Device Review: Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon Wireless

The great folks at Verizon Wireless were very generous and have allowed me to review the Motorola Droid X2.  This great Android device was launched by Verizon Wireless on May 19 and I couldn’t wait to get my grubby little hands on this dual-core powered monster.  I’ve ran the Droid X2 through the paces for about a week now and I’ll have to say…COLOR ME IMPRESSED!  This device is so much more than just a sequel to the original Droid X and I’m going to give you all the lowdown on why the Droid X2 would be a great choice for those of you on Verizon Wireless.  Again…a big “thank you” to Verizon Wireless for allowing me to dig deep into this Android beast of a smartphone.

SPECS

As the first smartphone for Verizon to have both a qHD display and a dual-core processor, the Droid X2 makes for an impressive device. The screen is a 4.3-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels) LCD underneath a glass capacitive multi-touch digitizer. The computing power comes from the 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 250 dual-core processor that is combined with 512MB of RAM. The internal memory of the Droid X2 is 8GB and comes with a 8GB microSD card which is expandable to 32GB.

Like other Androids recently debuted, the Droid X2 has the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, assisted GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity, light sensor, and the extra bonus of an FM radio. The cellular radios keeping the Droid X2 in service are CDMA 800/1900.  A LTE radio is not integrated but this is still a great offering by Verizon Wireless.  Also included is a 8 megapixel camera which provides stellar pics (more on that to come).  The camera includes dual-LED flash which is a huge plus for great shots.  Also included is a 1500mAh battery, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, a microHDMI port (1920 x 1080 pixel output), three separate microphones, mono speakerphone, and a microUSB 2.0 port. The device dimensions are 65.5 x 127.5 x 9.9 millimeters, and it weighs 155 grams.

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SOFTWARE

Android 2.2.2 is in tow with the new version of MotoBlur.  I was very impressed by the speed of the software.  Hardly any lag and screen transitions were smooth as butter.  One of the nice things is that trial apps on the device can easily be removed without rooting, but some of the trial apps are very useful such as Data Usage, Mobile Hotspot and DLNA.

As noted many of the trial apps can be removed which the power users will find very appealing.  Android 2.2.2 powered by a dual-core processor provides a great mix of software and overall device speed.  Trust me…this bad boy flies!

CAMERA

See that picture above?  Makes ya want to reach out and smell the flowers, eh?  This photo was taken in medium sunlight and the clarity is eye-popping to say the least.  The 8-megapixel shooter gets the job done and then some.  Customizable settings and effects are included in the Camera app to provide a professional feel to your photos.  What I enjoy about the Camera app is how quickly you can take a picture and share to Twitter as I oftentimes do.

For video recording the Droid X2 is capable up to 720p HD.  The device has more than enough power to record at 1080p considering the Tegra dual-core processor powering the device.  Perhaps an update to Gingerbread 2.3 will allow for 1080p video capture.  Got my fingers crossed on that one!

PERFORMANCE

Quadrant score:  2479

2 words here folks…blazing fast!!!  Any power hungry processes were easily handled by the Droid X2.  No lag whatsoever while loading web pages, recording video, etc.

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BATTERY LIFE

Motorola and Verizon have noted the device should offer 8 hours of usage and 220 hours of stand-by time.  My actual usage was very similar to that projected estimate clocking in at 7 hours 23 min of usage.  The battery itself is a 1500mAH lithium-ion which provides more than enough to get you through an average day.  Power users may see a small decrease in usage time but overall the battery does the job and then some.

CALL QUALITY/NETWORK SPEED

I was very impressed by Verizon’s network speed as you can see above.  Yes, a LTE radio would’ve been a welcome addition but would result in a thicker form-factor.  Double-edged sword there.

Call-quality was very impressive with no dropped calls and full-bar reception in my 3G area.  The ear speaker provided little distortion and the speakerphone performed admirably as well.  Kudos to Verizon’s strong network.  I can definitely hear you now!

POCKETABILITY

The device may seem a little large for your pocket but I found myself easily adjusted to the size of the Droid X2.  I always suggest to protect your device with a quality case and you may also opt for a holster as well.

PURCHASING/AVAILABILITY

You can pickup the Verizon Wireless Droid X2 for $199.99 on a quality 2-year agreement at this link.  Full-retail is only $449.99 if you’d like to go sans contract.  Both purchasing options come with free overnight shipping.  Can’t beat that, right?

PROS

+ Large 4.3″ qHD resolution screen
+ Tegra 2 dual-core processor
+ Solid battery life
+ Dual LED flash on the 8MP camera
+ Clean version of MotoBlur
+ Able to delete most trial software

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CONS

– No 4G/LTE
– No headset or microHDMI cable included
– No 1080p video recording

WRAP-UP

The Droid X2 on Verizon Wireless is so much more than a nominal upgrade from the original Droid X.  The speed of the Tegra dual-core processor is mind-blowing.  Combine that with the qHD screen resolution and you have one if not the top Android device offerings on Verizon.  Hardware specs will hit the power user sweetspot but it’s up to you to decide if you want to go 2 years without 4G.

I 100% recommend this device for those looking for a combination of power, beauty and speed.  Again, a big thank you to Verizon Wireless for allowing me to review the Motorola Droid X2.  What are you waiting for?  Head on up to your nearest Verizon Wireless outlet and check out this great Android device.

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