The Droid 2 is a tuneup on the original.
Motorola (MOT) didn't have a launch party for the Droid 2 like the one they threw for the Droid X, mostly because it really isn't a huge update. There was no fanfare, no lines, and no special guest appearances by Andy Rubin and Adobe like the Droid X last month. Maybe Verizon should have called it the Droid 1.1...or maaaybe 1.5.
There isn't much difference between the Droid 2 and the original Droid that debuted last year. In fact, besides the better keyboard, bluer back and longer lip on the front, you probably won't notice a difference. But that's not such a bad thing. The original Droid was (and still is) a damn fine piece of equipment.
Under the hood, Motorola's made some improvements including a 1GHz TI OMAP processor (up from 550MHz.), double the RAM to 512MB as well as a faster Wifi chip that now let's you attach to 802.11N networks. The improved performance, which is not not noticeable in most day to day actions, doesn't take a toll on the on the battery. I get about the same or slightly better usage as the original Droid, once updated to Froyo.
Froyo also brings you Flash, which runs pretty well on the Droid 2. I am able to run most Flash video on Froyo without a second thought. Games and interactive Flash sites are a little hard to master.
Speaking of Froyo, one of neatest things to do on the new Droid is use the 'Voice Actions' feature. It works eerily well. But it works just as well on the older Droid so current droid users shouldn't feel left out. I've started to use Voice Input for a lot more actions (like emails, maps and SMS) than I ever considered before. It is totally changing the way I use a smartphone.
Penelope Patsuris - Jul 16, 2009 10:01 AM ET
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