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Mototola DROID 2 Review

The Motorola DROID 2 is smaller and denser than the Droid X so it’s a little easier to slide into your pocket. Having the slide out keyboard is great. It’s still a little small for our liking but so much easier to use than a touch screen for banging out quick texts.

The Android OS really started to explode this past summer. There isn’t a single app we love on the iPhone that we can’t find on the Android OS. Angry Birds was pretty much the tipping point for the Android OS. Don’t laugh. We’re half serious. From music services to retro camera effects and everything else that enamored us with the iPhone so early on, DROID does and does it very well.

Call clarity is good. No dropped calls during our testing. Thank you Verizon. How’s that iPhone deal coming along? Certainly you can negotiate better terms and smaller subsidies because you really don’t need the iPhone or do you?

The DROID 2 has room for improvement. It’s too heavy. It’s not a deal breaker but it’s a little too heavy. The camera needs to be better and faster. People really are using these things as their “camera”. Make it boot and shut down faster. Nobody likes to wait.

With the Android OS hitting its stride we can’t wait to see how this market evolves in the next few months.

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Motorola DROID X Review

The DROID X from Motorola could not have launched at a better time. With Apple in turmoil over its flawed antenna design in the new iPhone4, the market is ripe for competing smart phones that may not have the elegance of an iPhone but still pack a punch, and guess what,  work really great as an actual phone.

I run into people in Silicon Valley that carry an iPhone and a second phone for voice calls. Often the iPhone is issued through work and the second phone is on the Verizon network. We all know the reason why. The iPhone is an incredible little portable computer but tends to drop calls.  If your cell phone is your lifeline you just can’t tolerate dropped calls.   Whether AT&T or the iPhone is to blame is moot. 

Like other Android phones before it the DROID X from Motorola on the Verizon network makes a pretty compelling case to handle all the necessary mobile tasks for consumers in North America.

The DROID X is big and at first glance simply looks cumbersome. But we’re happy to say it’s actually very comfortable to hold and doesn't feel to heavy for its footprint.  The soft touch paint makes it easy to hold and it’s not slippery like the iPhone. We rarely used protective cases for our phones because they usually become antiquated about the same time we tend to break them.  The DROID X feels solid and should make it through Verizon's "New Every Two" plan no sweat.

Our initial impression of the DROID X is a good one. It’s fast, sounds good, makes a great media player with the large screen and is easy to carry and handle despite its large size. Navigating the menus and fiddling with apps or grabbing pictures and video is nowhere near as elegant as using the iPhone. Of course, if the DROID X came before the iPhone we'd be saying how slow and quirky the iPhone feels by comparision. However, once you get used to the flow on the DROID X the quickness and multitasking mask some of the ergonomic challenges.  Plus it doesn't hurt that it's on the Veizon network.  We'll add more to this review after we've lived with the DROID X for a while.  It's certainly a device that makes you want to dive in deeper and that's a really good sign for both Motorola and Verizon.

Okay, after using the DROID X for a while we've discovered a major flaw in the design, the battery cover. It pops off way too easily.  Be careful because this is easy to lose. 

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