Motorola Droid 2 vs. HTC Aria – Review

by Jerry D on September 7, 2010

Hey Motorola Droid 2! Could you take the HTC Aria in a straight fight? Is your screen better? Does your keyboard matter? Does your heftiness make you unwieldy or a reassuring presence in a jeans pocket? Enough talking. Let’s get this big phone fight on…

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Connectivity:

The Droid 2 is equipped with a CDMA 1X 800/1900, EVDO rev. A chipset, along with a triple hitter of Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. The Aria, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. The extra ‘n’ in the Droid 2 just grabs the point. (1-0)

Size & Weight:

Neither of these phones could be considered a brick. Although the Droid 2 might come closest. It’s slightly fatter than the Aria with dimensions of 13.7mm versus 11.7mm. The new Droid is also slightly broader, measuring 60.0mm to the Aria’s 58.4mm. But it’s weight where the Droid 2 loses this round. It has a 169g frame, while the HTC Aria is a lightweight 115g. (1-1)

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Camera:

Motorola has built the Droid 2 with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, a dual LED flash, geo-tagging and DVD quality (720 x 480 resolution) video capture. The HTC Aria matches its opponent with a 5.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch focus’ functionality and VGA video recording. (2-1)

Screen/keyboard:

The Droid 2 features a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels and 265 pixels per inch for a great viewing experience. It also features an improved QWERTY keyboard (one of the biggest niggles affecting the original Droid).

At only 3.2 inches, the Aria’s touch-sensitive LCD screen has less room. In this battle, it suffers from a lower screen resolution of 320 x 480 pixels and only boasts 180 PPI. A small, low-res screen vs a big, high res screen? The result should be obvious. (3-1)

Performance:

The Aria isn’t a bad phone. But it finds itself trailing badly to the Droid 2. This round isn’t going to help matters. The Aria is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor, which is starting to look a little clunky. The Droid 2, in contrast, has a TI OMAP chip, rated at a speedy 1GHz.

As for software, there’s not that much of a difference. The Droid 2 gets its place in history as the first handset to launch with Android 2.2 (Froyo). The Aria uses the previous Android 2.1 (Eclair), overlaid with the HTC Sense UI, which polishes the experience but delays software updates. (5-1)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

The 16GB in the Droid 2 trumps the 384MB capacity of the Aria. Replace the 8GB microSD card with a 32GB version and the Droid 2′s storage can be boosted to a roomier 40GB. The Aria’s overall capacity can be increased to 32GB via its microSD memory card slot. (6-1)

Battery life:

The performance of these two phones will obviously vary. The Droid 2 boasts 9.5 hours of talktime according to Motorola, while the Aria is rated at around 6.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 315 hours and 372 hours respectively. A first place finish for the Droid. (7-1)

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Extras:

On to the final round… Anything that happens here won’t make a jot of difference to the overall score and the final result. But for the record, the Droid 2 also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and a mobile hotspot feature that enables you to share the Internet connectivity with up to 5 devices. The Aria, meanwhile, features a built-in stereo FM radio with RDS plus GPS/A-GPS. And. That’s. It. (8-1)

The Motorola Droid 2 wins!

Droid2 Front Home Motorola Droid 2 vs. HTC Aria   ReviewGame over. The Droid 2 emerges as the winner of this one-sided fight (8-1). Where do we begin? Do you want the fastest phone with the best camera, the most memory and the bigger, higher resolution display? Or the phone that only weighs 115g and loses out to the Motorola Droid in every other respect? Yes, thought so.

Do you agree with the result of this clash? Leave us a comment below now…

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