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It feels like it was forever ago that the original Motorola Droid launched on Verizon’s airwaves. And while it hasn’t actually been that much time, per se, there have obviously been plenty of Android-based devices that have launched, just on Verizon’s network. And since the launch of that original Droid, Verizon’s DROID line-up has seen some pretty good successes. One of which was the 4.3-inch packing display Droid X, also from Motorola. And now that the sequel is official, you’d think more people would be excited to get their hands on it. But, let’s face it, the Droid X2 isn’t a huge upgrade over what we had before, and that has me wondering why Motorola has essentially given up on the Droid X lineage.

So let’s kick around the Motorola Droid X2’s specifications, shall we? Just get that right out of the way. It’s got a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen display with a 540x960 resolution. Around the back of the device you’ll find an 8MP camera, and along the side an HDMI output. There’s an 8GB microSD card preinstalled, and there’s 512MB of RAM. Inside, there’s a dual-core 1GHz processor and you’ll find that Android 2.2 is running the whole show.

But that sounds like an impressive device, doesn’t it? If we’re just looking at the Motorola Droid X2 by itself, and there aren’t any other available devices on Verizon’s network (or more impressive devices coming very soon) to compare it to, then maybe. But, we’re just comparing the device to the original Droid X, and even then the Droid X2 isn’t worthwhile. Even if we just look at the X2 and the fact that it looks exactly like the original, why would anyone want to upgrade? And then there’s the fact that the X2 doesn’t have LTE connectivity. And, at least to me, there’s a distinct final nail in the coffin: the fact that it’s launching with Android 2.2, and so that dual-core processor doesn’t mean anything.

Sure, there’s a “scheduled update to Android 2.3” coming in the “future,” but that’s ridiculous. This is a high-end device that literally needs Android 2.3 out of the box, just to make use of one of the bullet points you’ve got on the features list for the device. So Motorola’s launching the high-end successor to one of their most popular devices on Verizon’s network, but they’re limiting the handset right out of the gate. And, let’s face it, if we’re already waiting for a software update from the company, there’s no telling how long we’ll have to wait.

We’ve already talked about how a “minor upgrade” really isn’t worthwhile to customers. But when we discussed that, we were talking solely about how the X2 looks no different from the original Droid X. And let’s face it, that’s bad enough. To me, and I actually liked the Droid X, I wouldn’t consider the X2 because it looks like the original. When I upgrade, I want my device to look like an upgrade. Or at least different from what I’m upgrading from. And if I wasn’t upgrading from the original X, I wouldn’t pick up the X2 because of everything we mentioned above. This is a device that needs to launch with Android 2.3, and that’s game over for me.

But what do you think of the X2? Are you someone who already owns the Droid X, and is looking to upgrade to the newer version? Or will you be skipping this device in favor of something else? Let me know in the comments what you think.


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Marvelous Marv McGill
Marvelous Marv McGill Blur on most recent Droids is minimal...i would rather have minimal than an iphone clone from samsung. Samsung doesnt like to update their phones thats why I stay away. My droidx will be replaced by Motorola Droid Bionic. Make fun about blur as much as you like but most of you prolly havent owned or used it. Ive learned people like to qoute popular opinion about blur. Haters
Casey Cunningham
Casey Cunningham 4g is not every where yet so it makes sence for it not to be 4g. Ive had bad experiences with samsung I don't think they care about there customers. At least they didn't when I had the vibrant. And with that phone all the updated had to be done on their mini keys witch is stupid. They defently have great phones but there are hard to trust.
Kenny Dillon
Kenny Dillon Droid X is a great phone. I love mine. I don't understand why motorola didn't make the X 2 4G. Just doesn't make any sense why they would put out another 3G Phone with Verizon's hype over 4G
Anthony Dunlap
Anthony Dunlap Motorola is a motojoke
KoDy Designed ByCrime
KoDy Designed ByCrime DROID CHARGE!! The torch has been passed to SAMSUNG moto you can go sit down somewhere while the professionals handle this ...lol just think, what if the GSII looked exactly like the original lol that was definitely a noob move smh
Joe Bove
Joe Bove How is this updated device any different than the "upgrades" that the iphone line recieved...minimal upgrades.. and it works for them i guess.. so moto is doing the same
Daniel Christopher Hadley
Daniel Christopher Hadley @Adam: that is exactly why they should make phones for them. It would be mutually beneficial.
Matt Weber
Matt Weber Maybe..
Anh-Tuan Le
Anh-Tuan Le Why not? Everyone else has.
Jesus Q Velasquez
Jesus Q Velasquez they better not or ill fuck them up lol jk
Kevin Pizana
Kevin Pizana I just upgraded to the droid X and I love it...had an og droid1....loved it too...i hope they continue the x series though...dual core, ff camera, lte, physical qwerty...but until then...just some gingerbread lovin would be nice for our DX...
Nathan Parks
Nathan Parks All of Motorola's Droid line look too similar. Also they stick you with a horrible ui that you usually can't rootto get rid of
Eddie Velasquez
Eddie Velasquez In my opinion the best droid out there is the OG Droid for its stock android and the updates come quicker and the droid incredible /2 for its sense UI
Sambath Luy
Sambath Luy Apple IPhone 4...
Terrence Wesley Parker
Terrence Wesley Parker Droid x 2 is coming out next month
Dominique House
Dominique House Motoblur is torture on three of the five senses; sight, hearing, & smell. Their devices & overlay are not attractive at all when compared to HTC & Samsung devices. Since & Touch Wizard 4.0 FTW.
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama Have u all seen the Droid X2? It's the same phone with a dual core... smh
Eddie Velasquez
Eddie Velasquez John the droid 3 will not come wif 4g
Darryl Mouzone
Darryl Mouzone No I don't think so and Moto Blur isn't that bad. It's not great either.
Anthony Dunlap
Anthony Dunlap I won't buy a motorola
Eddie Velasquez
Eddie Velasquez I think sprint has come a long way. It has the Evo and soon to have the Evo3D. I have used the Droid x /Droid x2 and I like them but they lag a little but nothing to bad. I prefer the Evo over the droid X/x2. Also I think the best phone that are comeing to the market are ,Droid bionic, SG2, and the Evo3D.
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial They should and blur while there ar it
John Cruz
John Cruz I hope the droid 3 will be 4g if not Motorola is behind
Mike West
Mike West The best way to enjoy a Moto Droid..... with Blur, is to never try out a high end HTC or Samsung Android like say the Sensation, EVO 3D, HTC Holiday, SGS2, Thunderbolt, etc. Stay away from anything of the like, & you can stay in the dark where it's safe and experience that whole ignorance is bliss thing. Free to enjoy your "Droid".
Devlin Robear
Devlin Robear When IS Android 2.3 coming out for the original Droid X?
Mark E
Mark E Unlock bootloader and as Steve jobs would say, it will make your sales "magical" !
Tyler Caley
Tyler Caley HTC > All others
Israel Leiva
Israel Leiva I hope not. I love my Droid X. But it would be dope if i could get one with a dual processor, front facing camera, and a pbysical keyboard.
Cameron Deyell
Cameron Deyell the fonne i want is the htc thunderbolt....motorola is out-rated!!
David Lora
David Lora HTC and Samsung should be the only one doing android phones imo
Joe Fernandez
Joe Fernandez The original Droid X is a fantastic phone, love it.
Sunny Patel
Sunny Patel Yeah, not mush improvement
Victor Joseph Acosta
Victor Joseph Acosta Sprint is coming with the Evo 3D and it has the Nexus S 4G I'm pretty sure sprint has a big footprint already.
Christian Crow
Christian Crow Yeap
Eddie Velasquez
Eddie Velasquez I think there makeing way to the droid bionic
Adam Anthony Crespin
Adam Anthony Crespin Well, i don't think sprint is very deserving of such good quality phones. When sprint has a larger 'footprint' then i'll reconsider my opinion.
Boyd C Adkins IV
Boyd C Adkins IV yes\
Aaron Michael Rowe
Aaron Michael Rowe I agree with Victor
Daniel Christopher Hadley
Daniel Christopher Hadley Well its possible though I don't think anyone will make as good of a DROID then Motorola. I love my X, and I haven't even had it two weeks.
Victor Joseph Acosta
Victor Joseph Acosta Motorla should make android phones for sprint instead of verizon I'm sure Verizon has enough Motorola phones same goes to AT&T :I




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