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Motorola DROID R2D2 Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
 
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Motorola DROID R2D2 Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.56 inches, 2.36 inches, 0.54 inches
  • Weight: 5.92 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004H4XGH4
  • Item model number: DROID R2D2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,249 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

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To celebrate 30 years since Star Wars hit theaters, Verizon Wireless presents the DROID R2-D2 by Motorola--featuring a graphic design that looks like the iconic Astromech Droid. It also comes packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite and it includes a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset. The phone also comes pre-loaded with exclusive content, including R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones, four live wallpapers, R2-D2 Clock Widget, "The Best of R2-D2" video with the original Cantina music, and exclusive Empire Strikes Back Binoculars app.



A natural combination--R2–D2 with the inner workings of the Motorola DROID 2 (see larger image).

Based on the Motorola DROID 2, the DROID R2-D2 runs the latest Android operating system--OS 2.2 (aka, Froyo)--which provides a faster overall Android experience as well as greater multitasking capabilities. You'll be able to receive notifications, listen to music, and even record GPS data without keeping the application open. And it features a plethora of new enhancements, including an improved QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web. It also offers enhanced Exchange support, with Calendar syncing, Global Address Lookup, improved security, auto-discovery, and more.

Sporting a new super-slim form factor, the DROID R2-D2 offers a redesigned symmetrical keyboard with raised keys for more responsive typing to push out notes and status updates. Speech-to-text input and the virtual multi-touch keyboard (accessed via the 3.7-inch touchscreen) allow for quick messaging, and you can use the Swype keyboard enhancement for even faster input--with up to 50 words per minute using one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard (learn more about Swype below).

With integrated Google technology, DROID R2-D2 brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa. The DROID R2-D2 also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

In addition to high-speed connectivity on the fast and reliable Verizon Wireless 3G network, you can also share the built-in 3G Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among five devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge). (See more details on optional Verizon Wireless services below.)

You'll also enjoy a wide range of multimedia entertainment with the DROID R2-D2, including BLOCKBUSTER On Demand presented by V CAST Video for purchasing, renting, and viewing movies right on the phone and the NFL Mobile app for live news and game updates.

Preloaded social networking widgets allow you to sync and stream your feeds and updates from Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace all to one screen in real time. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with DVD-quality video capture, 8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 8 GB memory card, ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, GPS turn-by-turn directions via free Google Maps with Navigation (Beta) as well as VZ Navigator, and up to 9.5 hours of talk time.

DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license.



The DROID R2-D2 features a no compromise Web and entertainment experience, advanced social messaging and a redesigned QWERTY keyboard (see larger image).

Empire Strikes Back Binoculars App

The exclusive Empire Strikes Back Binoculars app, only for Verizon Wireless customers, allows Jedi Masters to browse, preview and download Star Wars content related to Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Verizon Wireless customers can access premium Star Wars content for a one-time charge of $2.99. The Star Wars mobile app includes the following features and content:

  • Bounty Hunt Visual ID: Find and capture images around the Star Wars universe to unlock hidden content
  • Sound and Photo Gallery
  • Live Wallpapers, including Blast the Probe Droid, Luke Balancing Yoda, Navigating the Asteroid Field, and Watch Bespin's Cloud City
  • Trivia Challenge: Answer trivia questions about the Empire Strikes Back
  • Widgets

Key Features

  • Fast 3G connectivity thanks to the reliable Verizon Wireless EV-DO, Rev A network
  • Powered by the Android operating system (version 2.2, Froyo) with deep integration of Google services and access to thousands of apps to customize your phone via the Android Market.
  • Advanced multitasking capabilities allow you to receive notifications, listen to music, and even record GPS data without keeping the application open.
  • Full Suite of Google Apps including Google Maps with Street View, transit, and Wikipedia information; GTalk with Presence; Gmail; YouTube, Latitude, and Google Calendar
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot: The DROID 2 comes travel-ready with a built-in 3G Mobile Hotspot--a Wi-Fi hotspot that can be shared among five Wi-Fi-capable devices. The 3G Mobile Hotspot is the perfect family vacation companion, and at $20 for 2 GB and 5 cents per megabyte overage, it provides an allowance big enough for sharing with the entire family for downloading games, Internet access, and more.
  • Enjoy Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter all in real-time without logging into and updating multiple applications. Updates synced and streamed to one screen waiting for you to view it when you want.
  • Universal Inbox to view all your texts, social networking messages, and e-mail accounts in one place.
  • Real HTML Web browsing provides more pages and better Web content delivered efficiently to your phone (Android Webkit HTML5-based browser).
  • Swype input system allows you to input text faster and easier by gliding your finger around the keyboard, moving from letter to letter in one continuous motion. The Swype technology then calculates what word you're intending to type (learn more below).
  • Integrated GPS with a choice of navigation apps:
    • Google Maps Navigation (Beta) provides free, pre-loaded turn-by-turn voice guidance. Powered by Google and requiring an Internet connection, it enables you to simply say "Navigate to [your destination]" to get on your way. See live traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps without ever needing to update your device.
    • VZ Navigator is downloadable via Android Market and allows you to navigate routes, check traffic conditions, and more. And with new "Click to Nav" integration, you can click on any address you see in your Web browser and automatically navigate using VZ Navigator. (Free to download, VZ Navigator has a $9.99 monthly charge)


Loaded with Android 2.2, the DROID R2-D2 offers greater multitasking capabilities, enhanced corporate e-mail, and Adobe Flash 10.1 support (see larger image).

Key Specifications

  • 1 GHz TI OMAP processor with dedicated graphics processor loads Web pages 40 percent faster than the original DROID by Motorola.
  • 3.7-inch touchscreen display (854 x 480 pixels, 16 million color depth)
  • Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard plus two touchscreen QWERTY keyboard
  • 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with auto focus, touch-to-focus, face detection, panoramic modes, and more
  • DVD-quality video capture with easy upload to YouTube, slow-motion capture, fast motion capture, and more.
  • Multi-format digital audio player with dedicated Amazon MP3 Store app for over-the-air downloads.
  • DLNA Wireless sharing of photos, video, and music with other DLNA compatible devices (Server, Controller, Player, Upload, and Download)
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • Included 8 GB microSD card with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • Text, picture, and video messaging with threaded messaging feature
  • E-mail: Corporate (Exchange 2003 and 2007), Gmail, IMAP, POP3, Attachment and browser document viewer (Microsoft Office and PDF)
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off.
  • TTY compatible
  • Hearing aid compatibility = M3/T3

Vital Statistics
The DROID R2-D2 weighs 5.96 ounces and measures 4.58 x 2.38 x 0.54 inches. Its 1400 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9.5 hours (575 minutes) of talk time, and up to 315 hours (13+ days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G frequencies.

What's in the Box
DROID R2-D2 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 8 GB microSD card, USB cable, wired stereo headset, multimedia station, quick start guide

Verizon Wireless Services

  • Reliable 3G Network: With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps. (Learn more about where EV-DO coverage is offered.)

  • Visual Voice Mail: This innovative service enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), create up to 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text or even voice mail.

  • V CAST Video on Demand: This optional service enables you to watch full-length TV shows plus news, sports, weather, and live entertainment video clips. It features more than 100 full-length programs from leading broadcast and cable networks, ranging from highly-rated drama and comedy series to reality programs and children's programming. V CAST Video on Demand also delivers live sporting events, including NHL hockey games and an upcoming slate of college football games.

    The service offers unlimited viewing of Basic Videos and the ESPN MVP channel. You can choose from 14 categories, including Entertainment, Kids, Music, Sports, Comedy, News, Pop Culture, Information, Women, Latino, Home & Leisure, Multicultural, Cutting Edge, and Hollywood. Additional subscription charges applicable.

  • VZW Backup Assistant: Automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone.

Learn More

Swype Keyboard

An alternative to the Android virtual keyboard, the Swype virtual keyboard allows you to input text by swiping the finger with one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard. Based on testing, speed, and accuracy are equal to or better than the traditional keyboard-tapping method. You can activate the Swype keyboard by pressing and holding in a text field, wait for popup to appear, click Input Method, and then select Swype.

In the image to the left, the word "mind" was generated from tracing the path shown above in a fraction of a second, by roughly aiming to pass through the letters of the word. A key advantage to Swype is that there is no need to be very accurate, enabling very rapid text entry.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good smartphone February 28, 2011
A new every two upgrade, $53 got me this phone. R2d2 benefited from all bug fixes complained off for the prior 6 months for Droid 2, so this phone functions without a glitch. Everything that should happen, does happen. Phone quality and reception is as good as most dedicated phones; downloading Android Marketplace apps, syncing with google, etc., are all flawless. I migrated 700 phone numbers from my Palm phone easily, but it was tougher to get Palm dba schedules into google. PC sync is easy, just plug it in, and it becomes a virtual drive. Removable microSDHC cards are a plus, as you can upgrade memory when needed, and use multiple cards to keep a lot of multimedia, swapping when needed.

Most Android apps I use are free, and many equivalent ones I reviewed need to be purchased for use on an iPhone.

Unlike most phones I've owned since 1995, r2d2 consumes batteries faster because its more like a real handheld multitasking PC with a phone, that just a phone + PDA as most smartphones used to be. Without any use, it drops 10% a day, and with computer usage, it depends on what you do. Charging is fast, 50% to 100% in ~ 1 hour, and original Moto batteries are now only $5, so easy to get extras if needed, and its easily user replaceable.

The biggest flaw in r2d2 is Android's internal security, encryption, which is well known as of this writing. We await the new API and Moto is making their own to fix this flaw sooner than the Android developers. You can get Apps that can do it for you right now, but its clunky and works only on a per application basis, rather than global.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for quality issues March 27, 2011
By KC
I was so excited to receive this phone! Upon arrival, I noticed that below the camera lens, the rear panel (above the battery cover, next to the camera) was sticking up a little. Assuming that it was supposed to be that way, I activated my phone. Within a week, the rear panel was peeling up more and more. If I pushed the panel down, it would stay for about an hour and then pop up again. I spoke to Amazon and they told me that because it was a cosmetic problem and did not interfere with making calls, they would not replace the phone. Thinking this defect would be something that is covered under the 1-year manufacturer's warranty, I contacted Motorola. They told me that I would have to pay for the repair (and shipping) as the warranty only covers the software. How ridiculous. As a long-time Motorola supporter, I'm very disappointed that they don't guarantee the quality of their products. I regret not shipping the phone back to Amazon right away. Yes, it was a minor problem. However, it was something that would definitely get worse over time. Figuring I have nothing to lose in terms of voiding the pretty much nonexistent warranty, I have attempted to fix the problem myself with a little superglue...hopefully it stays put.

My sister also bought this phone and has call clarity issues (which I haven't had). We're on the same network. So, I just want to warn others to inspect their phone carefully before activating it. Other than the quality issues, I have enjoyed the phone (even though I've only had it for a week and a half).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Coolest Phone... March 30, 2011
By lisa p.
My husband and I each purchased the Motorola R2-D2 Droid 2 and love it! The graphics on the back are NOT a sticker, as a previous reviewer stated. It is easy to use and the battery, if managed properly, is adequate. It also charges very quickly. If you love Star Wars and Motorola Droid, you will adore this phone. Who would not love being alerted to a call or text by R2-D2's beeps and whistles?!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars R2-D2 Review January 11, 2011
Hi there! I had the droid x before I exchanged it for this one. The droid x was just to big for me. This phone is a bit better for me since the shape is just right and it has physical keyboard which I love! The only problem I had with it was when I received it, it already had scratches on the camera lens, and nick on the back left side of the phone. I'm not sure about how amazon gets these phones but this phone is great overall just came with a bit of cosmetic blemishes.
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