Motorola Droid 2 in the wild again and first impressions


A Gizmodo reader had the chance to get some hands-on action with the upcoming Motorola Droid 2 this week and sent out his first impressions. According to what he saw there’s nothing mind blowing with the device which definitely feels like a updated version of the original Droid launch last year. Also the Verizon rep who was with him confirmed that the handset will probably ship with Android 2.2 / Froyo on board. Check out the full impressions after the break:

I am a summer intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) this summer and today there was a tech show on the lab. There were a lot of cool new technologies along with booths for companies like Microsoft, Apple, Sprint, and Verizon.

I went over to the Verizon booth and was surprised to see a curious-looking phone next to regulars like Blackberries and the Droid Incredible. I picked up the phone and once I looked at it more closely I realized it was the Droid 2. I asked the representatives and they told me that they weren’t sure exactly what the name was going to be, but that it was indeed the successor to the original Motorola Droid.

It felt really nice in my hand. It seems smoother than the original Droid. A lot more curves and less sharp edges. Held next to my original Droid, it seems exactly the same size The headphone jack, volume buttons, power/sleep button, and the Micro-USB port were all in the same place and pretty much exactly like the original. The camera button is also in the same place, but smaller and the same color as the volume buttons.

The camera on the back was a 5.0 megapixel, so I don’t know why it isn’t any better than the original Droid’s. The camera was definitely faster though. It took a picture very quickly compared to the original. The whole device was a dark crome-like color instead of the original Droid’s black. The soft keys were touch-sensitive at the bottom and were in a different order than on the original phone. It still had the Motorola and Verizon logos, as well as the “with Google.”

Opening it up, the keyboard is definitely wider and has blue coloring instead of the gold from the original. I didn’t see any gold on the entire thing actually. (No more Batman similarities!) I was happy to see that the directional pad was changed so that you have the four arrows—similar to a real computer keyboard. It’s not easy to tell in the pictures, but it was nice that there was no lip on the right side when the phone was open. That combined with the wider keyboard made it easier to type on the device. My favorite part about the keyboard was the button for voice commands on the lower left. I have always wanted that on my Droid, so I’m glad to see it on the new one.

From what I have seen of the Droid X and the Ninjablur thing, this device was running the same skin on top of Android 2.1. When I asked about the software, the Verizon representatives told me that it most probably wouldn’t be coming with that on it and would probably have Froyo (Android 2.2) plain (without any skin). She said that if it does come out with Android 2.1, it will gt updated very quickly.

The device was running 2.1 and it had 8GB of internal memory as well as an 8GB micro-SD card. The model number says A955 and on the bottom of the device it said “G4DR 4722,” but I believe this is just because it is a demo device. The representative did tell me that it had a 1 Ghz processor, but she didnt say what kind.

The representative wouldn’t tell me when it will be released, but she said in the next few weeks.

Source: Gizmodo

  • Diego!

    quoting: “…there’s nothing mind bowling…” LOL!

    hahaha, but I like this design better than the Droid X.

    Droid X with a minor bezel would be a true hit.

    Aniway, did Gizmodo mention Droid2 screen size?

  • Diego!

    quoting: “…there’s nothing mind bowling…” LOL!

    hahaha, but I like this design better than the Droid X.

    Droid X with a minor bezel would be a true hit.

    Aniway, did Gizmodo mention Droid2 screen size?

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Damnit! Didn’t see the typo! lol Nope nomention of the screen size but I guess that it’s the same as the original Droid.

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Damnit! Didn’t see the typo! lol Nope nomention of the screen size but I guess that it’s the same as the original Droid.

  • Diego!

    It’s OK M.Daou (I’m still trying to guess your name lol)

    We are all humans and make mistakes from time to time :D

    Yeah, after a little research in different blogs and websites I’ve made, I’m gonna go with Droid2. Altough I’m not very fond of physical keyboards, I prefer this design.

    DroidX is waaaay too large for me.

    Nice weekend!

  • Diego!

    It’s OK M.Daou (I’m still trying to guess your name lol)

    We are all humans and make mistakes from time to time :D

    Yeah, after a little research in different blogs and websites I’ve made, I’m gonna go with Droid2. Altough I’m not very fond of physical keyboards, I prefer this design.

    DroidX is waaaay too large for me.

    Nice weekend!

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Heh that’s the first letter of my nickname and my last name…:)

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    Heh that’s the first letter of my nickname and my last name…:)

  • Diego!

    So you could be Peter Daou? A former musician and singer Vanessa Daou’s former husband??? OMG!!!

    Nice to meet you :D

  • Diego!

    So you could be Peter Daou? A former musician and singer Vanessa Daou’s former husband??? OMG!!!

    Nice to meet you :D

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    haha nope :)

  • http://www.mobiletechworld.com/tips-contact/ M. Daou

    haha nope :)