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Motorola Droid 2 made official, challenges iPhone August 12

updated 09:10 am EDT, Tue August 10, 2010

Moto Droid 2 at last confirmed by Verizon

After a near-constant string of leaks, Verizon today finally confirmed the existence of the Motorola Droid 2. The sequel to the best-selling Android phone ever is based on the same roots as the Droid X and has its 1GHz processor and customized Blur UI but in a QWERTY slider design familiar to original Droid owners. The phone still breaks ground as the first outside of Google to ship with Android 2.2 out of the box, giving it Flash 10.1 support, and has the X's 3G Mobile Hotspot sharing as well as DLNA media streaming.

The handset still revolves around a 3.7-inch, 854x480 display and a five-megapixel camera but has a wider, more comfortable keyboard. Motorola has also addressed room for apps by building 8GB of internal memory and using an 8GB microSDHC card to match the earlier Droid's capacity.

A rumored R2-D2 edition is real and will have a special look to match the Star Wars droid. Motorola is loading up special content tied to the movies.

Verizon will start taking pre-orders tomorrow, August 11, and will start selling the phone quickly on August 12 for $200, albeit after a $100 mail-in rebate and a contract. Mobile Hotspot costs $20 extra and is capped at 2GB. The R2-D2 version comes in September, but any special pricing isn't yet known.

Although lower-key than the lineup-heavy Droid X launch, the Droid 2 may ultimately be Verizon's most important device of the year and its best competition against the iPhone 4. Until it was phased out this week, the original Droid dominated Android use to where it was a third of the Google-run devices worldwide. Its success has been instrumental to Verizon, as it was considered an also-ran between the launch of the iPhone at AT&T and the Droid's November 2009 debut.





By Electronista Staff
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  1. dpicardi

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    Joined: Sep 2006

    +3

    Advertising people

    Still don't get it. Droid's logo, at lest to me, looks as much or more to me like a RED Stop or brake light. So much for Droid Does. ;)

    Anyway congrats to future owners. Not sure what makes this phone special other than Android 2.2.

    I'll stick with my 3Gs.

  1. Herod

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    Joined: Jun 2007

    +1

    R2-D2 edition

    ill wait till the gold C-3PO model. thanks.

  1. Raman

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    Joined: Mar 2001

    0

    Upgrade

    Are MOTO Droid users going to get the shaft again when Google updates Android again? If I were a Droid user I'd seriously think about that before upgrading to another Motorola Droid.

  1. mytdave

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    Joined: Aug 2000

    +4

    looks okay

    Seems to me it's an ok phone. Not an iPhone 4 killer, but I'm sure it'll be very competitive. It does have one feature that I think is super cool - acting as a WiFi hotspot.

    I imagine Apple could do the same thing... it's only software... the iPhone4 (like most smartphones) has both 3g and WiFi radios built in, all it takes is some software to route WiFi data to the 3g connection - just like tethering. MacBooks can be wireless base stations, then why not the iPhone... oh, wait AT&T...

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Re: Upgrade

    Are MOTO Droid users going to get the shaft again when Google updates Android again? If I were a Droid user I'd seriously think about that before upgrading to another Motorola Droid.


    Yeah. I bet all those people with an iPhone 3G and iOS 4.0 are laughing their heads off at those Droid people stuck with an earlier OS.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

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    re: looks okay


    >>I imagine Apple could do the same thing... it's only software... the iPhone4 (like most smartphones) has both 3g and WiFi radios built in, all it takes is some...

    Sound's like it's Apple's turn to play catch up and copy cat.

  1. bigjimid

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    Joined: Feb 2009

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    Very Nice

    I do like the looks of this phone. Looks more toned/slimmer than the first. But unless my contract were up, and I really needed a new phone, I'd just wait three months for the Droid 3 in November.

    However, the R2-D2 version might just lure me in.

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