DROID X2 Review
As much as we miss seeing a dedicated shutter key to quickly launch the camera app, the camera interface is actually unchanged. However, it’s worth noting that by default, it’s set to continuous focus as opposed to auto-focus. Nonetheless, there is still a decent amount of shooting and manual modes, but it’s nothing dramatically more than what we’ve seen already with its predecessor.
You’d think that the DROID X2 would see a bump with its camera, but rather, it decides to employ the same exact 8-megapixel auto-focus camera as its predecessor. In general, we’re quite pleased with the handset’s photo prowess seeing that it captures a decent amount of detail – though, its production is on the softer side. Despite that, we dig the natural looking colors it’s able to muster up with its shots. Oppositely, we’re also impressed with the handset’s results under low lighting conditions indoors since it still manages to retain some details and colors to make it more than presentable. Likewise, the dual-LED flash does a wonderful job in illuminating the scenery, but it seems to lose its power with subjects located more than 7 feet away from the handset. Comparing their performance, the DROID X2 establishes the same results with its predecessor, which is more than acceptable to our tastes.
video recording is commonplace amongst high-end smartphones, it’s somewhat disappointing to see the Motorola DROID X2 unchallenged by not offering 1080p recording instead. Even though it’s able to shoot at the rate of 30 frames per second, videos still seem to be choppy looking during playback. Moreover, we’re undeniably horrified with the muddy looking visuals we’re greeted with – thus eliminating any remnants of fine detail. Watching the recorded videos on a high-definition display, it goes to show why we’re nowhere close to using the handset as a dedicated video recorder. It’s just too terrible to endure!
Motorola DROID X2 Sample Video:
Launching the Gallery app, we notice that the first thing we’re treated to is this interface that stacks some of the most recent photos on top of one another. In addition, it categorizes photos into groups like your camera roll, online social networking albums, friends’ albums, and general library of images. If you select the “my library” option, it’ll display pictures in your typical grid-like fashion. However, when you tilt the handset to landscape, it switches to a familiar 3D carousel, which allows us to scroll through the available images. Once a photo is selected, you can perform some minor edits, like rotating and cropping, and share it with a variety of services like Picasa, email, and text messaging.
Finding the same music player interface as before, it’s seemingly functional on many levels with its balanced presentation, but even more when it packs a coverflow like interface in landscape. Much like most things, it displays things like the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls when a song is played. Moreover, we absolutely love how there are a variety of equalizer settings to choose from – making specific songs sound better with their associated equalizer selection. Impressively, audio quality with the handset is astonishingly powerful, yet distortion-free when placed on the loudest volume setting.
Factoring its sizable display and fast processor, it’s able to handle high-definition problems with little effort. Loading a video encoded in DivX 1280 x 720 resolution, our eyes have plenty to feast on thanks to its smooth playback and rich amount of detail.
Rather than simply streaming videos through its microHDMI port, we now find a mirrored experience that allows us to experience the handset on our high-definition television set. Though, we’re only able to use it in landscape, but at least it stretches out to fully encompass the entire layout. Naturally, we’re able to play both music and videos stored locally on the phone, while other things like gaming, it allows us to easily enjoy the full experience on the big screen – nice indeed!
Although it’s packing 4GB of internal storage, of which only 3.43GB is available to us out of the box, it’s actually supplemented with a preloaded 8GB microSD card. Sure it might be enough for some, but you can always replace the card with others up to 32GB in capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
Constant web surfers will instantly gravitate to the handset, not only for its massive display, but because it provides us with a near desktop like experience. Fortunately, complex web sites are able to load in a decent amount of time, but with some Flash content, there is some wait time required before we’re able to interact with them. Without a doubt, the DROID X2 operates at a high level and exudes plenty of responsiveness with things like kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. All in all, the web browsing experience is astoundingly satisfactory and the handset is clearly ideal for it.
Taking into account all the hoopla and pride that generally surrounds any of Motorola’s DROID branded handsets, some might be bummed to find the DROID X2 is basically like any other 3G smartphone on Verizon’s lineup. Despite not offering 4G LTE connectivity, we’re presented with the usual set of connectivity features – like Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11 b/g/n, and aGPS. Furthermore, the handset packs mobile hotspot functionality that enables it to share its data connection with up to 5 other Wi-Fi devices.