Motorola DROID 2 vs Motorola DROID X

Interface and Features:

As it stands right now, there is one major reason to choose the Motorola DROID 2 over the DROID X – it's because of the tasty frozen yogurt is has to offer. Android 2.2 Froyo is the sole differentiator between the two handsets, however, the DROID X is expected to receive the upgrade treatment very soon, and thus bringing an identical platform experience. But when you look down at it, they both employ the MOTOBLUR-like customized experience that strongly provides for some unique widgets that can be re-sized to accommodate your personalized taste. Powered by 1GHZ OMAP processors, the devices are able to move about the platform with relative ease and with no distinct differences in performance. However, we did run a benchmark test and found that the DROID 2 with Android 2.2 earned a Quadrant benchmark score of 1371 versus the DROID X's 1251 with Android 2.1. So yes, the DROID 2 slightly edges out when it comes down to the numbers, but honestly, you're not going to see any subtle differences between actual usage with both phones.

Naturally, the DROID 2's inclusion of a physical keyboard offers users an additional input method aside from the touch options that the two present. But you can't count out the DROID X in this category – especially when it boasts a large size display that produces finger friendly buttons for typing over the DROID 2's actual physical keyboard. However, it's worth noting that the DROID X has a better typing performance when it comes down to using any of the on-screen methods. Pitting it against the DROID 2's QWERTY keyboard, we're amazed that the sizable real estate does play a major factor in comfortably typing with the DROID X. Interestingly enough, we found our pace to be much faster on the DROID X since it doesn't require any force from your fingers to register a touch. As much as the DROID 2 can claim some bragging rights with the convenient option of a physical keyboard, the DROID X is also a definitive choice for text messaging individuals.

Internet and Connectivity:

On the surface, web browsing on either handset is accompanied with a fantastic experience that closely replicates the look and feel you get out of the desktop experience. Upon closer inspection though, you can visually see that the DROID 2 has one compelling feature that trumps the DROID X – it has support for Flash 10.1; so it'll basically present you with that realistic experience. Although some will find it to be a compromising factor, it does impact the DROID 2's performance a little bit since we noticed a slightly choppier experience scrolling when there is Flash content running. Still, the fantastic resolution they boast will make it considerably easy for the eye to scope out all of the fine details on a web site. But of course, the DROID 2's reign is looking to be short lived since it's expected for the DROID X to receive support for Flash 10.1 with its upcoming Android 2.2 Froyo update.

These two Android smartphones share a common bond with their dual-band (800/1900 MHz) radios with 3G speeds courtesy of EV-DO revision  A connectivity. Alternatively, you can opt to rely on using their built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n to gain data connection when the network isn't present. Plus there is also Bluetooth 2.1 on board that will allow you to connect a mix of wireless headsets to either smartphones or wirelessly transfer files. And of course, you can't go wrong with either of them thanks to Mobile HotSpot functionality on board that will allow you to share your 3G connection over Wi-Fi with other nearby devices. Even though both provide DLNA support, it's worth noting that the DROID X has a micro HDMI port which will easily allow you to share content with a television – something that's missing on the DROID 2.



1. Tyler Lane unregistered

In your video about 1 minute in, you state it the droid 2 ( and might have said the same about the X ) has a Snapdragon cpu, it actually has a TI Omap cpu . Other than that it the video has a great details etc.

2. gwk unregistered

Does Droid X feature removeable SIM cards so handy when traveling overseas?

3. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

Uh, no. The DROID X is a CDMA only device, so there is no SIM card...

4. ummmokthen unregistered

This site is absolutely biased. Just look at there "Top" page on the left side. They dub the iPhone 1st in almost everything. This is why iphonearena sucks. Stop loving the iPhone for its signal issues. Dumbasses.

5. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

They personally didn't have an issue with the iphone4 when they reviewed it so why would they call out a problem they never had on the phone?

6. mastertoothpick unregistered

yeah ummm i personally think phonearena is biased to android phones, which im glad for. always finding new things to do with my phone

10. derp unregistered

who would have thought there would be 50 different ways to get force close errors and failed displays? go android!

7. jlums unregistered

When is the "X" getting Froyo? This is killing me....

8. whiteneoangel

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I know how you feel xD hope it improves some features and fixes a few bugs...

9. derp unregistered

good luck with that. like any android update, for every bug it fixes, it causes 10 more.

11. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Fanboys suck^

12. Viva Musica unregistered

Hi, which phone, Droid X or Droid 2, takes photos and uploads to Facebook faster? That's the main reason I want to replace the Moto Devour I'm using (which was bought used as a replacement for the Moto Droid I dropped into a puddle at the ocean--and whose stunning pictures I miss).

13. Charlie unregistered

Thanks for this great comparison, which helped me chose the X. After reading this, my only hesitation was that the X didn't have good close-ups in the sample photos. But upon playing with it, I found that it has a "macro" mode you can turn on. with that turned on, it takes awesome closeups, much better than shown here.

14. nick unregistered

So, after all of that you didn't have even a slight preference? You're just going to say, yeah they are equal? Sounds like you needed to test them further to find a winner instead of just just coping out. Sorry, just disappointed in your conclusion. nick

15. lindak unregistered

Thanks for helping me decide. I can't wait to get rid of my Motorol Devour and go with the Droid X. I was going back and forth between the 2 on the decision. The new differences are, Droid 2 is now global ready, where the Droid X isn't. And both have Froyo 2.2. They just reduced the price of the Droid X now that the HTC Thunderbolt came out. No 4G in my area, so it was an easy decision to save $100.

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