- Size (LWH): 5.02 inches, 2.58 inches, 0.39 inches
- Weight: 5.76 ounces
- Network Compatibility: CDMA
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 220 hours
Motorola DROID X2 Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)
- Android 2.2-powered smartphone with 4.3-inch qHD multi-touch display for brilliant video playback; HDMI output for HD 1080p mirroring
- Enabled for Verizon Wireless 3G network; can be used as a 3G Mobile Hotspot for up to five Wi-Fi connected devices; Skype Mobile capable
- 8-MP camera; HD 720p camcorder; 8 GB internal plus 8 GB microSD memory; Bluetooth stereo music; access to personal and corporate e-mail
- Up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 220 hours (9+ days) of standby time; released in May, 2011
- What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, 8 GB microSD card, quick start guide
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Fly through the Web with the 3G-enabled Motorola DROID1 X2 from Verizon Wireless, which bumps up the speed thanks to its dual-core 1 GHz processor. And it's complemented by a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen display, which offers a rich 24-bit color depth and a 960 x 540-pixel resolution for extremely sharp images. The sequel to the original DROID X pocket-sized home theater, the DROID X2 also includes HDMI high-definition output for HD 1080p mirroring on an external monitor or HDTV as well as HD 720p video recording capabilities.
Double your hustle with the dual-core 1GHz processor (see larger image).
Powered by the Android 2.2 operating system, the DROID X2 will be updated to Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" platform to take advantage of its more refined interface, improved multitasking, and Voice Action capabilities. It also offers support for the Adobe Flash Player 10.1, enabling you to experience rich content online without compromise.
Brilliant 4.3-inch qHD screen and support for Flash 10.1 (see larger image).
8-megapixel camera with HD 720p video capture (see larger image).
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). And with Skype Mobile capabilities, you'll get unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and IM while in the U.S. to anywhere in the world.
The large touchscreen display offers pinch-to-zoom functionality and reveals a spacious virtual keyboard, where you can type and text with ease at more than 50 words per minute with Swype using one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard.
You'll be able to link your phone's contacts to other accounts, such as Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, and LinkedIn as well as update a unified calendar with Gmail and Corporate Exchange information. Capture still images with fantastic clarity thanks to the 8-megapixel camera, and enjoy 44 percent faster shot-to-shot times with the continuous auto-focus. You can also aggregate all of your web photo sharing sites--including Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, and Photobucket--into a single connected gallery.
Other features include Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo audio streaming, GPS turn-by-turn directions via free Google Maps with Navigation (plus optional VZ Navigator service), 8 GB internal memory plus 8 GB pre-loaded microSD memory card, access to both personal and corporate e-mail, enterprise-ready security, and up to 8 hours of talk time.
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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.
The DROID X2 weighs 5.74 ounces and measures 5.02 x 2.58 x 0.39 inches. Its 1540 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 8 hours of talk time, and up to 220 hours (9+ 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 X2 handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, 8 GB microSD card, quick start guide
Communications & Internet
Android Operating System
The DROID X2 runs the Android operating system--version 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 onscreen QWERTY keyboard, full push corporate e-mail, and support for 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.
With integrated Google technology, the DROID X2 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 X2 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.
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 right, 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.
Verizon Wireless ServicesVisual 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.VZ Navigator Capable
With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.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 live NHL hockey games golf, tennis, and horse racing.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA): A wide array of events can trigger an alert, including a weather emergency, civil danger, local area emergency, child abduction and fire. Users of WEA will receive a free message to inform them of any local events or weather that could threaten their safety.
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Top Customer Reviews
Like the Ad says the Droid does.. and the Droid X2 does twice as fast.
Briefly, very nice 4.3 inch screen. Impressive camera, although the coloring in videos can be a bit shaky, shifting in hues. It is fast, due to it's dual core processor, which can only get better when Gingerbread is unleashed which is more geared towards using the additional processing power. It has 8GB internal memory, and a very easily accessible micro SD. It comes with an 8GB card, but I have 10GB of music, so I purchased a 16GB. Coming from iTunes, I simply highlighted my playlist and dragged it into the folder. iTunes did not like doing large amounts of songs, so I had to break it up into blocks of a few hundred songs at a time. Then I used an app simply called "Cover Art downloader", which was free, and it automatically downloaded all the cover art. So setting up my phone was nice and easy.
As far as customizing goes, widgets are incredible. Once I turn on my phone, I have numerous pieces of data right on the home screen. I get my schedule, the weather, and if you want social networking up dates streaming here too, and news feeds. I don't have to go into any piece of software, they are all just here. this is an awesome feature of Android, I love it. You also have choice as to how you use the phone, you can use the stock email client, or download gmail's own app. You can use their music app, which is basic and fine for me, or get something that is more suited to your tastes. Instead of going on about the pros of Android, I'll keep the rest of the review to the hardware itself.
The battery is weak, only 1500 mAh is silly. I plan on purchasing the OEM 1880 shortly. It barely makes it through the day.
One thing I was very impressed with is the accessory bundle I got from Verizon. I got a dock, a car adapter, and various cables. The part that I very much am impressed by is that when it plugs into the dock or the car adapter, it behaves differently. When in the car, it "knows" you want it to behave like a GPS, so the interface alters. I must say that it works better than my stand alone Garmin Nuvi when using the FREE google navigation. The X2 has upgraded components, something about a digital compass. When in the dock, it allows you to make it act like an alarm clock (which is what I need it for) or a digital photo frame. These are nice little things that not all droid phones come with, and I was pleasantly surprised.
Not all is perfect, as my wife says, the phone does too much. Some aspects will feel like an incredible freedom in being albe to do whatever you want, other aspects simply feel unrefined. For example, the volume rocker does nothing without the screen being unlocked. That part is annoying. Things like that and controls from the microphone button on headphones needs further refinements. I got used to it quick.
I know this phone gets criticized for not having a front facing camera and no 4G. Personally, these do not matter to me. I barely ever use skype on my computer, why do I need it on my phone? And it is likely that no phone coming out in 2011 will be 4G SOC (system on a chip). 4G is being achieved with an additional chip. To save the technical jargin for someone who understands it better, it will not be energy efficient and smoothly operating until the 2nd gen 4G phones come out. So neither of the big criticisms I've seen about this phone amount to much to me.
Now for the really bad part updated after a month of use and TWO REPLACEMENT PHONES. The software is buggy. It is very buggy. Poor screen zeroing (makes for jerky use, locked screen, etc), random reboots (very annoying), and incompatibility with common apps. From what I can tell in the forums, those who root their phones and update themselves to 2.3 have eliminated these problems (for the most part). Essentially, Motorolla let this out with an immature batch of software/firmware. Wait until this receives an update, because otherwise it is a great phone.
Update #2. Things went from bad to worse with this phone as it was updated to Gingerbread. It is especially problematic when working with Motorola docks. The rate of reboots has increased, not decreased. The docks no longer work propperly, which is terrible when using the car dock as it likes to reboot while giving you directions. the last thing I want to do at 65 MPH is adjust my phone. There is something massively wrong here, and as much as I like so much about the phone, I can not reccomend anyone purchasing this.
Update #3. Another software update. Another set of problems, but there were improvements. I have noticed better battery life, still at 40-50% at the end of the day. It is no longer hot enough to fry an egg on after using it in the car dock with the navigation system. They have definitely added some stability to the docking situation, but I still have near daily reboots. What I have come to realize is that part of the problem with the phone is that it uses 80-90% of it's RAM just by being on. I honestly do not think that this phone will ever live up to it's potential. When it works, it's great, but the screen locking up as a blank screen and reboots have truly hobbled it. I had a computer running windows XP with 256GB of RAM, why is Android taking 400? There is no reason why 512 is insufficient, but that seems to be the case. Unless you get the phone for free, there are numerous better options.
I've owned and used a lot of Motorola phones and have found them all to be credible performers, but none have been as impressive as the new Droid X2. I recently upgraded from the original Droid with the slide-out keyboard and am a former BlackBerry user. The Droid was a solid and reliable phone, but can't even come close to the performance of the X2. When it came time for me to upgrade to a new phone I considered the Samsung Charge, the HTC Incredible 2 and the Droid X2. All three are great phones, but for me, the overall performance and features of the X2 were enough to make me select it as the winner. I don't need a phone with dual-facing cameras (like the Incredible 2) and I am not concerned with 4G connectivity that the Charge offers.
Physically, it's a large phone, but not what I consider bulky. It's actually thinner and lighter than my old Droid. What you get with a phone of this size is a lot of screen area and on this phone the display is sharper and brighter than anything I had seen previously. I went to a party last night and kept it in the front pocket of a pair of dress pants and it didn't feel uncomfortable or distracting. Without a protective cover it is a surprisingly light phone with a low profile.
As a media professional, the last couple of years has forced me to rely on my smartphones as a multimedia tool, mainly for the ability to take pictures and video. My old Droid made beautiful pictures in bright sun and moderate daylight, but was horrible at night and with flash. At last night's party I asked someone to use my X2 to snap a group picture of me with my high school pals in dim lighting. From about 12 feet away, the flash produced enough light to make an acceptable picture and no blur. The new software allows you to select your focus zones and the 8MP camera will give you the ability to make larger prints, or to zoom in with better picture quality. It's not the number of pixels that make a good picture, but the imaging chip and I have to say this chip is an improvement over previous models. By the way, I share content with a newspaper and they were very pleased with the quality my old Droid gave them at 3MP. They will be totally impressed with what the X2 will give them at 8MP.
When I first got the phone, it took some getting used to. Icons were slightly different and kind of small. I continually got odd messages that the Verizon software was not responding and needed to be force closed. This glitch went away the very next day with a complete over-the-air (OTA) firmware update, version 1.3.232. This might mean virtually nothing to most people, but it did solve a number of minor glitches and it also gave the icons a makeover that made them easier to read.
Another really great improvement for me was the on-screen keyboard. Huge improvement. With the Droid, I was constantly making typographical errors because I kept hitting keys I didn't want. My fingers are an average size (I wear a size 11 ring), but it was the keyboard on the old Droid; the keys were cramped. With the X2 you get a much roomier keyboard and better haptic (vibration) feedback with keystrokes. Another significant improvement is correcting typos. When you are typing in windows, you will see a little blue circle around where your cursor is. Pressing down on that area opens up a magnified window off to the side that will allow you to move the cursor to a more precise position. This was a problematic issue with the smaller Droid, where I always had trouble getting the cursor to where I really wanted it.
Two other areas people seem to be concerned about are call quality and battery life. I have been able to hear pretty well without having to strain as I have in past phones. My daughter told me she thought she could hear my voice clearly on her Samsung Haven. As far as battery life goes, it's like any other smartphone; you have to manage it. I do not keep all of the communication services running. Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS remain off until I need them. With regular use I've been able to use the phone all day without having to charge it. The charging port is the same as my old Droid, so I now have an extra wall charger for traveling.
I was, at first, disappointed that the X2 came with an 8GB microSD card, compared to the 16GB card that came with the original Droid, but then I remembered that there are 8GB of internal storage and whatever you place in to the memory slot in the battery compartment. I placed my 16GB card from my Droid in to the new X2 for a whopping 24GB of total memory.
So here is a comprehensive assessment of the new Droid X2:
* Thin and lightweight
* Much improved display
* Seamless integration with Google's cloud network
* Fast and responsive-performs well doing most tasks
* Improved "Gingerbread" Android operating system (OS)
* Larger, more responsive keyboard with improved text editing features
* The incorporation of Swype text input, as opposed to traditional "tapping"
* Better management of social media services
* Excellent picture quality, acceptable flash pictures
* Ability to choose focus zones allows for more creative composition
* Ability to create metadata within photo app, including face tagging
* FM radio app (must use cabled headphones)
* 8GB of internal memory; external memory slot can take up to 32GB microSD storage
* Shoots 720p HD video
* Micro HDMI port allows for connection to HD TV sets
* Can be used as a true 3G wireless hotspot
* Connects to Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n networks for faster wireless connections
* Comes with Skype Mobile
* Standard installation includes many useful apps
* Extended battery available
* Larger size may prove to be bulky for *some* people
* Add a protective cover (recommended) and it will become slightly more bulky
* Phone can get warm near the battery compartment under normal use
* Does not come with micro HDMI cable or adaptor
* Standard installation also includes a couple game demos and other software others may not want
* Battery life may be a concern when full services are utilized, especially GPS and WiFi
* Large ringtone selection still yields annoying sounds
This phone receives five stars based on all of its great features, impressive performance, and the fact that it stacks up favorably with the iPhone 4. At this time I am not concerned about 4G connectivity.