Droid 2 Available Online August 11

After allowing the bloggers to hype the Droid 2, Verizon is finally acknowledging the pending release of the Motorola Droid 2. It is available tomorrow, August 11 on verizon.com. At least you won’t have to wait long. The next-day launch is interesting. I think there has been enough hype to carry the phone though, and with good reason.

Motorola Droid 2

“With the new DROID 2, we’ve taken a big leap forward from the original DROID. We listened to consumers and are providing an even more robust experience built on Android 2.2 that includes a new keyboard, increased processing power, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities to send, access and share information even quicker than before.”
– Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer of Motorola Mobile Devices and Home Business

The Droid X is a really nice phone, and the Droid 2 won’t dissapoint. Here are the specs:

Motorola Droid 2

  • Android 2.2
  • Browser Support: Webkit HTML5 based browser; Adobe Flash 10.1, Pinch to Zoom
  • Email Support: IMAP and POP, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, AOL, Exchange
  • Stereo Bluetooth3 Class 1.5, Version 2.1+EDR, 3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, FOTA, DLNA
  • 3.7” 480×854 WVGA display
  • Audio Support: MIDI, MP3, WAV, AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced
  • Video capture, playback via HDMI or DLNA, h.263, h.264, MPEG4, WMV9, WMV10
  • 5MP Camera with Dual LED Flash
  • Memory: 8GB embedded, 8 GB card included in phone (expandable to 32GB for total 40GB capacity)
  • aGPS, Google Maps Navigation

If the goal was to outdo the original Droid, Motorola succeeded, and then some. The question now for Verizon customers at least is which Droid to buy. The Droid X features a larger screen and an 8MP camera. The Droid 2 has a slideout QWERTY keyboard, but only a 5MP camera. Which is more important to you? I would prefer the better camera with the keyboard, but that isn’t an option right now.

The Droid 2 will be available online on August 11 for $200 with contract after the $100 mail-in rebate. It will be in Verizon stores on August 12. Customers will also need to subscribe to an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. There is an optional 3G Mobile HotSpot service for $20 per month. The feature connects up to five Wi-Fi devices. Just like Apple, if your contract is ending by December 31, 2010, you can upgrade to any smartphone without penalty.

If you are a Droid fan and a Verizon customer, this is your week. Enjoy it.

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