Reviews and Problems with Motorola Droid 2 / Milestone 2
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2 February 2011
Summary: The QWERTY keypad means the Motorola Milestone 2 will appeal to particular types of user. If you're looking for a touchscreen device with a proper keypad alongside, the Motorola Milestone 2 is currently among the best.
Excerpt: The first phone to ship with Android version 2.2 the Motorola Droid 2 is a direct upgrade to the popular Motorola Droid. This review will look at what's new along with what's the same on this Verizon handset.
Conclusion: Come the day after Labor Day, when the Droid X becomes re-available, Droid droolers will have to decide between two $200 Droids: the Droid X with its 4.3-inch screen, 24GB memory and HD video recording, and the Droid 2, with its physical keyboard and long battery life. Unless you absolutely refuse to use a touch-screen keyboard, the Droid X is by far the more advanced Droid.
Pros: Bright, colorful, glossy 3.7 LCD screen, Slide-out horizontal QWERTY, Google Android OS v2.2, 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 3G mobile hot spot, 8GB built-in memory; 8GB card pre-installed, Long battery life
Cons: Sluggish physical keyboard, VGA video recording, Fewer features than Droid X, same price
Excerpt: Which is not to say that it’s not a good phone. The Droid 2, with its dual mics and Verizon network, made awesomely clear calls pretty much everywhere we tried it, which really cannot be overvalued in a device originally meant as a tool for talking to people.
Pros: High call clarity and great reception mean you can actually use it as a phone. Sound output is loud enough to play music for friends. Lightning-fast internet browsing. Slide-out keypad is spacious and easy to use.
Cons: Would have to start wearing cargo pants to be able to put it in our pockets. Fairly difficult to navigate at first. Picture and video quality are okay, but nothing we’d really want to upload to Facebook.
Motorola DROID 2 for Verizon review - faster, but much the same
19 August 2010
Summary: When Verizon first launched the original DROID by Motorola, it marked the carrier's first step into the world of Android smartphones - and it was a good one. The DROID, like the DROID 2 we review today, features a large 3.7-inch WVGA resolution touchscreen display and a slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard in a design with subdued styling.
Pros: Solid build, very fast, better keyboard, good widgets
Conclusion: It's easy to recommend the Motorola Droid 2; it's a top notch superphone that fits easier in the pocket than the current crop of 4.3" screen Android phones. Better yet, it has a QWERTY hardware keyboard, a feature that's rare on the high end of the Android phone parade. If you hate on-screen texting, the Droid 2 wants to be your messaging buddy.
Pros: Fast, good looking, top specs.
Cons: Camera's not terribly good, MotoBlur doesn't enhance experience.
Summary: The Droid 2 is a very good sequel, boasting slicker design with a more comfy keyboard, a speedy processor, and a highly functional version of Android 2.2 (with Motorola's custom widgets). However, this phone also has some drawbacks, including buggy Wi-Fi, mediocre call quality, and inconsistent Flash performance. Assuming Verizon Wireless and Motorola work out these bugs, we'll give this phone an Editor's choice award.
Pros: Much improved keyboard, Customizable widgets, Android 2.2 OS, Fast hotspot connections
Cons: Wi-Fi problems, Mediocre call quality, Inconsistent Flash performance, No HD video recording or HDMI,