The Good Motorola Droid 2 Global offers world roaming capabilities and has a faster processor than Droid 2. The Android 2.2 smartphone can also be used as a mobile hotspot.
The Bad Battery life may be better.
The Bottom Line The Motorola Droid 2 Global is a trusted Android smartphone for globe-seeking executives looking for an alternative to BlackBerry.
Motorola Droid 2 Global
Editors’ note: The Motorola Droid 2 Global has a very similar design to the Motorola Droid 2. In this review, we’ll focus on the Droid 2 Global’s features and performance. For more on the smartphone’s design, please check out our review of the Motorola Droid 2.
Verizon now offers two world-class Android phones: the Motorola Droid Pro and the Motorola Droid 2 Global. The latter is based on Droid 2, which was released in mid-August, which of course has worldwide roaming capabilities as well as enhanced enterprise capabilities and faster processor. Although the new phone does not yet have the breadth of BlackBerrys security features, its aforementioned features, larger display and a more comfortable keyboard make the Droid 2 Global a more attractive alternative to the BlackBerry than the Droid Pro in our opinion. Just be sure to carry a charger or extra battery as the battery life is not long. The Motorola Droid 2 Global is now available in white or dark blue for $ 199.99, with a two-year contract and after a $ 100 mail rebate.
As the name implies, the Motorola Droid 2 Global is the phone in the world. It offers dual-mode technology, which means it supports both CDMA and GSM networks. Here in the States, it will continue to operate the CDMA / EV-DO Rev. network. Verizon, as usual, but once abroad, the phone will automatically detect and switch to the GSM network. Droid 2 Global comes with a pre-installed SIM card, but Verizon has a policy that ensures that it unlocks the SIM card provided you have been a customer for more than 60 days and are in good financial standing. Unlocking a SIM card gives you the opportunity to replace your SIM card with, say, a prepaid SIM card that you buy from an international carrier.
Voice and data coverage is available in more than 200 countries and 3G data in more than 125 countries. You can check the Verizon Coverage Card, and be sure to check your roaming rates before you leave so you won’t be surprised when you receive your next bill.
In addition to world roaming capabilities, Droid 2 Global offers a number of other features that will benefit business customers. This includes the ability to use your smartphone as a mobile hotspot for up to five devices. To use this feature, you will need to subscribe to a $ 20 per month mobile broadband plan that has a 2GB limit (Verizon charges 5 cents per MB for overhead), but if you’re on the go and need Internet access may be worth the investment.
Motorola Droid 2 Global has a decent keyboard, but it’s not the best class.
The smartphone supports many Exchange accounts, including calendar and contacts with global directory lookup. It comes with a VPN client; QuickOffice suite for creating, viewing, and editing Office documents and file and task managers. On Android 2.2, Droid 2 Global also has Google Maps Navigation, Voice Actions, and other Google services. Pre-downloaded Verizon services include VZ Navigator and Skype Mobile.
All work and no play is good for the smartphone, so multimedia applications such as the Amazon Kindle for Android, the Blockbuster mobile app and the EA Need for Speed Shift demo are thrown into the mix. Droid 2 Global also comes with an Android media player that is not very sexy but does the main job. The player supports AAC, AAC +, MP3, H.263, H.264, WMA10, MPEG-4, MIDI and AMR NB music and video codecs. The smartphone has 8GB internal storage and comes with an 8GB microSD card, but the expansion slot supports up to 32GB cards.
Like the Droid 2, the Droid 2 Global is equipped with a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash. The image quality was decent. The subject matter was easily identified, but the indoor pictures could have been simply brighter (adjusting the brightness only washed the image) and brighter. At the highest resolution (720×480 pixels), the recorded video was clear but slightly affected by the halo effect. You can share media via email, MMS and social networks, as well as through other media. Droid 2 Global also has DLNA support, so if you have a compatible device, you can wirelessly stream content from your phone to this product.
The 5 megapixel Droid 2 Global has taken decent photos.
Verizon comes with the Motorola Droid 2 Global with a charger, three international adapters, a USB cable, a pre-installed SIM card, an 8GB microSD card and reference material.
We tested the dual mode Motorola Droid 2 Global in New York using Verizon, and the call quality was generally good. During the lull, a slight background noise was heard in the conversation, but overall the sound was clear and the voice quality was full and full. Friends reported mostly good results.
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The quality of the speakers can certainly be better. There was enough volume to talk in noisy conditions, but there was a bit of distortion of the voice and a harsh sound. We had no problems pairing the phone with the Logitech Mobile Traveler Bluetooth headset and Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active headphones.
We have got reliable 3G coverage all over Manhattan. The full CNET site appeared in 21 seconds, while the mobile CNN and ESPN sites loaded in 11 seconds and 7 seconds respectively. YouTube videos, both standard and high quality, are downloaded in seconds and are played continuously with synchronized audio and images. As a hotspot for mobile devices, Droid 2 Global averaged download speeds of 1.35 Mbps, 0.53 Mbps and above, based on Speedtest.net results.
The Droid 2 Global adds a bit more power over the Droid 2 as the newer smartphone comes with a 1.2GHz TI OMAP dedicated GPU processor (Droid 2 has a 1GHz processor). Although we didn’t notice a sharp performance gap, the phone did quite well during our review period. The programs were launched almost immediately, and they easily handled several tasks. The gameplay and gameplay were also smooth and continuous.
The Motorola Droid 2 Global comes with a 1,420mAh lithium battery with a nominal talk time of 8.3 hours and 9.5 days of standby time. In our battery tests, the Droid 2 did not go beyond the rated talk time and provided 5.25 hours of continuous CDMA talk time. Anecdotally, with moderate use, we definitely needed to recharge by the end of the day (and in heavy use, mid-to-late), so keep a charger or extra battery pack handy. According to FCC radiation tests, the Motorola Droid 2 Global has a digital specific absorption coefficient of 1.58 W / kg and a M3 / T3 hearing aid compatibility rating.