Pros Good - WHEN it works.
Cons Switched from iPhone to Verizon last October, and in the past 6 months this is the 3rd Droid 2 which has died. The 1st one, I turned off during a weekend of travel to Canada - it never came back on. Verizon replaced with a refurb.
2nd Droid 2 - lasted unt
Summary Would highly RECOMMEND NOT BUYING this phone unless you want an endless round of refurbs - Verizon refuses to replace with another model\phone because its still technically under contract, but after 3 Droid2 phones that all basically died with the screen going black, this is an extremely unreliable phone.
Pros A couple of useful apps.
Cons Battery life is less than a day, even it it's not used.
Touchscreen menu buttons are easy to touch accidentally, ending whatever application was running.
Summary The battery life is abysmal. I'm lucky to get 16 hours on a charge, even if it's not used, or 12 hours if I use this device. The Verizon store people are worthless - I've complained about it twice but the response has been that "None of the smart phone batteries last more than a day." I have charged it up, forgotten to bring it to work, and gotten home to find that the battery is dead.
The Android system is nothing to get excited about. When my contract is up I will definitely look at other devices or carriers. Most of the people I work with have cheaper Blackberry devices that they are very happy with.
My favorite apps are Vcast Song ID and the free Weatherbug app. The Vcast Song ID has about a 90% success rate in identifying songs that I don't know. The Weatherbug takes a while to load but has a good radar weather screen that comes in handy when you're outdoors.
Pros Battery lasts longer than I expected, browser is useful to have around
Cons The camera didn't work after 2 weeks, took blurry photos, the music won't play and I have to remove the battery, and it freezes alot.
Summary I've watched videos on this phone an hour long and it has still lasted me all day long, which I love. I had this phone two weeks and the Camera stopped working, so I had to get a referb. Not cool! But for the most part now it works! About every couple weeks my ringtone will stop working, and I'll try to play a song and it will say the music file is not compatible so I'll have to take the battery out. Also, it freezes alot and apps crash so I'll have to take the battery out to get it unfrozen. If I had to do it over, I'd have waited and gotten something else...
Pros The screen is beautiful and the interface is mostly intuitive.
Cons Signal strength issues. Neither the physical keyboard and the touchscreen keys are poor. It's too heavy. The physical buttons are small and hard to operate. Generally inferior to Blackberry in all respects when it comes to work.
Summary I came to this phone from a Blackberry Curve that was over two years old. The only spot where it beats the Curve is the screen, which is vastly better. But the Blackberry was engineered for people who actually need a mobile email device; the Droid 2 was engineered for people who like shiny toys. Now, I like shiny toys, but I expect them to perform. The Droid 2 barely scrapes by as my office phone. Problems include:
1. Signal strength. It goes from four bars to zero and then back again, with call quality degrading accordingly. A friend's Verizon phone has more stable signal strength when laid beside the Droid 2. Worse still, it occasionally drops calls here in Madison, WI. That never happened with my Blackberry.
2. It's heavy.
3. The physical keyboard is not worthwhile. The keys are a bit too flat and the feedback from the keys is poor.
4. The touchscreen keys are too small. I find it is slightly faster to use the screen than the physical keyboard. However, the dedicated smiley key is wasted space, and it's too easy to hit the smiley key accidentally. The automatic error correction feature is more of a hindrance. It is cumbersome to go back and correct text. The voice-to-speech uses childish abbreviations that are inappropriate for professional use, e.g. "ok i will c if u have finished later".
5. It was a pain to set up with my existing POP email account. It mis-detected the server settings, it pulled messages from the server without my authorization, and it can't seem to mark messages as "read" on the server.
6. Gmail is not included in the universal message box, which is preposterous. This is Google's OS, after all!
7. The camera is grainy and ineffective unless you have great lighting. It also has the worst interface imaginable. There is a tiny button on the side of the phone that is hard to depress, and another button on the screen that is positioned so as to be useless.
8. The other physical buttons are similarly small and hard to operate.
9. It uses Micro USB, rather than the ubiquitous Mini USB.
It's a toy, and not a very good one at that. Maybe that's what most consumers want? I don't know. But with the exception of the screen, it is inferior to the prehistoric Blackberry Curve.
Pros Comes with Android 2.2, keyboard is very nice and easy to use, much more stylish than the original Droid
Cons Very short battery life, camera is horrible compared to my wife's HTC Incredible, and the colors are a bit dull and bland, and also a bit glitchy at times
Summary This is undoubtedly an awesome phone with some great features, but I find myself just not that satisfied because my wife got an HTC Incredible the same time I got my Droid 2 and it just seems much more refined. When you slide the the arrow to unlock the screen it's very choppy and not smooth, and the screen it no where close to being as vivid as the Incredible. I sent a pic we took with the Incredible to my Droid 2 and compared and it's night and day how much more vivid the colors are on the Incredible. The Droid 2 has a great feel to it, very well build and the keyboard is very easy to type on, I find myself using it a couple times a day for texting. My biggest problem is the ridiculously short battery life, my last phone was an EV3 and I would only charge it once or twice a week and I'm charging my Droid 2 at least twice a day, mostly because I'm using it a lot and the screen undoubtedly drains the battery. But I still find myself torn between keeping it or exchanging it for an Incredible or a Droid X. I still have about another 3 weeks to decide whether to keep it or exchange it, but I think I'll probably end up swapping it out since I don't want to keep kicking myself for the next 2 years.I forgot to mention the wifi problem that I'm having, at home I have wifi and have connected it to my internet, but when I leave and come back it doesn't reconnect even though the password is remembered and the only way I can get it to work is to disable and then re-enable wifi and then it will connect.
Updated on Sep 4, 2010