Do you think a Droid X would smell the same whatever its name was? During our review of that phone last year, we found it to be an excellent performer and a sturdy design. A very good phone, to sum it up. There is a new name for it now, at least a revised name, the Motorola Droid X2, that has the same basic design as its predecessor while packing a lot more firepower – the dual-core Tegra 2 processor, to be exact. Is it gonna tickle your olfactory sensors the same way that the first X did?
The X2 does not make a massive leap in performance over its predecessor’s postscript-free version out of the box. We won’t be going quite as in-depth here as we did when we looked at the first X, since little has changed from a design standpoint. This phone has a similar sleek, slim design with a slim frame and a medium glossy finish. The top of the phone has what appears to be the same 8 megapixel sensor and dual-LED flash as the iPhone 5. When you try to shove it in head-first, the extra protrusion makes it top-heavy and a tough fit for your skinny jeans. However, other than that extra part, the handset is otherwise neatly trimmed. This is the thickest part, the top, and it is 9.99mm (0.39 inches). 5 inches by 2.5 inches is the screen size, making room for a big, bright 4.3-inch LCD display that has moved up to qHD since the X, with 960 x 540 pixels. We believe this to be one of the best displays we’ve seen on a smartphone yet, thanks to its excellent viewing angles and impressive contrast. Even though the display doesn’t quite have that sleek look of Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus displays found on the Galaxy S II or the Infuse 4G, it’s bright, contrasty, vibrant with great color reproduction, and its resolution makes it a great competitor. Four physical buttons are found beneath the bottom bezel, with a similar design to the original Droid X but with a bit less room — making it a bit tough to press anything without really squeezing it hard. While the original X did not have that problem, you might find it odd at first if you are used to accidentally hitting your home screen with wayward thumb swipes.
The menu system is conveniently located on the left side of the device. The micro-USB is situated on the bottom, and the micro-HDMI is curiously positioned lower than the previous. Details are provided. Due to the reverse orientation of these, there is no real hope of compatibility with the Atrix dock. There is a shiny lock / power button in the center of the top, and the 3.5mm headphone jack is offset to the left. On the right is just a chrome volume rocker and the bottom is entirely devoid of anything — just a hint of bezel. In a similar fashion to the previous model, the battery cover is held in place by a series of clasps that fit into a In order to remove the 1,500mAh battery from its cubby, you’ll need to put some weight behind it, illustrating how tight the tolerances are in this device. A microSD card of 8GB can then be inserted, and if that seems meager in an age when 32GB chips are available in phones like the Charge, I understand why. Moreover, the phone contains 4GB of storage that is available to users, which means you have a total storage space of 12GB. In addition, there are roughly another 1.5GB of space for apps, etc. Unlike many 3G phones of today, this one omits a SIM card slot. That is, of course, because this is a strictly 3G phone within an increasingly LTE sphere.
Performance and battery life
It’s the Tegra 2, running at 1GHz, that’s hidden inside the X2, as the 2 of X2 stands for the second core of this device. The combination of those two cores delivers solid performance throughout the Android ecosystem, starting with a swift boot up and extending to the execution of every task you can think of. As evidenced by its benchmark scores, it is a true powerhouse. As of November 20, Neocore delivers 54.6 MFLOPS, Linpack 36.229 MFLOPS, Quadrant 2,509, and SunSpider completes in just a hair over 4,000 ms. It is an impressive number. The phone offers respectable battery life despite its poor performance. It’s not as good as the Droid Charge or the Infuse (which, admittedly, are using larger batteries), but the lack of LTE here allows it to function for the duration of a typical day. As with every Android device, we made it through one earthly revolution and well into the second before reaching for an AC outlet, but once you boot up Google Nav and start streaming some Google Music in the background, you’ll be reaching for your car charger. While GPS performance is quite good, it is not perfect. stayed connected to our location within seconds of locking on and refused to let go of the connection whenever one was available . How is it as a phone, by the way? I think this is quite good again. A loud and clear speaker is built into the earpiece and a speakerphone is included in the
Unlike the original Droid X, there aren’t any major new features with regard to the camera hardware here, so you can still expect to see much of what you saw before. In general, the results are okay, with overexposed images occasionally, but overall quality is really good. For video recording, the triple-mic system delivers really good audio quality. In spite of the considerably improved hardware available, however, 720p video is still the maximum recording quality on offer, and Motorola has made the disappointing decision to get rid of the dual-stage The shutter bug is in for a hard time.
In the original Droid X2, Motorola has installed Android 2.2.2, but many of its features have been modified. Although most customizations were good, we found most to be helpful. As with previous Moto phones, there is no heavy Blur on the experience, and logging in separately is not necessary. Though the Swype keyboard comes pre-installed, the customized multi-touch keyboard is still quite good, offering reliable predictions of what you intend to type next, as well as what you’re likely to type next. You can select text with a pop-up magnifier similar to that found in iOS, and Moto provides a number of attractive widgets that allow you to check the weather, tune into a variety of radio stations, and control It comes with a suite of applications that you’ll have whether or not you want them. The ubiquitous Lets Golf 2 is an example of an app most people don’t want to install. It really depends on the person. Some apps, like NFL Mobile or Best Buy, may be of interest to some people, while others, like Quickoffice and Verizon’s Backup Assistant, may be of less use to others. In terms of the crapware load, it isn’t quite the onslaught we experienced with devices such as the HTC Charge or more recently the Samsung Incredible 2, and we had no difficulties in Even so, if you don’t have a firm commitment, you can use the customized application list to create a group of the apps you actually use and set the phone to show only those, hiding the whole Is it true that what’s out of sight, is out of mind?
I consider the $200 Droid X2 to be a worthy successor to the Droid X. Design-wise, the workstation continues to be striking, and of course with a new dual-core processor, you won’t be disappointed. Nevertheless, the lack of LTE connectivity could prove a stumbling block. With Verizon’s 4G, we may not have been locked in coast to coast, but there are enough places that are already online that LTE compatibility is desirable. The absence of it on the X2 is understood to be You still get a slim phone with good battery life and a top-of-the-line build quality with the X2. Those who haven’t decided yet whether they want to commit to the fourth G should consider it for now as the best Android handset on Verizon.