Like the Droid 2, the Droid 2 Global is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash. Picture quality was decent. Subjects were easily identifiable, but indoor shots could have been just a tad brighter (adjusting the brightness only washed out the image) and more vibrant. At the highest resolution (720x480 pixels), recorded video was clear but suffered a bit from the halo effect. You can share media via e-mail, MMS, and social networks, as well as through other mediums. The Droid 2 Global also has DLNA support, so if you have a compatible device, you can wirelessly stream content from your phone to that product.
Verizon packages the Motorola Droid 2 Global with a charger, three international adapters, a USB cable, a preinstalled SIM card, an 8GB microSD card, and reference material.
We tested the dual-mode Motorola Droid 2 Global in New York using Verizon service, and call quality was mostly good. There was some faint background noise during lulls in the conversation, but overall the audio was clear and voice quality was rich and full. Friends reported mostly good results.
Motorola Droid 2 Global call quality sample
Speakerphone quality definitely could be better. There was sufficient volume to have conversations in noisier environments, but there was a bit of voice distortion and harsh-sounding audio. We had no problems pairing the handset with the Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset and the Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones.
We got reliable 3G coverage throughout Manhattan. CNET's full site came up in 21 seconds, whereas the mobile sites for CNN and ESPN loaded in 11 seconds and 7 seconds, respectively. YouTube videos--both standard and high quality--loaded within several seconds and played back without interruption and with synchronized audio and picture. As a mobile hot spot, the Droid 2 Global averaged download speeds of 1.35Mbps, 0.53Mbps, and up, based on results from Speedtest.net.
The Droid 2 Global gets a little boost in power over the Droid 2, as the newer smartphone is equipped with a 1.2GHz TI OMAP processor with a dedicated GPU (the Droid 2 has a 1GHz processor). Though we didn't notice a dramatic bump in performance, the phone did quite well during our review period. Applications launched almost immediately, and it handled multiple tasks without problem. Video playback and gameplay were also smooth and continuous.
The Motorola Droid 2 Global ships with 1,420mAh lithium ion battery with a rated talk time of 8.3 hours and up to 9.5 days of standby time. In our battery drain tests, the Droid 2 fell short of the rated talk time and delivered 5.25 hours of continuous talk time over CDMA. Anecdotally, with moderate use, we definitely needed to recharge by the end of the work day (and with heavier use, by mid to late afternoon), so keep a charger or extra battery handy. According to FCC radiation tests, the Motorola Droid 2 Global has a digital SAR rating of 1.58 W/kg and a Hearing Aid Compatibility Rating of M3/T3.