Motorola's Android phone is back with a new and improved look with the Droid 2, featuring a refined design, improved keyboard, 1 GHz processor and more. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip review the Droid 2 which sells for $100 plus a contract.
What You Need To Know
This phone is exactly the same size as the original Droid, which is a good thing.
It's still one of the thinnest phones on the market with a physical keyboard.
It's an ounce heavier than the iPhone but fits in your pocket just fine.
They also rounded the edges and expanded the keyboard all the way to the edges, which are improvements.
The keyboard is much better since they got rid of the directional pad, which took up a lot of real estate on the first Droid.
The keys are a little puffier, which makes it easier to type on.
The Droid 2 comes with Android 2.2. (Froyo), MOTORBLUR widgets and a 1 GHz processor.
The interface is almost as good as we want it to be.
We like Android 2.2 but we noticed that the touch screen is less sensitive after the Froyo update.
This seems to apply only to Motorola phones as HTC users haven't had a problem.
MOTOBLUR widgets like contact shortcuts or social feeds are well thought out and easily customizable.
Launching apps and games is just as fast as the iPhone 4 and HTC Evo.
It's double the processor speed than the original Droid, but we thought there would be more of a speed difference.
All standard features are there, including Adobe Flash support andn an improved camera.
The web browser loads Flash but it's still a bit slow if you're trying to watch videos or play Flash games.
They did add multi-touch support.
The camera has improved but not as dramatically as we'd like.
Photos are still a little muted and the video can only be recorded in 720x480 resolution (not HD).
The Droid has 16 GB of storage, which is expandable up to 40.