CNET First Look
Motorola Droid X2The lack of 4G will be a turnoff for some, but the Motorola Droid X2's fast performance and good battery life make it one of Verizon's most solid Android phones.
The Motorola Droid X was one of Verizon's most popular phones last year but the tech world moves fast and it's time for a new model to step in. Hey, everyone, I'm Bonnie Cha, senior editor at CNET.com and I'm here with your First Look at the Motorola Droid X2, the successor to the Droid X, though you really wouldn't know it just by looking at it. The two phones pretty much have identical designs. The X2 is the same size and weight as the original model so you're looking at a good chunk of hardware here, but I wouldn't say it's any worse than the other 4.3-inch touchscreen models out there. If anything, the bump on the back adds just a little extra bulk. While the phone looks the same, Motorola did upgrade the display on the X2 from a WVGA screen to a higher resolution qHD display. It's a very good looking screen but not quite as sharp or as smooth as the iPhone's Retina Display or Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus screen. Still, you're not gonna have any problems reading what's on screen and the extra space makes it great for viewing websites and videos. One other quick difference about the X2's design is that Motorola removed the dedicated camera button on the right side so now you have to use the touchscreen, which we're not too happy about. Aside from the display, the biggest improvement that the X2 offers is the addition of a dual-core processor. The benefit of this is that the smartphone offers snappier performance, particularly when it comes to browsing and gaming. I was able to play 3D games with no problem and it handled most websites with no problem. The unfortunate thing is that the Droid X2 isn't 4G capable so you'll have to browse on 3G speeds, which isn't horrible, but it would have been a nice addition for this upgraded phone. Because of the lack of 4G, obviously, the Droid X2 is gonna turn some people off and, to be honest, I was disappointed, too, and if you fall into that camp, I'd say take a look at the HTC Thunderbolt or Samsung Droid Charge, maybe wait for the Droid Bionic, but if you're okay with just 3G, I think there's a lot to like about the X2. It's got fast performance, good call quality, and battery life, so you're getting a very solid performer here. The Motorola Droid X2 is available now for $199.99 with a 2-year contract. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your First Look at the Motorola Droid X2.