Now that the Droid 2 is upon us, reviews and unboxing reports are trickling in from across the Web. The original Droid is one of the most successful Android devices of all time, and is largely responsible for putting Motorola’s phone division back on the map. Motorola and Big Red have a lot riding on this phone, so how does it stack up against its older brother? Boy Genius Report has their take on it, and let’s just say, they’re less impressed than they were hoping:
- The handset unfortunately feels a little bit cheaper than the original. It creaks along the sides a bit, and we’re not in love with the design identity of the phone. It’s almost like Motorola went backwards when trying to make the device have a bit more mass-market appeal with the chrome, blue color scheme, and now more rounded design — feels like their vision wasn’t carried all the way through.
- The keyboard is slightly more pronounced now (the middle of each key is domed), but we have to say, it’s not the update we hoped it would be. Comparing it to the old, flat keyboard, we’re not sure what we’d pick. You can feel each key more on the new keyboard, but we’re not sure if that let’s you type any faster.
- The screen is solid — seems identical to the original DROID.
- Android 2.2 doesn’t really feel like Android 2.2 since it’s been BLUR’d and MOTO’d. We’d have loved this to be a stock Android 2.2 handset. This is basically a DROID X in a different form factor.
- All in all seems solid, and a great product refresh, though we do wish that Motorola would have pushed the bar a tad bit higher.
In essence, it seems the Droid 2 is more of a slight upgrade than a full-blown overhaul. Probably the biggest surprise is the disappearance of vanilla Android, which became a mainstay of the original and has been replaced by the often loathed Motoblur. To those of you who have a shiny new Droid 2 in your hands, tell us what you think of Motorola’s latest. Also, be sure to check out the source link below for an unboxing photo gallery.