Video: Motorola Droid 2 — Nice Keyboard!


The Motorola (s mot) Droid is the top-selling phone on the hottest platform (Android) (s goog), a winning combination for Motorola and Verizon (s vz). The Droid 2 is a refreshed model that improves on the original in the areas that make sense, while leaving the popular form largely the same. In this video, you get a feel for the improvements, and see why the Droid 2 will be another successful phone for the two companies.

The Motorola Droid 2 gets good performance due to the 1 GHz TI OMAP processor with a dedicated GPU. It has 8 GB of internal memory, and Verizon includes another 8 GB on a removable memory card. The 3.7-inch screen is bright and vivid and displays at a high resolution of 480×854.

This phone is the first to ship with Android 2.2 (s goog), aka Froyo, and Motorola has chosen to leave the interface of the OS largely unchanged. The updated MotoBlur widgets are unobtrusive and designed to add utility to the interface without overwhelming the user. Motorola should sell quite a few of these phones due to the improvements over the original Droid; the sliding keyboard is one of the best I’ve seen on a phone.

Our coverage of the Droid line of Android phone on Verizon is worthing checking out to see how the Droid 2 fits into the lineup.

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Couldn’t agree with you more about the keyboard James – a 5-row works so much better.

Good hardware keyboards have been one of the reasons I never got on board Android and WebOS, to be perfectly honest. HTC nailed it with the Touch Pro 2, and despite what people think of WM6.5, the 5-row back-lit keyboard and tilting screen on that thing still dazzles. It’s probably why the TP2 has had such a long product life – there’s nothing else out there that can touch it (pun intended). :)

Richard Garrett

I am eligible for a discount upgrade from VZW and am thinking about a Droid2 to replace my original Motorola Droid…although its actually not my original Moto Droid but rather my fourth in 8 months. Verizon has been great for warranty replacements but the build quality that Motorola is bringing to the partnership seems subpar based on my experience. I am a careful user but have had problems ranging from the headphone jack, GPS, on/off switch and the device self-populating text input fields in SMS and then sending the gobbledigook. So I will wait and see what others report before adopting Droid2. BTW, I do like the Android operating system and am encouraged by its frequent updates.

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