Motorola Droid X Vs Motorola Droid 2: Decision time on Verizon

By Alan Ng - Jul 21, 2010

With the Motorola Droid X launching just last week and the upcoming Motorola Droid 2 due to land early next month, Verizon customers have a hard decision choosing which handset is better out of the two.

Hardware specs are largely the same on both handsets, but there a few notable differences which may end up being the deciding factor for you.

Do you choose the device with the biggest display screen – i.e the Droid X with a 4.3-inch display compared to the Droid 2’s 3.7-inch, or do you go with the Motorola Droid 2 with a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Then there is the Android Operating system. Motorola and Verizon have confirmed that the Droid X will be upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo sometime this Summer, while the Motorola Droid 2 is set to ship with Froyo – as we learned yesterday.

Considering that the Droid X is apparently suffering from stock issues, and the Motorola Droid 2 is rumored to be available from August 12th, both handsets may end up releasing in conjunction with each other.

Have you already made your mind up between the Droid X or Droid 2? Let us know which one you prefer by voting in our poll below.

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  • Cindy

    I just exchanged my Droid 2 for a Droid X because I wanted the nicer, bigger screen for surfing the internet, plus I wanted a different looking phone (the Droid 2 has the same old look). I was afraid I would find that I made a big mistake by ditching the phone with the keyboard since I had always only had phones with keyboards. However, after just a day of using the virtual keyboard, it was like second nature. Yes, there are one or two tiny annoyances with the virtual keyboard as the earlier writer mentioned, but having that beautiful, big screen that resembles a smaller iPad out weighs those tiny annoyances. Plus, you get the hard home (menu, search etc..) keys on the Droid X which is nicer than the virtual keys on the Droid 2.

    I think both the Droid X and Droid 2 are good, brilliant phones. I just think that if you want a better internet and/or movie viewing experience and if you want something that looks different and feels new and exciting, you should go for the Droid X. And take it from someone who always used a physical keyboard, THE VIRTUAL KEYBOARD IS NOT A PROBLEM 🙂

  • Flav

    yeaaaaa boooooy!!!!!

  • Joe

    IMO, The Droid X was a GREAT choice for me (and NO… un-like MANY people out there, I'm not the type to say that because that's what I happen to be stuck with now after updating my contract (people are strange,LOL)……… I Had the first Droid, The last I- Phone, The LG Ally(android).. and my wife now has the new Droid 2….And for me (a guy with big hands) the slide out keyboards are complete crap for me to thumb type on efficiently(even the wifes Droid 2's new larger Qwerty keyboard doesn't feel that good "AT ALL" to me), and the phone feels VERY VERY cheap compared to the "first" Droid, as several of the phone rater's have already complained about)……. Also, even if I did have small(little girlie,LOL) fingers, and the typing was not the issue that it is on the slide out keyboard phones…..I would still MUCH rather get use to the the virtual keyboard, to have the benifits of a HUGE 4.3 inch screen…..the DRASTIC screen size increase really does change the ENTIRE Internet & phone experience………Joe

  • EDdie

    blah blah balh.. I am getting both!

  • Bryan

    driod x all the way…..typing not any more with droids talk to text (no more typing for me)

  • Derrick

    I purchased the Droid 4 months ago and love it. I do want to eventually upgrade in the next year and will defenitly be the Droid 2. I love the slide out keyboard over having a sligntly larger display. The orginal droid has been very reliable by far than any other smartphone that I have owned and certinly beats the blackberry!

  • Rockin Rodney

    I have a question….does one have the option of touch screen keyboarding on the Droid 2?

    • esther

      Yes. With the droid 2 u get both types of keyboards.

  • Samantha

    I currently have a Droid X but I decided yesterday that I am sending it back. The main reason for this is I don't like the touch screen key board. When I'm typing a message and get on line 2 I can't see what I just typed or if I had any errors and trying to scroll up and view what I typed is a challenge. If I had any typing errors I had trouble selecting the spot i needed to correct. That was my main complaint with this phone. I also experienced some sluggishness and my phone turning off on it's own. Didn't care for that either.
    Those were my only complaints. I did enjoy the large screen and crisp colors!!

  • Wendy

    I read, I’ve played with the X and I loved it! But I’m really worried mostly about no keyboard. That’s my hang up. Anyone else feel the same? I’d love to hear from anyone who’s gone from Droid to X.

    • Jackie_edwin

      i have droid x is the best phone is just the size of the screem but is easy to use and the pictures are amazing

  • Nick

    I'm definitely getting the Droid 2…For me, the slide-out QWERTY Keyboard is invaluable because if I use a virtual keyboard, then I'm personally more prone to mistyping or typing the same letter too many times as a result of my mind being tricked into thinking that I'm not pressing hard enough on the senitive screen when I'm pressing too hard…but that may also be because my large hands, either way, I prefer a slide-out option to a strictly virtual setup.

    P.S. – IF the virtual keyboard fails for some reason, then it's nice to have a back-up way of using the phone until it can be fixed.

  • Benjamin Lambe

    physical keyboard all the way for me. my wife has the g1 and it is 10x faster to do stuff on, rather than my magic.

  • Zach

    What's the effective screen size on the droid X when you're actually typing? What I mean is, how much of the screen is NOT devoted to the keyboard at that time? I bet it is a LOT less than 3.7".

    I will take the Droid 2 happily, but I understand why some prefer the X and I'm all for them doing what makes them happy. Personally, I don't care for touch-only keyboards. I like the awareness I get from feeling the buttons beneath my fingers, and I don't care for the feel of the X in my hands. Having a physical keyboard (admittedly, not a GREAT one) in conjuction with the touch screen to quickly navigate the interface and browser is perfection for me.

    • dennis

      with the droid x, the full width of the screen is used for the keyboard both horizontally and vertically.

      with that said, i also cannot decide between the two phones

  • i'm DEFINITELY all for the droid x. i LOVE the bigger screen, and i don't WANT a slide out keyboard. and i played with a droid x today… it was AMAZING

  • What is your biggest concern Elmer?

  • Elmer

    UGH thanks for the article but I STILL DONT KNOW WHAT TO FLIPPIN DO!!!! not your fault

    • Niemeyer18

      Lol same here.

    • sparrow

      I have to say this Droix X is super fast and this larger screen is AWESOME!..I had the Moto Droid and I really loved it. I was a bit concerned about not having the keyboard, but in the 3 days I have had the Droid X I have not missed it. Surprised the heck out of me. I am sure the real difference is the virtual keyboard keys are much larger than on the Moto Droid and the iG4. honestly I set the phones Droid X on top of the Moto Droid and it's increase in size is not a valid issue, the Serious increase in active screen space is incredible!
      just my 2 cents spent with verizon again, :-).