DROID X2 Review
The original DROID X received the prestigious title of being Verizon’s first Android smartphone to pack a 4.3” display, but now the DROID X2 can claim to fame as being the carrier’s first smartphone to feature a dual-core processor. Employing the same 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 we’ve been accustomed to seeing at this point, it undoubtedly exhibits a reasonable amount of speed and responsiveness. Even though it runs effortlessly when static wallpapers are in use, we still find some instances of delay when graphically intensive live wallpapers are activated. Overlooking that one minor thing, it’s nevertheless able to execute other basic operations without much fluff. Still, we are expecting something so much more with the upgraded CPU, but instead, it simply operates at the same pace as its predecessor.
Strange as it may be, especially when Android 2.3 Gingerbread has been made available for some time now, the Motorola DROID X2 resorts to relying on Android 2.2.2 Froyo with their customized light version of MOTOBLUR running on top of it. At its core, it’s exactly like the one we’ve seen before, but the changes include the addition of a helicopter view and removal of the quick homescreen panel selection carousel at the bottom of the homescreen. With the former, you can rearrange the homescreen layout to your liking or quickly jump to a particular one, which is accessed either by pressing the home button or executing a swipe gesture while on the homescreen.
In terms of personalization, we’re presented with the usual assortment of standard Android and Motorola widgets – the latter of which can be resized. Meanwhile, on the presentation side of things, the overall look and style of this light version of MOTOBLUR is mainly boxy, much like MOTOBLUR in general, but it’s even more evident when you heavily use the available set of Motorola widgets. In contrast, HTC’s Sense UI is by far the more appealing of the two, since it seems to have a little bit more flavor and kick to its overall presentation. Still, some will surely appreciate the distinctive looks of the Motorola DROID X2’s interface, but it still lacks the extra fuel in the gas tank to make it the preferable choice over other customized experiences.
When it comes to social networking, you can receive your dose either by using the social networking widget or dedicated app available to you. Obviously, the app aggregates content in one centralized area where you can reply and post your own messages to your respective accounts simultaneously. With its dual-core processor in tow, we find a nifty looking 3D interface when you’re reading through various posts using the social networking widget.
Organizer & Messaging:
The included calendar on the Motorola DROID X2 is stock Android and syncs directly to your Google account. It does support syncing to multiple Google accounts, but it still lacks support for things like Facebook. Moreover, we find the same sticky note widget that can be used only on the home screen for quick notes. Lastly, the included Alarm & Timer app is also very basic and only provides you an alarm clock and countdown timer.
Mainly because of its large display and peppy processor, the messaging experience is undoubtedly fantastic since it enables us to speed type with very few mistakes. Whichever way you decide to go, either by using the Swype or Multi-touch keyboard, the overall experience is pretty good seeing that we’re greeted with large buttons. Not only that, but we truly adore how it’s able to quickly keep up with our speedy thumbs when inputting text via its on-screen keyboard. Of course, the landscape options provide the most comfortable and appreciable experience since they’re extremely roomy.
Besides radiating slightly more responsive tendencies when it comes to kinetic scrolling and loading up emails, the Gmail experience is basically identical to most other Android handsets – so there isn’t anything new with it. Alternatively, setting up other email accounts is simple seeing that you’ll only need to provide your email address and password for automatic setup. However, for those less popular email clients, it’ll require additional things like server addresses and ports to properly set up.
Although it’s not all the time we see instant messaging apps preloaded with handsets, we’re more than glad to see one with the Motorola DROID X2. Giving us access to services like AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger, we’re able to instantly chat with people on the go.