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Motorola and Verizon are opening up the hangar doors tomorrow for online sales of the Droid 2. The successor to the Droid has improved hardware and Android 2.2 running the show, with mobile hotspot as an optional service. It will be in stores on Aug. 12.

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Motorola and Verizon are opening up the hangar doors tomorrow for online sales of the Droid 2. The Droid 2 has a sliding QWERTY keyboard and is shipping with Android 2.2, aka Froyo. Verizon is rushing the Droid 2 into the sales channel to get it in front of customers in time for back-to-school.

The new phone expands on the form factor of the successful Droid, with a 3.7-inch screen and an improved sliding keyboard. It has 8 GB of internal storage, augmented by another 8 GB via a replaceable storage card (included). The 5 MP camera enables users to record both slow-motion and fast-motion video. Motorola has equipped the Droid 2 with an upgraded 1 GHz TI OMAP processor with a dedicated GPU for improved performance.

The inclusion of Froyo on the Droid 2 means Flash 10.1 is enabled for full web browsing. Motorola has pre-installed the Swype on-screen keyboard app for data entry for times when opening the QWERTY keyboard isn’t convenient.

The new Droid 2 will cost $199 with a 2-year contract after a $100 rebate, and will be available in Verizon stores on August 12. Buyers will need a data plan for the Droid 2, starting at $29.99 per month, and a Nationwide Talk plan, starting at $39.99 monthly. Those wishing to use the Droid 2 Mobile Hotspot feature, allowing five devices to connect to the web simultaneously, will need to activate the service for $20 per month. Verizon will allow any customer with contracts ending by the end of the year to upgrade to any smartphone without penalty.

Verizon will be offering a limited edition R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 in September. This special edition will only be available online, and will include Star Wars content and special themed hardware.

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  1. I wish they’d make a GSM version. This looks like a really nice phone.

  2. This is great news. I am looking at purchasing 3 of these for the kids just in time for the new school year. Two of them want an iPhone 4 but it is just too expensive to justify. These should work just fine and look much better than the Google Nexus One. I hope the hotspot option will work with their Apple MacBooks, fingers crossed.

    1. The hotspot is shared over Wi-Fi so it will certainly work with their MacBooks.

  3. Richard Garrett Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    I guess I can understand the inconsistent placement of the four Android keys (home, menu, find and return) from one manufacturer to the next, but why can’t Motorola be consistent within their product line? It suggests, albeit subtly, a lack of attention to detail leaving me to wonder what other inconsistencies lurk inside. It might interest those looking to purchase a Droid 2 because of the keyboard that I, as a Droid 1 user, rarely use the slide-out keyboard — except to get the screen to light back up during a telephone call. Like many other users have complained, my screen will not re-illuminate reliably while I’m using the phone which in turn makes it difficult to use the keypad and to end a call. Hope 2.2 Froyo fixes this. Perhaps all of this sounds like griping so let me put in some overall praise — I really like the Droid; its solid, mostly reliable and it’s tied to a great network (Verizon). And as for GSM, the Droid 1 (Milestone) is available here in WY through Union Cellular…I wonder if it is elsewhere, too?

  4. Sheri Kendrick Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    I feel an upgrade in my future! You knew it had a slide out keyboard and never told me? Gah! You wouldn’t happen to have one to test around the house would you?

    1. Hopefully soon. :)

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