apple will come out with a "I told you so" video. I mean we all want to believe they would want to, but I think they currently have enough shit to take care of themselves rather than point fingers. I know they did already, but there musta been something to get them to took down those videos, like everyone started believing that the problem was real. Anyway, hopefully there's some fix for the prob.

28. Phone Arena Admin unregistered

Do you know what else is like the iPhone? Wee Woo Wee Woo

31. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

True that, they do. The lawsuit from oricle {Spellcheck offline}. The java folks. The engineer incharge of iphone engineering quitting or should I say fired over the iphone 4 fiasco. They have enough headaches of there own.

3. rmcb21 unregistered

Well if they would test these phone better give out several hundred an let folks use them they are making them so dang fast money money money money that's all its about

18. bad verizon, bad verizon unregistered

I think its the testers. They don't really test, they just show off what new phone they have. Testers that verizon use are idiot execitives that don't even know how to use a phone.

29. Phone Arena Admin unregistered

That is a stupid comment. Wee Woo Wee Woo

30. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Wow, who let this guy out? So you really think they have suits working around the clock twiddling thunbs waiting till 5pm so they can punch out, and not test the phone...Are you kidding? Obviously there are network specialists, obviously they are testing the phone "As close" to real world situation as possible. The other thing, dont act like you wouldnt have opted early to receive this device if it had a few software bugs but mostly good. I know most people in here would just to get their hands on one.

32. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Really that sounds more like Apple to me. There more money hungry then anyone. You cant insure your iphone so if you damage yours can you say full price to replace it cha ching says the cash register. If you say the testers were poor, well sounds like they are the same ones Apple used to test the iphone 4.

33. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

No dumber than yours. Wee Woo Wee Woo???

39. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

apple gets the same amount no mater what on each new phone. Its att that either pays the rest or not. subsidize

48. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

actually if anything, android phone from htc, samsung and motorola are getting pushed out like crazy. There is a new one every week. They need to slow things down a bit and take their time.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Could be either or. However, unlike a fundamental design flaw like the Iphone problems, it's probably a defect on either end, just like the X screens. Either way, it'll probably be fixed, and I doubt Motorola will need a news conference to do it.

5. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

I hope it's software, although just a defective batch means I can take mine in for a replacement.

6. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Oh well, Moto should work on 2.2 for the X before they work on the 2.

10. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

Oh yeah, let Motorola work on porting 2.2 to a working phone while the rest of the early Droid 2 adopters sit around and wait for a fix to the signal/battery issue. Not very smart.

40. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Motorola is not just one goofy bastard siting in a room working on stuff. They probably have teams on each phone untill they move on to the next phone. Each problem is guaranteed being worked on at the same time

7. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Im currently experiencing this connection issue. :( Pandora cant make it through one song without having to stop and wait to re-gain cellular connection. My internet connect drops pretty freqently too.....I seriously hope its just a firmware upgrade thats needed.

9. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

I haven't tried using Pandora yet, how's your battery life? I can't get through an entire work day if I use the internet/text as much as I did with my LG ENV TOUCH. I know it's not a fair comparision, but we're not even saying I "squeeked" by the day, it's more of a 12pm the phone is dead.

13. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

I'm having a crap ton of issues on my Droid 1 after uping to version 2.2. It's got to be software, right?

16. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

Yeah, me too. My Droid was money before the 2.2 upgrade, and I am using the FRG32 (update TO the update) build. Still, my device has destroyed my MicroSD card twice, the keyboard doesnt work as well, and it simply doesn't act as "snappy" as priior to the update. It's a bummer for me; all of my photos and videos are gone thanks to this stupid update. Thanks Droid!

8. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

I personally dont like either of the Motorola droids...the X is cool so is the incredible...all phones have a problem or 2 or 3 well you get the point. It is hilarious though how people are ready to hop on the hater bandwagon when there is an issue with a phone and talk about how horrible the carrier is. You gotta love the hate...but the funny part also sad in a way is regardless of a phone on whatever carrier having a problem...people still buy it...weird

17. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

Really, people are haters because they are upset that their phones are not working as they should? Hell man, my Droid was awesome...that is until the 2.2 update came out, and now I just don't use it. Luckily, I've also got a Droid X, which has been a stud so far. Are you going to call me a hater for pointing out the obvious?

21. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I think the point belve14 is tryin to make is that there is a diff. between pointing out a flaw and bitchin about phone issues. You go from bein a supporter of Droid to a hater very easily. My X signal fluctuates sometimes and i have some connection issues with the web but not significant enough so i don't bitch about it. Also i don't get a day of batt. life where i use to get 2 days with the original Droid. Oh well, still like the phone. Yes a phone is supposed to work but no one said it was going to be 100%. I have a car but if the brakes go out i'm not goin to curse GM. Shit happens. So instead of cryin about it...find a way to port your Droid back to 2.1 or get a house phone. Simple as that.

36. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

Well said Cricketownz people just dont read before they write and assume the most absurd things...people like fishpower must feel like a hater cause I was making a general statement thats all

11. SGVdude888 unregistered

I've had the Droid 2 since Thursday, and I've compared reception dB readings side by side with the Droid 1 and they're identical. I've experienced no dropped calls or data dropouts. So far I've been very pleased. I almost wonder if some of these reviews are written by bored iPhone fanboys who want to stir up controversy.

12. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

AKA Phone Arena....HAHAHAHA!!!

14. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

What about battery life tho? That's my issue on mine, not signal strenght.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

many times battery life and signal are related. if your signal is low, your phone boosts power to the antenna (like when its in your pocket/purse) which in turn kills the battery. Of course, you could just be misusing the phone. Keep the screen brightness as low as you can stand, dont use the autobrightness, use a task killer to keep tons of unneeded programs running all the time, ect ect ect.

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

There, ok?? No more complaining about IPHONE, about network - about non-unl plans - man, people whine so much on this site and then when an ANDROID phone has here mostly crickets. My captivate came with a few probs, even when changing to i9000 euro rom - no FM RADIO use....but, I went online and modded my phone's file - GPS is better, with a fix promised in sept, my I/O lag is virtually gone and my quadrant score is 1600 - which is better than any other droid's average. And, last night, for the first time ever, I had 4-5 bars of service at home....yeah!!! maybe AT&T is finally upgrading to 850Mhz?

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