Motorola DROID R2D2 Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
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- Android 2.2-powered smartphone with R2-D2 design, 3.7-inch touchscreen, redesigned QWERTY keyboard, and exclusive Star Wars content
- Google mobile services including Google Maps with Navigation for voice prompted turn-by-turn directions
- 8 GB internal plus 8 GB preloaded microSD memory; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking; Bluetooth stereo music; 5-megapixel camera/camcorder
- Up to 9.5 hours of talk time, up to 315 hours (13+ days) of standby time; released in December, 2010
- In Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 8 GB microSD card, USB cable, wired stereo headset, multimedia station, quick start guide
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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.
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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
- 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).
- 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
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
- 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.
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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Top customer reviews
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).
The Droid came across as the answer to those who didn't want to deal with Apple or who just wanted a different type of fully realized smart phone. So, when my upgrade time came along, the Droid 2 had just been released, along with its special edition cousin, the Droid R2-D2. Being a Star Wars geek, I went with the Droid R2-D2.
I can honestly say that this is the first phone that I wasn't looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest within the first 2 months of owning it. It has a physical slide out keyboard (important because I don't like the virtual touch screen keyboards), yet it is not bulky as a result. The touch screens operate fairly smoothly and consistently. The menu of Apps available from the Droid Marketplace is considerable and I have enjoyed using them on my system (especially Angry Birds).
The only drawbacks for the phone include relatively short battery life (which, I understand, is problem with most smart phones) and a weird set of circumstances where you sometimes try to click on the power button to activate the touch screen and it, instead, shuts down the phone instantly. This is an annoyance more than a true hassle.
Overall, I am very pleased with this phone. I will upgrade again when my upgrade date comes along. However, I won't be chomping at the bit to do it one moment sooner because this is a stellar phone.
(NOTE: The R2-D2 edition does include some special Stars Wars themed videos, sound effects, and wallpapers).
I am well past due for my upgrade but cannot seem to part with my R2.
Unfortunately, my navigation has recently decided only to take me to a single destination. Once I "exit navigation" I get only a white screen and have to turn off the phone and allow it to reset before navigating anywhere else. As I will be traveling quite a bit (with children and a strict time schedule) in the coming months, I am hoping there may be a fix for this also. Otherwise it may be time to say "I've lost R2".
No matter the outcome, I think this is the longest any phone has lasted me. I love it!
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.