Motorola DROID 2 is official and available tomorrow

At long last the Motorola Droid 2 is ready for launch; with Android 2.2 and Flash 10.1 all installed from the get go. Verizon have confirmed that the latest version of the Motorola phone is available for purchase tomorrow, from their official site.

It will be available via the website for $199 on a 2 year contract, and will be available in all stores on Thursday. It comes with the Google Android 2.2 OS, mobile hotspot as a $20 per month add-on, Flash Player 10.1, a reworked QWERTY keyboard, and will also ship with Swype pre-installed. The specifications for the phone are as follows; a 3.7-inch multitouch display, 5 megapixel camera, DLNA streaming, 8GB of onboard memory and a 8GB microSD card.

As well as this ‘standard’ version of the Droid 2, Motorola is releasing a special ‘R2-D2’ edition of the phone. The phone will only be available online in September, and it'll ship with "exclusive Star Wars content and external hardware designed to look like the trusty Droid from the film saga." No price details were given for the best nerd phone ever created.

On top of all this, Verizon's allowing any customer with a contract with them ending before December 31, to upgrade now to any other smartphone, including the brand new Droid 2; without having to pay the penalty.

To feel a little bit of the R2-D2 Droid awesomeness, go to the new website and hear R2-D2 himself say ‘Droid’. Ok, we're officially excited!

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Looks pretty sweet. I'll have to compare it to the Droid X when I go shopping for a new phone next month.

every people little wish list on the iphone is just shifting to droid and hardware capabiltie..just point a few example is just enough...the option for having keyboard and multi-touch or only multi-touch
HDMI...but the design must go beyond iphone simultanously having all the option..

I guess the Droid X and 2 are giving more options for those who either want or dont want a physical keyboard. Not sure i would want a motorola droid.. i just dont like the way they look. Besides i like sprint and the HTC evo is just a great phone.

Would never buy another Motorola phone after getting conned into the Milestone. It just came out here 4 months ago and they won't update it to 2.2 ... gimme a break.

Lexcyn said,
Would never buy another Motorola phone after getting conned into the Milestone. It just came out here 4 months ago and they won't update it to 2.2 ... gimme a break.

The Milestone is *not* CDMA, but GSM (therefore, no VZW). Also, there may yet be a 2.2 update for the Milestone (there is one for the moldy-oldy G1), so that no may not be as firm as you think.

PGHammer said,

The Milestone is *not* CDMA, but GSM (therefore, no VZW). Also, there may yet be a 2.2 update for the Milestone (there is one for the moldy-oldy G1), so that no may not be as firm as you think.

Ya but the G1 is from Google, where as the Milestone is from Motorola. Motorola would be the one that has to push the update. There was a quote from one of the big shots at Moto who said they didn't even know if the Milestone was going to get it yet as they hadn't made the decision.

I honestly do not see the point to the Droid 2. The X is more powerful, has a better camera and video recording options, has a larger screen (possible con depending on how large/small your hands are), and has Swype which, once you get use to, is faster than the small physical keyboard IMO.

The Droid 2 is basically an updated Droid while the Droid X is a brand new version. The 2 comes with Froyo, but once the X gets it, there is absolutely no reason to get the 2 IMO.

Nagisan said,
I honestly do not see the point to the Droid 2. The X is more powerful, has a better camera and video recording options, has a larger screen (possible con depending on how large/small your hands are), and has Swype which, once you get use to, is faster than the small physical keyboard IMO.

The Droid 2 is basically an updated Droid while the Droid X is a brand new version. The 2 comes with Froyo, but once the X gets it, there is absolutely no reason to get the 2 IMO.

Following the Samsung Galaxy and the Samsung Epic - same phones only one hosts a real keyboard.

pielor said,

Following the Samsung Galaxy and the Samsung Epic - same phones only one hosts a real keyboard.

Swype is an option for *all* Android phones (from the DroidX and Droid 2 down to the lowest-end Android phones such as the LG Ally) and it's available via the Android Market. Also, some folks do indeed see the bigger screen (and shorter battery life) of the D-X as a con; for them, the D2 (or eventual CPO Droids) are likely better options.

Will it be released in the UK ? Milestone 2 ? I hope so. Im tired of my iphone now, I want an android phone with a hardware keyboard.

Inertia said,
Will it be released in the UK ? Milestone 2 ? I hope so. Im tired of my iphone now, I want an android phone with a hardware keyboard.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro? it has a hardware keyboard and android

fir3x said,

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro? it has a hardware keyboard and android

Yeh but it has Android 1.6 atm and there are no plans to update it past 2.1.

I only wish Sprint got more of these phones. Once our contract with AT&T ends, Verizon will have their caps set. I wish I could fast forward to 2011 when I'm 18 and got a decent job to afford an unlimited everything for $100 with Sprint plus an Android.

"$20 per month add-on" for wifi hot spotting. that's a free app which comes with the 2.2 update how can they charge for it?

fir3x said,
"$20 per month add-on" for wifi hot spotting. that's a free app which comes with the 2.2 update how can they charge for it?

This is Verizon we're talking about here. Do you really have to ask?

Bemani Dog said,

This is Verizon we're talking about here. Do you really have to ask?

It's because you can't hotspot over wifi (such as over a router). If you are going to use their network, you are going to (and should, by rights) pay for the priviledge. While the phone *itself* lets you send data over wifi, you lose the hotspot functionality when you do so. (That isn't an Android limitation; that is a *hardware* limitation.) You can either tether/hotspot (and pay for it) or two-stage (transfer the data to the phone temporarily, then send it over wifi when possible; thereby avoiding that extra fee).

PGHammer said,

(That isn't an Android limitation; that is a *hardware* limitation.)

I thought this only applied to the original droid and not the Droid X or the Droid 2 which does have the hardware?
So if the hardware is there, I'm assuming Verizon just removed the apps? If so, wouldn't it just be a case of re-installing the apps and tethering etc. should work again? I don't know, hence the question marks.

JustinN said,

Unlock and flash the Generic ROM - I did that to remove a whole bunch of rubbish my carrier had added onto my phone.

Not sure if you can do that with the newer Droids. Doesn't it have a locked bootloader?