Performance:

As much as 4G LTE is constantly in our minds nowadays, some might be surprised that some people still use their smartphones for phone calls. Knowing that, we’re actually more than impressed with the superb calling quality of the Motorola DROID X2. Not only does the earpiece produce some strong tones, but voices on both ends of the line are natural, distinctive, and clear – making conversations such a joy. Additionally, the speakerphone quality is pretty good too with its strong volume output, but there is just a tiny bit of muffled tone with it – albeit, it doesn’t have an adverse effect on the overall calling quality.

Interestingly enough, we’re taken back by the handset’s poor signal strength seeing that in high coverage areas indoors, it’s only able to pull in a figure of -89 dBm. Yet, we didn’t experience any dropped calls or major fluctuations in signal strength during our testing.

Even with its shiny new dual-core processor, battery life is in fact more than ample with the handset primarily because we’re able to pull in 9.75 continuous hours of talk time on a single charge – whereas, the manufacturer has it rated for 8 hours. However, for normal everyday usage, we’re able to easily get one day out of a full charge, which is more than enough for a high-caliber smartphone like this. Regardless of that, we’d still recommend heavy users to charge the handset every now and then to make it through the entire day.

Conclusion: 

We really want to like the Motorola DROID X2, much like how we accepted its predecessor with open arms, but when it doesn’t particularly set any new bars, it’s really difficult to side with it over the other competition. Sure it has that wonderful dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor under the hood and higher resolution display, but after those two distinguishable standouts, it’s basically unchanged from its predecessor. Obviously, we don’t recommend you moving up to this if you’re still sporting the original, but if you’re stuck with a feature phone and eligible for an upgrade, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t throw this into consideration.

Conversely, the handset loses some visibility when it’s pitted against other next-generation handsets like the HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge – though, it’s worth noting that those two devices are more expensive at $250 and $300 respectively on-contract. When compared to the other handset on Verizon’s lineup that’s priced at the same boat, the HTC Droid Incredible 2, there is absolutely very little reasoning why to choose the Motorola DROID X2 over it. Nonetheless, whichever way you decide to go with, the Motorola DROID X2 is still a reasonable high-end Android smartphone – albeit, it doesn’t have the same menacing presence as its predecessor.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 2.2.2
System Version: Version.1.2.148.MB870.Verizon.en.US
Kernel version: 2.6.32.9-00049-g1e05fe4mqr374@nj05lnxdroid01 #2
Build number: 4.4.1_274_DTN-14.8

Motorola DROID X2 Video Review:


Pros

  • First Verizon handset to feature a dual-core processor
  • Gigantic and high-res display
  • Shoots great looking photos
  • Fantastic calling quality

Cons

  • Unchanged design
  • Muddy looking 720p video recording
  • Low signal strength

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

7.0
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