Motorola Droid X2: consumers unhappy with finished product

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As Motorola Droid fans in the US will be well aware, the long awaited successor to the Droid is now available to buy on Verizon Wireless as of last week. However, some of you are unhappy that the upgrades are not enough, and that the Droid X2 is a bit of a disappointment compared to other handsets on the market.

Despite the criticism, the Droid X2 actually packs some decent hardware specifications compared to the orignal model. These include a 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, an 8 megapixel rear camera, 8GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM.

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However, consumers seem to be grilling the Droid X2 on what it cannot do, and you have to say that it’s missing some pretty huge features. The first of course has to be Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We remember talking about this very subject with regards to Froyo updates on old 2.1 handsets, but now it seems ridiculous to think of 2011 high-end smartphones without Android 2.3 Gingberbread as standard.

Then of course there isn’t 4G LTE data support. Is this a clear sign by Verizon that they are no longer willing to back the X2 as one of their best handsets, unlike the Droid Bionic and Droid Charge which both tout 4G LTE support. A quick glance on the Droid Does website seems to suggest yes, as there isn’t even a slot for the just released Droid X2.

Finally, there is no sign of a front facing camera, meaning that you won’t be able to participate in any sort of video chat using Skype, Google Talk or similar clients. This is another glaring omission from Motorola, and one which is really a head-scratcher from where we are standing.

Have any of you picked up a Droid X2 from Verizon yet? If so, do you agree with the points mentioned above, or have you come to defend your latest smartphone purchase, we’d love to hear both sides of the story.

  • Pierce Barcio

    I actually really love mine! 
    I just upgraded up from a rooted Droid 1 and this thing works so fast its unbeilable! If anything i think that when using the internet or apps it is the fastest and smoothest phone on the market.

  • Preston Bailey

    I agree, you’ve pointed out all the cons of the phone.  However, depending on the user, the magnitude of these cons can be different.  To me, front facing cameras are a fad and 4G isn’t dense enough to make it worth the battery hit (and won’t be till I’m due for a new phone again).  Sure Motorola should have 2.3 on it by now but they aren’t the only manufacturer that has their feet in cement when it comes to having the latest version.  Someone’s rooted it already so don’t wait if you don’t want to.  If you define those as huge features missing, don’t get one.  As for me and my new X2, we’ll be fine either way.

    • http://btopro.com/ Bryan Ollendyke

      that’s pretty much the boat i’m in. If I wanted front-facing I’d grab a tablet or laptop and 4G won’t have deep saturation for at least a year so it’s kind of a stepping stone.  All I care about is that it’s fast and usable which it seems like it is.  2.3 would be nice but that doesn’t bother me either til I see a compelling reason for that other then performance (which this phone already destroys others in).

    • http://btopro.com/ Bryan Ollendyke

      that’s pretty much the boat i’m in. If I wanted front-facing I’d grab a tablet or laptop and 4G won’t have deep saturation for at least a year so it’s kind of a stepping stone.  All I care about is that it’s fast and usable which it seems like it is.  2.3 would be nice but that doesn’t bother me either til I see a compelling reason for that other then performance (which this phone already destroys others in).

    • http://btopro.com/ Bryan Ollendyke

      that’s pretty much the boat i’m in. If I wanted front-facing I’d grab a tablet or laptop and 4G won’t have deep saturation for at least a year so it’s kind of a stepping stone.  All I care about is that it’s fast and usable which it seems like it is.  2.3 would be nice but that doesn’t bother me either til I see a compelling reason for that other then performance (which this phone already destroys others in).

  • Franklin Buskirk

     I will be getting one this Thursday when they get them in store.  I am kinda glad they won’t include 4G.  Although it would have been nice, and I’ll upgrade eventually, it is estimated that Verizon’s 4G network won’t even be in my area till around 2013.  As for the front facing camera, I’ve never once NEEDED to video chat.  It would be cool, but I can’t say I honestly care.  And the dedicated camera button, I”m glad it’s gone.  I can’t tell you how many pictures of the inside of my pocket I have.  As for the 2.3, I’m actually a little baffled as to why it isn’t on there.  My only guess is that it perhaps has better over-all specs running on 2.2 and it’s a better marketing sell to show the specifications for 2.2, but it is upgradeable, and it will probably happen soon.  Besides, someone already mentioned it has been rooted, so no worries.  Overall, I think this is a great phone for someone like me.  I can’t have 4G yet, anyway, and I’ll have 2.3 soon enough.

  • Anonymous

    Reviewers below probably work for Verizon/Motorola…  Really!!! overwhelming negative responses on the release of this phone due to it not being competitive against current phones.  Its a Droid X, gee wow it has Dual core… Like the original wasn’t fast enough!  I have the Droid and have been waiting for The Bionic for so long, why would i pull the trigger on a phone that is not even on par with the current phones.  I guess Verizon/Motorola must be desperate…