Motorola Droid X2: Worthy replacement or an incremental improvement?

by Marty Gabel

Image from Android CentralExpected to hit stores on May 26, The Motorola Droid X2 is the follow up to the popular Droid X that was released on the Verizon network in July last year.

The original Droid X sold out quickly, and was a popular choice with Android consumers, being only the second phone available with a large, 4.3-inch screen after the just-as-successful HTC EVO that was released on Sprint a few months earlier.

So what about the new X2? If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, it certainly looks like a worthy successor, but if you’re looking to simply upgrade from a current device, is it worth spending the extra money now, or waiting for something better?

One thing’s for sure: the Android smartphone market continues to be flooded with new devices every month. Whichever one you buy, there’s likely something better coming along. So waiting can become an eternal process, which means sometimes you just need to bite the bullet. The Droid X2 does, indeed, seem to offer some welcome improvements on its predecessor, but it’s your call whether it’s worth ponying-up the pennies for Motorola’s new beast.

Improved power, but where’s the front-facing camera?

The new device sports a similar form factor to the Droid X with a qHD 4.3” screen, but this time with a slightly higher 960x480 resolution. It does get a much-needed boost in the power department with a 1GHz dual-core Tegra processor, and it’ll possibly be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The new Droid X2 will sport 8GB of internal storage, and come shipped with an 8GB microSD card, which is certainly an improvement on its predecessor.

One notable omission, however, is a front-facing camera. This feature is now something we all should expect from new smartphones in this age of video-chat over mobile phones. It’s also not a 4G phone, like the HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Droid Charge. Motorola fans will likely have to await the arrival of the Droid Bionic this summer (we hope) if they want to jump on Verizon’s 4G/LTE bandwagon.

So, overall, we’ve got a phone that’s certainly a marked improvement over the original, but it’s hardly going to be earth-shattering. There’s been very little fanfare about its arrival from Verizon either, it’s been eerily quiet like the launch of the Droid Incredible 2 last month. Android users who already own reliable phones are unlikely to be turned on by these somewhat ‘in-between’ devices that have been designed to simply cash-in on the success of their predecessors. For once, they may be better off waiting until summer or later in the year to discover some truly impressive new Android phones that take full advantage of technological improvements, instead of these rehashes of existing smartphones.