Motorola Droid X2 Review

A review on the Motorola Droid X2. Excellent multimedia device, huge display, inferior camera.
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Franz Bicar - Franz has worked in telecoms and consumer electronics for over 10 years, working in quality control, allowing him to get his hands on the latest gadgets. He’s been writing reviews on these for over 5 years now, as well as news and blogging with a number of online publishers.

Motorola is back in business. It means that finally, after such a long time, they are able to compete with other giant handset manufacturers. The Motorola Droid X2 is Motorola’s follow up to last year’s hugely successful Droid X. The Droid X2 features a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip clocked at 1GHz, and a big qHD display.

As mentioned, the Droid X2 is technically a refresh of Motorola’s Droid X. So, its doesn’t come as a surprise that the Droid X2 looks very similar to the Droid X with some aesthetic tweaks and modifications. You still get the same four narrow buttons beneath the screen, microUSB and HDMI ports on the left, volume buttons on the right, and a power button and headphone jack up top. Like the original Droid, the Droid X2 weighs 5.5 ounces and measures  inches tall by 2.57 inches wide by 0.39 inches thick.

One of the Droid X2′s main selling point is its huge qHD (960 x 540-pixel) display. This is a significant improvement to the Droid X’s panel. It’s considerably sharper and brighter. The X2′s anti-reflective display also benefits from wider viewing angles, so you can share videos and other content with others without the picture washing out.

The X2 runs on Android 2.2 with Motorola’s UI wrapper, Motoblur. Motoblur is Motorola’s attempt at beautifying Android’s already solid user interface. Unfortunately, Motoblur isn’t perfect and it didn’t really improve the UI. In fact, Motoblur doesn’t add much to Android aesthetically or in productivity.

The camera on the Droid X2 is basically the same 8MP lens with dual-led flash on the Droid X. The increase in CPU speed now allows for that 8 MP sensor to shoot in full 1080 HD rather than just 720p for video recording. That bump in CPU speed also helps the device do full 1080p video output via the HDMI out shown above. Although, some people will question Motorola’s decision to exclude a front-facing camera on the Droid X2.

Some nice enhancement on the X2′s camera is its improve shutter speed. According to Motorola, the X2′s shutter speed is 44 percent quicker than the Droid X’s. You also get a useful Continuous Auto Focus mode, which helps prevent out-of-focus photos.

Overall, the 8-megapixel camera takes good pictures. Of course, snapshots taken outdoors look better than the ones shot inside. Colors look bright and natural. Indoor photos has a bit of a dark cast to them, but looks pretty good overall.

Video capture is unfortunately dismal. Surprisingly, the X2′s camcorder has a hard time handling fast-moving action.

The Droid X2 is made for watching video and playing games. The dual-core processor help games run smoothly, while the 4.3-inch display showcase colors, details, and actions brilliantly. YouTube videos look great when played in HQ (High-Quality) mode. You simply press the HQ button in a corner of the video, and if an HQ version of it exists, you’ll be served up a crisper, larger video.


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We liked
  • Huge qHD display
  • Excellent multimedia device
  • 1080p video recording
We Disliked
  • No front-facing camera
  • Inferior camera
  • Motoblur does not improve Andoid's UI