Aug 12 AT 3:31 PM Nick Gray 30 Comments

First hands-on impressions of the new Motorola DROID 2

The DROID 2 has landed!  We’re pretty sure that there’s a few other blogs who have used this phrase today, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Motorola DROID 2 is now available at Verizon Wireless stores across the country.  Fortunately, our friends over at Verizon thought it would be nice to send us a demo unit to play around with for a few days.  Since the DROID 2 has been in our possession for a few hours, we can give you a quick idea of what to expect.

On the outside, the Motorola DROID 2 is pretty much identical to the original DROID.  The main differentiator between the original DROID and the new DROID 2 is the brushed aluminum bevel which now covers the entire front of the handset.  The back of the phone is now a dark midnight blue with silver highlights which replaces the black finish with gold highlights on the first DROID.

Sliding the screen up reveals the DROID 2’s four row QWERTY keyboard.  At first glance, the keyboard looks pretty familiar.  Motorola has kept the same concept as before, though they have stretched the keys which will give users a better typing experience.  The extra space was gained by removing the d-pad and incorporating directional keys into the keyboard layout.

The real changes are noticed when you actually turn the DROID 2 on.  The DROID 2 is the first phone from Motorola to launch with Android 2.2.  If you were hoping that Motorola would ship the new phone without their custom UI, you’re going to be greatly disappointed.  Just like the DROID X, the DROID 2 features a mutated version of MotoBLUR.  From what we can tell, the only UI difference between the D-X and D-2 is the unlock screen.

Once we have time to play around with the DROID 2 a little more, we’ll be sure to share our findings.  We’re pretty sure at least a handful of you picked up the DROID 2 today.  Let us know what you think of the handset so far.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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