Motorola Droid 2 vs. Motorola Droid X – Review

by Jerry D on August 11, 2010

The Motorola Droid 2 isn’t designed to give the flagship Droid X a run for its money and it lags behind in key technology areas. But the gap isn’t as wide as you think. Check out this comparison of the two handsets and then tell us what you think of Motorola’s latest cellphone.

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Connectivity:

In terms of wireless connectivity, these two Droids should be evenly matched. They are. Both handsets feature CDMA 1X 800/1900, EVDO rev. A networking, a triple-hit of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

Onto pocketability. The Droid 2 and the Droid X measure 116.3 x 60.0 x 13.7mm and 127.5 x 65.5 x 9.9mm respectively. Overall the Droid X is the bigger phone. But this is hardly surprising considering its 4.3-inch display. If weight is an issue, then the Droid 2 is a hefty 169g, while the Droid X tips the scales at a tubby 155g. (1-2)

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Camera:

The Droid 2′s built-in camera has a resolution of 5.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, dual LED flash, geo-tagging and DVD quality (720 x 480 resolution) video recording. The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Droid X outclasses the Droid 2′s technology and it also includes a mechanical shutter (1/1000 speed), 16:9 image capture plus 720p HD video recording. (1-3)

Screen/keyboard:

Headlining the Motorola Droid 2 is a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The same as the original Droid model.

What’s changed is the slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which has been redesigned and improved. The Droid X’s touch-sensitive LCD display is huge, measuring 4.3 inches. But the screen resolution is exactly the same, so the Droid 2 has a better dots-per-inch ratio. (1-3)

Performance:

In terms of processor speeds and software, Motorola has junked the original Droid’s 600MHz chip in favour of a 1GHz TI OMAP processor. The Droid X uses the same technology, giving both a terrific turn of speed.

The Droid carves out a bit of history as the first handset to ship with Android 2.2 (Froyo), albeit with a customised Motorola skin. The Droid X launched with Android 2.1, but is upgradeable to version 2.2. (1-3)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

The Droid 2 and the Droid X both come with 16GB of memory. Both phones split this between 8GB of internal storage and a pre-loaded 8GB microSD card. Both phones can therefore be expanded to 40GB of storage by plugging in a 32GB memory card. (1-3)

Battery life:

With a fully topped-up battery, Motorola claims 9.5 hours of talktime for the Droid 2, compared to 8.0 hours for the Droid X. Standby times are 315 hours and 220 hours respectively. The Droid 2 steals the round. (2-3)

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Extras:

The Droid 2 also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass (eCompass) plus a 3G mobile hotspot feature that supports up to 5 devices. The Droid X also features GPS/A-GPS, but also includes 3-microphone multi-directional audio and an HDMI microconnector for HD video out. (2-4)

The Motorola Droid X wins!

motorola droid x Motorola Droid 2 vs. Motorola Droid X   ReviewThe Droid X emerges as the winner of this fight with a score of 2-4. Motorola has brought the Droid 2 bang up to date, but it’s not aimed at geeky early adopters. The Droid X has the highest-spec camera, HD video recording, a massive 4.3-inch display plus a beautifully slim build. The Droid 2 matches its bigger brother for speed and connectivity, and features Android 2.2 out of the box. The new QWERTY keyboard is also a big improvement.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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