Droid 2 gets reviewed - the competition

Verizon Motorola Droid 2 Review

Phil Nickinson from Android Central has done a full review of the Verizon Motorola Droid 2, the second coming of the first Android phone to really rocket into the mainstream. With a big screen, ample app marketplace, full hardware keyboard, and Android 2.2 Froyo, it seems to improve upon the original in every way, even if it now faces stiffer competition from its own sibling on its own network, the Droid X. How does it net out?

If you're coming from another platform, you can't go wrong with the Droid 2. And the same goes if you're comiing from another carrier. If you're already on Verizon? It's a bit of a tougher choice. The Incredible is another solid phone and has the HTC Sense customizations on the same size screen. The Droid X has a larger screen and the same customizations as on the Droid 2. (Anecdotally: We watched on launch day as the second person in our Verizon store -- we were the first -- traded in a Droid X for a Droid 2.)

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, changes in that equation if rumors of a Verizon iPhone 4 pan out this January

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Droid 2 gets reviewed - the competition


That is the trouble with droid so to speak. As soon as you get one, another newer, and better one hits the market that you may want.

It's not a problem to have a lot of new hardware come out quickly.
However, all it is though is just a different form factor and screen tech. The SoC is basically the same across all high Android hardware and iPhone hardware today. That sort of thing generally moves in 18 month cycles.

I love my iPhones, and especially my iPhone 4 but my roomate has this droid 2... its really nice and responsive, and swipe to text... its amazing. and google voice works remarkably well... its a really solid phone, and if I was locked into Big Red, id get... because I couldnt get the iPhone of course..

I've figured out I want an iOS and Android device; they both offer benefits. So since I'm on AT&T (UGH), I decided to get a Nexus One for AT&T 3G bands and then I can SIM swap and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Isn't choice wonderful! :) True it does seem every time an Andriod phone releases another one is hot on it's heels. Verizon seems to be the worst/best depending on your view on this. If it wasn't for Android Central giving heads up we would go crazy.
Here in the great white north, it is a different story. iPhone is available on almost all carriers, the big 3 and some of their sub carriers. Androids are not as plentiful but it is starting to look more promising.
Either way the more choice the better. As long as the tech keeps moving forward and the end user experience is pleasing for all no matter which flavor you prefer.
I have a shiny new Galaxy S and just love it. I just hope it fulfills my needs for 2 yrs until upgrade. I'm sure it will but with TRUE 4G right around the corner it is hard to say.
Enjoy what you have now because you can never be sure you will have it later.

I just went with the Droid X over the iPhone 4 due to AT&T botching in-building coverage where I live. If you need to be on Verizon all the high end Droids are more than capable in holding you over until the iPhone makes it to Verizon.

Droid sucks. As much as I hate ATT, the iphone pwns all. If you want to get a second rate phone pick the droid. I'll take my iphone any day.

Hahaha. I, too, have both iphone 4 and Nexus One. I have no problems with AT&T service. They are both great devices. Hmmm. Like someone pointed out, it's like having a beemer and Mercedes in the garage! Do I need both devices, probably not, but it sure is fun!

Last I check this site was about the iPhone. Why are you guys posting about phones with Android OS on them. I love coming to this site to read about Apple/iPhone products and information, not about other devices that support Android OS or other OS's