lacks the requisite NFC (near-field
communication) chip, so don’t
expect to do mobile payments with
your Droid X2.
The user interfaces of the X and
X2 are different—if only in slight
nuances as far as smartphones go.
I’m talking in particular about the
color scheme, which is largely blue
on the X2, as you can see from
the native Droid X wallpaper that
loads up when you power on the
phone. Where the dialer on the X
is a drab gray, the X2 dialer has a
nice blue hue.
I thought this was a freak thing,
but then I discovered similar blue
tinges in the camera software UI.
Yes, the X2 has more or less the
same 8-megapixel camera as the X,
with 720p video recording, dual-LED
flash and auto-focus.
However, the X2 camera software
offers the ability to zoom in or out
on the virtual viewfinder, saving
us from the clunkiness of buttons.
Motorola also claims that the X2
camera boasts 44 percent faster shot-to-shot performance. I didn’t notice
that much difference: The Droid
cameras still stutter.
A Fine Addition to the Family
A new Gallery application on
the X2 is fun. Accessible from
one of seven home screens, the
app lets users post photos and
comments on sites like Twitter
and Facebook. Tap on a picture
and you’re in Facebook. Users can
view their camera pictures from
Video worked fine on the X2,
and porting content with an
HDMI (High-Definition Multime-
dia Interface) to my TV—which
always worked well with the X—
performed without hiccups. Sorry,
but there’s no front-facing camera
for video chat. I know that’s all
the rage these days, even if it does
annoy the people sitting or stand-
ing next to you on the train.
Under the hood, it is a different
story—also allegedly. I write “alleg-
edly” because the X2 is powered
by the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core
1GHz processor, which also pow-
ered the Motorola Atrix 4G on
AT&T, the Motorola Xoom tablet
and other devices.
Motorola claims the X2 “is the
first smartphone at Verizon Wire-
less to sport a dual-core 1GHz pro-
cessor, delivering up to twice the
power as its predecessor Droid X.”
The first part I can’t argue with, but
I’m not convinced the dual-core on
the X2 is that much of a better per-
former than the standard single-die
chip of the X.
While the X2 portends to offer
“lightning-fast speeds for better
gaming experiences, Web brows-
ing, page rendering and Adobe Flash
video performance,” I found the
X and X2 beat each other loading
Google search, Websites and You-
Tube videos. Seriously.
Calls have always been great on
my X, and I found this to be com-
parable on the X2, with minimal
dropping of coverage in Fairfield
County, Conn.—which, by the way,
has 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution)
The X2’s 1,540-mAh battery, the
very same lithium-ion workhorse
in the X, will last you a day as long
as you’re not spending it flicking
through You Tube and playing data-
and power-hogging games. Round-
ing it out, the X2 has 512MB of
RAM, 8GB of onboard memory and
8GB of internal storage, expandable
up to a 32GB microSD card.
If you were on the fence about
the Droid X, I’m not sure this
largely incremental upgrade will
do it for you—unless the qHD
screen and dual-core are enough
to change your mind. No current
Droid X owners should abandon
their handsets for the X2, which is
essentially the same phone.
If I were shopping for a phone,
would I pick the X2? Not when
the Samsung Droid Charge runs
blazingly fast on Verizon’s 4G LTE
However, should a Droid X come
along on Verizon’s 4G LTE network,
running Gingerbread with native
NFC support and chip controller,
count me in. I bought the X above
other Android phones because I
loved the hardware. A faster X with
better software—not the X2—would
do the trick for me. ´
EWEEK SENIOR WRITER CLINT BOULTON
CAN BE REACHED AT CBOULTON@EWEEK.COM.
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The Gallery app in the X2 is a nice touch,
allowing users to view photos in the
stack you see here, or via a classic, linear