This last week, I had the opportunity to try out a Motorola Droid X2 from Verizon. My daily driver lately has been an HTC Evo 3D on Sprint, so my normal experience on Android is quite different from the X2, what with HTC’s Sense and all. The phone held up well to the Droid name, and carried only a few disappointments… but that doesn’t mean the disappointing features were “no big deal”.
Hit the break to find out my thoughts and experiences on the Droid X2, as well as catch the full 11 minute video rundown, and be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our quick unboxing video.
The very first thing I noticed about the X2 upon taking it out of the box was the shape. It has the same camel hump at the very top that the original Droid X sported; in fact, the overall layout of the X2 is a clone from its predecessor, from the screen size to the battery cover. The only real differences one can see is the color of the back has moved from a gray to a flat black, and the dedicated camera button has taken a hiatus. After holding the phone for a minute to get used to its size and shape (which didn’t take long, as I used the HTC Evo 4G for almost a year), I booted it up. I was presented with a Motorola Splash screen touting the dual-core capabilities, followed directly by the familiar Droid logo, which was accompanied by the also-familiar “DROOOOOIIIIID” bootup sound.
Then, the lockscreen was up. It was a bit laggy to unlock, which I found would be a staple throughout the entire experience. I set up my email address and synced everything up, which was a quick experience, especially for not being on wi-fi. Verizon’s 3G network continues to be the fastest on any of the phones I’ve had the privilege of reviewing. I then checked out some of the built-in apps, such as Blockbuster and Let’s Golf 2. The gaming experience was pretty fluid, although response to touch tended to, again, be laggy.
I wasn’t too terribly fond of the clickable buttons on the bottom of the face controlling menu, home, back, and search; my preference leans in the way of flat, capacative buttons. My Evo experience has made sure that stays my preferred method of button-travel.
The sound was fine, nothing to write home about, whether it was from being on speakerphone or playing music, and the experience in headphones was great; exactly what I’ve come to expect from any Android device. The screen, being a qHD (960 x 540-pixel), offered a slightly better experience than the 854 x 480 display on the Droid X. Also, the anti-glare technology made sure that we had not only a better viewing angle, but also – well, a screen with less glare.
The keyboard on the Droid X series has been insanely popular and a huge porting project since the original. Multi-touch on our phones is a huge deal, and the Droid X2 does an awesome job of making sure it stays accurate and well-predicted.
The battery also held up very well, whipping through hours and hours (about 12, to be exact) of heavy use, and still giving us 30-40% remaining. This is a bump up from the original Droid X, and it’s greatly appreciated.
- Great battery life
- Good screen – viewing angle, resolution
- Super fast Verizon 3G network
- Keyboard works very well
- Didn’t perform well – lots of lag
- Motoblur UI feels dated
- Clickable buttons rather than capacitive
The Droid X2 from Motorola does a great job of keeping everyday users happy, even impressed with their device. Power users, however, will probably find the device to be slightly sub-par… straight out of the box. As we all know, customization is the backbone of the empire that is Android, and I’ve heard from multiple users that, with some customization, the experience on the X2 can be brought up to play with the biggest dogs on the market. This device has the ability to entertain and handle workflow all day, while staying powered up, thanks to the 1500mah battery. Any Verizon user would be happy to have this device, although it has some proving to do to compare with some of the bigger players on other carriers.