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Motorola Droid X2

*Est. $50 with new contract
Reviewed
February 2012
by ConsumerSearch

Droid X2 packs extra processing power, but skips 4G

Pros
  • High-quality screen with good viewing angles
  • Speedy dual-core processor
  • Good call quality
  • Spacious onscreen keyboard
Cons
  • Some may not like Motoblur user interface
  • Poor video quality
  • No 4G capabilities
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The successor to the Droid X, the Droid X2, features the same design as the original but adds a powerful boost in hardware, according to reviewers. The speedy dual-core processor and high-quality 4.3-inch qHD screen create an excellent gaming and entertainment smartphone, reviewers say. "The X2 excels when it comes to handling video, apps, and other productivity features," says Ginny Mies of PC World. The Droid X2 is nearly identical to its predecessor, but lacks a physical camera key. It's also not 4G capable, like many new Verizon smartphones. Even so, the Droid X2 is "the best Android handset on Verizon for those who aren't quite ready to commit to the fourth G," says Tim Stevens of Engadget.com.

The Droid X2 "won't disappoint gamers or multimedia addicts," says Mies. The extra speed keeps games responsive, and the X2 provides plenty of screen space (4.3 inches). Reviewers say the X2 is hefty but weighs the same as the Droid X. Motoblur, the X2's user interface, is updated and works well enough, though several reviewers dislike its style. Its major downfall comes from the lag reviewers experienced when scrolling through menus or loading apps. "It's simply not optimized for performance," says Anndrew Vacca of AndroidCentral.com.

Web browsing still shines without 4G

Fortunately, the X2 is speedy in other ways. Web browsing brings "silky smooth scrolling and zooming" and fast connections even at 3G speeds, says Mies. CNET's Bonnie Cha reports mobile sites load in 5 to 6 seconds, while a full site with Flash content downloads in 17 seconds. The 8-megapixel camera has a faster shutter speed and produces decent images, but excludes a front-facing camera. Video recording is "dismal," according to Mies.

Call quality is good and battery life is decent, giving reviewers a full day of use without needing a charger. Overall, the Droid X2 receives high marks for its fast speeds, bright screen and multimedia performance. Yet most experts agree with Jonathan S. Geller of BGR.com, who says that these updates "don't do enough to push the new Droid into the limelight."

Experts put the Droid X2's dual-core processor and multimedia capabilities to the test. CNET offers performance data and a picture gallery -- and even posts recorded call quality samples --while PC World provides video and picture samples. Engadget.com and BGR.com take a brief look at the hardware and performance of the Droid X2. AndroidCentral.com and BrightHand.com offer more in-depth coverage of the X2's pros and cons.

Our Sources

1. CNET

Bonnie Cha awards the Droid X2 4 out of 5 stars, a score of Excellent. She feels that while those who want 4G speed "might shun the device," those who can do without it will appreciate what this smartphone has to offer.

Review: Motorola Droid X2 (Verizon Wireless), Bonnie Cha, May 23, 2011

2. PC World

Rating the Droid X2 4 out of 5 stars, Ginny Mies approves of the smartphone's high-resolution display, dual-core speeds and "excellent" call quality but warns that it lacks 4G, has "dismal" video capture and lacks a front-facing camera.

Review: Motorola Droid X2 Review: Dual-Core, but No 4G, Ginny Mies, May 23, 2011

3. Engadget.com

Calling the Droid X2 a "worthy successor to the Droid X name," Tim Stevens says the design and dual-core processor won't leave users wanting, but the lack of LTE (4G) connectivity might.

Review: Droid X2 Review, Tim Stevens (Contributions by Myriam Joire), June 5, 2011

4. Brighthand.com

Adama D. Brown approves of the Droid X2's fast processor and high-resolution screen while disliking its lack of 4G support. Brown notes that the Droid X2 is an improvement, but holds "few advantages" over the Droid X.

Review: Motorola Droid X2 Review: Raw Power, Adama D. Brown, June 22, 2011

5. BGR.com

Jonathan S. Geller feels the Droid X2 has its good points, but its improvements "don't do enough to push the new Droid into the limelight." Geller recommends holding out for newer smartphones with more to offer.

Review: Motorola Droid X2 Review, Jonathan S. Geller, May 31, 2011

6. AndroidCentral.com

The Droid X2 is on the cutting edge of technology for now, according to Anndrew Vacca. For gamers, the Tegra 2 processor "can't be beat right now," Vacca says, but it isn't worth upgrading from a Droid to the Droid X2.

Review: Droid X2 Review, Andrew Vacca, June 6, 2011

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