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Video: DROIDX2 by Motorola Quick Hands-on

Well, we finally got our hands on the new DROIDX2 and wanted to take you on a quick test drive with it to see what’s new.  This would be the first dual-core phone to hit Verizon store shelves, will run you $199 on contract, and could easily be mistaken for the its original self if it weren’t for that snazzy red lettering on the battery cover.  We’ll have plenty of additional coverage after this, but wanted to get you acquainted with this new family member first.  

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  • http://twitter.com/tittlemanscrest Stephen Parker

    I can honestly say I think this phone is a waste. 
    The only thing that seems different is the fact there’s no physical camera button. 
    Is it released with GB? As far as I know, it isn’t, making it even more of a pointless device. 

    BUT…I think Motorola makes extremely good devices. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/guigsy Oisin McGuigan

    I upgraded from the Droid X to the X2 and I have to say that the original Droid X with Gingerbread on it is much better and stable. It rbeoots constantly, battery life sucks on froyo, its missing the camera click button which I’m not impressed with and the screen quality seems really crappy! Oh, and it hangs a lot too :-(

  • Anonymous

    thought about selling me X, and getting the X2. i think i’ll wait for 2.3 on friday, and see how i feel afterwards. I do want to get a definite release date for the Bionic, though. 

  • The350zWolf

    This DroidX2 is disappointing …. only good thing going for it is the dual core CPU … no front face camera???

  • http://twitter.com/Nomad2311 Nicholas Weih

    No LTE = Not Sold

  • tjhrulz

    “It is a fast phone” Kellen

    It would be faster if it had stock 

  • Usmc1488

    Will be a good asurion replacement when my DX breaks, fall, etc before Im do for a new one.  I still have one new any two left.

  • Anonymous

    I think this phone was made inferior on purpose to make the Targa the triumph card 

  • Masx

    Anyone have any idea how many touch points these newer phones have?  Reason I ask is there are apps/games (mostly games) that are crap when the touch screen only support 2 points.  Just be a nice thing to know.

  • CaptainHowdy

    Ya basically what the DX could have been originally…

  • tomNasty

    BOOOOOOO that phone……the only thing that can be said about that phone is that it’s dual-core

  • Kohdiak

    I enjoyed the article but the constant changing of the position of the phone kind of made me dizzy

  • Kohdiak

    I enjoyed the article but the constant changing of the position of the phone kind of made me dizzy

  • Kohdiak

    I enjoyed the article but the constant changing of the position of the phone kind of made me dizzy

  • Rlarson_Mn

    Thanks for the video review. Not impressed with the screen. Not impressed that the unit comes with Froyo. Not impressed that the memory is at 512mb. I get near 2100 Qudrqnt score at 1250MHz with my existing Droid X plus my unit is rooted and tetherqble is and when I ever want that featue. Most likely will just stay with my Droid X, keep my $199.00 and put it toward the next release of a dual core unit.

    • http://profiles.google.com/statsprofessor Jakub Palka

      So that’s a 1600 quadrant if you had a higher resolution………

      I guess you won’t be impressed by the HTC sensation either. 1.2 ghz dual core, 768 ram and lower quadrant than you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DeanParmenter Dean William Parmenter

    what DX# will it be when my OGX’s contact is up in a year and half    :P

  • Jim Dandy

    Finally, the X has hit OG status.

  • napes22

    How long until people on Craiglist buy replacement Droid X2 battery doors and puts them on Droid X phones for sale?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      The actual case is different. The DX2 is true black, the DX1 is much more grey.

      • Anonymous

        not to forget the presence of a camera button!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674902817 Zach Davis

    can’t wait to get the bundle pack for my Droid X today :D at least i hope so, stupid verizon shipping

  • Anonymous

    Where did they hear that the DroidX2 with Gingerbread is basically unrootable? I was under the impression that Gingerbreak should work on the X2 Gingerbread update just like it works on the DroidX Gingerbread update.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      I was wondering this as well. I think they were talking about back in the .588 build when that was discussed, but that has been worked around and 4.5.595 was rooted just fine. I don’t think there will be any problems rooting the DX2 Gingerbread update unless something more changes between now and then.

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    Ok Ok…. BLA BLAH BLAH Dx2.  Can someone please tell me about the D3 please?????  Kellex….where is the D3 news???  That’s what we care about, not this encrypted donkey dong…

    • Adam Metzner

      The D3 will be “encrypted donkey dong” too. Just like the D2 was. Identical bootloader encryiption 

  • Richard Burry

    Such a waste. Dual core but no LTE? Still not even loaded with true Gingerbread. Verizon is seriously lacking with NEW Android stuff…just doing the same stuff over again.

  • Richard Burry

    Such a waste. Dual core but no LTE? Still not even loaded with true Gingerbread. Verizon is seriously lacking with NEW Android stuff…just doing the same stuff over again.

  • Richard Burry

    Such a waste. Dual core but no LTE? Still not even loaded with true Gingerbread. Verizon is seriously lacking with NEW Android stuff…just doing the same stuff over again.

  • Richard Burry

    Such a waste. Dual core but no LTE? Still not even loaded with true Gingerbread. Verizon is seriously lacking with NEW Android stuff…just doing the same stuff over again.

    • hkklife

      Right now, LTE cannot be DONE with dual-core, at  least not with the Tegra 2 implementation.  Why else do you think the Bionic was canned/delayed?  Why has the Xoom LTE “upgrade” rollout not happened so far? 

      But to be perfectly honest, I am really disappointed by VZW’s lineup so far in 2010.  Certainly the iPhone 4 effect is the main reason but I also cannot help but think they’re gonna start launching all of their hot devices (heavily subsidized, too) later this summer and autumn.  They need to try to snare as many people as possible in new contracts for tiered data.

  • Patrick H

    Dang, the Nexus S screen puts the DX and the DX2 to shame :( Jealous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Yep, I can’t understand how anyone likes the DX2 display, short of it being brighter. Brighter is NOT better. The saturation is awful, gradients are stepped and inaccurate, and the fine details are full of artifacts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Yep, I can’t understand how anyone likes the DX2 display, short of it being brighter. Brighter is NOT better. The saturation is awful, gradients are stepped and inaccurate, and the fine details are full of artifacts.

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Whats the deal with the unrootable Gingerbread?

  • Fuyuasha

    What a shame to launch such a horribly irrelevant phone – no LTE was way enough but add NFC too. SG2 is going to obliterate … hope they make enough of them next mon ?!

  • Fastlane1000

    Just let me know when Verizon offers a Dual Core processor and 4G.  Otherwise I’ll keep my Droid

  • http://twitter.com/nate94gt Nate M

    I hate the screen on this phone.  Everything looks pixelated and 8bit.  It makes me sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000333756517 Jake Byckowski

    So I ended up grabbing the X2 upgrading from my Incredible. Everyone comments on the lack of LTE and then slams most specs outside of the dual core Tegra 2. Look at the LTE phones for a moment, they are 100% last years specs but with an LTE radio. The X2 is both dual core and qHD in a form factor that did well on the Droid X. Look at the iphone 3G and 3GS. Same casing, upgraded internals. I would love to have the best of both world and have another upgrade to blow when that phone arrives but for now, being always around wifi, there isnt another phone than comes close on verizon the x2’s speed and raw computing power.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000333756517 Jake Byckowski

    So I ended up grabbing the X2 upgrading from my Incredible. Everyone comments on the lack of LTE and then slams most specs outside of the dual core Tegra 2. Look at the LTE phones for a moment, they are 100% last years specs but with an LTE radio. The X2 is both dual core and qHD in a form factor that did well on the Droid X. Look at the iphone 3G and 3GS. Same casing, upgraded internals. I would love to have the best of both world and have another upgrade to blow when that phone arrives but for now, being always around wifi, there isnt another phone than comes close on verizon the x2’s speed and raw computing power.

    • Saa

      thats why im saving my upgrade for the bionic. bought DX2 @ retail, will sell after

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      He just said int he review the qhd is not that good, brown greens, etc.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000333756517 Jake Byckowski

        Could just be his unit. I have the phone in hand and next to the incredible’s screen the colors are much deeper.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      He just said int he review the qhd is not that good, brown greens, etc.

  • Woolbeo

    You do realize that the Nexus S has a pentile matrix too?

    • Rain_king46

      ohhh my, I have pentile envy!  ;)

  • Rain_king46

    Great review as usual guys. I still dont understand the point of this phone. Faster processor, higher res but weird color screen, less ram, outdated os, and no 4G? 

    • Guest

      …let’s not forget that it also has NO FRONT FACING CAMERA EITHER for video calls which is becoming a standard for new phones.  This device is outdated garbage if you already own a DX like I do.  Come on Droid Bionic!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

        Yes, thank you. Would it kill them to throw in a $4 front facing camera? Oh, they don’t want you hogging bandwidth video chatting.

        • Anonymous

          yep, unlimited bandwidth that we pay a premium for.  a crying shame

      • Anonymous

        So glad I got my smartphone (Droid X) last year when it was one of the most advanced phones. This year its not even that far behind. Next year (when I’m due for an update) I’ll get the next generation of phones that will be 100x better than my Droid X.

  • Saa

    had this phone since the 19th….

  • chucklesmcnasty

    just got mine.  i love it–not getting LTE where I live, so this is by far the best option out.

    • Jothen2002

      Better than an incerdible 2 ???

  • H_10

    I got this phone this morning for my wife.  She’s coming from a Droid Eris.  Agreed that 4G is a huge miss but our area will not get 4G until 2013, which makes 4G a non-issue for us.  Initial thoughts are that I LOVE this phone.  It’s much snappier and responsive than the Droid X.  Plus the screen is nicer.  I can’t wait for the Gingerbread update then I’ll root it.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    waste of money with last yrs os and specs besides dual core

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    really want this phone but no LTE I think is a deal breaker. I want to get a qHD phone with LTE before Verizon changes their data plans this summer and eliminates unlimited data. 

    • Anonymous

      And I’m sure Verizon knows that, which is why we’re seeing phones that only offer one (maybe two) of the many features we’ve all been wanting for what seems like ages. I bet once they announce the new data plans, the phones we really want will magically become available shortly thereafter.

  • Thatsjared87

    1. Swap covers from your Droid X with your new Droix X2.
    2. Sell the Droid X on Ebay as an X2.
    3. ????
    4. Profit!!!

    • Saa

      5. process refund when buyer realizes it doesnt say Dual Core on boot, and has a camera button, and files fraud case

      • Mr.Joe

        6. Post and say no refunds and as is!

        • Anonymous

          7. Locate the Fraud and either beat him down like a red headed step child or have the cops knock on his door for fruad and be there to Video tape it. Then upload on Youtube :)

          • 5foot10inches

            8. Eat fried chicken.

          • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

            9) Go to the local glory hole and while in line dream up more schemes to rip people off.

          • tjhrulz

            10. More profit 

          • http://www.facebook.com/chengguanhao Cheng Guan Hao 曾冠豪

             11. Drink Coca Cola

          • Budcar38

            12. Make vanilla jello pudding.

          • Anonymous

            LMAO, 8. Wait for his sorry butt too be released from jail, Kidnap the sorry
            sucker and drop him off at Apple as the Apple bitch boy lol

    • Anonymous

      Except the part where there’s no bright red camera button on it either. 

  • http://twitter.com/IBelieveinSteve Steve Peter

    Feels like the market is in a weird spot where we know great features (Gingerbread, dual core processor, front-facing camera, 4G LTE, etc.) are around the corner but phones are only getting some, not all, of them. I don’t imagine phones like this will do well when everyone is waiting on the first device to truly deliver the next gen experience. So, which device will it be?

  • Invisibleman

    ive got the og droid x and this thing is fast…why release essentially the same phone with no lte or ffc…seems pointless to me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    haven’t watched the video yet but what is the difference between the dx and the dx2?

  • Mctypething

    I don’t understand why anyone would buy this phone.

    • RW-1

      There are some who will fall for the sales pitch, but really I have to agree.

    • Dustin

      Why?

      + Fast processor
      + Good battery life
      + Decent RAM (as-in: runs apps fine)
      + Good resolution
      + Nice form factor
      + Docks & accessories easily/readily availble
      + Decent price

      I was using an OGD running CM7 – I am very pleased with my DX2 after using it for several days.  I don’t need LTE, it’s not available at my house anyhow.  I don’t need or even slightly care about a front facing camera.  I also don’t even care about it having an encrypted bootloader either – which I thought I would.  Overall this is an excellent phone that does exactly what I want.

      Only complaint: I’m not a huge fan of the Pentile pixel format; I think the OGD had a much better display in terms of outright clarity.

      • Anonymous

        -Missing LTE in a LTE area.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=791421551 Omid Meradji

        No front facing camera. Tegra2 will be dated in another month or two (hell practically is already). Phone is a yawn fest.

        • Tehforgeezewinrar

          I would buy this phone, the only problem is I don’t like buying shitty outdated phones. No forgeeze or front facing camera? Motorola really dropped the ball on this one.

        • Dustin

          Everything is dated as soon as it’s manufactured especially when it comes to electronics. Have fun with that mentality; you can hold out and wait forever for your perfect device.  I on the other hand am pleased.  That is plenty for me.

      • Tehforegeezewinrar

        Why not to buy it?

        + Fast processor- doesn’t matter it’s not 4g
        + Good battery life- doesn’t matter it’s not 4g
        + Decent RAM
        (as-in: runs apps fine)- doesn’t matter it’s not 4g
        + Good resolution- doesn’t matter it’s not 4g
        + Nice form factor- doesn’t matter it’s not 4g
        +
        Docks & accessories easily/readily available- doesn’t matter it’s not 4g
        + Decent price- doesn’t matter it’s not 4g

        so yeah….don’t buy this shitty phone

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kane-Stapler/597191406 Kane Stapler

          You realize 75% of the US wont have 4g this year right?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

          where my parents live they will never get 4g

        • Roland_K

          Also lets not forget that Verizon has said that in the year 2013 they plan on getting rid of 3G all together. So now in 2 more years you will have to buy a new phone anyways. Why not just buy a 4G phone now.

          • Anonymous

            Verizon isn’t getting rid of 3G, they plan on upgrading most all areas of 3g to 4g by 2013.  Plus in many areas, there still isn’t 1G.  Where I live in VT, we have spotty cell coverage and some areas with 3g.  We won’t see 4G for 2 years so why not spend a little less on a more powerful phone without LTE now and when 4g Becomes available, spend the money then.  It’s pointless to get a slower phone just because it has a technology I’ll never get to use prior to the point at which i’d need to replace it. This phone has replaced my Samsung omnia and for the last two days I’ve been EXTREMELY happy.  It’s my first Foray into Android and I think many who have WinMo 6.x Phones will take this step instead of iOS.  Good first Droid Phone I’d say.

        • http://www.facebook.com/chengguanhao Cheng Guan Hao 曾冠豪

          Tehforegeezewinrar’s comment – doesn’t matter it’s not 4g

    • Dustin

      Why?

      + Fast processor
      + Good battery life
      + Decent RAM (as-in: runs apps fine)
      + Good resolution
      + Nice form factor
      + Docks & accessories easily/readily availble
      + Decent price

      I was using an OGD running CM7 – I am very pleased with my DX2 after using it for several days.  I don’t need LTE, it’s not available at my house anyhow.  I don’t need or even slightly care about a front facing camera.  I also don’t even care about it having an encrypted bootloader either – which I thought I would.  Overall this is an excellent phone that does exactly what I want.

      Only complaint: I’m not a huge fan of the Pentile pixel format; I think the OGD had a much better display in terms of outright clarity.

  • Anonymous

    I’d trade in my OG X if it only had a FFC.  =(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Need LTE! Come on Bionic/Targa!

  • WormDoes

    Kellex, do you buy all the new Android devices to test or are they given to you for free to test? I’m not hating I’ve just always wondered how it works.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve always wondered this too.. maybe Kellex is just a baller like that…

      • Anonymous

        :)

      • John

        Like other blog sites, he gets them(free temp) to review/test/etc….if I’m not mistaken. Depending on cost, they can sometimes keep ‘em to give out etc?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, same here…but I think companies send him free devices and gadgets and apps to test, review, preview, hand-ons, etc.

      But who knows, really. Kellex?

    • http://twitter.com/ajkowal Allen Kowal

      Ive heard of instances where reviewers make enough money that they can go out and get each phone for the reviews and i’ve also heard that companies will send phones out to reviewers just to get free advertisement. Look at how many of us are here on droid-life, if they give it a good rating, that’s free marketing for motorola when some of us go out and get it.

    • Mr.Joe

      Kellex goes around and married elderly rich ladies.  Then when they die he gets inheritance.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

        and upgrades his phone on their plans XD

  • Anonymous

    i feel dumb having to ask this, but is this phone not 4g/LTE!?!?

    who the hell would want to buy technology thats already in the process of deprecation!?

    • WormDoes

      No, it’s not LTE

  • http://twitter.com/__menthol d

    first, all up in this bitch