Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of Droid has entered the building. Verizon officially took the wraps off its Motorola Droid 2 Tuesday morning, and now it is available at a store near you. The Droid 2 is a direct successor to the original Motorola Droid, which debuted last November.
So what's actually changed from the original Droid to the new Droid 2? A decent amount, actually. Check out this comparison chart for a side-by-side glimpse at the two phones' specs and features, and read on for some more specifics.
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In basic appearances, the top bevel on Motorola's Droid 2 has a silver finish and extends all the way to the bottom of the phone, whereas the original Droid's bevel was black and left a quarter-of-an-inch gap at the bottom. The Droid 2 also has a blueish tint to its back side, compared to its predecessor's solid black look. (You can get a closer look at the Droid 2's design at Verizon's 360-degree demo page.) Oh yeah -- and then there's that limited-edition, super-geeked-out R2-D2 edition of the Droid 2, too. That's pretty damn cool.
The most significant differences, however, aren't about looks; they're about functionality. The Droid 2 has a completely redesigned keyboard with larger, raised keys and no directional pad. It also boasts a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, giving it considerably more power than its older brother's 550MHz chip and 256MB of RAM.
In terms of storage, the Droid 2 packs a respectable 8GB of internal capacity. The original Motorola Droid, as those of us who own it know all too well, is limited to a relatively puny 256MB internally.