This may look like a very familiar list right off the bat, especially if you’ve already read Dustin’s post detailing Verizon’s own top 5 features of the upcoming Motorola Droid 2. In that list, Verizon makes a big deal over the D2′s improved social skills that come with the ‘Pseudo-Blur’ overlay we’ve come to know and love on the Motorola Droid X. (At this point we can be pretty sure that this interface will be baked into the D2 and there won’t be much we can do about it short of home replacements). Anyway, this is a top 5 list coming form a current original Motorola Droid owner.
1. Android 2.2, Froyo
We’ve made a big deal about Froyo in the past few weeks of coverage here at DroidDog, and that’s a big part of why I’m personally looking forward to this phone so much. Foryo includes performance enhancements, Adobe Flash support, tethering, gallery enhancements, and support for moving applications to your SD Card. I’ve been looking forward to Android 2.2 on my Motorola Droid 1 for a number of weeks, but to no avail. This particularly appealing feature of the D2 might be enough to convince me to jump ship.
2. Adobe Flash Support
Yes, this is a feature included in Android 2.2. And yes, this is something that more Android phones are beginning to support. But I feel the need to mention this in a separate bullet point because of how much it adds to the mobile experience. Let’s look at it this way: You’re buying an Android phone, so you’re probably going to be using mobile web. You want the best mobile web browsing experience possible, right? What’s web browsing without Adobe Flash? Sure there is the HTML5 format and occasional WebM support, but I think we can all agree that it’s much easier to enjoy the internet on your mobile device when you don’t have to worry about encountering that dreaded ‘You don’t have Flash’ logo on every other website. I’m really looking forward to the full web experience.
3. High Resolution screen
Oh, that gorgeous 854×480 screen. If you haven’t already noticed, the Motorola Droid 1 sports a very high resolution 3.7″ screen with one of the highest DPI counts on any mobile device. I was testing a Motorola Droid X no more than 5 days ago courtesy of Verizon, which happens to have the same resolution on a 4.3″ screen. Believe me, the Droid X screen didn’t look bad by any means, but I’ve noticed slightly sharper text and crisper images when migrating back the original Droid. And that never hurts, right?
This one’s obvious. The Droid X has a great combination of specs going for it that should make for one of the snappiest, most responsive Android experiences possible. Android 2.2 with JIT and the 1GHz CPU make this surprising one of the most appealing spec sheets to read through. The Droid 2 also looks to have 8GB of on-board storage, giving your larger applications plenty of wiggling room. It’s no surprise that the 1GHz CPU is becoming an industry smartphone standard, but maybe we’ll see a phone pushing that limit in the near future? Until then, looking around at other 1GHz phones makes me pretty excited for the upgrade over the Droid 1′s 600MHz processor.
As Engadget often claims, a physical keyboard can be a blessing or a curse, depending on just how well [or poorly] it performs. In the case of the Motorola Droid 1, it’s been a hit or miss typing experience. I, for one, have gotten used to the chin and the gratuitous golden D-pad to the right of the physical keyboard that seems to compress the keyboard itself to the left hand side. The keys are all lined up, as opposed to staggered, and there’s even a pair of blank keys under each shift button. They’re also a bit flat, as noted in just about every Droid Review possible. The Droid 2 keyboard, as shown in the correspoinding image, changes that humongous golden D-pad into beautifully integrated arrow-keys. The buttons are also now staggered, and the shift and alt keys are now different sizes. There’s even a dedicated mic button for Android speech-to-text. Lastly, the keys appear to be raised just enough to work with the slide-out feature and possibly raised in the middle to give a more clicky, responsive feel. Coming from the Droid 1 keyboard, what’s not to like?
Bonus: If you’re a Droid 1 owner still desparately waiting for Android 2.2 Froyo, why not click here (at your own risk) and get a taste before the rest?
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