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Summary If you are torn between wanting a new phone that is 4G compatible and one that is a 3G only phone, don't jump at the latest and greatest (4G)...yet. I am of the opinion that 4G will one day be a great data highway, but for now it is not available in enough areas to impress me to want to look at 4G phones. Many 4G phone owners have complained about how the search for available 4G networks has become a great drain on battery life. This is Motorola's first dual-processor phone, and I can tell you it is responsive enough to put a smile on your face.
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
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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.
Pros I love the qHD screen. The battery life is good and the dual core processing is fantastic. The camera is also really good and the motorola interface is really nice especially compared to the Droid X's UI. I also love the form factor and large screen.
Cons Preloaded Verizon crap ware, but you can uninstall the games it preloads like lets golf 2, NFS, and a couple others. It doesn't have 4G LTE support but I like the reliable 3G speeds and it makes battery life better not having it.
Summary I owned the original droid and this is by far 10x better. I would recommend this phone to anyone who likes the Droid X's form factor and wants a fast (processor speed) phone, as long as they don't need 4G connectivity.
"Defect after defect"on by msb5212
Pros Good overall performance
Cons Highly defective
Resets by itself
Won't turn on
Apps often crash
Summary Here was my honest opinion of the phone 5 weeks ago: I love this phone and I am very happy with the purchase. The camera takes hd videos and photos in 8 megapixels so anything I do decide to capture looks quite nice. The screen is vibrant and the touch screen is very accurate. The dual core processor allows just overall good performance. It did have its problems: apps would often crash making me "force close" them. Given enough time I feel like any app or game I was in would eventually lead to that. My phone did reset itself occasionally. I don't believe mine did nearly as often as others from what I have read. I'd say probably once every 3 days. Aside from that though, I did love this phone. Of course this was 5 weeks ago.
5 weeks ago my phone would not turn on. It just decided one day after 6 months of working that it didn't feel like powering on anymore. Do note: this was a replacement for my first droid x2 which was defective. This, my second x2, was fine for the longest time. I tried everything the internet had to say about getting my phone to turn on: take the battery out and the sd card out boot it up, take the battery out keeping it plugged into the wall, wiping the memory cache, and then finally a factory reset. Nothing worked! So since I was foolish enough to have purchased this phone from an online vendor (amazon wireless), I had to send it back to motorola for a warranty replacement. I just received that replacement today. It is a completely new phone and it is having the same exact issues. I cannot tell you how frustrating this is. Please, save yourself the trouble. At this point there are so many more quality android options such as the galaxy nexus or the razr. I'd probably just recommend avoiding androids altogether and take the plunge on the Iphone. Reliability just is not an issue there. Good luck on your future phone endeavors and if you do decide to buy a droid x2, just remember "buyer beware".
Pros Great screen, awesome speed.
Cons There are many apps that I don't want and can't install. I don't need a custom UI either.
Summary I got the X2 because I had the original droid and wanted a solid phone without 4G. It's super fast and a terrific screen. The dual-core is really nice.
I thought Motorola would provide a basically untouched OS but I was totally wrong to assume this. I can't get rid of about 10 obnoxious apps. I never before considered rooting my phone but this might do it.
Pros Nice size, good camera, nice setup.
Cons Terrible speakerphone, battery doesn't last, vibrates & dials when I'm talking, then drops call. Shuts itself down, changes my settings by itself, ie going on airplane mode. Have taken it in and they reset everything. Next day same thing.
Summary I love the features and would keep it if was reliable and worked as it should, but I would not buy another one and do not recommend it.