Motorola Droid X2 Review: Raw Power

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 9
    • Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Value
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Blazing fast processor
    • High-resolution screen
  • Cons

    • Few advantages over Droid X
    • No 4G LTE support

Quick Take

A useful refresh of the old Droid X, but with only mild improvements over the old model, it doesn't stack up quite as well against the new cutting edge.


The Motorola Droid X2 is a refreshed version of Verizon’s popular Droid X that debuted last year. A large-screened smartphone with a 4.3-inch display, aluminum casing, and HDMI output, the new X2 also packs in a dual core processor and high resolution 960 x 540 screen, while maintaining the dimensions of it’s predecessor.

It’s currently available from Verizon at the typical cost for a high-end smartphone: $200 with a new wireless service contract.

BUILD & DESIGN

Aside from having its name printed on the back of the battery cover, the Droid X2 is in every other way a dead ringer for the original Droid X. Quite literally, it has the same dimensions and the same weight.

Motorola Droid X2 from VerizonThe X2 comes in an aluminum casing, giving it a bit more heft than plastic-shelled smartphones. To its credit, the Droid X line has adopted a slightly different, more angular take on the large screen smartphone format, avoiding the purely organic rounded design pioneered by the early iPhones and cloned by so many devices since then.

There’s not much to say about the X2’s design other than it’s simple, very durable, and lacking in frills. The top-mounted power button takes a little getting used to and the microSD card is next to the battery (not that we’d really expect it elsewhere these days).

Overall, it’s fairly comfortable to use and has a solid build that Motorola has been doing well with lately.

Screen
I’m probably spoiled from looking at the Super AMOLED Plus screen of the Samsung Infuse 4G, which makes conventional LCDs look pale in comparison. Nevertheless, the cutting edge 960 x 540 (qHD) resolution of the Droid X2 is still very nice to look at.

Motorola Droid X2 from VerizonThe boost in pixel count isn’t necessarily obvious until you start browsing the web, or see it against another Android device with an 800 x 480 (WVGA) screen. The numbers may not sound like a lot, but you’re talking about 35% more pixels, which can come in handy. It’s not the kind of jump that you’d experience going from 320 x 480 (QVGA) to 800 x 480 – which was a 150% increase in resolution – but one with much fewer application compatibility problems. In fact, I haven’t seen a single app which didn’t adjust to the new screen res easily.

This Motorola device has a higher screen resolution than its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean the display has gotten larger. Both smartphones have a 4.3-inch touchscreen — a size that only a few rivals have surpassed.

Other Buttons & Controls
One thing that the X2 does right is buttons. Unlike most new Android phones, it has actual physical buttons for the four major navigation functions: Options, Home, Back, and Search. Compared to tapping a spot on the digitizer, these offer a much more satisfying “click,” as well as making it possible to find them by touch.

Motorola Droid X2 Image GalleryOn the bottom left corner, you’ll find the USB port side-by-side with a mini-HDMI connector. I like this approach more than using a dongle to provide a full size connector — this way, nothing ever gets lost. You’ll still need a somewhat uncommon cable to hook it up to a standard LCD TV, but they aren’t that hard to find, particularly if you shop online. And that’s something you’re going to need to do, as the X2 does not come with this cable.


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