Hot on the heels of the big bad Droid X, the folks at Motorola have decided to update the original Droid. The Droid 2 is almost a carbon copy of the original Droid. While there are a few subtle changes to the Droid 2 design, the bulk of the experience remains the same. Faster, of course, but ultimately the same. The powerful 1Ghz processor and Android 2.2 operating system seem to be made for each other. Coupled with the Verizon 3G network the hardware lets users browse the web, update social contacts, check Gmail, and just about everything else they could want to do over the Internet with their phone. Plus, the Adobe Flash 10 keeps every site looking top notch.
The slide out QWERTY keyboard now features a few changes. The buttons are easier to differentiate from each other because of ever so slight doming, and the directional pad that used to side on the right side of the keyboard in the original Droid is gone. This may seem like a small improvement, but anyone who opts for a slide phone usually wants the actual keyboard, and being able to tell the keys apart is often a kind of important thing. The Droid 2 features a 5 megapixel camera complete with LED flash and DVD quality video as well. This feature allows for great quality photos The phone also features 8GB of on board memory, which is expandable via Micro SD card to 32GB, which is also pretty standard in the world of smartphones.
The 3.7″ screen is a little on the small side for phones these days. The resolution is great, just not top of the line, and again is almost identical to the original Droid. In addition, the 5 megapixel camera lacks the high definition capability that many consumers have come to expect. Besides the facelift and a few minor design changes the Droid 2 is exactly what it needs to be and update of the original. Since the Droid was fairly well designed to begin with only minor changes were need to keep the phone relevant. Mainly the software and Android 2.2, which really helps, boost overall performance. While not a blow you out of the water unit anymore, the Droid 2 is still a solid entry level phone for anyone still wanting an actual keyboard. The Droid 2 is easy to use, and powerful enough to stream video and music with no problems, plus app library for Android phones is growing by leaps and bounds virtually every week.