Motorola's DROID 2 very similar to first DROID

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Motorola's DROID 2 very similar to first DROID
The Motorola DROID last November started the "Android Revolution". Similar to the Beatles beginning the British Invasion in music, the DROID became so popular that it opened the door for a number of Android handsets that followed, like the Nexus One, the Droid Incredible, the EVO 4G, the HTC Desire and more. Like the Fab Four, the DROID had to change a little, to improve the product and to take its fans to the next level. The sequel to the DROID has many of the same qualities that gave the Android OS instant credibility for Verizon customers and had many of them switch from the carrier's Flagship model at the time-the BlackBerry Storm-to the DROID. The device still has that tank like build that makes you feel that it can survive a few drops to the road. The style is about the same as the original model although the new version has a silvel bezel on the front of the handset. The keyboard is where some of the big changes took place. The original DROID has a keyboard that many either love or hate. The new one does away with the useless gold eyesore that was a d-pad. This left space to widen the keys which also have a bit of a curve to them. The overall effect is quicker and more accurate typing. A voice control key has been added, similar to the one found on the virtual QWERTY. The second big area of change is under the hood. Where once a 550MHz TI OMAP 3430 stood, now lies a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630. A new production method also made the transistors smaller which means they use less power. Speculation is that Motorola is holding back the DROID 2 for an August release so that Android 2.2 will be ready for the handset to launch with Froyo installed. If a July release is announced, we could see the phone come with Android 2.1 followed by a quick update to the newer build. More on this model should be announced at Verizon's press event next week.

Android DROID 2 A955 Specifications

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26 Comments

1. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

huh galaxy S pro?

2. achilles

Posts: 54; Member since: May 27, 2010

Anyone remember the Motorola Razor? MOTOROLA had a hit phone, but then released dozens of new versions, each only containing minor changes over the one before it. Eventually, people got tired of spending money on new Razor's, that were only slighty better than the one before it. Droid, Droid 2? Is history repeating itself?

3. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Funny because people are sick of apple doing that with their iphone.

4. JeffdaBeat unregistered

@RoryRevolution...You'd never know that based on their cellphone sales for the past 4 models... @Achilles...you know that's the on thing I am praying Motorola doesn't do. For once, they've got a truly awesome phone that people are buying and the last thing they need to do is keep pumping out repeat versions of it. That's exactly what got them into the shitter after the RAZR came out.

7. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

@achilles,JeffdaBeat: I don't think you'd have to worry about that since MOTO has been releasing all kinds of Android phones and isn't just sticking to the Droid cookie cutter typestyle. There's the Droid, the X, the Cliq, the Flipout ... so they're not sticking to one flavor of Android phone. In essence if a customer doesn't feel the "Droid" family tree's evolution there might be a different MOTO model for them to adopt. @ RORYREVOLUTION: People might be sick of it, but it surely hasn't show and it surely didn't sound that way when the iPhone 4 was announced. I'm no apple fan myself and I'd be caught dead before using AT&T as my main network ... but for what it's worth you can't blame Apple for finding a good recipe/formula and sticking to it.

14. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

this refresh of the Droid is only meant to stack specs against the Droid X to give Verizon customers a more fair decision when they're choosing the Android experience that's right for them so if you're really getting that tired of your Droid then go with the X and if you just can't see yourself without your Droid then sooner or later you could go for the 2 which has the fresh interface and snappier processor that the X also has so the ONLY thing it really boils down to is will you stick with what's worked for you so well this year only...better? or will you be more adventurous and go with the Gargantuan Droid X? your call. Motorola just made that decision easier.

23. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

RORY +1 dude. wow, so true

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Its apple we are talking about. You always defend it by its sales. Apple and at&t spent a lot of money to over hype and advertise the iphone and it created a huge fan based. Huge fan base who's brain washed and convinced the iphone is the greatest invention ever = high sales. Any product that's over hyped and can convince consumers that its the greatest thing ever is going to produce high sales.

8. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

You could make the same argument about the Origonal MOTO Droid in Verizon as they took a page from Apple's marketing department and over-satured the media with the Droid's presence. Again, not an Apple fan myself or user, but you can't blame a company for finding a winning formula and going with it full speed ahead.

10. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Dude...it's a phone...like seriously, a phone. The funny thing is you seem to hate the iPhone (a non-living object), but you are the only reason it was brought up. The original article was about The Droid. And I'm sorry...everyone out there is not a tech nerd. I've said it so many times, these companies could care very little about us. It's about appealing to the general public. The iPhone is popular because there is no real learning curve. It's any easy phone to use and it can do a lot. That's why it sales well. People fight over politics and religion...you choose cell phones.

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

it sells well because it's a fashion statement and people refuse to try anything else that's out there.

17. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

And the Droid? As soon as some of you guys see that red eye on the screen you guys scream innovation and awesomeness.

19. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

Dude you're just slamming phones all over the place today... It has nothing to do with the "red eye" it has to do with all the things the phone can do that MOST other phones cannot. I can go on if you want to take your head out of your ass and actually listen.

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I agree, I am being a harsh, but I was just responding to vzw fanman's comment. And I'm sorry, it does have a lot to do with the red eye, Droooiidd sound, and the metal/robotic body parts. Come on, the first commercial of the Droid was just robots falling from the sky and hitting the ground.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9fXYQjwR0w A lot of people who have the Droid/Android don't even know how to use it well. I keep hearing about all the possibilitities, freedom, and openness but not many people that have the Android/Droid can actually show me that in person. I know more about Android than the average user! I hope you guys know that the online community makes only a small percentage of people who actually know how to use their phones fullest capabilities. So why is the Droid so popular? Why does this commercial sneak-peak only show an eye that turns metal? Why does the picture of the Droid X have the red eye on the front screen? Why does the Droid make up 1/3 of every Android device in the US even against the faster Nexus One? It's the red eye syndrome. But like I said may times before, I think Android phones are good. But if you're going to say that Apple's advertising makes the iphone look like the cool thing to have, be prepared to hear the same thing about the Motorola's advertising. If you're going to scream DroidDoes, you're just asking for DroidDoesn't. And lastly, if you're going to say that the iPhone 3GS/4 didn't bring anything new to the table, be ready to hear that the Droid X/2 does an even better job of bringing nothing new. When the 3GS came out with its doubled speed, people all over were complaining. And now people are saying something like this for the Droid X? "By almost doubling the processor speed they are making it a much better product, never mind the other improvements. " You just can't say something like that without raising eyebrows.

21. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

24. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I disagree. I sell probably 2-5 Android phones a day and every single one of my customers takes advantage of features that are not available on the iPhone. Let's see how many I can list: Interchangeable battery Expandable memory Physical keyboard (not on all models) Turn by turn navigation 5mp camera Better sound quality on the output than an iPod or iPhone (this is obviously an opinion but i've been working with speakers all my life and that is my personal experience) You can change your background without jailbreaking the phone Widgets Multi-tasking (REAL multi-tasking) That's all I can think of for now... The Droid is popular because it has options, that's pretty much it... The reason the iPhone is so popular is because it's LACK of options prevent any possibility of messing anything up. I had a customer today who said this to me: Customer "when is Verizon getting the iPhone?" Me "why do you want the iPhone?" Customer "because i'm stupid." That is not a joke, and i'm not even trying to make fun of iPhone users... but that IS why people want the iPhone, they have no freaking clue how to use anything else.

25. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Very very true, sad but true...

6. 3watts

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

It's not as if DROID1 has been out for 4 months. It's time for a needed update. By almost doubling the processor speed they are making it a much better product, never mind the other improvements.

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i totally agree! i have had my droid since november 9th. i'm getting the droid x when it comes out though. it will be awesome having an hdmi output.

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You guys are crazy! The 3GS doubled speed was only 1 feature, and at the time it was the fastest phone on the US market, but people still were complaining about Apple and it's minor updates.

12. BlackSirius16

Posts: 84; Member since: May 21, 2010

actually the graphics are improved because in the TI 3630 the graphics processor is able to run TWICE as fast

13. TruHawk20

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I can't WAIT to get this Droid 2

15. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

this refresh of the Droid is only meant to stack specs against the Droid X to give Verizon customers a more fair decision when they're choosing the Android experience that's right for them so if you're really getting that tired of your Droid then go with the X and if you just can't see yourself without your Droid then sooner or later you could go for the 2 which has the fresh interface and snappier processor that the X also has so the ONLY thing it really boils down to is will you stick with what's worked for you so well this year only...better? or will you be more adventurous and go with the Gargantuan Droid X? your call. Motorola just made that decision easier.

16. Dark Asgard

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

I cant watch the vid, it says its a private video

22. teamblackdroid

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

I see nothing different but a keyboard and the processor and moto blur, they could have just sent out an OTA to the old phone, it looks better.

26. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Whoa!?!? Who said anything about MotoBlur on the Droid2? Blur sucks @ss!

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