"I love my Droid 2."on by llzzy
Pros Nice touchscreen, keyboard doesn't bother me, easy to navigate, awesome sound quality...
Cons Short battery life.
Summary Obviously, the Droid 2 is relatively new. I was eligible for my 2 year upgrade, and knew the Droid 2 was about to come out, so I waited for it. I upgraded from a Motorola Krave ZN4, which was a pretty crappy phone in comparison. The Kraze had such a horrible touch screen that I refused to get a phone without a keyboard... hence, not buying the Incredible or the X.
I've read a couple reviews on here saying that the keyboard is hard to use, but I really disagree. Text messaging and even web surfing is a breeze. The Droid 2 also includes a touchscreen keyboard, which I tested out, and it turned out to be a major improvement from my last touch screen experience. If you want a hard to use keyboard, go buy the Krave.
Everything is really self explanatory about the phone - or at least speaking for the somewhat technologically advanced. I'm able to navigate through my phone quickly and easily - and since every screen is customizable, you can set up your phone in a way that's best for you.
Since I am a music geek, one of the first things I did with my phone was hook it up to my computer and pull over a small collection of music. I was amazed at the sound quality of the phone... it's pretty impressive, in my opinion. Clarity of phone calls is also extremely nice, whether using speaker phone or not.
Now the one downfall I've found with this phone, is the battery life really sucks. I guess that is sort of to be expected with smart phones, but even with the wireless, bluetooth and gps all turned off... I still don't get more than 16ish hours of battery life (assuming I am doing nothing on my phone). Using Apps, listening to music, phone calls, even texting, sucks the life right out of the battery. I realize I am still going through the "obsessed with my new phone" phase, so I am constantly playing with it - but it is annoying to have to charge your phone sometimes twice in a day. I am used to phones where I can go a week without coming close to a charger. I have read that there is a battery upgrade that can be purchased, which I will probably do in the near future.
Some other things of mention:
- Wide variety of downloadable apps, I've found some useful and fun ones that are completely free.
- Nice for social networking and emailing... as a just-out-of-college adult, I really like the integration this phone has with facebook.
- Love being able to set any of my own MP3's as ring tones and alarm tones. Also know that there is an application for creating custom tones, though I have not played with it.
- Being a mobile hotspot is pretty neat, I went on a business lunch a couple days ago and had everyone with smartphones connected to my network.
Overall, really awesome phone, and definitely a worthwhile upgrade for me.
Pros Fast processor, Froyo, more on-board memory than Incredible, keyboard better than original Droid
Cons Same processor as Droid X with a smaller screen and less flash memory, keyboard still not easy to type with
Summary I was eligible for an upgrade and had been holding off until the Droid 2 came out. I dutifully went to a Verizon store this morning and played around with the Droid 2, X and Incredible. I originally thought I would go with the Droid 2, but after using the keyboard and finding myself typing gibberish, I started exploring my other options. I actually found the virtual keyboard on the Droid X much easier to use, primarily owing to the much larger screen. I think the keyboard on my wife's LG Ally is much better than either the Droid or the Droid 2. If not for my desire to have a bigger screen and beefier processor, I might have leaned in the direction of the Ally over the Droid 2, especially given the fact that the Ally is practically being given away right now. You might find the keyboard on the Droid 2 to be fine, it really boils down to personal preference, but for my money, I think the Droid X is a much better option.
Pros *Fast response from touchscreen.
*Keyboard feels great.
*Swype is amazing!
Cons *Lags when too many apps running on background.
*Crashes too much.
*Camera too grainy even in good light and flash but camcorder looks great? Weird!
*Touchscreen is very responsive and so are the main buttons on the bottom.At the beginning the touchscreen had too much trouble reading what I typed but after a day of usage and I think of getting to feel being touched it works great!
*Keyboard is very nice and stylish and the keys are really good for typing. They aren't as good as the keys on the EnV2/3 or EnV Touch but they work well.
*Swype makes my typing much much faster and it is built in without having to download.
*I have noticed that it lags too much when going from app to app and not using Task Killer.
*This bothers me too much because I listen to music on it a lot and I might just be doing that and it will crash and the screen wont respond no matter how long I wait and I just have to take the battery out and it is frustrating. Anyone know what might be the problem?
*Anyways, the camera is too grainy and not good quality...I can pretty much say the camera on my old EnV2 was almost the same or better than the Droid 2. But then again the camcorder looks amazing and much much better than my old phone. Anyone know why again?
Pros This phone is so easy to use a Cave Man could use it. Screen quality is superb. Battery life is fantastic. I love the feel and if it's like the original Droid is very rugged and will keep on ticking drop after drop.
Cons I'm concerned in the future with Motorola selling their wireless division the quality and support will suffer
Summary Motorola have always made superb products. I started with the Razor, then got the original Droid. I've never experienced a single issue with either. I couldn't wait to get the Droid 2. I passed my Droid on down to my son. The Droid 2 might not have every bell and whistle some others promote but the bottom line is the Droid 2 is second to none in quality and dependibility. I love the Android system. Seems like everyday a hundred more apps have been made. I like the iPhone too. But when it comes to quality and dependibility the iPhone doesn't hold a candle to the Droid!
Pros The phone is fast and the redesigned keyboard is actually quite easy to use. The "toned down motoblur" software is ok. It takes some getting used to, and can be a little annoying at times, but really not a deal breaker.
Cons The only complaint I can come up with is that the preloaded applications cannot be removed without rooting the phone (and thereby voiding the warranty). Some apps open themselves and run in the background, which can impact the battery life.
Summary Overall the phone is great. Solid construction including the sliding mechanism. The rubberized coating is also fantastic and serves to protect the phone. The display is crisp and responsive. No lagging in applications. Contrary to a couple of articles I have read, I have had no reception problems and the phone is nearly always in 3G. The websites load quickly and are easy to navigate. All in all, I am very pleased with the Droid 2.