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Spotlight Review: Motorola Droid X2 Android Smartphone

Overall Rating

Senior Friendly Features

Cool Factor

8

Wireless Interface :

Bluetooth

Speakerphone :

Yes

Accessability Features :

Audible battery alert

Accessability Features :

Hearing aid compatible

Accessability Features :

Vibrating alert

Accessability Features :

Voice control capability

Quick Specs

OS Provided: 
Android
Style: 
Candy bar phone
Service Provider: 
Verizon
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Motorola’s sequel to it’s great Droid X, called the Droid X2, debuts this week. It looks and feels just like the original, but there are some significant changes under the hood. An NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor means that you now have two processors to make everything F-A-S-T. Even better is that the display size is huge and now even easier to read at the qHD (one-quarter HD) resolution of 960×450. The little raised part on the top of the back, where the camera and LED light are built-in, is the same. Makes it a little easier to hold on to.

The 8 megapixel camera on the back has an LED light and can now shoot 1080p HD video (the Droid X shot 720p). The body has gone from black to charcoal in color. The Droid X2 ships with Android 2.2 (Froyo) instead of the expected 2.3 (Gingerbread), but expect the upgrade to be available shortly after the phone is available.

There’s the option for a mobile hotspot, so you can connect up to 5 devices to the web. The bad news is that it’s only a 3G phone. It’s on Verizon, so the absence of 4G is a shame. Where there’s no coverage yet, there will be and where there is coverage, it is a multitude of times faster than 3G. The phone is CDMA-only, so you will have to use it on Verizon in the U.S. It doesn’t have the additional radio support to work as a world phone.

Missing from the original Droid X is a dedicated camera button. Though the screen buttons are ok and the lack of a physical button makes the phone more sleek and elegant, the dedicated button is definitely easier to use. You can easily miss the screen button. Physical home, return, search and app buttons on the front offer an easy-to-feel, tactile way to know when you’ve pushed the right button to navigate home, etc.

Droid X2 will cost $199 with a new two-year customer agreement.

 

  • Android 2.2-powered smartphone with 4.3-inch qHD multi-touch display for brilliant video playback; HDMI output for HD 1080p mirroring
  • Enabled for Verizon Wireless 3G network; can be used as a 3G Mobile Hotspot for up to five Wi-Fi connected devices; Skype Mobile capable
  • 8-MP camera; HD 720p camcorder; 8 GB internal plus 8 GB microSD memory; Bluetooth stereo music; access to personal and corporate e-mail
  • Up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 220 hours (9+ days) of standby time; released in May, 2011
  • What’s in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, 8 GB microSD card, quick start guide
  • For more information or to purchase a Motorola Droid X2, visit Amazon.com.

     

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