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Motorola Droid 2: Improving the No. 1 Android phone

Droid 2 in hand

The Motorola Droid has been the top selling Android smartphone. Now, the Droid 2 has arrived, just 10 months after the launch of the original. See how it has been updated and how it compares to other top devices.

Also read full review: Motorola Droid 2: Everything you need to know

Photo credit: Jason Hiner / TechRepublic

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27 comments
Regulus
Regulus

As previously stated, Slide Shows that are not accompanied by a 'Print' option, or at least a PDF are and remain a total waste of time regardless of Quality and / or value of content. Please listen to your readers/customers.

TucsonGuy
TucsonGuy

Hate to agree with some others here, Jason, but I, too, hate coming and finding only pictures with the promise of a review "later." 80% of the time, I never come back for the review as I get distracted with other things. In this case it doesn't matter so much because I'm a Sprint customer, so next month I'll most likely be getting the new Evo to replace my Hero.

davidcurtis014
davidcurtis014

Wondering if this is available for use on T-Mobil or if it's just with Verizon... Ordered a Droid last week & picking it up from UPS tomorrow - Just signed up w/ T-Mobil but haven't had anything activated yet so I can send it back & cancel - go with a different carrier/plan etc.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

On T-Mobile I'd recommend the Samsung Vibrant as a top notch Android device.

shaunsweb
shaunsweb

10 months and two upgrades Droid x and Droid 2 and all we get is a lousy upgrade to a faster CPU, one moved button. I'll pass. With rooting my phone I have the same speed, better battery life, tethering and much more. I have to say though, front facing cameras are useless unless you are trying to take Facebook photos. Not many people want to see who they are talking to. Useless crap to get you to buy a new iPhone.

deanvisser
deanvisser

what is the difference between the Motorola Droid2 phone and the Motorola Milestone? They look identical except I have a d-pad beside my slideout keyboard on the milestone.

lutherdcline
lutherdcline

I think the Droid 2 is excellent, stuck with Blackberry Tour for now. Currently my Droid 2 test model is in the hands of IT Security for evaluation for use in the Corporate environment.

sjbird3d
sjbird3d

Why did you waste your time and ours just posting some photos -- why didn't you do a write up on the features of the phone and the improvements, if any? TRH

ameliajamison
ameliajamison

This blog post was lame and just made me want the Samsung Epic or and HTC phone even more!

scott.munger
scott.munger

Don't advertise content that you will publish at a later date / time. I was interested but I'm sure I'll forget to go back and keep checking when it does get posted. lame.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

The full review will post later today. The photos published first. The review will be linked here.

AncientAngler
AncientAngler

My son has 5 friends who own the original Android. I almost bought one, but my son said the voice quality was awful. I spoke to each of his friends. He was right. Sadly, cell phone manufacturers have forgotten that the word "phone" is important.

nici
nici

I couldn't agree more about the voice quality of the phone. In fact, I kept either putting people on mute because my face was hitting the area of the screen where "Mute" was, or, worse yet, I was disconnecting them every 1-2 minutes. I always used the voice-recognition calling with previous cell phones when in a car. I asked about that APP, and the salesperson said that the App in the phone stunk. He was right -- impossible to use. The Droid has a lot of wonderful apps, but is an absolutely awful phone. I realized that first and foremost, I needed a phone, so I returned the Droid. Hopefully newer models will be better.

albeeman
albeeman

You think a Droid should first be a good cellphone? Next you are going to tell me that a Droid in your car should reliably call touch free to comply with driving laws! What kind of a Geek are you? al in Hilo

DBNewbie2007
DBNewbie2007

I have three friends that have the Motorola Droid... as a appliance, it is nice. As a phone, the voice quality is poor (their voices sound muted compared to their old phones). Has this improved? What about "rooting"? The Droid X stops working (goes into recovery mode due to eFuse) when a new OS is installed and will not start working again until the original OS is re-installed... does this have the same "feature"?

mtriner
mtriner

Hving both the Droid and Droid2, the Droid2 is better than the original. The OS may be 2.2 but it is not an update. I don't have the sluggishness that I had to deal with when the Droid received the 2.2 update. The processor/web speed on the Droid2 is far superior. A front facing camera would be nice, better email app. And the redesigned keyboard is a plus for those still needing one instead of a virtual.

jerrycline
jerrycline

I am very interested in TechRepublic's analysis of the Droid2 and other technologhy. Presenting a couple of dozen pictures is underwelming and provides very minimal value.

DarkEnjinu
DarkEnjinu

I agree with you on that. The Smartphone market is a growing and becoming competitive thanks to Google and Apple. Its critical to have more detailed comparisons on features, and spec's for users to make a sound decision.

mark
mark

I came here curious about the content... and found none... again! Why would they publish this crowd-attracting headline only to make you click through multiple pages to see some pictures? Oh yeah, page views. If the story is not ready, don't publish the headline.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

A link to the review will be added to this gallery of photos. Apologies for the delay.

albeeman
albeeman

Lots of improvements but: Its still heavy. Its not a Bberry class keyboard. It still has too short a battery life It still does not have a front facing camera... It still does not have 4G support AND it still does not have GSM chip support for international travel. The "Does Moto actually care what we want? question has been answered. Al the Droid1 First day buyer Hilo

shaunsweb
shaunsweb

All the phones that are in its class are similar weight. It is better then bb keyboard my opinion. My battery can play 14 hours of music and still be at 50%. Front facing camera for what? Gimmick Name phones in America that have 4G support, it is very limited and pointless to add at this time. I'm sure 99% of their clients do not do international travel, but you got me there for the 1% that does. My major complaint is hands free. Apps to SD that don't cause issues when you hook up your phone to your computer.

nolebuc1
nolebuc1

Nice try Motorolla, but the EVO is still simply the baddest smart phone on the planet. After searching three continents (just kidding it was only two) to get my EVO and now spending over a month with it, nothing compares. I think HTC has the Champ for some time to come.

Jdrabik
Jdrabik

I have a Mot Droid (1), and a friend has the EVO. I can sometimes go 2-3 days without recharging, but the EVO can't even go 4 hours in some cases, and rarely more than 6 hours. The technicians say that's normal. I say that's abysmal. Maybe you leave your phone plugged in all the time, but for those of us with real work to do, Droid is the way to go.

andrug67
andrug67

I am forever having to charge my device. It is for this reason why my Droid is left at home. My BB 9700 is my dependable side kick.

stpaul77
stpaul77

That's great, I'm glad you like the EVO but tell us why! (I'm thinking of getting one).

nolebuc1
nolebuc1

Aside from the specs, which can be viewed anywhere, here is why I love the EVO. 1- Wifi Hotspot for up to 8 devices is simply amazing and something I use regularly in the field. 2- Mini HDMI port to watch my videos in up to 720p quality is amazing. 3- The virtual QWERTY touch keyboard is amazingly accurate. You just have to be "close" to get the right letter. 4- 4G coverage in Charlotte, NC is pretty good and I use it frequently with blazing internet speeds. 5- The Google Voice feature, which can be used for hands-free texting, internet search, GPS navigation... is about 95% accurate. 6- Sprint Navigation is almost instantaneous in terms of locating your current position and finding where you want to go. If you deviate from the suggested route it alters the course on the fly in seconds. It blows my wife's Tom Tom away. The voice is very mechanical though and not as pleasing as the sexy Tom Tom voice on my wife's GPS. 7- HTC Sense is smooth as silk. 8- The speakers are very good for a a small hand held device when playing music. 9- Video quality is great when watching Sprint TV, ESPN Mobile... 10- The battery does get drained quite fast if you are pushing it hard using 4G, hotspot, Pandora... I usually charge it at night and start using it around 8AM and usually need a charge again by 6PM under heavy usage. I knew that upfront, and figured what the hell, I keep a car charger on hand and the wall charger at home. Does not really matter to me. I am a very heavy user and it has not caused a problem. 11- Voice quality on the phone is exceptionally good. Hope that helps. It is a GREAT product and I believe is the KING of Smartphones. I know friends who have the "iFail" and once they have seen my EVO they wish they had it instead.