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When the Droid first came out, it was a hit among smartphone fans. Everyone loved the device and wanted one for themselves. When the Droid 2 first emerged onto the smartphones market, things were a little different. This new device made several improvements from the first, including a faster processor and design. Unfortunately, other Android smartphones such as the Droid X and Droid Incredible, are much better. For a side-by-side comparison and more objective reviews, visit our smartphones page.
At first glance, we thought the Droid 2 was chunky and bulky with a 3.7-inch touchscreen. Consequently, a large display screen must result in larger smartphones, but with a 480-by-854-pixel display screen, the images on the screen are vibrant, sharp and very crisp, which we are impressed with.
This cellular device is a slider phone with a QWERTY keyboard, similar to the Droid smartphones. We liked how there is a physical keyboard we can touch, but overall, we were not impressed with it. The keys are stiff to press and even though the design has been improved, we're grateful we can use the virtual keyboard located on the touchscreen.
The Droid 2 does not provide the many extraordinary multimedia features we were hoping for with smartphones. The device features a 5MP (megapixel) camera with digital zoom and flash that includes a few separate options including scene modes, effects, face detection, ISO and exposure settings. The device allows you to sync to multiple email accounts including Gmail, POP3, IMAP and Exchange. It also features a unified calendar so it is simple to see all of your appointments at once. For individuals who don’t care much about the multimedia feature available on smartphones but more about being organized, this phone may be worth your consideration.
We had hoped the Droid 2 featured video calling capabilities but to our dismay it does not. We were disappointed all the way around with the call capabilities on this phone and found it hard to get reception or even find a strong signal. According to several user reviews, this is a common problem.
The Droid 2 features 390 minutes of talk time on a single battery charge. Compared to the other smartphones, we were hoping for more. The amount of battery life available on the Droid 2 will get you through a full day’s use, but you have to charge the phone each night to ensure you have any battery the next day.
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A standout feature on the Droid 2 is that it provides the Android 2.2 operating system. Using the 2.2 is supposed to ensure this phone is fast, but we didn’t see any significant difference between this phone and smartphones that use the Android 2.1 system. The Android 2.2 allows the cellular device to become a hotspot for any five Wi-Fi devices, including computers, other smartphones, gaming systems or eReaders. However, to use the hotspot feature, it will cost a few extra bucks each month.
The Droid 2 is another member of the famed Droid family, but unfortunately, it is the weakest. This smartphone lacks many features that are available on both its sister smartphonesphones, the Droid Incredible and the Droid X, which surprises us. If you are set on getting yourself an Android phone, take a look at the other Droids. You may find them a little more enjoyable.